Veterans In Tech
11

Wednesday, 11 December

6 8 pm MST

GA Denver @ Industry RiNo Station

3858 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Bunker Labs  logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

Veterans In Tech | December 11

Lawrence Wagner Photo


Co-Founder, Spark Mindset

David Emanuel Photo


CEO, Ujima Digital

Joshua Tracy Photo


Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch

Aaron Middleton Photo


Web Developer and Design System Liaison, Transamerica

Mark Lyda Photo


Attorney, Lyda Law Firm LLC

11

Wednesday, 11 December

6 8 pm MST

GA Denver @ Industry RiNo Station

3858 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
FREE!
Regular Ticket

In Partnership With:

Bunker Labs  logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

Join us for an evening of networking and good conversation with a panel of successful veterans, who will share their stories about changing careers and getting into tech.

After a moderated discussion, we'll open up the floor to take questions from you!

Join us for:

  • Veterans who will share their stories, learnings, and insights
  • Connect with business leaders in Denver's startup community
  • A fun, informal evening where you can mix and mingle, pick up a few tips, and learn from the community

About the Panelists

Lawrence Wagner Photo

Co-Founder,
Spark Mindset

Lawrence Wagner is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Spark Mindset. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Lawrence has over ten years of project management experience, along with a background in military, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training, cybersecurity, high-tech business, and personal volunteerism. Before Spark Mindset, Lawrence was one of the founders of 1 Million Cups Colorado Springs and the founder of Connect! Colorado Springs.

Lawrence has a passion for helping others and creating community. He believes this will positively impact individuals and the organizations they are part of. Lawrence believes his innovative and professional approach along with skills in group facilitation, listening, giving and receiving feedback, and willingness to learn will benefit those involved with Spark Mindset.

Lawrence has had a huge desire to make Colorado an insanely great place to live and now wants to take that passion to communities across the world. Also, Lawrence has an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs, investors, and other organizations to strengthen the global entrepreneurial community.

Lawrence has a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Colorado Technical University. He also received leadership training from the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program and Center for Creative Leadership’s Community Leadership Program. Lawrence is a huge fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and the 2016 NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

David Emanuel Photo

CEO,
Ujima Digital

David is a former Air Force engineer turned entrepreneur. During his time in the Air Force he helped support the design, testing, and operations of multiple class D satellite systems, but due to unforeseen medical complication he was medically retired from active duty service. After leaving the Air Force he worked as a space systems analyst prior to starting his technology company Ujima Digital which helps organizations source and manage services by streamlining the flow of information, resources, and wealth. David has also been apart of multiple veteran entrepreneur focused programs like Bunker Labs, Patriot Bootcamp, and the Rocky Mountain Veteran Pitch Competition and currently serves as a mentor for incoming entrepreneurs in the Denver area.

Joshua Tracy Photo

Financial Advisor,
Merrill Lynch

Joshua Tracy served a total of 9 year in the United States Army. At the age of 17, he joined the Colorado Army National Guard as a 35M Human Intel Collector. Following basic and AIT he deployed to Afghanistan working in the Detention Facility In Parwan (DFIP) on Bagram AFB with the 16th MP BDE (Airborne). Following his time in Afghanistan, he worked for the J24O Mexico Division at NORAD NORTHCOM out of Peterson AFB, Colorado for 2 years. He then returned to the Colorado Army National Guard with the Co. D, 572nd ENG Bn., 86th INF BCT Military Intelligence (Mountain) part of the 10th Mountain Division, as the Mountain Training NCO.

While serving in the COARNG, he perused his Bachelor of Art in International Studies with and emphasis in the Global Political Economy and International Relations from the University of Denver. After taking some time off, he returned to the University of Denver to earn his Master of Science in Business Management. He now works as a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch.

Aaron Middleton Photo

Web Developer and Design System Liaison,
Transamerica

Aaron is a six year veteran of the United States Air Force, University of Washington graduate with an emphasis in media communications and graduate of General Assembly’s WDI6. He currently works for Transamerica as a Web Developer and Design System Liaison. Aaron loves travel, photography and graphic design.

Mark Lyda Photo

Attorney,
Lyda Law Firm LLC

Mark provides high-quality legal services to startup/small businesses and moderate-income clients. He has been named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine three years in a row. He is an experienced trial lawyer, a trained mediator, and a trusted advisor to clients. Prior to starting the firm in 2014, he practiced at Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, where he represented Fortune 100 clients in complex commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels. He previously served as a law clerk to The Honorable Monica Márquez of the Colorado Supreme Court. Prior to his clerkship, he served as Deputy Legal Counsel to the Governor of Colorado.

Mark is actively involved in the community. He serves as Chair of the Council of Advisors on Consumer Credit (appointed by Governor Hickenlooper), a nine-person assembly that advises the Colorado Attorney General's Office on consumer credit issues and has the authority to approve and repeal regulations under the Uniform Consumer Credit Code. Mark also serves on the Steering Committee for the Mile High United Way's Emerging Leaders Council, which organizes and participates in community-based projects and supports local non-profits. Mark was also asked to serve on Colorado Attorney Regulation Counsel's Proactive Management-Based Regulation advisory subcommittee, which drafted the new preamble to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct and is creating a framework for helping small firms establish ethical practices.

In addition to this community involvement, Mark is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force, in which he serves as a reservist in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Mark earned his law degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award and the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, awarded for the highest score in Notre Dame's trial advocacy course. During law school, Mark worked at the Cass County, Michigan Prosecutor's Office, where he successfully tried cases under Michigan's student practice act. He also worked at Colorado Legal Services as a recipient of the Notre Dame Alumni-Funded Fellowship. Prior to law school, he served in a variety of roles for Governor Bill Ritter's campaign and administration, including deputy finance director.

About Our Partners

Bunker Labs

Bunker Labs – a 501(c)(3) non-profit – is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.

Refund Policy

We understand that, sometimes, plans change. If you can no longer make it to a class or workshop, please email us at least 7 days before the scheduled event date. No refunds will be given to cancellations made within a week of the class or workshop.

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