GenXYZ 2015: Ed Wingfield
35 | President and Chief Executive
Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado
Ed Wingfield has helped transform the struggling Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado (formerly the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Foundation) into one the most recognized leadership organizations in the state. Five years ago, the foundation had just $300 in the bank and was on the verge of closing its doors. Under Wingfield’s leadership, the organization now has revenue of more than six figures and its Chamber Connect Leadership Program is recognized as the premier leadership program among minorities.
“The work I’ve done with the Urban Leadership Foundation. I had the opportunity to go through the program. It was something that changed my life. The turnaround of the organization is what I’m most proud of.”
Making an impact
“We’ve graduated 300 students. They’ve gone on to become presidents of organizations. I also do a ton of community service work that has made a huge difference. A lot of my success is making sure what we do is making a difference on a daily basis.”
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.
“He was a father figure when I needed someone to talk to.”
“When your intentions are pure and your hard work is there, everything falls into place. People get focused on the end result. You always have to remember why you do the work, whether it’s in business or community service. People buy why you do what you do, not what you’re selling.”
“I work all the time, but I love to golf. When I’m totally trying to forget about work, I love to golf and I love to read.”