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As we are all are returning to work, things are going to be different. Many will return to business travel and their offices as the world turns on again.

In other cases, businesses will retain their hybrid or remote models, both to cut costs and maintain flexibility and productivity. In all cases, the previously gradual progression of tech in the workplace has moved into high gear; for many, this has been an extreme transition.

So, how do we steam forward when we’ve discovered transformational elements that are beneficial but have compromised the human element that is really critical for a healthy, functional workforce environment?

Rehumanizing Work sets out to provide answers to
this very question.

In order to facilitate this transition, leaders must focus on directing the challenges that everyone has endured throughout the past year by making human engagement and wellbeing of the workforce top of mind.

At the 2021 La Plata County Economic Summit, we will have a strong, healthy conversation with leaders who have the ability to make some lasting beneficial changes to their organizations. Our common goal is to enable the recalibration of our workforce to a new landscape.

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Summit Agenda

8:00-8:45 Networking Breakfast & Check-in

8:45-9:00 Welcoming and Opening Remarks

9:00-10:05 Cory Richards Keynote

10:05-10:30 Networking

10:35-11:35Breakout sessions

11:50-12:15 Lunch Served

12:15-1:30 Keynote Panel

1:45-2:45Breakout sessions

3:00-3:30 Steve Cadigan Keynote

3:30-4:30 Chairman Reception

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About Our Keynotes

Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan: The Future of Work

Steve has been at the forefront of global talent strategy and company culture for the past 30 years. Most famous for scaling Linkedin from 400 to 4000 in 3.5 years, Steve also led the development of LI’s legendary company culture and was at the helm of the Talent function for its period of the highest growth and through their IPO.

Having worked in 5 different industries and 3 different countries while also leading dozens of acquisition integrations all over the world, Steve has built unparalleled expertise for the Talent arena. Steve’s focus today is to help leaders and organizations build winning talent solutions to compete in an increasingly complex digital economy.

Cory Richards, Photographer for National Geographic

Cory is an explorer and a visual story-
teller. His adventurous expeditions have taken him to the

peaks of Antarctica and the Himalayas of Nepal as well as
the war zones of Angola, Uganda and Pakistan, and he
was named one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of
the Year in 2012. He has pursued projects focused on
adventure, geopolitical and social impact and tells a story
of personal realization and mindset of leadership.

2021 Economic Summit

Jessica Matlock, CEO of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA)

Jessica is CEO of La Plata Electric
Association (LPEA), a utility in Colorado, and its first
female CEO in the company’s 80-year history. Under her
leadership, Matlock is helping LPEA transition to a clean
energy company and a “utility of the future.” Jessica
worked as an energy expert for the U.S. Senate and
advised the U.S. Congress and the Executive Branch on
renewable energy and cyber security challenges related
to the electric grid.

Kerry Siggins, CEO of StoneAge

At the ripe old age of 28, Kerry Siggins began her journey of leading StoneAge. She quickly learned how to adjust her style to effectively lead smart people an employee-owned company based in Durango, Colorado, USA. ​Along the way, she developed a knack for helping her employees identify and develop talents, find the “right” role, and then succeed. Kerry was named one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals and was a finalist for Colorado’s CEO of the Year in 2017. StoneAge is recognized as a Top 100 company to work for by Outside Magazine.

Kerry stands out from the rest of leadership speakers. She has the unique ability to move audiences through her journey from rock bottom to a highly successful CEO and leadership influencer. She is funny, real, and raw.

Able to captivate audiences, Kerry weaves her personal story and leadership experience in a way that inspires listeners and leaves them with actionable takeaways that they can implement immediately on the journey to become an exceptional leader.

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Meredith Mapel, President and CEO of Durango Coca-Cola

Meredith Mapel is the President and CEO of Durango Coca-Cola, a third generation, family-owned business.  She returned home to Durango, Colorado to join the business in 1999, and over the past 22 years served in various roles for the company.  Meredith was appointed President & CEO in 2016 and currently serves as Vice President for the Coca-Cola Bottler’s Association representing all 67 ownerships in the U.S.  Local board participation includes Fort Lewis College Board of Trustees, Colorado Beverage Association, First National Bank, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Adaptive Sports and San Juan Symphony.


Silver Sponsors

Durango Chamber of Commerce
The Payroll Department
Vectra Bank
Nunn Construction
First Southwest Bank

Bronze Sponsors

Alpine Leadership
ASAP Accounting & Payroll
Bank of the San Juans
Durango Land and Homes
Durango Motor Company
FCI Constructors
Jaynes Corporation
King Energy
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SW Colorado Community Foundation
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The Wells Group
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Canyon Construction
Alpenglow Properties
Animas Surgical Hospital
Jacobs Engineering
San Juan College
Basin Printing
FastTrack Communications
Pueblo Community College SW
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