SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Upcoming events

    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
    • The Palm Denver, 1672 Lawrence St, Denver
     Please join City Club of Denver at The Palm Denver, as we present Bert Vescolani, President & CEO of Denver Zoo

    With more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, Bert Vescolani, who took over the helm of Denver Zoo in September 2018, has held numerous leadership positions within scientific and zoological institutions. At Denver Zoo, he leads more than 400 employees and 600 volunteers, oversees the care and management of more than 4,000 animals representing 600 species, and is responsible for the continued improvement, progression and evolution of Colorado’s most-visited cultural destination.

    Before joining Denver Zoo, Vescolani served for seven years as president & CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center, where he oversaw the construction and renovation of 68,000 square feet of exhibits—the largest exhibit expansion in its 30-year history—and led fundraising efforts focused on capital projects. As a result, attendance grew by 11 percent, and the institution achieved record guest satisfaction and Net Promoter scores under his watch.

    Prior to his role at the Saint Louis Science Center, Vescolani served for six years as director of the John Ball Zoological Gardens in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he successfully reengaged the community and garnered support and participation in the planning and approval of a $100 million master plan. He also led the planning, building and renovating of new and existing animal exhibits, infrastructure and attractions, including a $4.1 million lion exhibit, zip line and ropes course, and front entrance plaza.

    A self-described “educator at heart,” Vescolani broke into the zoo and aquarium industry in 1991 as curator of education at John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, where he worked his way up the ranks over the course of 14 years, eventually reaching the position of senior vice president of aquarium collection and education. In that role he provided new direction and leadership for educational efforts and the aquarium collection, developed new initiatives to facilitate more programming and created and led the development of an institutional training and professional development program for all employee and volunteers.

    Vescolani received a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Michigan State University, and completed graduate course work in biology/zoology at Western Illinois University.

    On the Menu:

    (To be ordered after seating)


    Classic Caesar Salad


    Atlantic Salmon Fillet with roasted red pepper sauce

    Chicken Parmigiana

    Filet Mignon Medallions with roasted garlic whipped potatoes, green beans and classic bordelaise sauce


    Whipped Potatoes

    Green Beans aglio e olio


    New York Style Cheesecake

    Beverage – Ice Tea, Water, Coffee

Past events

11 Dec 2018 What’s Going on with Beer Sales in Colorado? Lots!
27 Nov 2018 An introduction to Dr. Janine Davidson, President of Metro State University, and her vision for higher education
13 Nov 2018 Election 2018: Colorado Shifts
30 Oct 2018 The Denver Police Department’s Strategic Plan
09 Oct 2018 Preservation as Progress: Grounding a Changing Denver
25 Sep 2018 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
15 May 2018 Mental Health Issues: What Really Can Be Done?
01 May 2018 Colorado Legislative Analysis: A Bipartisan view and critique
17 Apr 2018 The National Western Center - Where Heritage Meets Horizon
20 Mar 2018 The Benefits of North American Trade: Canada & Colorado
06 Mar 2018 2018 Economic Outlook
20 Feb 2018 Dancing with Degas: A curator’s singular vision of a multi-faceted artist
06 Feb 2018 Dining in Denver
23 Jan 2018 The Honorable Governor John Hickenlooper Addresses the City Club of Denver
12 Dec 2017 My First Year as Denver District Attorney
14 Nov 2017 Historians to the Rescue: Putting the Past to Work to Counter Today's Polarization
24 Oct 2017 Oil & Gas in Colorado: Navigating Current Issues & Looking to the Future
10 Oct 2017 The Disruption of Driverless Mobility
19 Sep 2017 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
23 May 2017 The new CEO of the Metro Denver EDC – Reflections and expectations
18 Apr 2017 The Denver Art Museum: Evolving as a museum, cultural beacon and creative hub
28 Mar 2017 Come and Meet Today's Denver Public Library! (It’s not what either your grandmother or you grew up with!!)
07 Mar 2017 UPDATE: Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome Research
21 Feb 2017 The New CEO of DCPA Discusses Its Successful Past and Plans for the Future
07 Feb 2017 Annual Visit with the Honorable Governor Hickenlooper
31 Jan 2017 Colorado’s Transportation Future
17 Jan 2017 2017 Economic Outlook
06 Dec 2016 Canceled - Holiday Program
15 Nov 2016 Colorado Politics in Transition: What's Next?
01 Nov 2016 Sustainable Development in Denver
18 Oct 2016 Patricia Calhoun: Westword and Beyond
04 Oct 2016 Colorado Ballot Issue – Proposition 106 – End of Life Options
20 Sep 2016 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
13 Sep 2016 Election Happenings with Secretary of State Wayne Williams
17 May 2016 The History, Culture, Law, and Landscape of Colorado Water - Fmr. Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr.
03 May 2016 Living in the World of TABOR - Carol Hedges, Director of the Colorado Fiscal Institute
19 Apr 2016 Annual Visit with the Honorable Governor Hickenlooper
05 Apr 2016 Jeannie Ritter: Nurturing Our Community – Changing the Conversation Around Mental Health
15 Mar 2016 Jeff Barratt: Emily Griffith Technical College and Educating Denver's Workforce For Over 100 Years
01 Mar 2016 Donald Zuckerman, Film Commissioner of the Colorado Office of Film Television & Media
16 Feb 2016 Sheriff Patrick Firman
02 Feb 2016 2016 Economic Outlook
19 Jan 2016 Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey
05 Jan 2016 Tom Downey: Regulation, Colorado Marijuana & the Next Frontier
15 Dec 2015 Dana Crawford - 50 Years Saving the Soul of a City
01 Dec 2015 Debra Faulkner - The Brown Palace Historian & Archivist
03 Nov 2015 Daniel Brogan: Editor-In-Chief of 5280 Magazine
20 Oct 2015 Dominic Tierney - The Future of War
06 Oct 2015 Lindsay Brown: Downtown Office Market Overview
15 Sep 2015 A Smart Deal for Denver: The November Ballot
08 Sep 2015 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
19 May 2015 Is it Possible to Get Along With China?
05 May 2015 The Honorable Congresswoman Diana DeGette
28 Apr 2015 Professional Sports and Soccer in America – the Battle for the Fan’s Dollar
07 Apr 2015 A Conversation Police Chief Robert White
17 Mar 2015 National Western Stock Show - The Master Plan
03 Mar 2015 Keeping Colorado Competitive – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
17 Feb 2015 Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Nancy Rice
03 Feb 2015 U.S. and Colorado Economic Update
27 Jan 2015 Annual Visit with the Honorable Governor Hickenlooper
13 Jan 2015 Special Sneak Preview of Andrew and Jamie Wyeth Exhibition
16 Dec 2014 The Colorado “Spirit” – An Inside Look at Distilled Spirits in Colorado
02 Dec 2014 DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp: Imagining Our Future Together
18 Nov 2014 Election 2014: And the Winners Were and Why? with Floyd Ciruli
04 Nov 2014 Denver Botanic Gardens: A Blooming Success!
21 Oct 2014 I-70, Thinking Outside the Freeway
07 Oct 2014 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
23 Sep 2014 Colorado’s Senate Race – The Eyes of the Country Are Upon Us
02 Sep 2014 The Denver of the Future
20 May 2014 State Pension Issues – How is Colorado PERA Positioned?
06 May 2014 Public Private Partnerships or P3s- How They Work and What They Mean for the Future
29 Apr 2014 Trading Up – Colorado’s Relationship with Its Northern Neighbor
21 Apr 2014 Union Station Tour
08 Apr 2014 What’s Old is New Again – How Union Station Redevelopment Will Transform Denver
18 Mar 2014 Electoral Reform in Colorado: Rising Above the Fray
04 Mar 2014 Generational Differences: What a New, Younger Generation Means to the Colorado Work Environment
18 Feb 2014 What’s the Flight Plan? Drones and UAVs: Where This Technology Can Take Us.
04 Feb 2014 Denver Museum of Nature & Science Talk and Tour - Special Program
21 Jan 2014 Colorado Economic Outlook 2014: As Good as Promised?
07 Jan 2014 Governor John Hickenlooper
17 Dec 2013 Denver's Microbrewing Explosion
03 Dec 2013 Passport to Paris with Angelica Daneo
19 Nov 2013 Floods of 2013 with Chief Recovery Officer Jerre Stead
12 Nov 2013 Citizens Divided with Chantell Taylor
29 Oct 2013 America's Greatest Foreign Policy Challenges with Ambassador Christopher Hill
15 Oct 2013 Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth with Reza Aslan
24 Sep 2013 Former Secretary of the Interior and Senator Ken Salazar
10 Sep 2013 Mayor of Denver Michael B. Hancock's Annual Engagement
21 May 2013 Sports fans around the world: DO WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION?
07 May 2013 Arts and Culture in Denver – A High-Stakes Game of Musical Chairs?
16 Apr 2013 The China Challenge
02 Apr 2013 US Patent and Trademark Office Opens in Denver – a Milestone Moment for the Region
19 Mar 2013 Governing a Purple State: Colorado Politics and Policy
05 Mar 2013 Water for Metro Denver in the 21st Century
19 Feb 2013 Colorado's Challenge in Building a Higher Education System for the 21st Century
05 Feb 2013 Attorney General John Suthers – Keeping Colorado a Great Place to Live
22 Jan 2013 Gun Control - Protection and Politics with Dave Kopel
08 Jan 2013 Governor John Hickenlooper
18 Dec 2012 Denver’s Obscure History and Ethnic Influences
04 Dec 2012 Colorado’s Economic Outlook – Views from the Fiscal Cliff
13 Nov 2012 Election results with Floyd Ciruli
06 Nov 2012 DAM curator Timothy Standring and the "Becoming Van Gogh" Exhibition
16 Oct 2012 From Triad to Dyad: Cutting the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Budget
02 Oct 2012 2012 Elections: The World's View
25 Sep 2012 DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg
11 Sep 2012 Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock
15 May 2012 South Platte River: From Denver's Cesspool to Park--We've Come A Long Way! - ANNUAL MEETING
01 May 2012 All Tracks Lead to Denver Union Station: An Exciting Update on the Station’s Redevelopment
17 Apr 2012 City Club's 90th Anniversary Celebration!
03 Apr 2012 Legislative Update
20 Mar 2012 Renewable Energy: How Technology Innovation is Changing our Energy Future with NREL President Dr. Dan Arvizu
08 Mar 2012 Are College Sports Broken? with NCAA President Mark Emmert
06 Mar 2012 Arab Spring One Year Later: Learning form the Tunisian Experience with Ambassador Casey
21 Feb 2012 Colorado and US -Impediments for Growth and Economic Outlook for 2012 with Fed VP Mark Snead
07 Feb 2012 Meet Denver's New Police Chief Robert White
17 Jan 2012 Images of Afghanistan & Pakistan: Schools-The Path to Literacy, Education, and Empowerment for Young Women
03 Jan 2012 Governor John Hickenlooper
20 Dec 2011 CANCELLED! Tax Policy, Economic Growth, and Deficit Reduction in the United States with Congressman Mike Coffman
06 Dec 2011 Telling the City’s Stories with The Denver Post's Tina Griego
15 Nov 2011 Continuing Frontiers in Stem Cells with Dr. Dennis Roop
01 Nov 2011 Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas Production: Economic Miracle or Environmental Disaster?
25 Oct 2011 Dominic Tierney - The American Way of War
04 Oct 2011 Andrew Romanoff on International Development
20 Sep 2011 Energy and the Environment in America: The Colorado Story
06 Sep 2011 Denver's New Mayor Michael Hancock Kicks-Off the 2011-12 City Club Year
31 May 2011 Haiti Post Earthquake: Challenges Faced When Moving from Relief to Reconstruction
24 May 2011 Consulate General of Mexico Discusses Mexican/U.S. Relations
17 May 2011 Cities of Splendor: A Journey through Renaissance Italy
10 May 2011 Revisiting U.S. Energy and Nuclear Policy in Light of Fukushima Daiichi Accident
03 May 2011 Colorado's Initiative Process: The Importance of Protecting Our State's Constitution
26 Apr 2011 Mosques and Burning The Qur’an: Islam as a Media Spectacle
19 Apr 2011 Waiting for Superman
12 Apr 2011 Democracy in Action: A Conversation with Candidates for Denver Mayor
05 Apr 2011 National Security and Information Sharing: An FBI Perspective
29 Mar 2011 Legislative Update
22 Mar 2011 No Labels featuring Dottie Lamm
15 Mar 2011 Tourism & Conventions: Leading Denver out of the Recession with Richard Scharf
08 Mar 2011 Oil, Drugs, and Rockets Roll with Greg Dobbs
01 Mar 2011 Do The Right Thing in Afghanistan
22 Feb 2011 A Makeover for Five Points
15 Feb 2011 Bringing Art to Denver or How Horse Trading Serves as the Basic Tool for Creating Major Exhibitions in the Mile High City
08 Feb 2011 City Club of Denver: Shaping the Future
01 Feb 2011 Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: 25 Years of Service to the Community
25 Jan 2011 Understanding the U.S. Health Care Conundrum
18 Jan 2011 Business and Job Growth: A Rosy Picture or Status Quo?
11 Jan 2011 No Event Jan 11 - Please Attend IIE Event
04 Jan 2011 Under the Eagle's Wing: A Report Card on our National Security Strategy
14 Dec 2010 A Performance from PHAMALy
07 Dec 2010 Running Dry: A Journey From Source to Sea Down the Colorado River
30 Nov 2010 Our Electric Future? Coal and Other Options for Affordable, Reliable, Responsible Power
16 Nov 2010 2010 Colorado Mid-Term Election Campaigns, Character and National Trends
09 Nov 2010 Medical Marijuana: Solution or Work in Progress
02 Nov 2010 Denver Health – A Commitment to Excellence
26 Oct 2010 The Truth Behind the Talk
19 Oct 2010 John Hickenlooper: Why I'm Running for Governor
12 Oct 2010 The History Colorado Center – A New Canvas for Colorado's History
05 Oct 2010 Amendment 63: Health care choice or a false promise of opting out of federal health care requirements?
28 Sep 2010 DEBATE: Ballot Measures 60, 61 & 101
21 Sep 2010 Tom Tancredo: Why I’m Running for Governor
14 Sep 2010 Denver Safety: Reforms, Accountability and the Discipline Process
07 Sep 2010 Denver's Challenges and Opportunities with Mayor John Hickenlooper
27 Apr 2010 Becoming Less Gullible: Lessons from the Financial Meltdown
20 Apr 2010 The Blueprint: How Democrats Won the Election, and Why Republicans Should Care
30 Mar 2010 Legislative Round Table
City Club of Denver   PO Box 691, Denver, CO 80201
(303) 339-1360
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software