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Blessing 'Yemi' Mobolade

Recent Work History

July 2015Present

Vice President, Business Retention & Expansion

Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC

I work to support and promote the continued growth of Colorado Springs' many existing employers. Business retention and expansion strategies include demonstrating support to businesses, understanding and responding to their needs, and receiving feedback to address local issues that detract from a healthy business climate in which local business can prosper and grow. 

September 2017

Co-Founder

Good Neighbors Meeting House

I co-founded Good Neighbors Meeting House, a specialty café in the Patty Jewett neighborhood.  Good Neighbors employs a strong team of twenty staff members with a strong bent towards talent and professional development.

July 2015July 2017

Co-Founder & Executive Director

COSILoveYou/CityServe

I co-founded and served as the executive director of a citywide collaborative initiative to catalyze thousands of people into long-term community engagement.  COSILoveYou brings together faith-based organizations, local government, private, and non-profit organizations over a common mission of city flourishing and impact.  I provided oversight to four steering teams, a project manager, and an executive time team of leaders.  I oversaw the organization's budget, finances, and operations. 

July 2015July 2017

City Engagement Director

First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs

I was responsible for creating, stimulating and nurturing a culture of mission and service among the members, staff, and volunteers, to help meet the physical and emotional needs in the city of Colorado Springs.  I lead, mobilized, and directed opportunities for over two thousand people into community outreach and service.

November 2013July 2015

Co-Founder & Chief Ethos Officer

The Wild Goose Meeting House

I co-founded and co-operated The Wild Goose Meeting House, one of the first specialty cafés in the downtown area.  The Wild Goose is a pioneer of the Colorado Springs downtown renaissance.  Our covert mission was city development through supporting and developing  local businesses, and other community-oriented endeavors.   I served as the chief vision officer and guardian of the “Goose” culture.  I supervised the managers, providing professional development.  I oversaw the company's 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 Skills & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Talent/Workforce Development: Workforce remains the biggest obstacle to growth.  practical understanding from the employer perspective of skills required in a wide variety of careers, grasp of the skills gaps that currently exist and an entrepreneurial approach in adapting to rapidly changing technical requirements of work.
  • 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:

    Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations Must possess exceptional community skills

  • 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. 
    • 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.


  • 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 fourteen years of management experience, including department, program, and 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.

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.