The Climb: What it Takes to Make it to the Top for Today's Entrepreneur
How do you move up when you feel like your business is going down? These four Denver entrepreneurs have been to the top, and the very bottom of their industries. Real life is crazier than fiction. You can’t make these stories up. Their stories will blow your mind, their strategies will grow your business, and their contrasting personalities will make you laugh, feel, and dream! Get ready to climb!
Bennie Warren Fowler, III:
Bennie Warren Fowler, III, is a six -year veteran of the National Football League. Bennie was a member of the 2016 Denver Bronco Super Bowl 50 Championship Team and may be best remembered for having hauled in the final pass of soon to be Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. Currently, Bennie is a member of the New York Giants football team, catching passes from the other Manning brother, Eli Manning. Bennie has the distinction of having played in and won both the 100th Rose Bowl and 50th Super Bowl.
Bennie’s interest in brain development stems in large part from his purposed health maintenance regiment to prolong his professional football career. As a youth, Bennie’s cognitive and educational development was aided by deliberative practice techniques. These methods involved significant levels of enhanced repetitive practices. He is a fervent advocate of the neuroscience technique of brain-mapping, which assists him in localizing the immediate recall skills associated with multifaceted play structure in an intense and fast-paced aggressive environment.
Liora Dudar, Co Founder of oVertone Haircare, Photographer:
Liora started her career in activist photography, and is known and published around the world for the projects The Feminist Photos, Attractive & Fat, The Expose Project, and Smash the Scale. She went on to co-found oVertone Haircare, bootstrapping the disruptive direct-to-consumer hair color company on her co-founder's kitchen table. oVertone is founded on the principles of radical inclusion and intersectional feminism, and, six short years later, is an industry leader recognized with Allure's Best in Beauty, Essence's Best in Black Beauty, and Glamour's Reader's Choice Awards.
Ryan Avery is one of the Millennial generation’s most profound speakers on strategic communication, negotiation and leadership. At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International.
Aaron Houghton believes it is possible for entrepreneurs to be healthy and happy while they build great companies that change the world. Since starting his first business at age 17, he’s built and launched more than eleven tech startups, scaling one from conception to 350 employees and $50M in annual subscription revenue. Aaron sold two companies to private buyers and one to a publicly traded company for $169M before his 30th birthday. Looking back, Aaron can see his success came with the hidden costs of long term stress; including panic attacks, debilitating anxiety, and a cancer diagnosis in 2009. He had a habit, like many of us, of pushing himself to the absolute limit.
Aaron spent five years studying how entrepreneurs manage stress, and personally tested techniques for achieving high performance while maintaining mental and physical health. Aaron then created the Founders First System (www.foundersfirstsystem.com), manifesting two decades of experience and years of research into a simple set of processes, disciplines, and metrics designed to improve the experience of founders and business leaders around the world.