“Roaring Fork Leadership (RFL) is a nine-month training program designed to bring community members together through interactive and experiential learning,” Held said. “RFL graduates ultimately become better leaders, experience personal growth and are more engaged in the community.”
This year approximately 20 people were accepted into the program.
Held is currently the senior project manager at Forum Phi, an award winning architectural firm located in Aspen.
“Throughout my experience in RFL, I have been most excited about meeting other professionals in my community and practicing my leadership skills in the safe place of these new friends,” Held said.
Held decided applying to be a part of RFL would help her personally and in the workplace. She was appreciative of Western for how it has helped her in her life.
“My experiences at Western were invaluable,” said Held. “I gained a special love and respect for the mountains that has encouraged me to live in their unique communities and ultimately brought me to the Roaring Fork Valley.”
In addition to her bachelor’s degree from Western, Held earned her Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado Denver.
“Roaring Fork Leadership has provided me with the knowledge and tools to help improve my leadership, communication and listening skills,” Held said. “I've had the opportunity to give back to the community through involvement of Roaring Fork Schools Capstone Project and work alongside new friends and team members.
“My advice to underclassmen is that your future is chosen by you. Every challenge or obstacle in life should be treated as an opportunity and a learning experience,” Held said.
Story by Caitlin Gleason. Photos courtesy of Beth Held.