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November 04, 2010 - The Women's Foundation is “Empowering Girls to be Next Generation Leaders”

What: The Women's Foundation 2010 Denver Luncheon

Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th St, Denver, CO

When: Thursday, November 4, 2010

Time: 10:30 am: VIP Reception 11:45 am - 1:15 pm: Luncheon and Presentation

Ticket Prices: Patron Tickets: $150 Individual Tickets: $100 Next Generation Tickets (for those under age 35): $75.

Beneficiary: Colorado's women and girls

Honoree(s): Dottie Lamb Award Winners: Taylor Loomis and Jeanette Yanez, Lockheed Martin Award Winners: Manna Chen and Carly Stafford

EMCEE: Karen Leigh, CBS4

Co-Chair(s): Piper Billups, Cathy Hart, and Susan McIntire

Committee Members: Luncheon Corporate Committee: Dolores S. Atencio, Marti Awad, Piper Billups, Margaret Brown, Linda Brown, Kathy Hagan Brown, Sunny Brownstein, Stephanie Bruno, Marti Brust, Carol Burt, Ruth Cameron, Karen Cecile, Anna Conrad, Pat Cortez, Loretta Davis, Kim De Vigil, Jody Debs, Colleen Dougherty, Paula Edwards, Veronica Figoli Fleisher, MaryAnn Franklin, Barbara Grogan, Ladicia Grosch, Lisa Halblelb, Dionna Harding, Nancy Harrison, Cathy Hart, Rollie Jordan, Ana Kemp, Amy Klefeker, Sarah Krause, Gretchen Gagel McComb, Susan Mcintire, Lynda McNeive, Kit Mura-smith, Debbie Norris, Pamela Scharf, Jeanne Saunders, Meg VanderLaan, Debbie Welle-Powell, Heather Wick

President(s): Louise Atkinson President & CEO

Staff: Jody Camp, Jane Crespin, Kelly Fox, Roweena Naidoo, Eve Powell, Jonathan Resnick, Marijke Swierstra, Susan Walters, Kim Wilson

Welcome: Louise Atkinson

Speaker: Tammy Keffeler; First Bank. Mary Lou Makepeace; Gay & Lesbian Fund. John Hickenlooper; Governor Elect. Elisa Speranza; CH2M Hil Keynote Speaker Alfre Woodard, award-winning actress and social activist

Catering: Colorado Convention Center Catering

Sponsors: Presenting Sponsor: FirstBank; Speaker Sponsor: CH2M Hill; Corporate Sponsor: Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado; Media Sponsors: 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast; Video Sponsor: Aetna; Platinum Sponsors: Ball Corporation, Barbara Bridges Family Foundation, CoBiz Financial, Fastlane Productions, Inc, MorEvents, Inc, QWEST Communications, Xcel Energy; VIP Reception Sponsor: Holme Roberts & Owen LLP; Program Sponsor: Vladimir Jones; Honorary Trustee Dinner Sponsor: Barbara Grogan; Gold Sponsors: Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, AT&T, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Denver Newspaper Agency, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Southwest Airlines, Southwest Generation, UMB Bank Colorado, Wells Fargo Bank, Western Union Foundation; Silver Sponsors: Chauncey Billups Foundation, Tim & Ubby Brown Family Foundation, Carol Burt, Chambers Family Fund, Colleen Dougherty, Jerry Gart Family Foundation, Dana K. Hamilton, Arlene and Barry Hirschfeld, Husch Blackwell LLP, IHS, JP Morgan Chase, NA, Kaiser Permanente, Susan and Lee McIntire, MWH Global, Rose Community Foundation I Cile Chavez, Consulting, Inc., Mary and George Sissel, Towers Watson, US Bank; Bronze Sponsors: Alpine Access, American Family Insurance, Atagi Plastic Surgery & Skin Aesthetics, Laura P. Barton and Mary Elliman, Bohemian Foundation, Citywide Banks, Colorado State University, College of Liberal Arts, Deloitte & Touche, Delta Dental of Colorado, Denver Health Foundation, EKS&H, First Western Trust Bank, Hein & Associates LLP, Herman Miller Workplace Resource, The Integer Group, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC, Joy S. Johnson, Jones Lang LaSall, Junior League of Denver, Inc., Ana and Russell Kemp, Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Lathrop & Gage LLP, Lockheed Martin, Sharon Magness Blake and Jeanne P. Saunders, Merrick & Company, Meyers Family Foundation, Mile High United Way, Kit Mura-Smith, Northern Trust, Northstar Investment Advisors, LLC, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Platte River Ventures, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St Luke's Medical Center, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, Anna & John J. Sie Foundation, St. Mary's Academy, Stonebridge Corporation, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel LLC, TeleTech Holdings, Inc., The Colorado Trust, University of Denver, Wide Open West

Quote of the evening: "What a joy to be in a room filled with bossy women.... and men who are not afraid to be in the same room with them." Alfre Woodard, keynote speaker

Menu: Spinach florentine roulade chicken with roasted red pepper coulees, spaghetti squash & brocolini , Chef Syd's dessert tray with dark and milk chocolate truffle pops

Attendance: 2,000+

Attire: Business


Board of Directors: Christine Benero, Barbara Bridges, Brown, Kathy Hagan Brown, Margaret Brown, Wade Buchanan, Carol Burt, Elisa Canova, Cile Chavez, AJ Clemmons, Kelly Condon, Teresa Coons, Walt DeHaven, Veronica Figoli-Fleischer, Paula Edwards, Marjorie Gart, Cathy Hart, Gail Kellogg, Ana Kemp, Linda McNeive, Kit Mura-Smith, LaRae Orullian, Lisa Pease, Sue Smedstad, Pamela Smith, Sandy Stein, Fred Taylor (see for a list of honorary trustees)

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Governor Elect John Hickenlooper, Jan Mayer and actress Alfre Woodard
Governor Elect John Hickenlooper, Jan Mayer and actress Alfre Woodard

"Ladies, start your engines!" 

These were the words expressed by keynote speaker and award winning actress Alfre Woodard at the end of her compelling and encouraging message at the Women's Foundation of Colorado 23rd Annual Denver Luncheon. In her presentation titled “Empowering Girls to be Next Generation Leaders” she spoke of the importance of "educating girls because it's right"  and the possibilities of a greater future that can come from that education.


The luncheon was held at the Colorado Convention Center on Thursday November 4th, 2010 and brought over 2,000 attendees. Women and men from across Colorado, leaders in business, the arts, in education, from non-profits and more came to support the WFCO  in their mission to provide a better future for all women and girls. This year's focus was on education and in helping students on the path to graduation and a more hopeful future. 


A VIP reception was held prior to the luncheon where many of the attendees were able to meet and take a photo with special guest speaker Alfre Woodard. Ms Woodard is an activist who supports many great causes. The WFCO was honored to have Alfre Woodard there to speak and to share her passion for their cause. It was apparent that the guests were quite excited by her presence as well. 


Also speaking briefly at the luncheon was Colorado's new Governor Elect John Hickenlooper. Mayor Hickenlooper made his first "un-official" announcement, declaring everyone in the room as "you are all hereby deputized" to assist him in getting more women represented in our government offices. The Governor Elect expressed his enthusiastic support for the WFCO mission to the delight of a supportive crowd.


Guests also heard from the WFCO new President & CEO Louise Atkinson, co-chairs Susan McIntire, Piper Billups, and Cathy Hart, Tammy Keffeler from Presenting Sponsor First Bank, Mary Lou Makepeace from the Gay & Lesbian Fund and Elisa Speranza from CH2M Hill--all expressing their appreciation and support for the Women's Foundation. 


Each year two students are given the Dottie Lamm Award. This year's winners were Taylor Loomis, a junior at Steamboat Springs High School and Jeanette Yanez, a junior at Poudre High School in Fort Collins. The Lockheed Martin Awards, in recognition for their academic excellence went to Manna Chen and Carley Stafford


At The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, the goal is that every woman in Colorado is economically self-sufficient, and every girl in Colorado is on the path to economic self-sufficiency. Their mission to get there is to build resources and lead change so that the women and girls of Colorado are full and equal participants in society.


Their goals to achieve this are to -  

  • Increase funding for the women and girls of Colorado
  • Define issues and solutions for the women and girls of Colorado
  • Strengthen organizations serving the women and girls of Colorado
  • Inform the press, community leaders and policy makers about issues and solutions affecting the women and girls of Colorado


The Women’s Foundation of Colorado has impacted many women and girls  through grant applications, award programs, grantee partners and a back-to-school campaign. To learn more about the Women’s Foundation of Colorado and how you can help or get involved, please visit their website at



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