4th Annual Women’s Conference: Beyond A Boss
The 4th Annual Women’s Conference will take place at Colorado Mesa University in the Meyer Ballroom. This year’s conference theme is “Beyond a Boss” and will feature two tracks of breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and multiple panels. Join us to experience opportunities to grow, learn, and connect with female professionals across the state of Colorado. After a day of enriching discussions unwind with our happy hour!
“Beyond a Boss” refers to a woman who not only excels in her career but also embodies qualities that set her apart as an exceptional person. These qualities or characteristics might include being a mother, leader, mentor, having empathy for others, and being commitment to fostering a positive and inclusive work environment.
Being “Beyond a Boss” can signify a woman who not only succeeds in her professional endeavors but also makes a meaningful impact and paves the way for others to thrive in their respective roles.
4th Annual Women’s Conference Schedule
8:00am: Breakfast and check-in
9:00am – 9:20am: Welcome Remarks
9:20am – 10:20am: Beyond a Young Professional Panel with Andrea Potter, Baily Manupella,
and Aleena Gomez, Moderated by Tabitha Britt
10:25am – 10:30am: Guest Break
10:35am – 11:00am: Activity
11:00am – 11:10am: Guest Beak
11:10am – 12:00pm: Breakout Sessions
Mistalynn Meyeraan – Standing Out in Your Field
Sarah Lanci – Saying Yes to Saying No
Porcia Silverberg – Network Weaving
12:05pm – 1:15pm: Lunch
1:30pm – 2:20pm: Panel Sessions
Beyond an Entrepeneur Panel with Gina Bishop, Kodi Imondi, and Bobbi Springer, Moderated by Allie Daniel
Beyond a Leader Panel with Ellis Thompson, Besty Bair, and Tawni Kelly, Moderated by Andrea Stolarczyk
Beyond a Working Mom Panel with Faith Rodriguez, Samantha Williams, and Kayla Bowers, Moderated by Sadye Saad
2:20pm – 2:30pm: Guest Break
2:30pm – 3:20pm: Breakout Sessions
Ho’o Andrade – Finding Your Purpose
Leora Ruzin – Imposter Monster
Kim Raff – Mentoring and Leadership
3:20pm – 3:30pm: Guest Break
3:30pm- 4:30pm: Keynote Speaker- Kelly Brough
4:35pm – 5:30pm: Happy Hour
Keynote Speaker- Kelly Brough
Kelly Brough currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for Colorado Mesa University. This role allows Kelly to blend her leadership experience across the public and private sectors. As a former chief of staff to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, head of human resources for the City of Denver, and CEO of the oldest and largest business advocacy organization in Colorado, she has built effective teams, managed large budgets, negotiated key contracts, influenced public policy and navigated the intersection of the public and private sectors. Kelly led the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce as its first female CEO from 2009 to 2021. During her tenure as CEO, she nearly doubled revenue for the organization, growing it from $17 million to $30 million annually. She raised more than $40 million for ballot issue campaigns, soundly defeating anti-business measures and advancing education, opening primaries, and supporting funding for water. She negotiated policy changes on behalf of thousands of members at the state legislature, regularly testifying on bills and providing media interviews. Committed to diversity, she started a new affiliate in 2018 dedicated to workforce equity, while also diversifying the Chambers’ boards and teams. She has a deep understanding of the industries that drive our economy and has long been committed to growing quality jobs across the region. Workforce development has always been a passion of Kelly’s and is why she is thrilled to be part of the CMU team. Kelly has also worked in the public sector serving as both the Director of Human Resources for the City of Denver as well as Chief of Staff for Mayor John Hickenlooper. As Chief of Staff, Kelly oversaw a general fund budget of $857 million, leading a team of over 10,000 employees through the unprecedented budget cuts of the Great Recession. She negotiated contracts with police, deputy sheriffs and firefighter unions, reaching resolution with every contract. She also oversaw the City’s operations during the 2008 Democratic National Convention—a National Security Event. This unique blend of experience makes Kelly a naturally strategic thinker, master team builder, negotiator, partnership builder and convener. Kelly has an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver and a BS from Montana State University. In her free time, you can find Kelly outdoors — biking, hiking, skiing or paddling.