2017 Leaders in Action Honoree
Beginning in 2012, the Leader in Action Award is awarded annually to an alumnus of the Leadership Program of the Rockies who has displayed leadership, risk, courage, entrepreneurship, and success while promoting the timeless constitutional principles and impacting public policy.
2016 Leaders in Action Honoree
Kim Monson is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies class of 2012. She is a Lone Tree City Councilwoman, Americhicks radio host, small business owner, wife, and mother.
Since joining the Lone Tree City Council, she has been fearless in defending the proper role of government, and always on the lookout for government overreach. She has faced attacks because of her principled hard choices of saying "no" to federal dollars for regional projects. "It's an unhealthy handout" explains Kim, that ultimately burdens our children and grandchildren.
Kim is the co-host of the Radio Show "Heart of the Matter" on 560 KLZ. Kim and fellow LPR graduate Molly Vogt founded Americhicks, which can now be heard three days a week. The program seeks to bring their listeners important, topical issues with common sense discussions that raise awareness and activism.
Our Leader in Action is also known for energizing her neighbors and associates through the thoughtful dialogues on public policy topics covered at the group she founded "Wine and Tapas". Through Kim's involvement in Liberty Toastmasters, she perfects the skills of persuasion and communication.
Always striving to make a solid impact toward liberty in public policy and politics, our Leader in Action Award winner, Kim Monson, is changing the culture in America by being a forceful and articulate champion applying freedom's principles to the current issues of the day. As one of her nominators said, Kim is "making waves and taking a stand!"
Kim perfectly embodies the values of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and is, indeed, a true Leader in Action.
2015 Leaders in Action Honoree
In the work to advance freedom, there is no substitute for a deep understanding of principles and the willingness to take action on their behalf. Our 2015 Leader in Action Award goes to an individual who well understands what it means to empower individuals to keep freedom’s momentum on track.
Brad Beck is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies class of 2009 and was a Defenders of Capitalism™ finalist. At the 2009 Annual Retreat, Brad took seriously Congressman Bob Schaffer's challenge to take action as he set into motion a plan to create a new Toastmasters International chapter that would focus on developing the skills needed to articulate the principles espoused by LPR. He recruited twenty-one LPR classmates and alumni, and together they chartered the first chapter of Liberty Toastmasters in the summer of 2009. In 2012, they successfully launched Liberty Toastmasters/North.
Outside of Liberty Toastmasters, Brad serves on the Society of American Florist Government Relations Committee. He’s a lifetime member of the Optimist Club of Erie and is the Vice Chair of the Boulder County Republicans.
Brad Beck is the embodiment of an LPR “leader in action” not simply for his vision and his hard work, but for his ability to capitalize on and further develop the LPR network. Brad had a vision, “sold” that vision to prospective believers, and then recruited them to share in his work, his vision and his success. In the process, he has mentored and empowered dozens of people to be more effective stewards of freedom. Brad Beck is, indeed, LPR’s idea of a leader in action.
2014 Leaders in Action Honoree
In the world of activism, there is no substitute for having a deep understanding of principles and the willingness to take bold action. Our 2014 Leader in Action Award goes to an individual who has had the courage to expand freedom from the core: Laura Carno. Laura is a graduate of our 2011 LPR class and a graduate of the inaugural School of Persuasion class. It was through the School of Persuasion that she decided to shift from singular work on political campaigns and form a 501c4 & 527 activist organizations. She’s best known as the Founder of I Am Created Equal, a messaging and media organization designed to communicate the power of the individual versus the tyranny of government. I Am Created Equal is setting straight the relationship between citizens and their government. She credits her LPR training with giving her the essential skills and education to make a profound difference in Colorado. Laura is helping people who are political and non-political alike to talk about freedom messaging in a way that is accessible to all voters.
Laura has become a force to be reckoned with in Colorado. She’s even started to get important national attention and an international following. She’s been on the front cover of the Washington Times for being active in the debate against the gun control legislation, being a key leader in last year’s recalls, and–helped motivate and lead so many other LPR graduates in these causes. This year she’s a prime activist in fighting for education reform and has created a forum to expose Mark Udall’s lies and leadership failures.
The Leadership Program of the Rockies is proud to honor Laura Carno as our 2014 Leader in Action award winner. Laura is a valued partner in the fight to restore freedom in our country.