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Cardan Capital Partners co-founder Sarah Keys has joined the board of advisors of Colorado Thought Leaders Forum, a dynamic and highly collaborative community aimed squarely at helping senior business executives across the state become “heart-level leaders.”

Here’s how the group, founded in 2009, defines heart-level leadership:

  • Humble: Exhibit properly motivated, continuous personal development
  • Engaged: Intentionally build meaningful relationships
  • Authentic: Lead from a position of genuineness and vulnerability
  • Reciprocal: Value sincere, generous and intentional service
  • Tribal: Wired for community, relationships, and a “better together” mindset

Advisors like Sarah seek to help everyone who participates in the forum become business leaders who protect and promote Colorado’s reputation for being an open, service-minded and relationship-based place to live and work. Forum members tap into tracks of networking groups, development programs and educational events best suited to meet their interests and goals.

Forum members can count on thoughtful events that are anything but death by PowerPoint — such as a recent appearance by Loveland, Colo., native Molly Bloom, whose 2014 memoir Molly’s Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World! inspired Aaron Sorkin’s Academy Award-nominated, 2017 film adaptation, “Molly’s Game.” Ms. Bloom’s high-stakes poker games attracted Hollywood celebrities, sports stars, business titans — and the Russian mob.

From left to right: Sarah Keys, Emily Gadacz of PorchLight Real Estate Group, Molly Bloom and Dennis Johanningmeier of DJJCPA

When the Feds finally stepped into what had become a $100 million money laundering and illegal sports gambling operation, Ms. Bloom’s felony conviction soon followed. Today, she shares a powerful story of success, power, despair, loss and reinvention — and challenges people to ask themselves tough questions:

  • What would you do if one morning everything you worked for vanished before your eyes?
  • What if you realized the path you chose was not good for your soul?
  • What if the choice before you meant compromising your values or starting over from scratch, with nothing?
  • What if you could start all over again and do something that matters?