The Bold Font Story

We are a group of diverse and passionate professionals here to share our collective decades of learning, wisdom, and experience. It is our privilege to guide you.

Meet the Team

Katie Beaubian

Director of Programs, Coach

I was most likely to get in trouble in school for asking too many questions.

My biggest life lesson was when a plane I was on had to make an emergency landing in Lima, Peru.

My proudest professional accomplishment is seeing all the college students I worked with graduate.

Wendy Fisk

VP of Client Engagement

I was most likely to get in trouble in school for daydreaming.

My biggest life lesson has been understanding that happiness is entirely an inside job.

My proudest professional accomplishment was being one of the first 10 people in a startup, growing it to a team of 100, and selling it.

Margaret Forest

Creative Director

I was most likely to get in trouble in school for doodling while the teacher was talking.

My biggest life lesson was when I learned that not everyone thinks the same way I do.

My proudest professional accomplishment is being selected as a Semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition.

Jamila Nantwi

Director of Operations, Coach

I was most likely to get in trouble for school for asking too many questions...

...Teachers would get frustrated that I questioned everything from theory to philosophy, even historical record.

My biggest life lesson has been that if you don’t take care of yourself first, you cannot effectively take care of those around you. We have the tendency to put everyone else’s needs before our own but if your cup isn’t full, how much can you really give to others?

My proudest professional accomplishment was completion of my CTI coaching certification, the program challenged me in ways that enabled me to grow and develop in ways that my career hadn’t. It’s given me the opportunity to find a profession that I am passionate about and be present for others in a way that I haven’t before.

Lauran Arledge

CEO 

I was most likely to get in trouble for talking. To be fair, it usually was about the lesson...

...but I needed to talk about it to learn it. It wasn’t  until graduate school that we actually got discuss and talk in class! I finally felt like I was really learning!

My biggest life lesson was learning that I had to create the life I wanted. No one else was going to do it for me. It took several “opportunities for growth” experiences before I finally woke up one day and thought, “Oooooohhhhhhhhhh I get it”.

My proudest professional accomplishment has been connecting a team of exceptional human beings and professionals together to create Bold Font.

Bold Font Coaches

James Davis

Coach

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for talking or telling a dirty joke.

The biggest lesson for me was when I was 18 and my best friend’s mom told me to stop feeling sorry for myself.  It pissed me off at first but then after a week or so of reflection this made me realize that my childhood did not represent my future.  It launched me into action.  I thank her for this gift every time I see her.

My proudest professional accomplishment has been always being willing to learn new skills and take risks in order to do the work that I most love.

Beth Kirke

Coach

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for talking too much.

My biggest life lesson has been that whether things are great or challenging, this too shall pass.

My proudest professional accomplishment: I am super proud to be a trained and certified Coach.

Margaret Selby

Coach

Most likely to get in trouble at school for...HA! I was a huge goodie goodie...

...and never really got in trouble.

My biggest life lesson was learning how to work through conflict to create stronger and more fulfilling relationships. Conflict doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Game changer!

My proudest professional accomplishment is setting a sales goal, meeting and exceeding the goal and earning a company sponsored trip to Marrakech Morocco!

Kristin Hoover

Coach

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for laughing way too loudly.

My biggest life lesson has been living my mom’s legacy after she committed suicide when I was 18. She taught us not to let a bad situation or person define us. Rather, let it be a chance to redefine yourself and begin again.

My proudest professional accomplishment: leading 100 souls on the humanitarian mission of a lifetime in Iraq supporting 122,000 troops to earnestly help rebuild their country—growing together in austere living conditions working 7 days a week and humbling ourselves to the 130 degree dust storms with incoming rocket and mortars and learning to laugh and bond together at our most vulnerable.

Lisa Marie Carlson

Coach

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for “creatively interpreting” the rules.

My biggest life lesson has been learning to hold grief and joy at the same time.

My proudest professional accomplishments are the times I've been able to change minds.

Courtney Blume

Coach, Education

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for doodling...

...My folders and notebooks were covered with flowers, lines, and geometric shapes!

My biggest life lesson was when I decided to move to Denver ten years ago and that lesson is a simple one...to trust my gut instinct and my independence. I had a happy and comfortable life with a fulfilling job and great friends, but just kept wondering...”What if I could be even happier? What if I lived somewhere that aligned more with my values?”  I trusted myself, moved to Denver barely knowing anyone, and have now created a life that I love!

My proudest professional accomplishment was getting my master’s degree in Special Education and my principal licensure all while teaching full-time. I was able to become a better teacher and leader and put my learning to everyday use for students, families, and colleagues.

Abby Gabora

Coach, Education

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for asking too many questions!

My biggest life lesson was learning to let go of trying to control the things I can’t control.

My proudest professional accomplishment is every time I am able to help a student through their own challenges. This makes me proud of what I do!

Alisa Wills-Keely

Coach, Education

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for socializing and connecting with others...

...My teachers would complain they saw the back of my head more often than my face. For some reason my teachers did not understand that I was supporting classroom culture and community.

My biggest life lesson came after my mother passed away. Her absence reminds me to draw meaning and strength from life's events or more specifically, examining life experiences for the ways my humanity can be enriched and nourished.

My proudest professional accomplishments involve the structures and learning experiences I have developed and facilitated for students, teachers, and administrators to create community with one another.

Contributors

Emily Love

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for exceeding the amount of absences...

…allowable by the district. What they don’t know is that I would forge my dad’s signature to get out of school!

My biggest life lesson has been one that I am still learning - figuring out what it means to experience my fullest life and living my truest existence.

My professional accomplishment - stepping into and owning my leadership style - and the impact it has had on the colleagues I have supported. That means everything to me.

Brent McCown

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for missing the bus or not following...

... the dress code or daydreaming or singing in class or uncontrollable giggle fits or doodling incessantly or being indecisive.

My biggest life lesson has been the realization that life is a big, continuous lesson. Learning experiences come every day. And all of them are important to help gracefully navigate the next rise or fall, knowing that some things we just can't learn until we actually face certain situations. Feels like that's what it's all about. Bring it on.

My proudest professional accomplishment (so far...) was collaborating with, producing, and directing Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) from Spinal Tap in a series of web spots for National Geographic. What started with a blind call to his agent, ended with a successful series of videos and featured content on the 25th-anniversary release of Spinal Tap on blu-ray—along with some incredible memories. I am also very proud to hear that I am an inspiring leader from my team. I work for that privilege every day.

Lisa Grassfield

I was most likely to get in trouble at school for not wanting to come in from outside, and for...

...having a penchant for benign mischief. I was an avid learner, just not inclined to prove it.

My biggest life lesson has been the realization that everyone has a story, and that you can change the course of someone’s day (and even life) by extending small kindnesses, taking an interest, asking a question and listening with an open heart. What I’ve learned is that often, life’s challenges bind us together more firmly than life’s triumphs.

I’ve had a 20+ year career in higher education. My proudest professional accomplishment can’t be unbundled from the Biggest Life Lesson above. I remember stories, celebrate diversity and find joy in making connections. If a student feels that I care deeply about their past/present/future, which I do, that’s enough.

Our Values

Courage

We stand inside our convictions, principles, values AND remain flexible and open minded.

Connection

We recognize the immense power that exists in relationships and their interrelatedness. We know that to see everything as a system allows us to make decisions that are wise and grounded.

Candor

We embrace challenging conversations. We know that to express deep caring for others we often have to be uncomfortable. We must be honest with ourselves and with others in order to drive growth.

Commitment

Our commitments form our reality. We can tell what we are committed to by looking at our results. Our results are made up of the thousands of small choices we make each moment of each day.

Clarity

With a clear vision of where we are going, we are highly engaged in our work. We are accountable for our behavior and our results.

Competency

We are self-directed and work toward mastery in our area of expertise by maintaining a growth mindset. We understand what we can contribute and ask for assistance when we need it.

 

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