She calls herself a "consultant to management" but she is so much more than just that generic term. She jokingly refers to her work as helping "to keep people out of jail," as most nonprofit boards do not understand or know how to implement the Charitable Solicitations Act or fair employment standards.
ML excels at handling the internal side of nonprofit management, such as writing HR policy, creating employee manuals and personnel policy, and board governance. She often works with boards to create better internal communication and functioning, such as reviewing roles and responsibilities and writing job descriptions for board members.
But she is not all work and no play. ML loves to entertain, cooks gourmet food and enjoys fine wines. She is a connector of people and loves to bring people together. Often, she will throw a dinner party or a "craft circle" and encourage her friends to bring something creative to make in her artistic sanctuary. ML can make her own outfits as well as she can crunch numbers!
Regarding her professional background, ML spent 15 years in banking, with a focus on commercial lending and credit. She ran several nonprofits and started her own business in 2002.
ML moved to Colorado in the 70s at a time when there were a lot of "firsts" for women -- such as the laws changing to allow women to include their earnings on mortgage applications, something we take for granted now. "The community came together and women became philanthropists, ran for office and started to take charge of their own lives. It was truly an exciting time to be in Denver," she said.
ML pointed out that Colorado now has the largest number of woman-owned businesses in the U.S. and this has been an economic boon for the state.
Her best advice to younger professional women is to "not take anything for granted and to make sure you have a good retirement plan!"
For her own retirement and in her future, ML plans to write the history of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. This is sure to be a must-read book, for stories only ML can tell!
Favorite Clothing Stores? My own creations!
Favorite Restaurant? My kitchen
Who is the most interesting celebrity you ever met? Judith Biles, author and international speaker and trainer; also enjoyed meeting Betty Ford, Bev Sills and Linda Ellerbee
Who is your hero and why? Jean Yancey, an advocate for small businesses owned by women
If a movie were made of your life, who would play your part? Goldie Hawn
What is the greatest gift you have ever given? Handmade double-sided aprons...also homemade soup when someone is in recovery
What is the greatest gift you have ever received? My husband's affection
What one-word/words describe you best? Creative
What word/words would you like others to use to describe you? Generous
What was your first job? Paper route
What are your volunteer activities? National Center for Community Relations (NCCR)
When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you? Enjoys to cook and entertain, good taste in wine as seen in the wine cellar, good flow, comfortable, and likes media
What is your greatest indulgence? Single malt scotch
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband, Michael
What is your most treasured possession? My home
What is your current state of mind? Optimistic
What do you consider your greatest achievement? The founding of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
What is the quality you most like in a man? Intelligence
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence
Favorite books / Writers? Kristen Lavranscdatter, Sigmund Undset, and Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City
What is the best advice you have ever received? Use your tools
Which social event is your favorite? The induction ceremony for the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
What is your motto? Be Authentic
I always knew you were awesome! This confirms it! I'm really enjoying getting to know you.
Oh, my dear, you'll be remembered for so many things! Not the least of which is your divine sense of humor.
I can't think of another person who has earned the trust, respect and affection of so many women (ok, and lots of men too!) in every walk of life and profession in this city. Gourmet cooking and fine wines notwithstanding, I'm very honored to have known ML for more than 2 decades.
What a wonderful article about M.L.! One comment I would add to these many accolades is that one of M.L.'s most precious talents is that of her sincere and loving "friendship".
M.L. is truly an inspriation to women! She's a wonderful person and never hesitates to offer help where/when needed. AND, she's an excellent cook and hostess! :)