COLORADO G.I.R.L: DENISE PLANTE

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a mom to two teenage boys who definitely keep me busy! They are my motivation for everything I do. I want them to remember their mom as a strong woman who accomplished many of her dreams and didn’t let the word “NO” scare her from accomplishments in life. I’m a wife of 23 years.  I met my husband Mike when I was 19-years-old, we have been together for 27 years. He is my other half. He supports me in every way possible and keeps me laughing through this crazy journey called life. People ask me how I’m able to work two jobs and keep up with everything, it’s because of Mike. Speaking of jobs, I’m an Emmy winning personality that can deliver on all platforms. I host Colorado & Company on KUSA/9News and 106.7 The Bull Radio.

When in your life/career have you been a G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)?

I learned that concept at a very young age. When I was 18-years-old, I went to the local radio station and met with the owner. I told him I wanted to be a radio personality and would love the opportunity to push buttons or help out to get my foot in the door. It worked!! I landed my first radio job at 19-years-old and continue to grow each and every day. I look for something to challenge myself at least once a week. It can be as simple as trying to learn snowboard with my boys or trying to speak a new language. It keeps life fun. My parents taught me a valuable lesson, “The worse thing that could happen is they tell you no.  It’s not going to make you melt, just keep trying to go for your dreams.” It’s worked so far.

What does it mean to “take the lead?”

To me, “take the lead” is all about figuring out your own path in life. Don’t just follow what everyone else is doing or what you think everyone is expecting from you. If you want to be on TV, take the lead in that quest by visiting a local TV station and finding out if you can intern. Talk to professionals in the field you want to work, get their advice. Then, take that advice and make it work for you. It’s never too early to practice and prepare for your dreams. When you get the opportunity, you will be ready to present. You could be the next woman to accomplish amazing things in life, break down barriers, the glass ceiling.

Why is it important for girls and women to “take the lead?”

I have learned so many valuable lessons in life by making mistakes or being told NO. We learn from our mistakes. I tell my boys, “Good job on that mistake, now what did you learn?” It’s one of the most valuable lessons in life and also a self-esteem booster. Imagine if you just set on the sideline and watched someone else take the lead. They would learn and accomplish their dreams, you would just follow and be afraid to take that risk or the lead.  Don’t be afraid, the worst thing they can say is no.

What has helped you achieve success?

Of course the support of my family, but I also think I have a drive that constantly keeps me looking for new opportunities for success.  If you combine preparation with drive, that’s the secret to growth in this life.  Don’t be afraid of change or challenges.

Were you a Girl Scout? If so, tell us about your experience and what is the, most important thing Girl Scouts taught you?

Unfortunately, no I was not a Girl Scout. My sister had the opportunity and LOVED every minute!  She is an executive vice president by the way, another great example of “take the lead.”

 

Girl Scouts of Colorado