VALS 2012–Values-Aligned Leadership Summit

John Stossel, beloved American consumer reporter, journalist, author and columnist, will be the the keynote speaker at Colorado Christian University’s 2012 Values-Aligned Leadership Summit (VALS). Due to immense popularity of this event, complimentary seating is already full! You may be placed on the waiting list for complimentary general seating, and sponsorship opportunities with preferred seating are still currently available. For more information about sponsorships for VALS 2012, please contact Paul Eldridge at (303) 963-3093 or

VALS 2012

The theme of VALS 2012 is “Red Tape: Ethical Failures and the Overregulation of Business” and will be held at the Denver Marriott Tech Center at 4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Doors open at 8:15 a.m.

Internationally-recognized John Stossel currently hosts “Stossel,” a consumer issues program with a libertarian viewpoint on Fox Business Network (FBN). You may remember Stossel as co-anchor of one of America’s most popular news magazine shows, “20/20.” He has won an astounding 19 Emmy® Awards, and the National Press Club honored Stossel five times for excellence in consumer reporting. The Dallas Morning News named him “the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time,” and the Orlando Sentinel proclaimed he “has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound.”

Here is a synopsis of Stossel’s message:

  • “In recent years, the business community has been rocked by ethical failures, from insider trading to fraudulent financial reporting, Ponzi schemes, and other failures to stakeholders. As a result, government at every level has reacted with excessive regulations to force ethical behavior. This has resulted in a sea of red tape and this overregulation is strangling businesses large and small and impeding their ability to compete. It’s time for all echelons of business in America to become intentional about the principles of stewardship and ethical decision-making championed by history’s revered men and women. Let’s join in a shared vision for greater accountability among today’s leaders, while uniting to help stem the tide of excessive red tape on behalf of tomorrow’s leaders.”

In addition to this highly-respected keynote speaker, other distinguished speakers for VALS 2012 are:

Lee Hieb, M.D., served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon with the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in NY and completing an orthopaedic residency in the U.S. Navy. Following her service in the Marine Corps, she returned to Rochester, NY, and became the only woman to be appointed as the Louis A. Goldstein Fellow of Spinal Surgery.  Dr. Hieb has served on the board of the Arizona Medical Association, is immediate past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, and is a lifelong member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She currently practices medicine in Iowa and is married with two sons.

Bob Chitester, creator of the PBS series, “Free to Choose,” and the President and CEO of the Free to Choose Network will be speaking at VALS 2012. Free to Choose is an award-winning PBS series. He is also President and CEO of Chitester Creative Associates, Inc, which founded The Ideal Channel. Chitester was formerly President and CEO of the Erie, Pennsylvania PBS and NPR stations WQLN and WQLN-FM. He received BA and MA degrees from the University of Michigan and the Honorary Doctor of Literature degree from Allegheny College. He and his wife, Carol Lovell, have four children and eight children.

Kevin Miller, CCU Executive in Residence Distinguished Professor of Business and Leadership Turn-Around Specialist and Public Policy Expert is also a featured speaker this year. In the 1990s, Miller served first as the founding Dean and then as Distinguished Professor in the School of Business and Leadership at Colorado Christian University. He is co-founder and President of Whitestone Leadership Forum, a non-profit organization focused on Christian education and Christian outreach.  Miller earned his BS and MS degrees from the University of Oklahoma and authored the book, “Freedom Nationally, Virtual Locally–or Socialism.”

Bob Schaffer, Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education and Principal of Liberty Common High school and Junior High School, was the youngest person to ever serve in the Colorado State Senate when he was sworn in at the age of 25. Nine years later, he went to the House of Representatives and represented Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District. Schaffer’s focus in the House was helping to re-establish limited government and a balanced federal budget. He worked to ensure tax relief, to improve education and to protect Social Security and Medicare. He and his wife, Maureen, have five children.

Thomas N. Scheffel, LL.M., J.D.,President of Thomas N. Scheffel & Associates, P.C. Law Firm and a CCU Associate Professor of Law, received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from New York University School of Law. Since 1977, he has been practicing law in Denver, Colorado, opening his own firm in 1986. Scheffel has earned an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the preeminent rating that recognizes only the best attorneys in the country.