Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark is the 2021 inductee into the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. Leanna, along with this year’s class of 40 Under 40 award recipients, will be honored during the Denver Business Journal’s virtual awards program on May 4.
In 1998, Leanna was named to the list of 40 Under 40, honoring up-and-coming Denver leaders. Now as an inductee to the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, Leanna joins Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who was the DBJ’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee in 2020, in this prestigious group of leaders who have accomplished much and still have their greatest contributions ahead of them.
As Leanna took the reins at GSCO in May 2020, the organization was responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and developed a wide variety of virtual programming so girls could continue on their Girl Scout Leadership Experience journey. With Leanna’s leadership and community connections, Girl Scouts of Colorado extended its diversity, equity, and inclusion badge work beyond Girl Scouts to families and community members, and took the lead on a series of roundtable discussions about race. Now in the midst of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she continues to help girls find new and innovative ways to safely reach their cookie goals and learn essential life skills.
Additionally, making a difference in her community, being an advocate for girls and women, and championing female ambition have long been traits Leanna values. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2009, co-chaired the signature event in 2014, and has remained well-connected to the network of amazing women. She’s also served on the boards of the DPS Foundation, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Volunteers of America, the Red Cross and many others.