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Basalt High student chosen for leadership program

Jamie Briscoe, a Basalt High School student, has been selected to participate in this week’s leadership program at the University of Denver.

Briscoe is one of 20 juniors across the state selected for the 2013 Girls’ Leadership Council. More than 100 girls applied in March for the competitive program, and 35 finalists were interviewed in May, according to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

The council is a program created by the foundation in partnership with Girls Inc. of Metro Denver. Each summer, 20 girls who are ascending to the junior classes of their schools will be invited to the one-week, intensive, on-site program at the University of Denver. This year, the program was expanded from 10 to 20 participants.

Serving on the council inspires girls to be future leaders, advocates and philanthropists, according to a statement from the foundation. Participants will engage in a challenging, hands-on program that allows each girl to discover the power to make an impact in her community.

Briscoe said she was motivated to apply for the program to expand her interests in leadership and philanthropy.

“To me philanthropy is helping others in a time of need and supporting those in your community,” she said in a prepared statement. “Giving a little of your time can change someone’s life.”


Luncheon to feature founder of tech-ventures firm

Arjun Gupta, founder of Telesoft Partners, will speak at Wednesday’s Aspen Business Luncheon at the Sky Hotel.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. in the hotel dining room at 709 E. Durant Ave. Cost of lunch is $35, which includes gratuity.

Telesoft Partners, which invests in technology ventures, was founded in 1996. It has since raised more than $625 million in private capital, helping to build 61 companies, resulting in 37 mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

To register for the event, send an email to

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