Leaders as Readers: Mowa Haile

Tattered Cover is pleased to welcome Mowa Haile to be our next speaker in the Leaders as Readers series on May 31st at 6pm. This free, nonticketed event will take place at our McGregor Square location.

Mowa will be in conversation with Kwame Spearman discussing the books that helped shape his life and career. Books he will be discussing are:

ABOUT MOWA HAILE

Mowa Haile is President of Sky Blue Builders, which he founded in 2007, after a tenured career in the technology sector. After learning everything he could about running a business, from operations to sales and marketing, he leveraged his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own company, Sky Blue Builders. Mowa has guided the company from a two-man team and $80K in revenue to completing large projects for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies and as of 2020 was the Denver Business Journal’s 4th largest minority owned business.

Mowa grew up in Fort Collins after emigrating from Eritrea in 1981 with his family at the age of nine. He was a State High School track champion and went to CSU on a track scholarship earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, and later getting his MBA from University of Phoenix.  He, his wife and two sons spend their weekends on the soccer or lacrosse fields, skiing or snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.  They have called Denver home since 1997.

One of his main passions is giving back.  Being an immigrant has taught him that we can all come across challenging times during our life and as a community, we owe it to each other to provide the support during those times.  Since the inception of Sky Blue, he has made it his mission to mentor small and minority firms, support underserved kids and communities, loudly encourage and support women in construction and have a diverse leadership team at Sky Blue. It is through this lens that all employees are expected to volunteer their time and expertise throughout their employment.  “At the end of the day our success is not just measured by our balance sheet, but as importantly by the betterment of our community. As Tony Dungy, the former Super Bowl winning NFL Coach said, “‘If all we do is win Super Bowls, we have failed.’ And the same holds true for Sky Blue Builders. If all we do is make money, we have failed.”

Mowa serves on several boards including Board Member and Chair-Elect of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Pinnacol Assurance.  Mowa also Co-Chaired the City of Denver’s Economic Relief and Recovery Council during the pandemic from March of 2020 to August of 2021.  He also Co-Chaired the Black Construction Group within the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce from 2013-2017 and served for four years on the Board of Directors at Venture Prep, a free, rigorous, public charter school in Denver whose mission is to prepare all 9-12th grade students for college and career success.

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
McGregor Square