“I showed up, so I got the job.” That is Becky Medved’s joking claim to fame as a woman of influence.
“Part of success is just showing up,” she tells her kids. “Just show up and do it. If you say you are going to do something, you have to do it.”
Perhaps that is one reason for her long list of community involvement, but her nominee, Brooke Bower, said she’s a terrific asset to the community because “she is a very articulate, dedicated professional and a tremendous leader, advocate and supporter of the nonprofit sector in Colorado Springs.”
Or as Medved says, it’s a case of longevity. “When you’ve been around long enough, you get to be involved in a lot of things.”
Her involvement in various organizations, ranging from Junior League to school board to performing arts, depends on her interests at the time.
“It is a reflection of where I am in my own life and that’s what draws me,” Medved said.
Because of the long list, she has acquired a variety of skills. “I take what I’ve learned on a variety of boards and apply that to whatever role I take on,” Medved said.
Both she and her husband, Jon, are actively involved in the community. A lot of what they do is also a reflection of what their children are interested in, she said.
“It’s an important part of community — participating actively,” she said. “If you are going to live in community, you need to support it actively to know that you are going to want to live in it.”
Bower said Medved, after retiring, made a conscious effort to direct her energy, time and resources to helping community nonprofit entities in which she has a strong belief and commitment.
“In my estimation, both she and her husband, Jon, are two of the most involved, supportive and resourceful people in Colorado Springs,” Bower said.
Bower listed some of Medved’s current board and committee activities: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Chancellor’s Round Table, Penrose Hospital Foundation Advisory Board, National Charity League, Theatreworks Annual Gala Dinner, Colorado Festival of World Theatre Marketing Committee and Fountain Valley School Parents’ Annual Drive.
Once an active businesswoman, Medved retired five years ago after helping create Saligent Inc., a sales lead management company which provides services for business-to-business marketing.
“As a principal in the business for eight years, she held various positions in marketing, client services, operations, human resources and training,” Bower said.
Medved said she helped grow the company for 10 years and stayed for another year after it was purchased by Protocol Inc. in 2000.
Prior to founding Saligent, Medved worked as a director for Drive Smart, as a consultant in marketing and public relations for Origin Systems, which specializes in high-tech communications, and as a community relations director for Current Inc.
It was during her time at Current that she started to get involved in the community. The job required a lot of community understanding, she said.
In the late 1990s, Medved served as board chairwoman for Pikes Peak United Way and still volunteers her time to the organization.
“Becky was the first (and to date only) woman to serve as board chairman of Pikes Peak United Way,” Bower said. “Becky was instrumental in recruiting a new executive director, and together they — along with the board — straightened out the finances and reversed the downward trend in fundraising.”
Medved describes herself as a collaborative leader who knows how to pull people in, and always seems to be picked as a leader of a group during their time of transition.
Yet, “interests change and people change” and she knows the importance of moving on.
“There is such a thing as being in organizations too long,” she said. “Every organization needs new ideas and new blood. I’ve got a couple of leadership roles now, but most are project oriented.”
A die-hard theater major until her senior year of college, and now with a daughter active in theater, Medved remains a staunch supporter of the performing arts. And the switch in majors, from theater to communications, just seemed to make sense, Medved said.
From speaking and literature to writing to communications to corporate relations, a communications degree seemed to be a natural fit, she said.
“There’s a lot of variety, that’s the most satisfying and you can make up your own job — it’s a lot like theater in that way.”