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Girl Scouts announces 2021 Denver Metro Women of Distinction: 10 Extraordinary Women Honored

The Women of Distinction honor is bestowed annually upon 10 exceptional women in our community. This year’s honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Becky Takeda-Tinker, Woman of Distinction ‘18, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. These women join a network of more than 500 alums and are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership, who serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction event combined with the newly formed Women of Distinction Network brings together a network of outstanding women who serve as mentors, guides, and examples of leadership to inspire our girls.

2021 Class of Women of Distinction

  • Akasha Absher, President, Syntrinsic Investment CounselNamed to the Who’s Who in Impact Investing and one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women, Akasha has put her finance background to work consulting for nonprofit organizations and philanthropic private clients. She has influenced investment decisions for $500 million in assets by educating and empowering clients and their Boards of Directors.
  • Dr. Katie Bakes, Medical Director and ER Physician, Denver Health and Hospital Authority- Dr. Katie Bakes is an emergency physician at Denver Health and a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Her work as an emergency physician in Colorado’s primary safety net institution fostered her efforts in the areas of violence intervention and prevention, children’s needs, diversity, and social justice.
  • Kristen Blessman, President and CEO, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce- Kristen spearheads the organization’s mission of advancing women in business; she was hired in 2017 to bring value to membership through innovation, brand awareness and long-term vision. Through the creation of a new leadership program, mentoring program and unique peer group programming, Kristen has overhauled programming and curriculum at the CWCC and brought a new value proposition to CWCC members and the community. 
  • Kristin Bronson, City Attorney, City of DenverAs the chief legal officer for the City of Denver, Kristin provides policy and legal advice to the Mayor, City Council, the City Auditor and the Clerk and Recorder, all city agencies, departments, boards and commissions. She is the final decision maker on critical legal decisions facing the city and manages the Department of Law, a public law firm of more than 220 attorneys, paralegals, victim advocates, and staff.
  • Katie Kramer, President and CEO, Boettcher FoundationKatie was selected as a Boettcher Scholar in 1993 and has been at the foundation in various roles since 1997, including as the director of the scholarship program and vice president — a title she assumed at the age of 26. She’s been recognized as one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women, is known as an expert in the field of scholarship, and has served the community on various boards.
  • Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Vice President Community and Government Engagement, CignaNamed as one of Colorado’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women, Kasia is known as a visionary community thought leader, successfully cultivating relationships across private, public and nonprofit sectors. She leads the expansion of Cigna’s community engagement activities across Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico by deepening civic and governmental relationships, and developing a philanthropic strategy that deploys local community investments where the need is greatest.
  • Roberta Robinette, President, AT&TFor more than 20 years, Roberta has been a leader in the telecommunications industry and business community, with extensive experience developing and executing public policy strategies for large corporations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. As president, Roberta leads AT&T’s government and community affairs and supports their new technology deployment and infrastructure investment.
  • Lola Salazar, President, Salazar Family FoundationLola, with her husband Rob, founded Salazar Family Foundation in 1999 with a mission to encourage Denver-area students to achieve their educational dreams. The Salazar Family Foundation has supported hundreds of organizations through scholarships, literacy programs, and classroom grants, totaling more than $20 million gifted to our community.
  • LaDawn Sullivan, Director, The Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund, Denver FoundationLaDawn has organized and supported social justice and racial equity through her various roles at The Denver Foundation for more than 23 years.  She created and directs the recently established Black Resilience in Colorado Fund. She also leads programs that support emerging leaders of color including the Executive Directors of Color Institute, The Landscape Project, and national Black philanthropic networks. 
  • Sylvia Young, President and CEO, HCA Healthcare and HealthONE- Sylvia, a veteran of hospital administration since 1985, has been named both an Outstanding Women in Business in health care and a Most Admired CEO. As president and CEO, Sylvia oversees 10 hospitals, 9 freestanding emergency departments, 20 ambulatory centers, and dozens of physician care and urgent care clinics. In 2019, Sylvia was appointed At-Large Trustee of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome the Class of 2021 honorees on September 29 at the Denver Botanic Gardens from 4:30 – 8 p.m. The event has been reimagined with honorees and guests invited to engage in a comfortable, outdoor setting, allowing for safe social distancing.

“I am honored to welcome this year’s class of Women of Distinction. They are strong, bold, empowered women who represent the leadership and excellence that powers today’s world,” said Leanna Clark, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Chief Executive Officer.

Proceeds from the event will support Girl Scouts of Colorado’s crucial leadership development programs in entrepreneurship, outdoors, STEM, and life skills for more than 20,000 members across Colorado.

Event chairs are Kelly Brough, Women of Distinction ’14, Donna Evans, Women of Distinction ’09, Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Women of Distinction ’05, and M.L. Hanson, Woman of Distinction ’15.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or contact Ashley Walsh at ashley.walsh@gscolorado.org

Women of Distinction Western Slope: Nominations Now Open

Do you know a woman in the Western Slope region who has achieved high levels of success in business, community, and civic leadership? Nominate her now for Women of Distinction Western Slope.

The 2021 Women of Distinction Western Slope will be recognized on November 4 at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. Women of Distinction are strong, bold, empowered women who represent the leadership and excellence that powers today’s world.

Criteria for Women of Distinction:

  • Recognized and respected leader in her field of expertise and in the community
  • Committed to girls and women’s issues
  • Will sustain support of Girl Scouts through contributions of time, interest, and financial resources
  • Will be an on-going advocate for Girl Scouts of Colorado
  • Has a proven track record of community service/volunteerism

Nominations are open through May 10, 2021 on the Girl Scouts of Colorado website.

For information and sponsorships, email martha.johnson@gscolorado.org.

Listen now: Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering

Girl Scouts of Colorado thanks Jill Tietjen for co-hosting our “Meet an Expert – The Energetic Side of Engineering” webinar. More than 20 Girl Scouts from across Colorado participated in this webinar on September 16, 2020. Missed it? Listen to the recording here.

Jill is an engineer, advocate, historian, lifetime Girl Scout, and champion of all women. As a professional engineer, Jill spent more than 40 years in the electric utility industry and was the national president of the Society of Women Engineers and the first woman to serve on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League and its first female president. Jill was on the board of Girl Scouts – Mile Hi Council from 1999 – 2007 and was board chair from 2003 – 2007. She is also an inductee of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame, and a Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction. Today, Jill is an advocate for women and girls in STEM fields and the president and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc.

During this webinar, Jill spoke to girls about her education, career, and what life is like working as a woman in STEM. She also walked girls through a lesson on energy consumption and how the electric utility industry functions. After her presentation, girls had an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.

Girl Scouts who participated in the live session or listen to the recording can purchase their “Meet an Expert” patch online: https://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/en/about-girl-scouts/gsco-shop.html

Questions? aimee.artzer@gscolorado.org.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Women of Distinction Corporate Champion Award: Nominations now being accepted

Do you know of a Denver business or corporate team who is dedicated to helping women and girls succeed through their volunteerism, mentorship, and philanthropic efforts? Nominate them now for the Women of Distinction Corporate Champion Award. Honorees will be announced in May 2020.

The 2020 Corporate Champion will be recognized at the 2020 Women of Distinction Thin Mint Dinner on October 1 in Denver. The annual Thin Mint Dinner recognizes Women of Distinction and Corporate Champions who serve as models of inspiration to Girl Scouts.

A nominated business should:

  • Demonstrate dedication to advancing women in their industry
  • Provide support and encouragement to women and girls in their industry, including a dynamic and inclusive working environment
  • Have a proven track record of community service/volunteerism to support girls’ and women’s issues
  • Raise awareness about the remarkable work of talented women in our community

Nominations are open through March 23 at https://gscolorado.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_64. (to nominate a business, select Denver, and Woman of Distinction Corporate Champion)

Questions? Contact Heidi.Books@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4833.

 

Girl Scouts honors 2019 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2019 Women of Distinction during the Thin Mint Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. The 2019 Women of Distinction for the Denver metro-area are:

  • Marti J. Awad, Founding Partner, Cardan Capital Partners
  • The Honorable Dianne L. Briscoe
  • Elycia Cook, President and CEO, FRIENDS FIRST, Inc.
  • Helen Drexler, President and CEO, Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Verónica Figoli, President and CEO, Denver Public Schools Foundation
  • Helen Young Hayes, Founder and CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions
  • Vanecia B. Kerr, Regional Executive Director, College Track Colorado
  • Theresa Szczurek, Chief Information Officer and Executive Director, Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology
  • Dr. Sarah Winbourn, Medical Director, Kids First Health Care
  • Robin D. Wittenstein, CEO, Denver Health

A group of nearly 450 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction Tasha Jones ’15 and Michelle Lucero ‘13. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Kim Bimestefer ‘15. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

New for 2019! Girl Scouts of Colorado recognized the first-ever Corporate Champion – Crocs! This award recognizes hard work in advancing women in their industry, supporting and encouraging women and girls, and working to raise awareness about remarkable women.

The evening’s keynote speaker was Gold Award Girl Scout Emily Kretschmer from Colorado Springs and recipient of the Stephanie A. Foote Leadership Prize for Gold Award Excellence.

Click here to see pictures from the event! And, be sure to watch Emily’s keynote speech, and listen to the inspiring words from our 2019 Honorees and Corporate Champion, Crocs!

Thank you to all of our generous event sponsors, including Silver Presenting Sponsor, Crocs, and Samoa Sponsors: Arrow, BBVA Compass, Cardan Capital Partners, Delta Dental, Hogan Lovells, and Volunteers of America.

Since 1997 Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 446 Denver-area women with this honor. More than $2 million has been raised by Women of Distinction for Girl Scout programs.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact heidi.books@gscolorado.org or (303) 607-4833.

 

Girl Scouts honors 2019 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area

 

Thursday, November 7, 2019, Girl Scouts of Colorado honored the 2019 Women of Distinction during a breakfast held at Two Rivers Convention Center. 2019 Women of Distinction for the Western Slope-area are:

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

A group of nearly 330 gathered at the event, which was chaired by Women of Distinction LeAnn Zetmeir ’18. The honorees were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Jeni Brown ‘18. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The morning’s keynote speakers were Gold Award Girl Scout Kyra TerLouw and Silver Award Girl Scout Bella Gigoux.

Since 2013, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 21 Grand Junction-area women with this honor. More than $42,000 was raised at this year’s breakfast for Girl Scout programs. Thank you to our Gold Presenting Sponsor, U.S. Bank, and Silver Presenting Sponsors Chevron and FCI Constructors.

For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit our website –http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj – or contact Cindi Graves Cindi.graves@gscolorado.org or (970) 628-8003.

Click here for photos from the event. 

Chevron donates $4,000 to Girl Scouts of Colorado in honor of Women of Distinction Western Slope

Girl Scouts of Colorado is honored to receive a donation in the amount of $4,000 from Chevron to support Girl Scouts in the Western Colorado region. These funds will be combined with others from the upcoming Women of Distinction Breakfast to provide financial assistance to underserved girls. Girl Scouts of Colorado and Chevron want EVERY girl to be able to have the Girl Scout Leadership Experience regardless of their financial circumstances.

“Chevron has been involved the Women of Distinction event for several years,” said Cary Baird, Chevron Public and Government Affairs Advisor, “and it’s wonderful to see how it has grown in size and visibility.  We are proud to recognize today’s women leaders and help prepare girls and young women to succeed in the future.”

Since 2013, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

For 2019, three Women of Distinction are being recognized. These Women of Distinction were voted on by their peers and will receive an award:

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

The Women of Distinction Breakfast is on November 7. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2019 Event Chair is LeAnn Zetmeir, Woman of Distinction ’18. Event Sponsors: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank; Silver Presenting Sponsor, FCI Constructors.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj or contact Cindi Graves at (970) 628 – 8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.

Girl Scouts announces Crocs as 2019 Women of Distinction Corporate Champion

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce Crocs as the Women of Distinction Corporate Champion. This award recognizes hard work in advancing women in their industry, supporting and encouraging women and girls, and working to raise awareness about remarkable women.

Says Shannon Sisler, SVP & Chief People Officer,  “We are thrilled to receive this award, which validates our mission to support women and girls thriving at all levels. Crocs is proud to join the Girl Scouts of Colorado in helping today’s girls become tomorrow’s leaders. As part of our mission for everyone to be comfortable in their own shoes, Crocs supports the Girl Scouts of Colorado in helping girls unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker, leader)™.”

Crocs, Inc., headquartered in Colorado, is proud that two-thirds of its global workforce is women and Crocs has dedicated itself to making an environment that values an open mind, looking on the bright and colorful side of life, and embracing and celebrating the uniqueness in everyone.

This is the first year this award is being presented, and it joins the Women of Distinction Award as the highest recognition of philanthropic efforts and volunteerism in Colorado’s communities.  The 2019 Thin Mint Dinner recognizes the Corporate Champion and the Class of 2019 Women of Distinction. This year’s dinner is moving to the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center at 7800 E Tufts Ave., and will be held on October 30, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes Thin Mint cocktails and dessert made with Thin Mints, a three-course meal, and event program. Event co-chairs are Tasha Jones, Senior Director of Marketing, Community Relations, Stapleton Denver, Mixed-Use Development, Woman of Distinction ’15; and Michelle Lucero, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Woman of Distinction ’15. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising support for Girl Scout leadership programs.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/woddenver or contact Heidi Books at (303) 607-4833 or at heidi.books@gscolorado.org.

About Crocs, Inc.:

Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for women, men, and children, combining comfort and style with a value that consumers know and love. The vast majority of shoes within Crocs’ collection contains Croslite™ material, a proprietary, molded footwear technology, delivering extraordinary comfort with each step.

In 2019, Crocs declares that expressing yourself and being comfortable are not mutually exclusive. To learn more about Crocs or our global Come As You Are™ campaign, please visit www.crocs.com or follow @Crocs on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Fitness: “Deskercise”

Crossroads Fitness visited the GSCO Western Colorado/Southwestern CO team last month to provide tips on sneaking in fitness and exercise into their day,  an important part of health and wellness. Crossroads Fitness has been a sponsor for the Women of Distinction Breakfast in Western Colorado the last few years, and their president is a Woman of Distinction. Molly Jo Johnson, the instructor in the pictures, serves on the President’s Cabinet.

 

Girl Scouts announces 2019 Western Slope Women of Distinction: Three Extraordinary Women Honored

The 2019 Western Slope Women of Distinction were selected by a committee of their peers led by Selection Chair Jeni Brown, Woman of Distinction ‘18, and chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership and serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow.

  • Jenn Moore, Executive Director of the EUREKA! McConnell Science Museum
  • Angelina Salazar, CEO, Western Healthcare Alliance
  • Diane Schwenke, President & CEO, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 2013, including this year’s honorees, Girl Scouts of Colorado has recognized 18 women on the Western Slope as Women of Distinction. The Women of Distinction program brings together a group of women dedicated to raising funds to support Girl Scout leadership programs.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will publicly honor these inductees on November 7 at the annual Women of Distinction Breakfast. This year’s event will be held at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The 2019 Event Chair is LeAnn Zetmeir, Woman of Distinction ’18.

Event Sponsors: Gold Presenting Sponsor, US Bank; Silver Presenting Sponsor, FCI Constructors and Samoa Sponsor, Family Health West.

For information regarding tickets and sponsorships, visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/wodgj or contact Cindi Graves at (970) 628 – 8003 or cindi.graves@gscolorado.org.