Speakers Forum

Speakers Forum

A series of discussions with community thought-leaders, focusing on what can make Denver a "most livable city" for everyone.

Speakers Forum Series

A series of discussions with community thought-leaders, focusing on what can make Denver a "most livable city" for everyone.


About the Speakers Forum

The Mental Health Center of Denver’s Speakers Forum series brings together experts and diverse community leaders to discuss important aspects of what can and should make Denver a “most livable city” for everyone. This involves both thought leadership and policy action in order to move the needle on critical issues that relate to mental health and well-being.

Our most recent Speakers Forum in April 2019 event brought together 200 thought-leaders, entrepreneurs and community members to explore the role innovation plays in improving the well-being of people and communities.

Over two evenings in 2018, we looked at equitable development and housing affordability in the context of Denver’s rapid growth, and what we need to do to make sure everyone has a place to call home.

Past speakers have included:

  • Dr. Tiffany Manuel, Vice President of Knowledge, Impact & Strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, who shared her research into the ways in which housing messages are backfiring and how we can have more productive conversations;
  • Colorado State Senator Rhonda Fields, who champions reforms to make our communities stronger, safer and more inclusive;
  • Beth Mosenthal, a local architect who contributed to the revitalization of Denver’s Union Station by fostering community through the built environment;
  • Jeff Romine, Chief Economist in the Denver Office of Economic Development, who shared his vision for the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team (NEST) initiative.

Previous "Beyond the Most Livable City" Speakers Forum Events

Writing the Story of Well-Being Innovation | April 2019

Innovation has incredible potential for improving our well-being by advancing the accessibility and affordability of healthcare, as well as introducing us to new ways of caring for ourselves and our families.


Watch the recorded event to explore the role well-being innovation plays in the life stories of people and communities. 

Smart Growth, Shared Vision | September 2018

This event featured three panelists on the forefront of community growth and explored what equitable development means for the future of Denver as we work to make this place a "most livable city" for all.

Senator Rhonda Fields
Colorado State Senator,
CO-29 (Aurora/Arapahoe County)
Champion for stronger, safer and more vibrant communities.


Beth Mosenthal
Architect, Anderson Mason Dale
Citizen architect dedicated to engaging design to improve people’s experience in the built environment.


Jeff Romine
Chief Economist, Denver Office of Economic Development
Leader in fostering equitable and sustainable economic development in Denver.

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A Home for All in Denver | March 2018


This forum featured Dr. Tiffany Manuel and explored the challenge of rising housing costs and ensuring everyone has a place to call home in Denver. 

Dr. Tiffany Manuel, Vice President of Knowledge, Impact & Strategy
Enterprise Community Partners

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Q&A: Your Questions Answered

During our program, participants had the opportunity to submit questions – see below for the responses, and sign up here to stay part of the conversation.