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Dale Carnegie Honors Denver Mayor John W. Hickenlooper


Denver, CO (June 19, 2007) - Dale Carnegie Training of Colorado, the local office of the influential global business training company with more than 95 years of operation, today announces Mayor John W. Hickenlooper as the recipient of the 2007 Dale Carnegie Leadership Award. One of only ten awards is presented annually worldwide, and this marks the first time that the esteemed award has been bestowed upon an elected official, as opposed to a company or organization. The award was presented to Mayor Hickenlooper on Thursday June 21, 2007 at 8:30am on the steps of the City and County Building.

“We are pleased to honor Mayor John Hickenlooper as the first elected official to receive the Dale Carnegie Leadership Award since its inception in 1985,” says Peter Handal, chairman, president and CEO of Dale Carnegie & Associates. “In addition to John’s compelling ability to motivate the people of Denver, we were most impressed with his capacity to enact such a positive change in a city that needed a new enthusiasm for business growth and culture.”

Hickenlooper began his first term by assembling the most diverse team of city leadership Denver has ever known, including corporate executives, local nonprofit leaders and government innovators from around the country. With his team, he quickly proceeded to tackle balancing an inherited $70 million budget deficit, modernizing the City’s personnel system, and overcoming years of urban-suburban tensions to build transformational regional partnerships. In April 2005 – less than two years into his first term -he was named one of the top five big-city mayors in America by Time Magazine. Most recently, Hickenlooper successfully lobbied to bring the Democratic National Convention to Denver in 2008.

"This Dale Carnegie Leadership Award acknowledges Denver’s creativity, innovation and dedication to continuous learning and growth,” said Hickenlooper. “On behalf of the entire City and County of Denver team and our private-, public- and nonprofit sector partners, we are honored to accept this tremendous distinction from such a prestigious and well-respected organization.”

The Dale Carnegie Leadership Award is presented to an individual or company who is a major contributor to its country’s economy and society through a special emphasis on the development of its human resources, innovation and organizational creativity. The first Dale Carnegie Leadership Award was presented in 1985 to The Ford Motor Company. Other past winners include: Coca-Cola, Adidas, The Boeing Company, State Farm Insurance, Stop & Shop, Wal-Mart, Campbell Soup and The Four Seasons Hotel.

Dale Carnegie partners with middle market and large corporations as well as organizations to produce measurable business results by improving the performance of employees with emphasis on leadership, sales, team building and interpersonal relations, customer service, public speaking and presentations, and other essential management skills. The programs are available in 27 languages throughout the world; they cover the entire United States and reach over 70 countries. Dale Carnegie includes as its clients 400 of the Fortune 500 companies. Approximately 7 million people have experienced Dale Carnegie Training.

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