Why I Giveoe Browning has served on the Colorado Mountain College Foundation Board since 2011, is the founding member of Women in Philanthropy at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Edwards, created an Endowed Faculty Chair position at Colorado Mountain College, and recently established the Browning Event at Colorado Mountain College. Browning was inspired to create an annual event committed to bringing significant, thought-provoking speakers to the college every June in recognition of the 2013 successful Walter Isaacson lecture at the CMC campus in Edwards. The first speaker selected for the Browning Event was Susan Cain, TED speaker and author of The New York Times bestseller “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”
On June 26, 2014, a sold-out crowd gathered at the CMC campus in Edwards to enjoy a reception, listen to Cain’s lecture, and raise money for the CMC Women in Philanthropy fund. A post-lecture VIP dinner also contributed to the funds raised for Women in Philanthropy. In anticipation of next year’s Browning Event, a volunteer perused the reception with a clipboard surveying guests and seeking input on engaging speakers. Browning’s goal is to engage the campus and the Vail Valley community over the next five years.
What inspired you to choose Susan Cain for the 2014 Browning Event?
I was in an unconscious quandary of what talents I had and how best to use them to do the community work and service I have been drawn to for years but felt unqualified to pursue in any effective manner. After reading Susan Cain’s book “Quiet” I was gifted with a new vision on how I could use energy and creative thinking to go out on a limb to develop my inner strengths to give back to our community. Her validation of recovery time as an essential part of many personalities gave me the breathing room to know that I could be myself, speak my mind, feel safe and confident and spend hours alone in my head, even in a room full of people.
How do you hope the Browning Event will impact Colorado Mountain College and the Vail Valley Community?
This event is designed to belong to the entire community as an outreach of Colorado Mountain College. The survey of attendees prior to Susan Cain’s talk created an unexpected and poetic platform to create the scope for the next talk, how we might celebrate the engagement of the entire Vail Community and network with other CMC campus programming collaboratively or inspirationally.
What is your favorite part of being a member of Women in Philanthropy?
The sky’s the limit. Our valley teems with inspirational women who give back with every breath, some obvious, some quietly, almost mysteriously changing lives with motivation and intuition of how best to help and serve so many.
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