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GenXYZ 2015: Ed Wingfield


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The Graduate

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.

Biggest achievement

“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.”

Role model

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb.

“He was a father figure when I needed someone to talk to.”

Best advice

“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.”

Off-duty

“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.”

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Margaret Jackson

Margaret Jackson is an award-winning journalist who spent nearly 25 years in the newspaper industry, including seven years as a business reporter for The Denver Post covering residential and commercial real estate. She can be reached at myjackson7@gmail.com.

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