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Ashley Buderus named CEO of Quarterly Forum

Buderus named CEO
Ashley Buderus named CEO of Quarterly Forum. Image courtesy of the Denver Business Journal.

Ashley Buderus, a former director with the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, has been appointed CEO of Quarterly Forum.

Buderus has an extensive background in non-profit organizations in Colorado in addition to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, including the El Pomar Foundation and the University of Denver.

The Quarterly Forum is a nonprofit organization that strives to connect, educate and inspire Colorado’s emerging business leaders.

The Forum also supports the state’s future through scholarship programs, including the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship, funded by Scott Reiman, a forum member, to provide scholarship funds to an outstanding University of Denver student.

Read more about the Forum and Buderus in her new role as CEO in the Denver Business Journal.

Reiman Foundation and Salute the Stars honors standout student-athletes

John Lynch Foundation honors local student-atheltes
John and Linda Lynch of the John Lynch Foundation recognize local student-athletes

On Friday, May 12, The John Lynch Foundation held their 19th Annual Salute the Stars awards luncheon at Sports Authority Field. Sponsored by the Reiman Foundation in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the event honors student-athletes and students with special needs from around Colorado who excel in academics, athletics and community involvement.

New Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph speaks to students at the Salute the Stars event about success
Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph speaks at the 19th Annual Salute the Stars event on May 12 at Sports Authority Field.

This year’s luncheon hosted over 1,000 students from Denver public schools and surrounding districts and awarded over $118,000 in scholarships.

To date the John Lynch Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to over 169 student-athletes to recognize their hard work as well as provide support and motivation to succeed in the next chapter of their lives.

New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was this year’s featured speaker. He told students that success takes hard work. He said to always have high expectations and while success may be and look different for everyone, it’s important to never give up.

Schoolrunner empowers schools to improve student achievement

Schoolrunner
Schoolrunner is a Denver-based company that provides schools with an all-in-one data system to track various student measurables.

Imagine a tool that offers schools and its teachers insight into everything they care about with their students while providing them with more time in the classroom. Denver-based Schoolrunner does just that.

This all-in-one student data system allows educators to track grades, academic standards, attendance, behavior and family contact information. It integrates with the school’s existing Student Information System (SIS) and provides resources to help with analysis of the collected data through graphs, pivot tables and dashboards. Teachers can also set up logins for students so they can track their own progress.

Launched in 2012, Schoolrunner focuses on helping schools foster strong communities centered on actionable data. Currently, the platform serves more than 50,000 students in 50-100 schools around the country.

The program is supported by the Colorado Impact Fund, which encourages local community involvement through Colorado companies.

The Reiman Foundation and Hexagon, Inc. supports the Fund and programs like Schoolrunner that aim to provide educators with the tools they need to better serve students in their classroom room and improve student success.

 

DU students develop ride-sharing app Wanderlift

Students develop ride-sharing mobile app
DU students create ride-sharing app, Wanderlift.

When DU students Meredith Gee and Sam Schooler needed a ride to the mountains but didn’t have one, they had an idea to create a mobile app that would get them there – Wanderlift.

For the last nine months, the two sophomores developed their idea and expanded their team.

Juniors Daniel Farrell and Lucio Franco joined the team last fall and helped launch the app and expand the group’s efforts to the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Whether it’s a hike at Red Rocks, a ski trip to Vail or a ride out with friends, people who need a ride to their next adventure can now use Wanderlift to get there. They can also sign up to drive, post their own trips or search for someone looking to catch a ride.

Many students say it’s more affordable than other ride-sharing apps such as Lyft and Uber.

In the future, the students told 7News they hope Wanderlift helps with traffic in lessening the hourslong commute typical with heading to the hills.

The Wanderlift is available in downtown Denver, University of Denver and the University of Colorado. Find the app on the Wanderlift website and the Apple store. Soon, it will be available for Android phones.

The students credit the University for bringing them together. They all met through the schools’ living and learning communities and are involved in the Center for Sustainability and entrepreneurship club through the Daniels College of Business.

As the namesake of the Reiman School of Finance in the Daniels College of Business, Scott Reiman is a longtime member of the University community and dedicated to advancing the academic and leadership success of its students. He makes contributions to the schools’ growth and prosperity where students like Gee, Schooler, Farrell and Franco come up with their great ideas.

Scott Reiman welcomes new sponsor to support Free for Kids

Free for Kids mural
Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum: Denver muralists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios work to complete a new mural downtown.

Scott Reiman, along with the Reiman Foundation are the founding sponsor of the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program. To further support the program’s mission to provide all kids with access to the arts, Reiman and the Foundation are proud to welcome a new presenting sponsor, Bellco Credit Union.

Bellco’s sponsorship will help provide enhanced cultural learning and engagement opportunities, arts education materials for youth visitors, and funding for community outreach.

Free for Kids includes free general admission to all visitors under age 18, including school tours and other youth group visits. The museum has seen an increase in school visits by more than 50 percent since the program began in March 2015.

The announcement is marked by the creation of an outdoor wall mural by Denver muralists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina. The mural is located downtown outside the 1515 Restaurant at the corner of Market and 15th streets.

Local families joined the artists at the Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to create their own mural designs in honor of the new mural and new collaboration.

Learn more about the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program.