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  • On March 3, 2015
Jerry Colonna

Whether working in business, government or nonprofit sectors, understanding your role as a leader, leadership skills, and how to survive is a key component of success. The Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA), an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, is bringing a workshop for community members targeted to leaders of all kinds, including regional businesses, governments and nonprofits, promoted through the tellurideXchange.  This workshop, “Standing Still While Your Hair is on Fire: Surviving Leadership” will be held on March 12th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Nugget Theater, 207 West Colorado Ave. in Telluride, CO. The workshop is free and open to the public.

The workshop will be taught by Jerry Colonna, founder of Reboot, a coaching company that believes, according to its website, “in work is the possibility of the full realization of human potential. Work does not have to destroy us. Work can be the way we achieve our fullest self.” Colonna is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs in particular. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. Previously he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private­ equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched in 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early ­stage investment programs in the New York City area. At Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for a wide range of the firm’s investments, including Geocities Inc., Gamesville Inc., Vertical One Inc., and The New York Times Digital. For more information on Colonna and Reboot go to: https://www.reboot.io/

The recipient of numerous awards and a compelling speaker on topics ranging from leadership to starting businesses, Colonna has been named to Forbes ASAP’s list of the best VCs and Worth’s list of the 25 most generous young Americans. According to Colonna, “The best way to overcome the inevitable loneliness of life at the top may be to connect and mindfully attend to the process that’s already underway – the unconscious sharing that undergirds every relationship.” For more information on Colonna’s visit and to hear a podcast interview go to https://www.tellurideinside.com/.

The Telluride Foundation initiated TVA in 2012 with the overarching goal of launching and growing new, high-growth businesses out of Telluride. TVA seeks to be a catalyst for the sustainable growth and diversification of the Telluride regional economy. TVA invests in innovative enterprises with the aim of building and strengthening the entrepreneurial community in the Telluride area to create a self-sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystem bringing innovation, jobs, ideas, and a renewed dynamism to the region. TellurideXchange is a useful informational resource for local entrepreneurs and business owners and is a forum for community-wide networking events. Workshops and presentations are conducted regularly on topics of interest to entrepreneurs and are free to the public. For more information or to sign up for tellurideXchange, go to https://www.bigtent.com/groups/telluridex

The Telluride Foundation exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the promotion and support of philanthropy.  It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, land conservation and other community-based efforts through technical assistance, education and grant making.  As a grant maker, the Foundation awards grants to qualified applicants that serve the people living and working in the Telluride area for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region.  For more information on the Telluride Foundation visit www.telluridefoundation.org.