DHA Annual Employee Meeting 2019
I always tell people how I’ve been to dozens of Broncos games and have never entered through the front doors… On this special occasion, while I was not swooping above the stands at 60 miles per hour to land on the field, I did have an equally amazing experience speaking in front of the incredible team at Denver Housing Authority at their Annual Employee Meeting in the remarkable United Club inside of Broncos Stadium at Mile High! It was a very memorable event that I will never forget. I always tell people how I’ve been to dozens of Broncos games and have never entered through the front doors… On this special occasion, while I was not swooping above the stands at 60 miles per hour to land on the field, I did have an equally amazing experience speaking in front of the incredible team at Denver Housing Authority at their Annual Employee Meeting in the remarkable United Club inside of Broncos Stadium at Mile High! It was a very memorable event that I will never forget.
When I spoke with the event organizer, Jessica, she told me that it was important that attendees felt recognized and celebrated as the purpose of this event is to bring all of the employees together to talk about what everyone is working on. In a larger company, it is so important that each person knows that their efforts matter and make a difference because it can be difficult to acknowledge the value that team members contribute to the overall company mission when there is so much going on. The fact that this message was a priority showed me that the leadership at DHA truly cares about their people and understand what it means to build a community that is centered around making an impact.
As soon as I stepped on stage, I could tell that the people in this group were amazing and had such great hearts. Throughout the presentation, everyone participated at 100% and we bonded through sharing stories and unpacking what it means to live a bucket list life. I made sure that I drove home the importance of recognizing those around us and the ripple effect it has to make someone else’s life better. At times, roars of laughter filled the entire room which were followed by the stark contrast of the tears and “a-ha” moments that I saw on faces in the audience.
I feel that the opportunity to share my message with this energetic community could not have come at a better time as they begin the process of relocating to their new office space which is intended to strengthen the bonds of employees, spark innovative ideas, and ultimately have a greater impact in Denver by better helping their residents. I am so grateful to Ismael, Jessica, and everyone in attendance from the DHA family that welcomed me into this event and shared this experience with me!
Kenyon did amazing. I think his message and his purpose are to remind people of how special life really is.
I actually was recommended to Kenyon after a friend of mine’s company had him as their guest speaker. So I went online where everybody goes, Google and YouTube, and I saw one quick video, and I was hooked. He had the message and the information and energy that I wanted to be shared with my staff and my team here.
His keynote was an adventure. It was really energetic from the get go. He just puts you on the right foot and makes you think outside of the box and with high energy and happiness. His energy was definitely contagious, and I love that people felt recognized and happy. It was over the top and was more than I was expecting.
I heard from staff as they were leaving that this was one of the best meetings that they’ve had. This is typically not the most exciting meeting of the year, going through our numbers and the humdrum of what we do, but I think people left feeling a little bit more inspired by themselves and by who they work with. That was the message I wanted people to leave with.
I would absolutely recommend Kenyon. I think it was great that I was referred to him. I hope to pay it forward and that even the staff here at DHA remember that what he brought energetically and the empowerment that he brought in here. It’s something that people need to experience.
We had Kenyon come in today to do a speech about sharing stories and really pursuing your goals and dreams. It was very motivational, very energetic, and I think people are leaving feeling energized. I hope that that carries over to tomorrow when they come back to work.
The whole show was high energy. It was very engaging, and at the same time, really reflective while he was sharing stories and going through the exercises. It was a great way to think for a minute about why we’re here, why I’m here, why I do what I do, and what are the stories that I can share with other people?
Also, I think having people share some of their stories with each other was very impactful because in a large organization with a lot of turnover – a lot of new employees every year – not everybody knows each other or feels like they’re part of the family, so it was a great way of having people get to know somebody they don’t know already.
For me, the most powerful takeaway was one of the last messages he shared and it was really about giving back or about serving people and how rewarding that is. Those of us who work at the housing authority, I think that’s why we show up to work everyday – because we really want to be part of the community and to really feel like we’re helping.
I would definitely recommend Kenyon to other events like this one where you’re bringing people from the same team together to make them feel connected and like they know each other better and are going to be there for each other.