CWCC signature events recognize, honor, and celebrate women in business and companies who are making significant contributions to our business community, those who value diversity and equity in their organizations, and young women who are working to overcome barriers to success.
August 11, 2022
Our most popular event and gala returns this summer!
In its 10th year, recognizing 250 women, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business Gala presented by KeyBank, celebrates and recognizes women who operate at the highest level of business performance and community leadership. This event recognizes the professional achievements and contributions to the Denver community by these women. New this year – the Top 25 Legacy Award will be presented to a woman who has become a community icon and influencer!
The Top 25 women are chosen by a selection committee that includes some of our past Top 25 honorees. See the 2022 winners!
Registration for the event is OPEN! Visit the event page to see the winners and get tickets…
Who are the influencers making a difference for female leaders and women of color? Which companies in our community are shaping the future by advancing women in business?
This event recognizes the top change-makers and trail-blazers in our community at the Colorado Women’s Chamber Champions of Change Reception and Awards Program.
CWCC Champions of Change Awards, presented by Vectra Bank, will be presented to companies and organizations of various sizes that are actively and strategically advancing women in business through their commitment to creating inclusive, supportive and empowering cultures.
Businesses are rated on:
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
This category recognizes businesses whose core purpose is to create meaningful change to corporate systems and cultures. These organizations are working hard to help share inclusive and diverse work environments that have resulted in employee engagement, retention, and cultures that challenge the status quo.
This category recognizes organizations that have prioritized the strategic advancement and support of women in their organizations and in the community where they reside. They believe that in order for their people to succeed, we need to lift others up around us as well – so much so- that it is woven into the thread of their businesses.
Small But Mighty:
With their humble teams, this category recognizes organizations that are creating quite the impact, not just internally, but in their industries and for the people they serve. They have proven that despite the size of an organization, flexible work environments, and out of the box structures can be implemented to meet the needs and wants of their employees and the greater community.
VF Corp. and The VF Foundation
This category recognizes corporations that are examples that, even with locations across the country and thousands of employees, it is possible to give them the development opportunities and benefits that support all of their needs and advancement.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
This category recognizes organizations that have taken their efforts to the next level by creating innovative solutions that develop employees, support their needs, and advance women in business. What these organizations, large and small, have created for their people is out of the box and industry changing.
This category recognizes organizations that saw opportunities to get creative in how they challenge industry standards and create new ones that better support the advancement of women in business. Through their efforts, they are raising the bar, challenging the status quo, and blazing trails for others to follow.
Advocate for Change
Sarah Miller, Wealth Management Advisor,
Thank You to Our Sponsors:
We will be awarding an outstanding woman in business and in her community with our Athena Award at our December Powerful Voices event. Download the 2021 ATHENA Nomination Form Here and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 22, 2021 by 5pm.
Powerful Voices presents the ATHENA Award (In-Person!)
December 2nd, details TBA
For more than 20 years, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has presented the ATHENA Leadership Award in Denver. The ATHENA Leadership Model® was developed by ATHENA International through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in 1982. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in eight countries.
ATHENA Leadership Award Nominees must meet each of the following three criteria:
2020: Michelle Lucero, Children’s Hospital Colorado
2019: Christine Benero, Mile High United Way
2018: Donna Lynne, Former Lt. Governor, Colorado
2017: Jean Galloway, Prosono
2016: Dr. Dorothy Horrell, University of Colorado
2015: Pat Cortez, Wells Fargo
February 9th 2022 Livestream
The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out 30 years of progress for women in the workforce. It’s time for action.
The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce is partnering with TARRA on the 6th Annual State of Women in Business event. Join us to dive into the devastating impacts of COVID-19, the subsequent Shecession, and what we can do to course correct.
This unique event will feature a data presentation, panel of experts, community engagement opportunities, and the final summit in CWCC and TARRA’s Getting Women Back to Work Executive Roundtable Discussion Series. This landmark roundtable series brought together local thought leaders, research experts, and corporate executives to determine a path forward for our communities to actively address the post-COVID “Shecession.” It’s going to take all of us to get female-identifying individuals back to work.
We are committed to creating safe spaces, and if this topic is in your shared experience—or you’d like to become an ally—please join us!
The Impact On Women in Business:
About Getting Women Back to Work Executive Roundtable Discussion Series:
Launching at State of Women in Business, this roundtable is bringing together executives, hourly workers, business owners, women who have left the workforce and more to:
TARRA is a curated network for women professionals and entrepreneurs designed to advance thriving careers, champion innovative businesses and promote fulfilling lives. By facilitating access to effective resources—collaboration, community, learning, mentorship—TARRA is cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders with the goal to create a more diverse, vibrant business community.
TARRA.co | @_tarraco
About Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce focuses on strategies to help professional women work smarter, network effectively, and compete successfully. Our programs cultivate business development, professional excellence, alliances and leadership. We seek to make Colorado the state in the nation for women to advance in business.
CWCC.org | @cowomenschamber
State of Women – Research Partner:
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:30 – 9:00am
Powered by the Colorado Women’s Chamber Foundation, this critical event will highlight what our community is doing to create a pipeline of young women into “non-traditional” careers. This year’s virtual program will include a keynote presentation, highlighting the path of a female leader who took the path less traveled and a scholarship reception for five females pursuing construction management, tech, engineering, entrepreneurship, and trade skills.
We are working to create a longer-lasting impact with this event. Stay tuned as we have opportunities to engage throughout the year with scholarship recipients, share intern and job shadow opportunities, and bring business leaders together to discuss how we can continue to make change for girls and women in male-dominated industries.