• Values-Aligned Leadership Summit

    2013 Speakers

    Featured Keynote Speaker: Dennis Prager

    Dennis PragerDennis Prager is a bestselling author, columnist, and nationally syndicated radio talk show host who is read and heard by millions of people in America and abroad.

    Prager is one of America's most respected radio talk show hosts. He has been broadcasting on radio in Los Angeles since 1982. His popular show became nationally syndicated in 1999.

    His much anticipated new book is Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph. In this visionary book, Dennis Prager, one of America's most original thinkers, contends that humanity confronts a monumental choice. The whole world must decide between American values and its two oppositional alternatives: Islamism and European-style democratic socialism. He makes the case for the American value system as the most viable program ever devised to produce a good society. Those values are explained here more clearly and persuasively than ever before.

    "An amazingly gifted man and moralist whose mission in life has been crystallized - 'to get people obsessed with what is right and wrong.’” - Los Angeles Times

    Additional Distinguished Speakers

    Linda Childears

    President & CEO, Daniels Fund  

    Linda ChildearsLinda Childears is passionate about the work of the Daniels Fund, and has served as its president and chief executive officer since 2005. Bill Daniels appointed her as a trustee of his estate and named her to the Daniels Fund’s original Board of Directors. Linda’s leadership reflects her strong dedication to preserving and honoring the philanthropic intent of Bill Daniels.

    Linda originally met Bill Daniels when he hired her company, The Financial Consortium, to help overcome the unprecedented operational, legal, and regulatory challenges of launching Young Americans Bank, his bank for kids. By the time of the bank’s grand opening in August of 1987, Linda had accepted Bill’s offer to become its president and CEO. Since the organization opened in 1987, Young Americans has reached nearly half a million young people.

    Linda was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration in Financial Services Management from Johnson & Wales University in July 2010, and was named National Philanthropy Day’s Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy in 2010. Other honors include Colorado Bankers Association Banker of Distinction, Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction, the Athena Award in 1998, and Honorary Lifetime Membership in Camp Fire.

    Jill Q. Vecchio, MD

    Jill VecchioDr. Jill Vecchio is recognized expert on healthcare reform. She is a fellowship-trained, board certified radiologist specializing in women’s imaging, and currently practices in the Denver metro area in Colorado.

    Dr. Vechhio has spent the last two and a half years giving 130+ talks on Healthcare in Colorado, Washington, DC, Wyoming, Illinois and California. Engagements include Independence Institute, Centennial Institute, Heartland Institute, legislative assistants in Congress, numerous liberty groups, partisan and non-partisan groups, professional groups, rallies, and town halls. She actively works with state and federal legislators on Healthcare policy and issues. She currently serves as the President of the Colorado Chapter, National Director for Chapter Development, and serves on the Physician Advisory Board. Her works includes engaging congressmen and policy-makers in Washington DC and Colorado on healthcare reform issues. She is the Healthcare instructor for the Leadership Program of the Rockies and a Healthcare Policy Fellow at the Centennial Institute.

    Her seven segment educational YouTube video series reviews the PPACA/Obamacare law, including judicial/constitutional issues, and ideas for real healthcare reform. She has had multiple radio appearances on local, national and internet based networks.

    Jay Richards

    Jay RichardsJay W. Richards, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics. He is author of many books, including co-author of The New York Times bestselling book Indivisible; author of the book, Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award.

    Dr. Richards’ articles and essays have been published in The Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Washington Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Huffington Post, The American Spectator, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and a wide variety of other publications. He is also a regular contributor to National Review Online. His topics range from culture, economics, and public policy to natural science, technology, and the environment. He is also executive producer of several documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur and The Birth of Freedom.

    Dr. Richards’ work has been covered in The New York Times (front page news, science news, and editorial), The Washington Post (news and editorial), The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Nature, Science, Astronomy, Physics Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Enterprise, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, and American Spectator.

    Dr. Richards has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also has an M.Div. (Master of Divinity), a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion.

    Kevin Miller

    Kevin MillerKevin Miller is the co-founder of a web-based services firm and the founder and president of Whitestone Miller, Inc. (WMI), a venture consulting firm. Through WMI, Miller has served Fortune 500 firms and privately held companies, with special focus on organizations in transition, including start-ups and turnarounds.

    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. Prior to that, he helped various organizations in transition, ranging from sectors such as insurance, to real estate, to higher education.

    Miller is the co-founder and President of Whitestone Leadership Forum, a non-profit focused on Christian education and outreach. Miller is also the co-founder and presenter for Vanguard Roundtable, a discussion group for Christians focused on public policy and politics. He is a Fellow of the Centennial Institute, a public policy think tank, and author of the book: Freedom Nationally, Virtue Locally—or Socialism. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from University of Oklahoma.

    Gary Ewen

    Gary EwenDr. Gary Ewen has been the Dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Colorado Christian University since 2010. Prior to his current role as Dean, he served in a variety of roles at CCU including sixteen years as the CIO. In July 2000, Dr. Ewen received the award for Institutional Excellence in Telecommunications from the Association of College and University Telecommunications Administrators (ACUTA). Dr. Ewen has been awarded millions of dollars for technological grants for CCU over the years and he has authored several computer applications textbooks for Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall as well as several instructional computer software programs.

    In addition to a variety of administrative roles, Dr. Ewen has been a member of the CCU faculty since 1987. In May 2004 Dr. Ewen was honored as the Faculty Member of the Year by the CCU Business Student Society (Chi Beta Sigma) and was chosen as Faculty Member of the Year by the entire CCU student body in 2007. Prior to coming to CCU in 1987, Dr. Ewen enjoyed careers in the aerospace industry and the public schools.

    Dr. Ewen has trained and consulted on four continents in the areas of leadership studies, IT management, instructional technologies, analytical trouble-shooting, as well as management problem solving and decision-making. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. resides in the mountain community of Evergreen Colorado.