ChairChristie Doherty is the President of Trinity Partners, LLC, a business performance consulting firm that specializes in leadership and organizational development, executive coaching, and workforce transformation. Trinity Partners brings together the components of People, Performance and Profit into an integrated strategy aligning all key elements of the enterprise to achieve superior performance, employee engagement, and a sustaining culture for now and the future. Her extensive corporate and non-profit experiences have given her a unique perspective of the challenges and opportunities of leadership in small and large for-profit and non-profit firms. As Former Vice President, Wholesale Service Delivery at Qwest, Christie had responsibility for Customer Service Operations for Wholesale customers, managing over 1,700 employees with revenue responsibility for $3.2 billion. She held a number of positions in the telecom and cable industries, including executive positions in Strategic Planning, Customer Operations, Marketing, Sales, and Organization Effectiveness. Christie was also President of Women’sVision Foundation, now the Leadership Investment, a non-profit focused on the development and advancement of women in business. Active in the community, Christie is Chair of the Women’s Collaborative for Colorado and Board Chair and Member in a variety of local and national non-profits including INROADS; DenUM; Foundation for Global Scholars; the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame; and Women Powering Change, focused on international education; diversity; hunger and life skills development; and the advancement and support of women.
Faculty at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work
Karen Bensen is on the faculty at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work and has served in a variety of administrative positions since 2009. First as the Director of Student Services, then as Assistant Dean of Community Academic Programs, Karen is deeply committed to educating tomorrow’s social workers to be passionate about social justice. As a predominately female dominated profession, she believes it is critical that students learn early to stand in their power as women to work toward changes in attitudes, behavior and policy for the benefit of all people but especially marginalized communities.
She has taught courses on power, privilege and oppression, human sexuality, and post-apartheid South Africa. Karen has had the opportunity to travel to South Africa, Tanzania, Bosnia, India, and China to pursue partnerships with local NGOs and universities on behalf of GSSW and has discovered some extraordinary community projects from which social work students can learn and to which they can contribute.
Karen is also passionate about advising and mentoring students and especially enjoys advising students pursuing dual degrees and international experiences as well as those searching for life direction or experiencing life transitions.
Karen’s career home has been in education, having done social work in Early Head Start, elementary school, high school, undergraduate and graduate education. She has lived in Denver since receiving her Masters in Social Work degree from DU in 1991.
Denver Women's Commission
Kim Desmond is a Denver native who attended Manual High School. She has a decade of experience in the education/family engagement field delivering services to parents/children in various capacities, which include management of program operations, case management and strategic planning/implementation. More recently, she has worked with the Denver Women’s Commission to create policy recommendations and outline relevant initiatives to enhance the quality of life for women in Denver. Kim’s passions include advocating for women to eliminate barriers to employment, equity in pay/compensations, health care, education, housing and other systemic issues impacting access to an overall quality of life. Currently, she is the Director of the Denver Office on Women & Families. She also serves as the Staff Liaison to the Denver Women’s Commission and Denver African American Commission. Her hobbies include spending time with family, reading, and playing basketball.
Zonta InternationalSharon is a Denver native with a varied background in real estate including, development, sales and title insurance. She is honored to represent Zonta with the Women’s Collaborative to spread the power and influence of like-minded partners to achieve our shared goals, aspirations and calls to action on behalf of the women and girls of Colorado. Zonta International seeks to empower women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels.Sharon has been a member of the Zonta Club of Denver II, District 12 of Zonta International since 1987.
Business and Professional Women of ColoradoNancy Litvak is past President of Colorado Business and Professional Women (BPW). The mission of the organization is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education, and information. BPW is supported locally, nationally and internationally, with a consultative seat on the United Nations Commission for Women. Nancy is also a Board of Trustee of the Colorado Women’s Education Foundation (a sister organization of BPW) which raises money to support nontraditional aged women transform their lives and the lives of their families through education.
Community ActivistBarb McDaniel has been a contributing member of the American Association of University Women for many years and served as Colorado Public Policy Director. True to her passion for government policy and state legislation, Barb also served as the Denver Tech Center Business and Professional Women Legislative Team Leader and as State Legislative Team Leader. Barb has been an active investor in private companies since 1982 when she started a Montessori Child Care which she ran with her partner in California until moving to Colorado in 1995. She is currently a partner in Denver Custom Signs, LLC.
The Women's Foundation of Colorado
Louise V. Myrland has dedicated her career to advancing social justice through education. She joined The Women’s Foundation of Colorado in 2014 as Vice President of Community Initiatives and Investments, drawing on her programmatic and evaluation experience to lead the organization’s work in research, public policy, and strategic community investments. More than 12 years ago, she began improving educational opportunities for low-income and traditionally under-served students by managing two science education outreach programs through The Ohio State University. Most recently as Director of College Success and Scholarship for the Denver Scholarship Foundation, Louise applied her scientific background to develop, implement, evaluate, and refine data-driven college access, affordability, and success programs that empowered 4,000 Denver Public Schools graduates to pursue higher education in Colorado. Louise lives in Denver with her husband Steve and daughter Elise.
The League of Women Voters Colorado
As a member of the WCC Steering Committee, Cath believes that by collaborating and leveraging the resources of our member organizations, we can better influence positive change throughout our communities. Cath is the League of Women Voters of Colorado Vice President of Administration and believes that public policies at every level should reflect the needs and diversity of the communities that they affect. The League’s 95 years of experience has taught us that this is best accomplished by fostering an engaged and representative electorate that is heard by our elected officials not just during elections but also throughout the year. Through the work of our Education Fund, we provide VOTE411.org, a national election website, and support our members who help register voters, provide voters with election information, and allow voters to hear from candidates in their own words through debates and voting guides. Together, these two arms of the League are protecting and expanding our democracy and fighting for policies that benefit our communities.
Mary Ann Roe
Colorado Coalition for Gender and Information TechnologyMary Ann Roe is the retired co-director of the Colorado Coalition for Gender and IT (CCGIT) and treasurer of the CCGIT Board of Directors. CCGIT extends Mary Ann’s long time efforts to introduce women and girls to technology and needed knowledge and skills for successful career outcomes. She supports high growth technology initiatives as they relate to the Colorado workforce and require essential knowledge, skills, and technical education. Mary Ann is a founding member of the Colorado Photonics Industry Association Board of Directors, Secretary of the Board, and chairs the CPIA Education and Employment Committee. She maximizes workforce development/workforce education content for e-Colorado knowledge portal (https://e-colorado.coworkforce.com) users through content acquisition and integration. Previously, Mary Ann’s work in two-year colleges was in areas of innovation and advanced technology education. On behalf of the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, she led applied research teams to Singapore, Japan, and Germany to study technology infrastructure and has written extensively on technical education and manufacturing.