MRBES Success Summit
Access Connect Engage
ACE IT! 2018
Friday June 29th
Downtown Denver Hilton Hotel
The goal of the day-long Summit is to empower participants with the information, inspiration and connections they need for economic success. Attendees represent a broad spectrum of minority and women business owners, professionals, community organization leaders and youth. The Success Summit, the only event of its kind in this region, brings together various financial, personal and business resources to promote economic self-sufficiency for Colorado’s economically disadvantaged people.
“We’re excited about this year’s programming, including a Minority Business Town Hall,” says MRBES Founder and Executive Director Carla D. Ladd. “Past summits have demonstrated how important it is for small and minority-owned businesses to come together to share their successes and challenges.”
Honoring Leaders in Education, Philanthropy and Government
More than 500 people are expected to attend the summit, which features the Legacy Awards Luncheon and the presentation of the prestigious WiLMA (Women in Leadership & Management Award), named in honor of former legislator and Denver First Lady, the Hon. Wilma J. Webb as well as two legacy awards.
This year’s honorees include: Tim King, founder, president and CEO of the Chicago-based Urban Prep Academy; Lincoln Hills Cares, a non-profit organization that provides unforgettable experiences for Colorado’s underserved youth; and Elbra Wedgeworth, chief government and community relations officer for Denver Health and Hospital Authority and former Denver City Council president (District 8).
The luncheon, featuring author, entrepreneur and former Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Rod Smith as the guest speaker, is designed to inspire guests by honoring national and local people for their service and accomplishments in the economic advancement of people of color. As someone who has set and met a number of goals in his life, Smith says that people who have that million-dollar idea should, “Act on it. Write it down and get to work.”
Action is key adds King, “The Urban Prep motto is ‘we believe’ and our principle core value is ‘faith.’ But being successful is not just about believing or having faith, you also have to possess a willingness to do the work necessary to make your dream a reality.”
King’s nonprofit operates a network of public college-prep boys’ schools in Chicago, including the nation’s first all-male charter high school, and related programs aimed at promoting college success. One hundred percent of Urban Prep graduates—all African-American males and mostly from low-income families—have been admitted to four-year colleges/universities.
He says, “Students sometimes say that they want to be like me. I always respond with: ‘Your job is to be better than me. If you’re only ‘like’ me, then I’ve failed. Leadership, in my opinion, is all about teaching, training, preparing people to improve upon whatever it is you may have accomplished. I stand on the shoulders of many people. If I’m going to be a good leader, I have to be ready and willing to get folks up on my shoulders too.”
Other events during the Summit include the Success Pavilion for business-to-business and business-to-consumer product and service providers; informative workshops and panel discussions; and the Youth Program, where high school students learn about financial literacy, college planning and entrepreneurship, enabling them to sustain a responsible and independent lifestyle that will create and grow personal wealth and prosperity into future generations.