COLLEEN COWLES, Founder, CEO, Cowles Communication
Attorney Colleen Cowles founded Cowles Communication to encompass multiple online education companies, her professional speaking, writing, legal consulting services, and advocacy programs in which she is involved.
Colleen grew up on a Wisconsin potato farm and, at a very young age, experienced the personal satisfaction gained from hard work, determination and self-sufficiency. She learned the blessings and tribulations of family business on a personal level and has been a successful business owner, as well as an author and educator. As an attorney, Colleen focuses her practice on tax, business and estate planning and built a successful software and training company, serving attorneys nationwide on business development, systematizing and maximizing profit and service to clients. She ultimately sold this business to Thomson/Reuters.
Sometimes direction in life is not pre-planned. After the sale of her software business, through legal clients and personal family experiences, Colleen became aware of the horrendous impact on civil liberties and the waste of public funds occurring because of the War on Drugs. She founded War on Us, a website and organization focused on criminal justice reform and education to help the public, policymakers, prosecutors and physicians to understand the true impact of the War on Drugs and to present viable alternatives. Colleen is also the author of the book, The Addicts Mom: A Survival Guide, and author and coordinator of the e-course, Survive Your Child’s Addiction.
Colleen also founded Business Sale University and authored the e-course ‘How to Sell Your Business’ to train and coach business owners who want to position their businesses for ultimate transition - whether by sale to an outside buyer, or as a transfer to family members or employees.
Ms. Cowles enjoys photography and travel writing, and incorporates her extensive travel experiences in travel articles and presentations.
Colleen has professional education and expertise, but more importantly, she’s been in the trenches. Whether it’s understanding the thrill and challenge of building, operating and selling businesses or empathizing with a family persecuted by the War on Drugs, she applies professional and personal experience to educate others and to provide solutions. She’s personally experienced the roller-coaster of fears and triumphs of families and business owners -– and she knows what works and what doesn’t. Her pragmatic approach has been instrumental in her own business ventures as well as in helping students in accomplishing their goals.