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Blessing 'Yemi' Mobolade

Recent Work History

July 2015Present

Vice President, Business Retention & Expansion

Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC

In my role as VP, Business Retention & Expansion for the Colorado Spring Chamber & EDC, I work to promote the continued growth of Colorado Springs' many existing employers, with a focus on primary employers.

September 2017

Co-Founder

Good Neighbors Meeting House

I co-founded The Wild Goose Meeting House, a specialty café in the downtown area.  I am keeper of the vision and guardian of the “Goose” ethos of excellence.  I supervised  the managers, providing professional development.  I oversee the business budget and finances.

July 2015July 2017

Executive Director

COSILoveYou/CityServe

I was the founder and executive director of a city-wide collaborative initiative to bring together unite faith organizations, local government, private, and non-profit catalyze a movement of people into long-term community engagement.  I organize an annual four-day movement held in the fall that brings the churches of Colorado Springs together over a common mission of service to the city.  I provide oversight to my steering team, project manager, and team leaders.  church-wide initiative designed to impact the city.  CityServe seeks

July 2015July 2017

City Outreach Director

First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs

I am responsible for stimulating and nurturing a culture of mission and service among members, staff, and volunteers to help meet the physical and emotional needs in our city.  Firs Pres' city engagement focus priorities include: (1) Homeless and Housing Solutions, (2) Southeast Revitalization, and (3) Refugee Initiatives. I lead, mobilize, and direct opportunities for over two thousand people into community outreach and service.

November 2013

Co-Founder

The Wild Goose Meeting House

I co-founded The Wild Goose Meeting House, a specialty café in the downtown area.  I am keeper of the vision and guardian of the “Goose” ethos of excellence.  I supervised  the managers, providing professional development.  I oversee the business budget and finances.

Education

2018

 Basic Economic Development Course

International Economic Development Council

Working towards becoming a Certified Economic Developer CEcD

Aug 2010May 2015

M.A. Intellectual Leadership

A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary

Train students to serve as leading thinkers in the culture.

May 2004Aug 2006

M.S. Management and Leadership

Indiana Wesleyan University

Prepare students for upper-level management positions in a variety of industries.

Aug 1996May 2001

B.S. Computer Information System

Bethel College
Aug 1996May 2001

B.A. Business Administration

Bethel College

RELATED ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Elected Official: In a short amount of time I have been a able to build relationship and trust with many of our elected officials including Commissioners Mark Waller, Stan VanderWerf, Longinos Gonzalez, Jr.

  • Brand Ambassador: I am an excellent brand ambassador and will represent the UCCS' corporate identity in appearance, demeanor, values and ethics.  I see opportunities for City of Colorado Springs to further extend its brand into our local community and as a positive spokesperson and community influencer, I am well suited to represent the City on community, City, and county boards while keeping elected officials informed on all issues.
  • Advocacy and Partnerships: As Executive Director of UCCS' University Partnerships and Public Policy, she helps link the University and members of the business, education, and non-profit communities, along with working on regional priorities with UCCS' community partners. She leads the University's Regional Connect, mPACT, the Federal Coalition for the Pikes Peak Region, serves as a liaison to elected and appointed officials, and works with the Vice-Chancellor of University Advancement on the University's external impact.
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Legislative: Build positive working relationships with legislators, government agencies, trade organizations, and other stakeholders at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Collaborative Relationships: I have a natural skill of 'breadth of relationships'.  I am well connected in our city, from civic leaders to non profit leaders, and into the private sector.   I am a member of Colorado Springs Leadership Institute (CSLI), a platform for established leaders in the city to network, share ideas, problem solve, and form collaborative relationships.  I have direct connections and experiences with many of our city's community development efforts and plan to strategically leverage these relationships.
  • Managerial and Supervisory Experience: I have over twelve years of management experience and department/program/organization oversight.  My management style has a natural lean towards leadership and professional development
  • Speaking: I have experience speaking in large and small group settings,  including classrooms, conferences, seminars, and keynote speaking.
  • Lifelong Learner: I am a lifelong learner.  The pursuit of knowledge is intrinsic to me.  I am committed to learning, growing, and developing myself. My aspirations include a doctoral degree in Leadership Studies with a concentration in Community Leadership.

SKILLS

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Collaboration

I am highly skilled at channeling community-wide change by working together and collaborating across  various faculties including government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens. 

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Futurist

Possibilities of the future fascinate me.  I am a dreamer who envisions what could be.  I continually envision a better world and energize others with visions of their future.  .

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Community Development

I work for the health, growth, and prosperity of our beloved city through community engagement, launching new ideas, and helping to bring people together to build relationships, and solve problems.

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Leadership Development

I am obsessed with the development of people and the process of leveraging the most valuable asset of society.

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Networking

I build rapport across cultures and societal sectors in a mutually beneficial way.