El Pomar Foundation Senior Vice President Theo Gregory makes a living crisscrossing southern Colorado, bringing people together, opening doors and creating lasting connections that lead to community change. Because he does this so well, Gregory found himself in southern California this week, accepting the prestigious Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking from the Council on Foundations.
According to a press released issued by the Council on Foundations, the Scrivner Award "is a tribute to the creative legacy left by Robert W. Scrivner, a longtime director of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the first executive director of the Rockefeller Family Fund. It is presented to someone who personifies his leadership, his devotion to upstanding values, and his energy, enthusiasm, and optimism."
Those of us fortunate enough to work with Theo on a daily basis know they found they right guy.
“Theo’s commitment to Colorado communities fosters positive and lasting changes across the philanthropic sector,” said Jeff Clarke, the Council’s interim president and CEO. “His work with the El Pomar Foundation continues to impact and enhance the lives of many people.”
Clarke is not alone. Just last month, Leadership Pikes Peak honored Theo with its 2012 Makepeace Community Trustee Award. Gregory heads El Pomar's Emerging Leaders program, which connects leaders of all ethnicities with opportunities to serve on a broad level. This sounds great, but what does it mean? In essence, it means that Theo has to be everywhere at once. His strength is bringing out the best in others. He is constantly peeling back layers to meet new people and foster new relationships. In the end, this involves breaking down barriers. And Theo knows a lot about breaking down barriers. When he was honored with an honorary doctorate from Denver's Johnson and Wales University last year, we offered a glimpse into what makes Theo so special.
Theo will be back in the office soon, long enough to put down his bag and head out once again. The office is a nice place to put a trophy. But, as Theo will show you, it isn't where his important work is done.