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.

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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Advocate for Change Sponsor:


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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! Our first year was a success and we can’t wait to do it again this 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

2019 Nominations have closed. Stay tuned for the winners!

Check out our 2018 Champions of Change Winners:

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

Sponsorships are available. Email Heather Howerton,, for sponsorship information.


Table Sponsors:

RevGen Partners
Lockton Companies
Fidelity Investments
Crowe LLP
Pinnacol Assurance

Top 25 Most Powerful Women Gala

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

We received a record number of nominations for our 7th annual CWCC’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women! Our selection committee had their work cut out for them as they had to narrow it down to 25. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and documentation supporting these fantastic women here in the Colorado community!

We look forward to recognizing the professional achievements and contributions by these women to the Colorado community. Over the last six years, one hundred and fifty women have been honored at Top 25.

Check out the comprehensive list of previous honorees.

Click here for 2018 event photos!

Applications for 2020 Top 25 will open in Fall 2019. Check back!

2019 Top 25 Most Powerful Women:

Michele Ashby, ACE, LLC
Barbara Brohl, BJ Brohl Strategies
Debbie Brown, Amplify Strategies
Peg Burnette, Denver Health and Hospital Authority
Dr. Janine Davidson, MSU Denver
Helen Drexler, Delta Dental of Colorado
Veronica Figoli, Denver Public Schools Foundation
Lori Fox, Taloma Partners
Suzanne Griffiths, Griffiths Law PC
Heidi Ganahl, CU Regent, Camp Bow Wow
Alice Jackson, Xcel Energy of Colorado
Tasha Jones, Brookfield Properties
Heather Lafferty, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver
Kathy Nesbitt, University of Colorado
Beth Perez, DaVita, Inc.
Lorii Rabinowitz, Denver Scholarship Foundation
Katica Roy, Pipeline Equity 
Danielle Shoots, Comcast Cable Corporation
Melanie Ulle, Women in Kind
Meranda M. Vierya, Denver Legal Marketing LLC
Kathleen Quinn Votaw, TalenTrust
Beth Walker, Colorado State University
Heidi Williams, City of Thornton/Home Builders of Metro Denver
Betsy Wiersma, Wiersma Experience Marketing/CampExperience Network
Ellen Winkler, INDUSTRY


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

Presenting Sponsor:

Key Bank










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Media 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 success 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. 

Hosted and Sponsored by: 

Girls Rising: Building a Pipeline of Women Leaders

May 15th, 7:00-9:30am, Hilton City Center 1701 California St., Denver, CO

In its second 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.


Keynote Speaker: Susan Frew, CEO of Sunshine Plumbing and Heating

Click here to learn more and reserve your seat today!

Presenting Sponsor:

Xcel Energy Logo


Sustaining Sponsors:



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

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.

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