Business Community Podcasts

“Business in the Community” is a series of podcasts brought to you by the Workforce, Ethics, and Lifelong Learning Center in the Anderson College of Business. Our goal is to bring to you programming that features the activities of business leaders and business educators working locally, nationally and around the world to improve our society.

On this episode our podcast features a conversation with Dr. Luka Powanga, Professor of Economics the Anderson College of Business. Dr. Powanga has a PhD in Mineral Economics from the Colorado School of Mines. Originally from Zambia, he is an expert in international economics and focuses his research on the study of international energy. Dr. Powanga, with his daughter, are founders of the Energy Africa Conference which is a unique opportunity for high level multi-disciplinary partners from national governments, private industry, civil society, and academia to share best practices and collaborate on advancing resilient energy systems to meet Africa’s energy demand. The conference is held in the Denver area every Fall.


On this episode, our podcast features a conversation with Kim States, CEO of the Denver/Boulder Better Business Bureau. Kim grew up near Greeley, Colorado and took over as CEO in 2015. Previously, she was the CEO of the southern Arizona chapter of the Better Business Bureau from 2008 to 2015. Kim was named 2012 Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business and served on the Advisory Board of the University of Arizona Center for Leadership Ethics. We recently sat down with Kim to talk about the importance of business ethics in our community and the key initiatives that the Better Business Bureau is undertaking to ensure we "elevate" the conversation surrounding business ethics.


Our third podcast features a conversation on Regis University's Earth Week 2017 festivities, with guests Dr. Ken Sagendorf, Director of the Innovation Center and Dr. Beth Caniglia, former Director of the SEED Institute. These Centers, and the WELL Center which sponsors this podcast, are leading various efforts in the Anderson College of Business designed to help business become stewards of society.


On this episode our podcast features a conversation with Father Pedro Walpole S.J., Director of Research at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) in the Philippines and the Coordinator of Reconciliation with Creation for the Jesuit Conference Asia Pacific. Father Pedro holds a doctorate in land use change from King’s College in London. He is a practitioner in sustainable environment and community land management in SouthEast Asia. His interests include seeking social justice through environmental management, poverty reduction in forest lands, partnerships for local development and advancing social concerns in forest law enforcement and governance, climate justice, and indigenous peoples’ rights. Our conversation focused in the role of business in leading a sustainability movement. Please join us for that discussion.


For our first podcast we feature a conversation with Natriece Bryant, Community Relations Coordinator with the Department of Regulatory Agencies for the State of Colorado. Our topic is Consumer Protection in Colorado: A Call to action. Former WELL Director, Eugene Wilkerson, sat down with Natriece to talk about her work surrounding Consumer Protection and the importance of community engagement.