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.

Top 25 Most Powerful Women Gala

January 30th, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm, Hilton City Center

Nominations have officially started for the 2019 CWCC’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women Gala! This event celebrates and recognizes women who operate at the highest level of business performance and community leadership. This event recognizes the professional achievements and contributions by these women to the Denver community. Over the last five years, one hundred and twenty-five women have been honored at Top 25.

Check out the comprehensive list of previous honorees.

Click here for 2018 event photos!

Apply Now!! Please note: Nomination deadline has been extended to Monday, December 10th by 5pm!!

2019 Top 25 Most Powerful Women Nomination Form

For more details nominations, go here. 

Last year, this event sold out. Go here to secure a table sponsorship and tickets today!

Presenting Sponsor:



Sustaining Sponsor: MillerCoors

Girls Rising: Building a Pipeline of Women Leaders

Tuesday, April 24, 2017 | 7:00 – 9:00 am | Hyatt Regency at Colorado Convention Center – Stay tuned for 2019 date!

New in 2018, this event was created as a result to the popular demand of Athena Award programming, highlighting female high school students/interns entering the non-traditional field of engineering.  Our community needs to do more to encourage young women to go into not only non-traditional fields, but non-traditional roles such as executive leadership.


Click here to learn more and reserve your seat today!

Presenting Sponsor:

Xcel Energy Logo



Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 7:30 am – 5:00 pm | University of Colorado Denver Business School

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 success gain access to small business vendors and other female entrepreneurs who are looking to grow their business.

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 more information.


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The 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award goes to Donna Lynne, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado!

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

This year the CWCC, in partnership with the Denver Business Journal, will honor Donna Lynne, the recipient of the 2018 International ATHENA Leadership award at the Denver Business Journal’s 20th Outstanding Women in Business 20th Anniversary Cocktail Reception event.

Click here to register and learn more about this year’s Outstanding Women in Business 20th Anniversary Cocktail Reception & Awards Program.

Through her extensive career in the public and private sectors, Donna Lynne excels in all three categories for which the ATHENA Award is judged: professional leadership, community leadership, and personal leadership/mentorship.

Thank you to all who submitted a nomination. We’d like to recognize the high caliber of influential women among the finalists (below) – thank you for your hard work, optimism, and leadership!
Christine Benero
Suzanne Griffiths
Patricia Jarzobski
Jan Kulmann
Lisa Raville
Jodi Rolland
Katica Roy
Mary Sullivan
Betsy Wiersma
Robin Wise

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

Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm | Grand Hyatt, Denver

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.


In the 2nd Annual State of Women in Business, you can hear first-hand on why these statistics continue to exist and what we can do to change them.  The event promises to be an engaging afternoon with a keynote speech on gender equality and “Issue Deep Dives” from prominent female leaders.

Reserve your tickets today!

Keynote Speaker:

Katica Roy, CEO & Founder, Pipeline Equity
Award-winning, 20-year human capital veteran, published author, former programmer and UI/UX designer, data science.

Click here for 2017 event photos!

Presenting Sponsors:


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Data Sponsor:

State of Women Sponsor:

Champions of Change

November 13th | 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 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! Our first year was a success and we can’t wait to do it again next year!


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

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

Reserve your seat today!

The NEW Champions of Change Award 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 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

Announcing our 2018 Champions of Change Winners:

Social Impact:
Industry Trailblazers:
Innovation Award:
Small but Mighty:
Corporate Change-maker:
Companies to watch (finalists):

Presenting Sponsor:


Table Sponsors:

RevGen Partners
Lockton Companies
Fidelity Investments
Crowe LLP
Pinnacol Assurance

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