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Thomas Frey

Founder and Executive Director

As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at DaVinci Institute, Tom works closely with his Board of Visionaries to develop original research studies, which enable him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and many more.





Deb Frey

President of DaVinci Institute

Responsible for the company’s Global Design and New Business Development. In this role, she continues to advance the corporate initiative, which is, as Deb puts it, “Creating the future we all want for our children.” As DaVinci Institute’s President, Deb helps to define the key projects and initiatives for resource commitment, keeps her finger on the pulse of the local social climate and prides herself in understanding and embracing a talented and diverse world-wide community.

She is an expert in the latest trends in research, news reviews, topical studies, and all the “crazy stuff” ignored by mainstream media. In addition to her executive duties, Deb helps to systematize the many faces of DaVinci Institute including DaVinci Coders and DaVinci Inventor Showcase. Innovative and inventive her staff will tell you, “She sparkles”.

Our Staff

Whenever a potted plant is moved or a light switch is mysteriously flipped, she quickly slips into a nearby phone booth, slips on a mask, and dons her role as Secret Agent Micale Medina. In normal civilian life, Micale works as the Speaking Agent for Futurist Thomas Frey and Executive Assistant for VP Debra Frey. As one of the newer members of Team DaVinci, she has quickly established herself as a key point of contact for operations, logistics, strategy, and anything requiring a cape. With a crooked smile and a wink of the eye, she is the one that can be trusted to deliver, no matter what the project entails. When she’s not leaping tall buildings or playing the role of a superhero, Micale assumes the role of mild mannered Assistant Program Manager for DaVinci Coders where you will find her interviewing students, helping the instructors, and nursing some of her own wounds from doing that tall building thing.

Michael Cushman is a Senior Fellow at DaVinci Institute who loves helping others create the future. Over a 30 year career, as an executive, management consultant and thought leader, Michael has proven results in leading operational excellence. Michael’s expertise is in human development, advanced learning technologies and techniques, as well as business effectiveness. He specializes in creating award-winning products, successfully introducing profitable technology and process improvements at over 50 companies, including Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, BT, Revlon, and Chevron. In his role as an executive, Michael served in leadership positions at several startup companies on their way to market success. Michael is the President of Key Change Institute. He often speaks on the future of learning, career management, nonverbal communications, and advanced change techniques. He is a sought out expert and has appeared as a spokesperson on local and national TV.

Darby brings with him a vast experience as a software engineer and consultant having worked on web and mobile applications for many clients including Groupon, Toyota and Paramount Pictures. His extensive technical background gives him unusually good insight into the intricacies of the emerging technologies. Darby is currently Director of Platform Engineering at Belly, a digital customer loyalty company based in Chicago.

Karl Dakin serves as the Under Secretary for Entrepreneurship at DaVinci Institute. He worked previously as the Principal at Karl Dakin LLC, a boutique law firm specializing in angel investment and business incubation. In this capacity he provided legal representation for emerging businesses, educational institutions, trade organizations and professional associations in a variety of legal matters including licensing, contracts, employment, intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution on state, national and international transactions. Mr. Dakin is the co-author of book: Technology Transfer: Financing and Commercializing the High Tech Product or Service–From Research to Roll Out. Published in 1991 by Probus Publishing Ltd., the book became widely adopted as a primer on the subject of technology transfer. From 1995 through 1997, Mr. Dakin wrote the SoftLaw column for the IEEE Journal on Software. Within the last five years, Mr. Dakin has participated in raising over $15 million in angel funding and grants for several small businesses and non-profit organizations.

The DaVinci Institute's coworking center in Westminster, Colorado prides itself as the central location for Colorado's tech-centric professionals between Denver and Boulder. A place where developers, designers, and creatives can work, collaborate, meet and make their mark. Our coworking facility operates as a catchall work space for those who would otherwise have to commute to either Denver or Boulder to be a part of a coworking community. Our objective is to use our knowledge we've gained as part of our futurist think tank/research center, to develop a functional and affordable co-working space of the future, today.

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What is the value of a new business relationship or a technology contact? At the right time – Invaluable! Be a part of the DaVinci Institute - Join our membership and be introduced to Colorado's most influential professionals and attend our renowned futurist events or expand your technical skills with our hands-on workshops at discounted rates. Our purpose is to inspire people to build a more positive future. Our team of expert futurists, coding bootcamp, professional workshops, and coworking space, are all centered around a very simple idea - CREATING A BETTER FUTURE.

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Meet the people who will unlock your future! Our monthly events focus on one particular aspect of the future where diverse opinions & perspectives are shared regarding the topic at hand, presented in lecture, Q & A, and group discussion formats. Our workshops quickly train professionals in necessary skills to help build their business or career. One of DaVinci Institute's missions has always been to improve our education system and our professional workshops were our first step. Popular subjects include social media marketing, publishing, personal branding, keynote speaking, computer programming, and much more!

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