2016 ATHENA Award Winner Dr. Dorothy Horrell, UCD


(Denver, CO, April 21, 2016) Last night, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) presented the 2016 International ATHENA award to Dorothy Horrell, PhD, Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Horrell was chosen because of her extraordinary 40+ year career and her indelible impact in the Denver community as a pragmatic visionary and innovative strategist.

Dr. Horrell spoke about the importance of pursing career choices that bring joy and passion. She also thanked her family (granddaughter, daughter, three sisters and her husband who were all present) for their support. There were more than 200 people in attendance at the award dinner held at The Ritz-Carlton Denver.

The other three finalists were Karen de Bartolomé, Founding Executive Director; WorldDenver; Sharon Haley Linhart, Founder & Managing Partner, Linhart Public Relations; and Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale.

Nominees were Jennifer Alderfer, President & CEO, North Suburban Medical Center; Rose Andom, Owner & CEO, Rosemik, Inc.; Naomi Binkley, Founder & Managing Partner, Fireside Production; Rachael Jane Groover, Founder & CEO, Groover Seminars, Inc.; Kelly Kozeliski, CPA, EKS&H; Sherri Kroonenberg, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments; Jodi Rolland, Colorado State & Denver Market President, Executive Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America; and Tracey Pool, Director of Rooms, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.


For 19 years, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has hosted the annual ATHENA 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.


This model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy. These personal traits, combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership, such as taking risks, assertiveness and hard work, are the attributes of the ATHENA award to honor one successful and accomplished woman in our community.


About the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Since its creation in 1988, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) has played a significant role in growing business in Colorado. With the mission of creating an environment and providing the resources conducive to their members’ business success, CWCC provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances. Visit www.cwcc.org for more information.