Aspen Business Connect Events & Testimonials

Aspen Business Connect networking events and conversations are social gatherings bringing our Roaring Fork Valley business professionals together in dynamic conversation with the thought leaders of our community. 

These forums have been designed so that we may all get to know one another better and build relationships inciting collaboration and referrals. In a town that runs by word of mouth, this is a very effective way to help one another.

Past Aspen Business Connect Networking Events

May 20th at the Aspen District Theatre. “Helping Teens Through Family & Community.Guest Speakers: Lance Nabers, Aspen Mind Springs Development Director; Dr. Ben Peery, Critical Care Specialist; Katherine Sand, Aspen Family Connections Director; Sonja Linman, Glenwood Springs Middle School Prevention Specialist and Founder of Yampah High School; Aspen Hope Center Counselor Craig Farnum, Ph.D, NCC; Pitkin County Deputy Cameron Daniel, Level II Certified Addiction Counselor. Moderated by Liz Means Executive Director for A Way Out. Partners; Buddy Program, Mountain Family Health Centers and Callie’s Backyard Foundation

January 17th at Caribou Club. “Outback to Aspen: One Woman’s Remarkable Journey“. Guest Speakers: Janie-Joseland Bennett and her daughter Eleanor. Moderated by Elise Fitzsimmons, Co-Founder of Unearth Women. 

2018 Networking Events

November, 2018 at Aspen Chapel. “How to Stay Spiritual in Businesspresented by Colorado Audio Visual & Design and Hosted by Aspen Chapel. Guest Speakers: Rabbi Itzhak Vardy of Neshama Aspen, Parayoga and Author, Rod Stryker; and Aspen Chapel Minister, Nicholas Vesey. Moderated by Lead with Love Founder, Gina Murdock. 

October. End of year party Sponsor Party at Bosq.

August 23rd at Marble Bar Aspen. Women Empowering Women“. Guest Speakers: Michele Cardamone of Michele Cardamone Photography; Sue O’Bryan, Interim Executive Director of Alpine Legal Services and Partner at OSCLM; and Gina D’Orazio Stryker, Founder of organic, non-GMO Gina Cucina Soups. Moderated by Aspen Business Connect Founder/Producer, Jillian Livingston. 

July 25th at Grey Lady Aspen. Guest Speakers: GlenX Executive Director, Mike Lowe, and Founder, Altai Chuluun, who are guiding the entrepreneurs of our valley and have a co-working space and business incubator located in The Third Street Center. Rob Hollis who was awarded the 2017 AIA 10- Craftsmanship Architectural Award by The Colorado Environmental Design Company presented by the American Institute of Architects Colorado Chapter. WATCH VIDEO.  PRE-EVENT INTERVIEW.

June 7th at Velvet Buck at The St. Regis Aspen. Guest Speakers: Woody Tasch, Founder of Slow Money, Author and Visionary; Susan Brady, Founder of 2Forks Club; and John Ward, ANB Mountain Region President, and Sponsor of Aspen Business Connect. The event will be moderated by Stephanie Syson, Co-Founder of Dynamic Roots and Biodynamic Botanicals.  

April 19th at Aspen Kitchen. “Sustainable Agriculture”. Guest Speakers; Brook Levan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable Settings, Jerome Osentowski, Founder and Director of CRMPI (Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute), and Eden Vardy, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Aspen Tree and The Farm Collective. The event will be moderated by Stephanie Syson, Co-Founder of Dynamic Roots and Biodynamic Botanicals, and a KDNK Public Affairs Host on Living Permaculture. Watch Video.

March 29th at Marble Bar Aspen: Guest Speakers; Chef C. Barclay Dodge, Chef/Owner of Bosq; Chef Susie Jimenez, of Spice it up Susie; and Shaefer Welch, Service and Spirits Specialist at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, and The Marble Bar Aspen. Refreshments provided by Too Haute Cowgirls. 

Aspen Business Connect Testimonials

“I just went to Jillian’s Aspen Business Connect event at Aspen Kitchen with a panel discussing the importance of eating local and nutritious food without pesticides. There was so much positive energy in the room and such an eclectic mix of local business representatives. It was such a perfect way to connect with members of our community. Bravo, Jillian! I can’t wait for more! ~ Michele Cardamone of Michele Cardamone Photography

“Thank you Aspen Real Life and your team. Very informative and well organized panel discussion. Wonderful to network with such smart, fun crowd. Keep up the good work.” ~ Harry Teague Architects

Sponsor Carrie Bryant of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Aspen Business Connect, not only as one of the original sponsors, but also as a participant of the monthly gatherings that connect business owners and locals in our valley.  At the first event, I found that I knew more people than I expected, and those I knew introduced me to their connections. I then realized I was naturally connecting people I met with others I knew who might be able to help in business or social circles.  It is the exact way I approach my job as a Real Estate Broker. People prefer to work with people they like and feel comfortable with and trust; i.e. relationship building. Aspen Connect opened more doors for me and solidified my belief that participation and collaboration is the key to my success, both professionally and socially.  Thank you Jillian for your collaboration!”

“Last week Jerome, Eden, and Brook melted our minds with their wisdom on the state of our food systems, what they’re doing about it, and what we can all do to improve the health of ourselves and the Earth. Thanks Aspen Business Connect for organizing this great event!” ~ CRMPI

“Thanks so much Jillian for putting these together. We were glad to see so many people who care about their food, we got so many business cards! Amazing” ~ Jerome Osentowski, Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute

“Thank you Jillian for giving us the opportunity to talk with our community via Aspen Business Connect! Your crew is amazing.” ~ Sustainable Settings

“Great evening. Great initiative. Great connections. Thanks Jillian Livingston and Jill for bringing the business community together!” ~ Bill Infante, Principal & Co-Founder at Hangai Mountain Textiles, Co-Founder & President at Breakthrough Communications, Basalt Town Council Member.

“Such an amazing event, Jillian!! Thank you for including us and for everything that you’re doing for this community and beyond. You’re an inspiration and connecting people is the most satisfying thing. Xoxox” ~ Molly Dodge, Bosq

“Last night was incredibly inspiring! Seeing those women discuss their passions in a human, connected way really affirmed the decisions I’ve been making in my own business and life. You said that it’s not enough to pursue goals in your business, but that we must also let go of the things that are no longer working and that no longer serve us. That really hit home. Thank you!” ~ Elise Fitzsimmons, Publisher and Co-Founder of Unearth Women

“We thought you’d love that we all connected over a fabulous dinner. Turned into a blog post, a mastermind group, a newly designed ring from gems from my ancestors and who knows great collaborations between some of us in the future! Thanks for being our connector and for all you do!! ~ Marisa Hallsted, Mindful Vine

“Reflecting on these moments is fulfilling because they are a clear example that as humans our ultimate resource is our ability to create happiness and as a result emerge in a natural state of pure enjoyment.   By being present and giving to each other, these complete strangers gifted one another with what the soul seeks: a higher intent of connection. Magnificent creations cannot be overseen for our lives are not just meant to be livable; rather, they are meant to be memorable.” ~ Christopher Palasz

“Thank you for inviting me to be a part of Aspen Business Connect. I attended last Thursday’s meeting and I think it was a fabulous get together.” ~ Marlene, Casting for Recovery

“I was blessed to be at the Aspen Business Connect event this past Thursday. The information, connection, and energy that was in the room was awesome. It was a perfect environment for creative minds to connect and build relationships. I will definitely attend again. Thank you Jillian & team.” ~ Marsha Weigum, Rise up and Live Abundantly

“I appreciate what you two powerhouses (Jillian Livingston and Gina Murdoch) are doing…  it was a powerful presentation at Aspen Chapel last week [How to Stay Spiritual in Business]!  Everybody did a fabulously great job! Thank you so much for being the ones to actually manifest this vision that spent tons of years as just a great idea in the minds and hearts of many. Bravo to you both!!! ~ Missy Flynn


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