#StandingOut with Carolyn Herfurth and Katrina Padron

December 6, 2018

When accomplished business owners begin to wonder, “what else? what’s next?” — they call New York-based reinvention strategist, Carolyn Herfurth.


Having played a hand in hundreds of reinventions (both big and small) with service-based entrepreneurs, Carolyn is that needle-in-a-haystack thought partner who insists that “nobody puts Baby in a corner” when it comes to living up to your greatest vision. So she swoops in (minus Swayze’s abs) to get your ass on the dance floor where you belong — by linking your universe of past experiences with a custom strategy to create more meaning and more money.


Alongside her work with a handful of private strategy clients, Carolyn has a blast hosting her Burn The Bullsh*t podcast to talk about the messy bits we face as business owners. And to quench her party-throwing thirst, she loves hosting live retreats for small groups of select, handpicked women to breathe new perspective, energy and life into their businesses.

Carolyn Herfurth


Listen to Season One of Burn The Bullsh*t :: Fire Up Your Business at burnthebullshitpodcast.com


#StandingOut with Heidi Craun and Katrina Padron

November 29, 2018

Heidi Craun is the Director of Platform at Hyde Park Angels, where she oversees and strategizes the organization's investor memberships, community partnerships, portfolio company support, communications across all channels, and community engagement.


A proven entrepreneur, Heidi was previously the VP of Customer Experience at FarmLogs, where she developed and scaled the company’s customer support, success, and education functions. Before joining FarmLogs, Heidi helped manage East Coast rider- and driver-side community operations at Uber, developed and scaled the mobile technical support team at Expedia, created the initial customer-facing documentation and style at Duo Security, and wrote customer documentation for Arbor Networks.


Outside of work, Heidi is the co-founder and President of Intermitten, a Midwest entrepreneur event series that provides a platform for people of varying talents and backgrounds to explore and celebrate community, diversity, and creative collaboration. Intermitten’s mission is to unite the Midwest tech community, thoughtfully nurture its development, and highlight it as a hub of and destination for entrepreneurial thought leadership.


#StandingOut with Jason Henrichs and Katrina Padron

November 29, 2018

Jason is the founder of the FinTech Forge, a managed service provider helping financial institutions transform in the era of digital disruption, and co-host of Breaking Banks, the world’s largest fintech podcast. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of FinTEx, a non-profit growing the FinTech cluster across the Midwest, and Currency, a FinTech Center of Excellence in partnership with the University of Chicago, Northwestern and DePaul University. Jason is a frequent speaker on financial innovation, regulation, compliance as competitive advantage, the importance of diversity and the potential for technology to drive financial inclusion. He is on the FinTech advisory boards for the City of Chicago, the AARP, the Center for Financial Services Innovation Lab, and the SXSW Accelerator.


Jason stumbled into financial services in the early 90’s as a manufacturing engineer for Deluxe Corporation. Since leaving paper checks for the digital world, he’s been an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and head of innovation for a public company. In 2008, he co-founded PerkStreet Financial, one of the first challenger banks, helping pave the way for new partnerships between traditional financial service firms and startups.


Jason and his wife are active angel investors in companies that include mobile savings, B2B payments, international payments, investment management, fraud detection, analytics and back office tools. 

Non Profit Focus

Jason is the co-founder and Chairman of FinTEx, a non-profit growing the FinTech cluster across the Midwest, and Currency, a FinTech Center of Excellence in partnership with the University of Chicago, Northwestern and DePaul University. Jason is also on the board of FinTech Women, a FinTEx initiative to bridge the gender gap in financial services. Jason is a frequent speaker on financial innovation, regulation, compliance as competitive advantage, the importance of diversity and the potential for technology to drive financial inclusion. He is on the FinTech advisory boards for the City of Chicago, the AARP, the Center for Financial Services Innovation Lab, and the SXSW Accelerator.


Jason and his wife are active angel investors. They have two investment criteria that is different from most other investors: 1. The world would be a less good place if the company’s product didn’t exist 2. Diversity on the senior management team. While their portfolio is heavy with FinTech companies such as mobile savings, payments, investment management, analytics and back office tools, they also have invested in things like bike sharing and technology for senior health.


#StandingOut with Elizabeth Jutte Kill and Katrina Padron

October 23, 2018

Elizabeth Jutte Kill is an entrepreneur committed to seeing her company, team and clients thrive.


Elizabeth has transformed an underperforming business by recognizing a need for her specialized skills. Through her committed and experienced work process, she has reduced manufacturing scrap by 52%. By implementing traction, she has been able to create clarity amongst the organization as a whole and develop an improved workflow, centered around promoting open and productive communication throughout the team. This has ultimately led to an environment that fosters visibility and accountability in living out the business’s core values. Within a year’s time, creating processes and procedures turned the company into a cash positive business.

For the past 9 years, Elizabeth has led Auld Technologies, a company that has a rich 100 year history in designing and manufacturing domed emblems, labels and badges for Fortune 500 companies dating back to the Ford Model T. Reaching KPIs, solving problems and building a team that exceeds customer expectations are a driving motivational force for Elizabeth. She has worked as a Tier 1 with General Motors and with FCA Honda.


Standing Out with Desiree Doubrox and Katrina Padron of North Star HQ

September 11, 2018

As an entrepreneur since the age of 12 Desiree has always been the founder/owner of her own businesses.  Such as the Marina Mermaid, A Models Media, Lookin’ Good productions and Celebrity Auctions to only name a few. After leading a successful career in real estate since 1989 as a broker, investor and creator of  a seminar series entitled “From Babies & Bills to Riches in Real Estate”, Desiree, a divorced mom of two sons saw that very capable, intelligent women were letting outside forces stand in their way of making and pursuing their investment choices.


StandingOut with Jon Pushkin and Katrina Padron

September 5, 2018

Jon is founder and president of Pushkin Public Relations. His candid, proactive approach to public relations has made him one of Denver’s most widely respected PR practitioners.

He has designed and implemented dozens of successful integrated strategic communications programs for healthcare and nonprofit clients including: Be Stroke Smart, a National Stroke Association national public awareness campaign; Checkoff Colorado, a groundbreaking, collaborative, statewide public awareness campaign for the charitable funds on Colorado’s tax checkoff program; Immunize Colorado’s Kids, a research driven bilingual campaign to improve Colorado’s rate of childhood vaccinations; and Beat the Bug, a flu shot public awareness program. He also provides crisis communications management and training for Cheyenne Frontier Days, Denver PrideFest and many other clients.  

Prior to beginning his career in public relations, Jon performed at concerts, folk festivals and workshops across the country as a professional musician and promoted concerts for the legendary Denver Folklore Center.


#StandingOut with Chris Castillo and Katrina Padron

August 29, 2018

Chris is the founder of Empowered Achievers, a career coaching and development company focused on helping driven professional women craft careers that they love.  Originally coming from the corporate advertising industry where she worked on clients like Google, YouTube, & Expedia, she traded in the agency life for the world of talent development & culture. She transformed her own career into something she loved, and is passionate about getting rid of the "Sunday Scaries" for each one of her clients, too.


Chris works with individuals and companies alike, through both her custom coaching program as well as corporate trainings.  She is a thought-leader, with articles in Thrive Global and features on sites such as Business News Daily and HelloGiggles.


#StandingOut with Amy Reichlin and Katrina Padron

August 28, 2018

Amy Reichlin (amyreichlin.com) is a certified leadership coach, facilitator, trainer, and strategist with 28 years of experience in a wide range of settings (technology, consumer products, healthcare, advertising, finance, and education). Amy has earned an MBA (Kellogg), Masters in Psychology (Naropa University), a Coaching Certificate (ChoicePoint), Mindfulness Certificate (Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute) and is certified in the Leadership Circle Profile 360 Assessment Tool. She is an avid mentor at several startup accelerators, most actively Techstars and Mergelane, and serves on the board of the YWCA, She is a prolific public speaker, most recently at Tech Garden, the Women In Technology Annual Conference, Boulder Techstars Demo Day, Boulder Startup Week, and Denver Startup Week. Amy delights in combining her understanding of business, neuroscience, and human behavior with her insuppressible optimism, creativity, and love of people to create rich, enjoyable learning experiences that stick. The combination of eclectic experience and passion enable her to create relevant and enjoyable programs that enable transformation beyond her clients expectations.


#StandingOut with Greg Greenstreet and Katrina Padron

August 24, 2018

Greg is a 25+ year veteran of software engineering, directing scientific and commercial applications across aerospace, telecommunications, storage, and most recently, in social media. In the last fifteen years, Greg has built and directed engineering teams in Boulder's startup community. Greg helped found and served as CTO at Collective Intellect, a social media analytics firm, which was purchased by Oracle. He then took on the role of VP of Engineering at Gnip, supplying the firehose of social media data from publishers such as Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Disqus to 95% of the Fortune 500.  With Gnip’s acquisition by Twitter, Greg is now a Director of Engineering for the Cortex (Machine Learning) organization within Twitter. Greg holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science and teaches as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Computer Science at CU. Greg is a regular mentor for both TechStars and MergeLane accelerators as well as being actively engaged with many local diversity groups such as CU Women in Computing, NCWIT and Flatirons LGBTQ.


#StandingOut with Alvaro Vaselli and Katrina Padron

July 18, 2018

Alvaro Vaselli is the Founder and CEO of Nuvanna, a startup that combines his 20+ years of leadership in product design and material science in sleep products with his passion to help others achieve a more balanced life. Prior to founding Nuvanna Alvaro had a 20-year record of driving profitable growth in multiple B2B industries. Most recently, as President of the Personal Care Division of a $1B industry leader in the plastic films business. Alvaro’s roles have included general management, business development, sales and marketing. As an entrepreneur, innovator, and team builder, he inspires people to live a more balanced life that includes better sleep, mindfulness, positivity and gratitude. Alvaro is committed to providing best-in-class, innovative products with thoughtfully created and expertly curated resources.

This podcast is generously sponsored by Meet Jointly. Across the country there are small businesses just starting to scale, get distribution and launch in national retailers. They all share one really big challenge! Reaching new customers and growing their brand on a shoestring budget. Meet Jointly is a platform that connects growing brands with the influencers who are ready to share their products and stories with their engaged audience. http://meetjointly.com/