Three Daniels graduates were given Alumni Awards at the annual Snow Ball event Thursday, Dec. 1. In keeping with tradition, the three alumni were given a red jacket with a gold DU shield on the pocket. They join inaugural winners from Snow Ball 2015, Drew Lawrence (MBA 2013) and Brian Levitt (MS RECM 1996).
Bart Lorang (Executive MBA 2011), CEO and co-founder of FullContact, was given the Pioneer Award. The award is reserved for a rising star who displays leadership, has a successful startup and demonstrates an out of the box mentality.
If you haven’t heard of FullContact, you might have heard of Lorang’s idea of paying his employees to go on vacation. His company received national attention for his policy of giving employees $7,500 on top of their salary to go on vacation if they completely unplug and don’t work at all on their vacation – no checking emails, texts or taking phone calls.
Lynnea Louison (MBA 2001), director of operations at the Boettcher Foundation was named the Alumni Ambassador Awardee. That award is presented to an individual who demonstrates a commitment to Daniels’ vision and purpose, provides service and time to benefit the College and its students, and is a living example of Daniels’ ethical standards.
Louison has served as an executive mentor, member of the Alumni Advisory Board, Race & Case judge and is an annual donor to undergraduate scholarships. Because of her background in human resources and experience as an entrepreneur, Louison is also frequently asked to speak in class and on panels to discuss her own career and to offer advice to students about networking, entrepreneurship, interviewing and student engagement.
Dianne McCallister, M.D. (Executive MBA 2005), chief medical officer of The Medical Center of Aurora was honored with the Alumni Steward Award. The Steward Award is presented to an individual who is an effective and consistent leader and is a steward of long term business. He or she is recognized as a thought leader in his or her business.
McCallister is a board certified internal medicine physician, with over 25 years of clinical experience. She is certified as a Green Belt in Six Sigma Process Improvement Methodology and is certified as a Patient Safety Officer and a facilitator of Rapid Improvement Process. An active member of our community, she has served on the board of directors for Doctors Care, an organization that provides access to affordable health care to the medically underserved in South Metro Denver. She has studied Physician Well-Being for the past 12 years, and was the co-founder of the Coalition for Physician Well-Being, a group that endeavors to support, engage and inspire physicians across the country, as well as educate institutions on structures to support Physician Well-Being.