Crocs CEO Andrew Rees Joins CU South Denver for New Educational Program

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LONE TREE, CO (Nov. 15, 2018) – The University of Colorado South Denver has announced the launch of an impressive new program, Journey to the Top | C-Suite Series, starting in November of this year. Kicking off this series is Andrew Rees, President and CEO of Niwot-based Crocs, Inc., the maker of one of the most iconic footwear silhouettes in the world.

Rees will share personal stories from his two-plus decades in footwear and retail, including his pathway to Crocs, where he’s overseen the $1 billion brand’s transformation and growth efforts. The event, Rees’ first public speaking appearance in Colorado, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public with limited seating.

“I am thrilled to help CU South Denver kick-off what’s sure to be an educational speaker series,” Rees said. “While my background is in footwear, Crocs presented a challenge full of learning opportunities, but also successes. I look forward to sharing my story in hopes of inspiring others in the community.”

Following a professional networking reception, Rees will accompany Jackie Millet, the mayor of Lone Tree, for an intimate fireside chat with discussions of his triumphs, challenges and lessons learned along his path to success. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to ask Rees their own questions as well.

“We are proud to have CU South Denver in Lone Tree, and it’s an honor to participate in the kick-off session with Rees,” said Millet.

Sponsors include CBS4, the CU Denver Business School, American Furniture Warehouse and the Denver South EDP. This event is expected to have roughly 300 – 400 attendees and an actual Crocs store, mobile-style, will be outside CU South Denver before the event selling merchandise.

Scot Chadwick, the vice chancellor of enterprise development for CU South Denver, states that this will be “an invaluable opportunity for professionals across the Denver Metro Area to further their own professional development and garner hands-on insights and learnings from a chief executive officer’s journey.”

The Journey to the Top | C-Suite Series boasts a variety of other CEO luminaries for 2019 including Steve White, the President of Comcast’s West Division, Kent Thiry, CEO of DaVita and Mary Rhinehart, CEO of Johns Manville. Learn more about this unique program and register here.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Rees joined Crocs as president in June 2014 and became CEO and joined the board of directors in June 2017. He has more than 25 years of experience in the footwear and retail industry and oversees the brand’s global strategy and operations. Prior to joining Crocs, Rees served as managing director of L.E.K. Consulting in Boston where he founded and led the firm’s Retail and Consumer Products Practice for 13 years. While at L.E.K., Rees served as a consultant for Crocs from 2013 to 2014, supporting the development and execution of the company’s strategic growth plan. Previously, Rees served as vice president of both strategic planning and retail operations for Reebok International. He also held a variety of positions at Laura Ashley.


About Crocs, Inc.

Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for women, men and children, combining comfort and style with a value that consumers know and love. Every pair of shoes within Crocs’ collection contains Croslite™ material, a proprietary, molded footwear technology, delivering extraordinary comfort with each step.

In 2018, Crocs reinforces its mission of “everyone comfortable in their own shoes” with the second year of its global Come As You Are™ campaign. To learn more about Crocs or Come As You Are, please visit or follow @Crocs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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University of Colorado South Denver Empowers Leaders for Success

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LONE TREE, CO (Oct. 9, 2018) – The University of Colorado South Denver has announced they are launching executive education programs in the fall of this year. These newly-offered programs are designed to fortify leadership capabilities, illuminate strategies and provide insights into innovation. Executive education at CU South Denver is created for senior management looking to enhance their influence and drive organizational success.

The university will commence its executive education effort with a full lineup of robust programming beginning with Executive Presence & Networking, held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at CU South Denver’s stunning facility in Lone Tree, CO. This intensive and integrative half-day program seeks to develop and enhance leaders’ credibility, trust, buy-in and meaningful relationships.

Top faculty from the University of Colorado will teach a multitude of signature programs, creating an immersive and rigorous educational experience, all over in-house executive chef-prepared meals, concierge level service and access to an exclusive network of peers.

“CU South Denver’s executive, cohorted experience is like no other in the Rocky Mountain Region… It targets the whole person, combining innovation-focused design thinking and futurist content and theory,” says Nicholas Hamilton-Archer, executive director of executive programs at the University of Colorado. Interested participants can register for an upcoming information session.

Carefully designed to meet emerging business and organizational needs, CU South Denver’s executive education boasts forward-looking programs such as Digital Excellence for Senior Leaders, Data-Driven Decision Making & Business Analytics and Minority Business Accelerator. Global Immersion-India, a week-long trip to Mumbai, is planned for late November and will examine the India business environment with first-hand, on-the-spot experience of how strategy, finance, management, culture and organization are conducted internationally.

“We are providing organizations the opportunity to orient their leaders for what is coming tomorrow, while simultaneously providing a broader perspective, transferable skills and the health and wellness grounding to increase agility and adaptability, both internally and externally,” Archer states.

According to CU South Denver’s newly-appointed vice chancellor of enterprise development, Scot Chadwick, this program will “cultivate leaders who are future-focused, cutting-edge, courageous and self-aware.” It will be a “transformative experience” for executives and upper management, Chadwick notes, propelling their organizations forward and establishing for themselves a leadership position within their professional landscape.

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University of Colorado South Denver Announces New Vice Chancellor

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LONE TREE, CO (Sept. 26, 2018) – Chancellor Dorothy Horrell of CU Denver and Chancellor Don Elliman of CU Anschutz Medical Campus have named Scot Chadwick the new vice chancellor of enterprise development at the University of Colorado South Denver.

Chadwick will take the helm to guide the enterprise as CU South Denver continues in its vision to serve as the preeminent innovator of choice for accelerating talent solutions, propelling careers and advancing leaders by offering market-driven, distinctive programs for individuals and organizations. CU South Denver offers classes and programs from across the CU campuses and boasts innovative, cutting-edge professional development opportunities including workshops, trending topics programs such as EduTalks (a lunch and learn series) and Journey to the Top C-Suite Series, executive education, customized programs and more.

Chadwick currently serves as the executive director for the Office of Digital Education at CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. He will continue his leadership role with CU’s digital education efforts, creating pathways to the University of Colorado for working adults across Colorado and beyond, and extend his charge in leading CU South Denver’s enterprise development as vice chancellor. Chadwick brings extensive experience as an education technology leader and advisor to higher education executives across the country and has held several business leadership roles in the private sector, within large multi-national corporations and education technology start-ups. As vice chancellor, he will lead the growth of the CU South Denver enterprise, supporting academic innovation and amplifying its corporate and community partnerships.

“Adult learners and employers alike are increasingly looking to higher education for innovations in academic programming that can align their education goals with their career and life goals. These include in-person, fully online and blended delivery, customized programs, micro-credentials as well as education-as-a-benefit programs. CU South Denver has become a hub for these innovations and is uniquely positioned at the forefront of serving the adult learner of today and of the future,” says Chadwick.

Chadwick graduated with his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder and continues to let his CU pride shine through his dedication to enhancing the CU community and enriching its students, affiliates and existing enterprises.

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Colorado Smart Cities Alliance Launched

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Denver – The Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the United States, officially launched today. The statewide, multi-jurisdictional, public-private coalition aims to make Colorado a leader in the development of intelligent, 21st century infrastructure, improving everything from transportation and housing to public safety and the environment for the state’s 5.5-plus million residents. Read More