If I could turn back time: 6 lessons I wish I knew earlier

15 Oct, 2021
Reflecting back on her career, Colleen Killen-Roberts shares six lessons that have helped hone her leadership skills...

Ed Lowe’s progressive trinity: Instigate, develop and implement

11 May, 2021
Recently I’ve been watching several videos that Ed and Darlene Lowe recorded in the early 1990s to both refine and document their vision for the Edward Lowe Foundation...

AAE conference: Celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit

1 Mar, 2021
With the first three cohorts of AAE graduates, the foundation is planning its inaugural AAE conference...

From lemons to lemonade: a quick 2020 recap

11 Dec, 2020
For the foundation, 2020 started normally enough. Then just as we were gearing up for our busy retreat season, everything came to a screeching halt on March 24…

Online oomph: 7 steps to better virtual programs

23 Sep, 2020
Colleen Killen-Roberts looks at 7 best practices that have helped the Edward Lowe Foundation pivot from in-person programs to online ones…

Our new normal: expanding virtual programs

17 Jun, 2020
Previously I’ve talked about the foundation’s partnership strategy to work with advocates of entrepreneurship-led economic development (ELED). The pandemic has been a real proof of this strategy — especially when it ...

Relationships matter: 5 steps to stronger partnerships

27 Feb, 2020
“People Need People” was the title of my second-grade reading textbook. My 7-year-old mind was curious about this title choice, but it wasn’t until much later that I really understood its ...

New membership organization to champion smaller manufacturers

22 Nov, 2019
The Kinexus Group has launched the newest addition to its nonprofit family — the Manufacturing Growth Alliance...

Leading for the common good

12 Aug, 2019
I recently wrapped up an intensive program at the Great Lakes Leadership Academy (GLLA) — one that challenged me on a lot of fronts...

Tough talk: Getting comfortable with uncomfortable conversations

7 May, 2019
Let's face it, difficult discussions are simply not fun. Yet business leaders can’t shy away from tense topics, especially operations professionals...