Signature Events

CWCC hosts five high-profile signature events annually. Our signature events recognize and honor women in business who make a significant contribution to our business community and those who value diversity in their organization. Our events connect our members with business and community leaders, as well as helps enrich their careers and grow your businesses.

Girls Rising: Building a Pipeline of Women Leaders

May 7th, 7:00-9:30am, Hilton City Center 1701 California St., Denver, CO

In its third year, this critical event will highlight what our community is doing to create a pipeline of young women into non-traditional careers. Participants from the business community will hear from government, non-profit and for-profit business leaders; all addressing what is being done and what still needs to be done to change the perceived career options for women. We will also profile some change-making, dynamic female students entering both non-traditional fields and non-traditional roles for women. We will also be awarding scholarships to some of these students to help them make the next step in their education and careers.

We are partnering with CWCC Young Professionals on this event to support the success of the next generation of female leaders.


Click here to learn more and reserve your seat today!

Presenting Sponsor:

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Thank you to Denver Scholarship Foundation for helping us to select scholarship recipients!

Top 25 Most Powerful Women Gala

February 6th, 5:30-8:30pm, Hilton City Center

Now in its 8th year recognizing over 200 women, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women Gala celebrates and recognizes women who operate at the highest level of business performance and community leadership.

Join us on February 6 to honor the 2020 Class of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business:

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Akasha Absher, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel, LLC
Amber McReynolds, National Vote at Home Institute; Strategy Rose LLC
Andrea Kalivas Fulton, Denver Art Museum
Ann Ayers, Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver
Benny Samuels, Nurse-Family Partnership
Carina Martin, A Precious Child
Chanda Hinton, Chanda Plan Foundation
Chandy Ghosh, Inteliquent
Chantell Taylor, UCHealth
Christy Belz, Empowerment Coaching and Consulting, TEDx Cherry Creek
Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, Colorado State University Global
Frannie Matthews, Colorado Technology Association
GG Johnston, Downstream Partners
Ginna Santy, Women in Kind: The Sister Economy
Jamey Seely, Gates Corporation
Jennifer Chang, Cisco Systems
Jennifer Evans, Polsinelli
Kami Guildner, Kami Guildner Coaching, Extraordinary Women Radio and Extraordinary Women Connect Events
Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, Cigna Healthcare
Kristin M. Bronson, Denver City Attorney
Maureen Tarrant, Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
Monique Lovato, Mi Casa Resource Center
Nancy Fitzgerald, iLendingDIRECT
Ramonna Robinson, Groundfloor Media and Center Table
Simone D. Ross, The Riveter

This event recognizes the professional achievements and contributions to the Denver community by these women. The women are chosen by a selection committee comprised of some of our past Top 25 honorees. Last year, the event sold out with over 750 people in attendance!  The event will start with a cocktail hour, followed by a sit-down dinner and awards ceremony.

We look forward to recognizing the professional achievements and contributions of these women to the Colorado community. This upcoming year will mark 200 women who have been honored as part of this amazing group!

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Check out Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business Class list 2013-2019

Last year, this event sold out, so be sure to secure a table sponsorship and tickets today!

Click here to register.

Presenting Sponsor:

Key Bank










Premier Sponsor:

Business Owners Growth Immersive (formerly Business Owners Bootcamp)

Join us in January 2020….Imagine a day filled with education and inspiration and insights, and it’s geared just towards you and your business! An entire day designed specifically with women entrepreneurs in mind. Join some of Denver’s leading entrepreneurial experts who will share their secrets to successfully gain access to small business vendors and other female entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their business.

This year’s half-day immersive will focus on the theme, ‘How to Go BIG and Have a Great Life.’

Join some of Denver’s leading entrepreneurial experts who will share their insights on growth for your business (and life):

  • Growing your business to meet your end goal
  • Understanding the management of growth
  • Courage and Growth
  • Imposter Syndrome

This immersive will include a lunch and closing keynote, along with various breakout sessions that focus on our theme of How to Go BIG and Have a Great Life.

Who Should Attend?
Female Entrepreneurs with three to five years under their belt looking to grow their business. The Business Owners Boot Camp targets driven, innovative entrepreneurs and their team(s) who have the desire to seek advice, education, valuable business strategies and new skills to stay on top of their game. This event will take your business to the next level of success.

Interested becoming a sponsor of this event? Click here for sponsorship information.

Register here. 

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The 2019 Athena Award – Presented at Champions of Change

Thursday November 7th, 2019

We will be awarding an outstanding woman in business and in her community with our Athena Award later this year at our Champions of Change event. Check back for an application late July.

For over 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. CWCC awards the ATHENA to one successful and accomplished woman in our community who exemplifies leadership traits such as authenticity, community service, and courage.

State of Women in Business Luncheon

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Hilton City Center

As women in business, especially in Colorado, we have come so far.  But as statistics continue to show, we still have a way to go.  We still hold only 17% of CEO roles and women-owned businesses in Colorado aren’t growing.  86% of them have only 1 employee and studies show that less than 1% of them have less than 1million in revenue.

This year, we will have a data presentation from McKinsey and Company, based on their 2018 Women in the Workplace event. This will be a great opportunity to dig into the data of where we are at regarding women in business and women-owned businesses, as well as open the discussion of how we can make change.

Following our keynote, we will have a panel of executives to discuss their stories of institutional blind biases and how they have used their experiences to change and impact their organizations for the better. This conversation will be facilitated by Bruce Alexander, CEO of Vectra Bank.

Click here for more details and to register!

Click here for 2017 event photos!

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Champions of Change

November 7th | 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Infinity Park Events Center


WOW!!!! What a wonderful event we had honoring such amazing companies who are intentionally and strategically moving the needle for women in business! We look forward to celebrating with previous and current winners, as well as the business community next year in 2020!

2019 Champions of Change Emcee: Simone Ross










Who are the influencers making a difference for female leaders? Which companies in our community are shaping the future by advancing women in business?

We celebrated the top change-makers and trail-blazers in our community at the Colorado Women’s Chamber Champions of Change Reception and Awards Program.

Champions of Change Awards were 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 were  rated on:

  • Strategic imperative to advance women within the business
  • Pipeline advancement through inclusive, supportive, and empowering culture and workplace
  • Benefits packages supportive to women and families
  • Ensuring employees are being paid based on performance, skill, or education to ensure no gender gap exists
  • Specific outcomes experienced by female employees through testimonials or measurable results

2019 Champions of Change Winners:

Social Impact: This category recognizes businesses whose core purpose is to create meaningful change to corporate systems and cultures. They are working hard to help create inclusive and diverse work environments.

Haselden Construction

Bright Horizons

Mission Minded:  These companies have prioritized the strategic advancement of and support of women, so much so, that it is woven into the thread of their business.

Colorado Technology Association

RevGen Partners

Small But Mighty: With their humble teams, these organizations are making quite an impact, not just within their own team, but in their industries. They have proven that despite the size of an organization, anything is possible.

Vantage Evaluation

Inside the Orchestra

Corporate Change Makers: These corporations, with locations across the country and thousands of employees, stand out as leaders as they prioritize advancement and growth opportunities for women.

Bank of America


Innovation: These companies have taken things to the next level. Not only are they providing supportive and inclusive policies, they are creating innovative ways to increase performance and encourage more women into leadership positions.



Industry Trailblazers: These companies are recognized because they are committed to developing a diverse workforce by blazing trails for others to follow. They are disrupting their industries and paving the way for others to follow.

Mortenson Construction

Griffiths Law PC

Advocate for Change

(Individual) Champion:

Bruce Alexander, CEO of Vectra Bank

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