We will examine the realities of life in Boulder after the shooting, staying mentally healthy during a pandemic, the hard realities of being a startup founder and much more in this one hour panel.
Mental Health and Resilience in Boulder and Beyond
Dave has been part of Boulder Startup Week for 11 years as an organizer or sponsor. He is a passionate community builder, he has spent thousands of hours bringing people together, with no expectation of anything in return. As founder of Technical Integrity, he helps startups build the best, most inclusive engineering and executive teams. When he's not building teams or fostering community, you can find him hiking, snowboarding or relaxing with his wife, Jaelin and their dog, Storm, in the mountains of Colorado.
Aaron Houghton believes it is possible for entrepreneurs to be healthy and happy while they build great companies that change the world. Since starting his first business at age 17, he’s built and launched more than eleven tech startups, scaling one from conception to 350 employees and $50M in annual subscription revenue. Aaron sold two companies to private buyers and one to a publicly traded company for $169M before his 30th birthday.
Aaron was selected as an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and was listed to Inc Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in 2010. He’s shared his story and his thoughts on personal growth, digital marketing, and startup leadership with hundreds of audiences, including Harvard University, Entrepreneurs Organization, and StartupNation.
Looking back, Aaron can see his success came with the hidden costs of long term stress; including panic attacks, debilitating anxiety, and a cancer diagnosis in 2009. He had a habit, like many of us, of pushing himself to the absolute limit. He was trading sleep to hit deadlines, trading nutrition to save pennies, and enduring chronic stress year after year so he could chase his dreams.
Aaron knew there must be a better way. He spent five years studying how entrepreneurs manage stress, and personally tested techniques for achieving high performance while maintaining mental and physical health. Aaron then created Founders First (https://app.foundersfirstsystem.com) the personal wellness and performance app for entrepreneurs, manifesting two decades of experience and years of research into a simple self-awareness and personal optimization framework designed to improve the experience of founders and business leaders around the world.
Dr. Camille Sinclair is a Licensed Clinical and Health Psychologist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, grief and bereavement, as well as neurological disorders arising from violence, medical illness, disasters and other adverse life events.
She is the Founder and Director of Sinclair Psychological Associates- a psychology practice that helps patients and families navigate "a new normal" through therapy and psycho-educational courses, such as The Confident Caregiver Academy: Dementia Education, Care and Support.
Dr. Sinclair is a Denver "transplant". Her clinical training was primarily conducted at large hospitals, clinics and forensic institutions across the New York metro area, including the New York and New Jersey Veterans Affairs Medical Centers where she spearheaded both clinical and research efforts serving Veterans with common post-deployment, trauma, and cognitive disorders.
She is passionate about empowering people to overcome obstacles, begin healing, gain awareness and create the lives they love.