ATHENA Nominee Announcement



(Denver, CO, March 22, 2016) Colorado Women’s Chamber is pleased to announce the names of the 2016 ATHENA nominees:


Jennifer Alderfer, President & CEO, North Suburban Health Center; Rose Andom, Owner & CEO, Rosmik, Inc.; Naomi Binkley, Founder & Managing Partner, Fireside Production; Karen de Bartolomé, Founder & Executive Director, WorldDenver; Rachael Jayne Groover, Founder & CEO, Groover Seminars, Inc.; Dorothy Horrell, Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver; Kelly Ann Kozeliski, Partner, EKS&H LLP; Sherri Kroonenberg, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments; Sharon Linhart, Founder & Managing Partner, Linhart Public Relations; Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale; Jodi Rolland, Colorado State and Denver Market President, Bank of America; and Tracey Pool, Director of Rooms, Hyatt Regency Denver.


This award truly honors a group of women who absolutely deserve the recognition.” says Donna Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.


Now in its 19th year, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) will be awarding the International ATHENA Leadership Award on April 20, 2016 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at The Ritz-Carlton, 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.


The Award Dinner will feature keynote speaker, Kristin D. Russell, a dynamic executive with more than fifteen years’ experience in leading large operations, services, and information technology (IT) organizations. She is a Director with Deloitte Digital and is leading the firm’s national Digital Government strategy. Formerly, Kristin was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper in February 2011 to serve as Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer for the State of Colorado.


Kristin has received several awards including Government Technology’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, and the Denver Business Journal CIO of the Year Award. In 2015, she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the CWCC.


Prior to the dinner, the CWCC will host a half-day conference themed Igniting Women to Pursue Their Highest Aspirations. The Conference goal is to leave attendees inspired for action so they can grow their business and better achieve their professional goals. The Conference will have two tracks: Professional Development and Relationship Building with three sessions per track that include: Engineering Passion in Your Work Life, Five Ways Women Can Lead and Lift up Each Other, Top Tips to Skyrocket Your Success and Self-Promotion, Closing the Multi-Generational Gap, Discovering the Power of Your Authentic Feminine Voice, and Gender Diversity as an Asset Panel and Discussion.


The conference targets professional women who want to grow their careers, build their skills, develop relationships and connections. Space is available for up to 150 people. Registration is now open.


For more information regarding nominations, the ATHENA Award Dinner or the ATHENA Conference, please visit our website.



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 the resources conducive to our members’ business success, the CWCC provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances. Visit for more information.