Tune in on Thursday, August 14 at 11:00 am MST on Pay It Forward Radio when I interview Bryan Halsey & Tricia Halsey – Founders of Big Idea Project.

To listen:  Mile Hi Radio



Bryan’s tenacity, steadfastness and creativity brought the first Big Idea Project to life. Through countless volunteer hours, books read, and long nights, Bryan created his high school’s first leadership curriculum. Big Idea Project was his answer for making his leadership class more than an academic obligation but rather a transformative experience. Bryan’s commitment to raise up leaders in spite of lack of precedent and resources speaks volumes of the quality of his character.
Bryan is Big Idea Project’s chief practitioner. He brings over ten years of experience teaching high school business, marketing and leadership. His classroom experience gives Big Idea Project the context, best practices, real-life application and teacher perspective that we need to best reach students, teachers and the community. Bryan was awarded Teacher of the Year at Columbine HS in 2013-2014. He is skilled at execution, rallying support, earning trust and developing programs and curriculum. With Bryan no task is ever dropped, every deadline is met early and expectations are surpassed.
An insatiable learner, Bryan has two post-graduate degrees. The first is a M.S. in Special Education from National University and the second a M.A. in Comparative Education from UCLA. His bachelors is from San Diego State University in Business Administration.


First and foremost, Tricia is a builder. She has worked with non-profit organizations and for-profit companies to build organizational capacity, identity, culture, strategy, programs, product and teams. Tricia has a keen ability to oscillate in and out of big picture-thinking and process details. She brings an aptitude for creative strategic development, a passion for excellence and keen perception of people and interpersonal issues.

Tricia is both a practitioner and student of leadership. As a business leader she was instrumental in taking a small business from start-up to recognized industry expert; designing everything from company identity, messaging, product offering and strategic relationships. As a senior leader in an international non-profit organization, she oversaw staff and programs in four countries, developed the direction for programs, led staff development and directed process improvement. Early in her career she worked with youth and facilitated programs and experiences that nurtured personal and leadership development. Her passion for building up leaders and seeing young people reach their potential has come full circle as she builds Big Idea Project to be the foremost organization for high school leadership development in the country.
Tricia earned a M.A. in Leadership to better understand the science of leadership in order to move people and organizations to greater heights of productivity and impact. She earned her Bachelors from Pepperdine University.



Today’s complex social problems demand skilled leaders of noble character and unshakable confidence who give more than they take. Such leaders are in short supply. Big Idea Project is going to change this.

Big Idea Project is a simple service learning project for high school students that takes leadership from concept to action. Students practice leading social change in the context of community because the responsibility for raising up tomorrow’s leaders rests on all of us.

The main premise of the Big Idea Project is simple: student teams identify a need in society and use problem-solving, leadership and team building skills to creatively contribute to the solution. Students are given three months to come up with a plan, work their plan and present their results to the community for the chance to win a college scholarship. Winning teams from each local school compete in a state-wide competition for a larger scholarship.



My next guests on Fashion Forward Radio will be Justin Biel and Grason Ratowsky, founders of BAREMADE on Sunday, August 10 at 11:00 am MST. Broadcasted each week from the Denver Design Incubator.

To listen:  Today’s Woman Network


BARE was devised from a unique combination of creative individuals. Grason Ratowsky and Justin Biel are long time best friends from Boulder, Colorado. Both avid world travelers, they’ve stepped foot on six continents together and saved each others lives more times than the two would like to remember. Motivated by creativity and the goal to live a life full of passion, meaning and adventure, the best friend’s complementary skill sets and shared ideals are a powerful and rare combination. As a skilled businesswoman with roots in NYC, Lo Sampadian completes the BARE trio and provides the backbone for the company. Unlike many companies, the BARE founders are friends, first and foremost. The reciprocal mindset constructed by such a strong friendship provides the innovation and motivation behind the BARE brand.

Justin Biel


Director of Communications Justin Biel maintains and directs BARE’s company culture and communications strategy. Biel’s responsibilities include client communications, consumer influencing and product demand.





Lead Designer & Creative Director Grason Ratowsky has cultivated and shaped all things design for BARE. Ratowsky’s passionate dedication to art and unique handcrafted products has laid the foundation for the company’s simple, functional, repurposed design collections and overall brand experience.



The Bare Artist Collection is a testament to self-expression that speaks to the artist in us all. An adventure in product design and creativity. Each brush stroke tells a story, each color palette carries an emotion. A unique, visceral experience, the BARE ARTIST COLLECTION provides an unrestricted glimpse into the Artists soul.









The Burlap Collection. The seed for this collection was planted over years of global travel, a plethora of enlightening adventures and a variety of shared life experiences. It was clarified through interactions with diverse cultures, people and foreign materials. And finally, it was brought to life through unwavering dedication and determination. After receiving a burlap coffee sack from his father, Grason Ratowsky found the inspiration that ultimately led to the creation of the BARE Burlap Collection.



Pay It Forward Radio Interviews Melody Biringer – Urban Campfire

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My next guest on Pay It Forward Radio is Melody Biringer, founder of Urban Campfire. Tune in on Thursday, August 7 at 11:00 am MST for our interview! To listen:  MileHi Radio From strawberry shortcake to home furnishings to a fitness business, Melody has trotted down virtually every entrepreneurial trail in existence. With 23 business […]

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Fashion Forward Radio Interviews Maureen Mika – Style Down The Aisle Fashion Stylist

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Pay it Forward Radio Interviews Scott Friedman – Together, We Can Change The World

July 23, 2014

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Fashion Forward Radio Interviews April Hoy – Running Stitch Industries

July 13, 2014

Tune in on Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 am MST on Fashion Forward Radio when I interview April Hoy, local designer and founder of Running Stitch Industries. To listen:  Today’s Woman Network A fashion & costume designer, April Hoy has 15 years of experience in major theatre environments such as the Colorado Ballet, Arvada Center […]

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Pay It Forward Radio Interviews Adam Baca – Day Without Hate

July 10, 2014

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Fashion Forward Radio Interviews Kasha Fauscett – Actress/Producer of “Inner Dimension”

July 5, 2014

My interview this week is with a very exciting guest on Fashion Forward Radio on Sunday, July 6 at 11:00 am MST. Kasha Gornik Fauscett actress & producer of Inner Dimension. To listen:  Today’s Woman Network Kasha grew up in the small town of Carson City, NV, but didn’t pursue her acting career until she […]

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Pay It Forward Radio Interviews Angie Fenimore – Author of Beyond The Darkness

July 3, 2014

Tune in on Thursday, July 3 at 11:00 am MST on Pay It Forward Radio when I interview Angie Fenimore, author of Beyond The Darkness. Our discussion will be about Exercising Forgiveness. To listen:  MileHi Radio Angie Fenimore survived childhood abuse that became the impetus for her involvement in legal change that stiffened penalties for […]

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