Professional Development Conference
Traci Fenton and President Jordan
Traci Fenton (Speaking January 28th, 2011)
Traci Fenton is the Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, Inc., whose mission is championing the growth of democratic companies worldwide. WorldBlu publishes the annual WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™, a list of the most transparent, collaborative and decentralized companies in the world, ranging from small to FORTUNE 500 public and private organizations. As a leading expert in organizational democracy, she is recognized as one of the business thought-leaders of her generation as well as of the next generation of business.
Traci has spent over a decade pioneering methods and tools for designing and building democratic companies, including the WorldBlu Democratic Design System™. Traci also pioneered the groundbreaking WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces™, an annual listing of the most democratic organizations in the world that premiered in 2007. Traci has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, US News and World Report, The New York Times, Fast Company, BusinessWeek the BBC and dozens of other media outlets around the globe.
Traci frequently addresses audiences on organizational democracy and freedom-centered leadership and has shared her message with individuals from over 100 countries and for organizations such as Yahoo!, Fox Interactive Media, the CIA, and Harvard University as well various other audiences worldwide.
Drawing from over a decade of original research and hundreds of conversations with business executives and leading practitioners about how freedom, rather than fear and control, can be practiced within a business environment, Traci is currently working on her first book highlighting innovative case studies in organizational democracy.
Prior to becoming Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, Inc., Traci founded the WorldBlu Foundation, a non-profit think-tank. Previously in her career she worked in public relations and advertising for a FORTUNE 500 company, was a social venture capitalist for the NASDAQ Stock Market’s multi-million dollar educational foundation, and was a social entrepreneurial consultant
for a national non-profit organization.
Traci has traveled throughout Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. She earned a BA in global studies and entrepreneurship from Principia College and a master's degree in international development from American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC. In her free time Traci loves traveling, running, yoga, spending time outdoors, and writing poetry.
Visit Traci's website at: WorldBlu, Inc.
Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.
President, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Stephen M. Jordan has been president of Metropolitan State College of Denver since July 2005.
Since taking the helm, President Jordan has led Metro State on a rapid trajectory toward becoming one of the preeminent public urban colleges in the nation. Under his leadership, Metro State has launched its first master’s degree programs, seen undergraduate enrollment increase to record levels, and progressed with plans for a new Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center and the Student Success Building. Amid deep budget cuts, President Jordan has led nationally recognized initiatives to retool and reposition itself for the future.
Jordan has overseen a number of projects to improve retention and graduation rates among students of color. Statistics show a clear correlation between student retention and the number of full-time faculty teaching lower-division classes; Jordan has added nearly 200 full-time tenure-track faculty—49 of whom are of color—since 2004. He has established a First Year Success Program, a learning community with support services that eventually will be offered to all incoming freshman. In addition, he has established a goal for the College of achieving the status of Hispanic Serving Institution within the next decade.
As chair of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division II Presidents Council in 2008 and 2009, Jordan led the charge for collegiate athletics to return to their fundamental purpose with the appropriate balance between academics and athletics and for student-athletes to be involved members of their communities. For instance, Metro State received the NCAA Division II Community Engagement Award in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) for its “Building Bridges to the Community” program. The program began in the fall of 2007 when the women’s softball team “adopted” the Denver West High School girls’ softball team. This partnering between the two teams is an ongoing relationship that is building bridges between the College and Denver Public Schools.
Jordan serves on the boards of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver.
Jordan began his 30-year career in higher-education administration at the University of Colorado, as the assistant secretary to the Board of Regents and an attendant instructor in the Graduate School of Public Affairs. From there, he took increasingly prominent positions as an assistant vice chancellor, then vice chancellor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, before becoming the deputy executive director for finance and planning for the Arizona Board of Regents and an adjunct professor in the Center for Educational Leadership at Arizona State University. In 1994, Jordan was named executive director of the Kansas Board of Regents and in 1998 he became president of Eastern Washington University, a position he held for seven years.
Jordan was named one of the nation’s most innovative and entrepreneurial higher education leaders in the book, “The Entrepreneurial College President,” by James L. Fisher and James V. Koch (2004: Praeger Publishers). The authors describe Jordan and 16 others as leaders who “appreciate, but are not anchored by, the past and who readily question the status quo, generate innovative ideas, and find ways to prevent organizational structure from discouraging change.”
Jordan grew up in Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in public affairs and a doctorate from the University of Colorado Denver.He and his wife Ruth live in downtown Denver. They have two sons, a daughter and six grandchildren.