FRED Leadership Forum draws top business leaders and entrepreneurs to Denver

May 30, 2015

Press release

FRED Leadership, a nonprofit organization, will host its seventh annual forum in Denver this fall. The FRED Leadership Forum immerses participants in expeditions and transformative approaches to executive and leadership development. An invitation-only gathering, the forum is fueled by multi-generational thought leaders from the corporate, business school, nonprofit, governmental, nongovernmental and educational arenas.

“FRED is a one-of-a-kind gathering that takes the run-of-the-mill conversation about executive development and reframes it as a creative conversation about the art of leadership in a time of huge change,” says Alan Webber, FRED senior advisor and founding editor of Fast Company magazine. “It is to leadership conferences what Fast Company is to business magazines.”

This year’s forum will feature distinguished presenters and participants including:

  • Jostein Solheim, Chief Executive Officer, Ben & Jerry’s
  • Nick Craig, President, Authentic Leadership Institute, Harvard Business School
  • Robi Damelin, 2014 Women PeaceMaker; The Forgiveness Project
  • Christopher Hill, Dean Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver; former ambassador to Iraq
  • David Batsone, Founder, Not for Sale, anti-human trafficking organization; ethics professor, University of San Francisco
  • Richard Leider, Author, The Power of Purpose and Life Reimagined; top-tier executive coach
  • Orbert Davis, Emmy Award-winner and Co-founder of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

FRED Leadership Forum is sponsored by leading companies, educational institutions and organizations, including McDonald’s, Time Warner, Fidelity Investments, the Aspen Institute, the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, MIT Sloan Executive Education and the Soderquist Center.

“Our commitment at the Daniels College of Business is to fundamentally transform the way in which business leaders and global citizens are prepared to address the most important challenges of a 21st century marketplace,” says Dr. Brent Chrite, dean of the Daniels College of Business. “We are delighted that the FRED Leadership Forum will be held right here in Denver and we know that the forum will result in new and compelling insights for management educators around the world.”

FRED Leadership’s CEO is Richard O. Kimball, Ph.D., a career leadership expert and Colorado resident. Given the forum’s cross-­sector and cross-generational composition, Kimball believes that Denver is the perfect location for the forum because it is a vibrant hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership, and a magnet for millennials and businesses.

The FRED Leadership Forum will be held from Wednesday, September 30 to Friday, October 2 at the Brown Palace Hotel. Media interviews will be provided upon request. Media interviews will be provided upon request.

About FRED Leadership:

FRED Leadership is a nonprofit organization dedicated to redefining leadership and inspiring the development of leaders the world so urgently needs. The FRED Leadership Forum is an annual ideas and action incubator where invited participants from around the world consider and experience pioneering approaches to inspiring and elevating executive and leadership development. Launched in 2009, the annual FRED Leadership Forum has been hosted in New York, San Francisco, London, Boston, San Diego and Vancouver.

For more information, please contact Andy Boian at dovetail solutions for FRED Leadership Inc., 303-­868-­0085 / or visit