Congratulations to Peak Academy’s October Cohort; #80: Mount Adams! Pictured above: Jesica Antonucci, Tricia Cordova, Cameron Cox, Nate Emswiller, Lizzie Friend, Samuel Gannon, Renee Hutchinson, Maximinio Marquez, Heather Meintzer, Amanda Milano, Patricia Prentice, Pragati Sharma, Michael Wallin, Richard Wilson, Oliver Zornoza.

On October 1, 2018, Denver Peak Academy had a total of 15 individuals, representing several organizations within and external to the City and County of Denver, go through the Black Belt Training.

In the picture above, Cohort #80 came together and discussed what holds them back from innovating.

October’s Cohort; #80: Mount Adams is composed of talent from the following organizations:

Denver Public Works
Denver Safety – Police Department
Denver Human Services
City of Englewood

City of Westminster

Metro Wastewater Reclamation
Denver Parks & Recreation
Denver Community Planning and Development
Denver Technology Services
Denver International Airport

Some of the highlights from the week are as follows:

  1. Conducted Gemba walks across the City & County of Denver and presented an in-depth analysis of each system observed.
  2. Practiced Behavioral Insight Techniques.
  3. Discussed approaches to ‘Change Management’ and ‘Organizational Leadership’; applied process improvement tools and skills to improve a simulated Parks’ process via a 3-hour continuous improvement simulation.

Peak’s Black Belt class is a week of fun and problem identification and solving. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it. Now Cohort #80 (Mount Adams) has the tools to objectively see a process-problem, say it (with data), and fix it continuously, with data, accountability and evidence-based solutions.

To close, at the Peak Academy, we can not express enough how proud we are of Cohort #80. Thus, we encourage you all to go forth and make Denver, as well as the World, better. One process, team, division, and municipality at a time. Innovate, elevate, and repeat.

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