Powerful Voices Presents the ATHENA Leadership Award

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Powerful Voices Presents the ATHENA Leadership Award

ATHENA Leadership Award recipient Lauren Y. Casteel + Powerful Voices Conversation Series featuring Sara Blanchard

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Pinnacle Club 555 17th Street #fl 38 Denver, CO 80202

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  • 2 hours
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Join your CWCC Community to honor the 2022 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient, Lauren Y. Casteel (She/Her), President and CEO of The Women's Foundation of Colorado.

The ATHENA Leadership Award will be presented at the last Powerful Voices Conversation Series, presented by Bank of America, on Tuesday, December 6th.

Plus, hear from a special keynote Powerful Voice – Sara Blanchard, Co-host of Dear White Women Podcast!


  • Festive Holiday Drinks and Appetizers
  • Community and Conversation
  • Special Keynote Address from Sara Blanchard
  • Fireside chat with Simone D. Ross and Lauren Y. Casteel
  • Spectacular vistas from the 38th Floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel – Pinnacle Club

Get individual tickets using the "tickets" link above as space is limited! Interested in a table sponsorship for you and your colleagues instead? CLICK THIS LINK FOR TABLE SPONSORSHIPS...

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Lauren Y. Casteel was the first person in Colorado to lead three separate foundations: The Women's Foundation of Colorado, Temple Hyne Buell Foundation, and Hunt Alternatives Fund. Known for leading innovative and groundbreaking social and economic justice programs throughout her career. Because of programs like these and the growth of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Lauren is seen as a national leader in the movement for gender, racial, and economic equity. In addition, she meets individually with handfuls of young women annually to offer advice, guidance, and lessons she’s learned along her way.


Sara Blanchard helps build community and connection through conscious conversations, which she does as a facilitator, TEDx speaker, writer, and consultant. After graduating from Harvard and working at Goldman Sachs, Sara pursued the science and techniques of well-being and is a certified life coach, author of two books(Flex Mom and Dear White Women: Let’s Get (Un)comfortable Talking About Racism), and co-host of Dear White Women, an award-winning weekly social justice podcast. Sara is biracial (Japanese and White), married to a White Canadian man, and is raising their two White-presenting girls to be compassionate, thoughtful advocates.


For more than 20 years, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has presented the ATHENA Leadership Award in Denver. The ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to a Colorado woman or man who demonstrates the qualities embodied in the ATHENA Leadership Model and who has achieved the highest level of professional excellence, contributes time and energy to improve quality of life for others, and actively assists women and historically marginalized people in realizing their full leadership potential.

Previous ATHENA Winners

2021: Kelly Brough, MSU Denver

2020: Michelle Lucero, Children’s Hospital Colorado

2019: Christine Benero, Mile High United Way

2018: Donna Lynne, Former Lt. Governor, Colorado

2017: Jean Galloway, Prosono

2016: Dr. Dorothy Horrell, University of Colorado

2015: Pat Cortez, Wells Fargo

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available... contact Meaghan at MCarabello@cwcc.org for more details! VIEW THE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES HERE...

Get individual tickets using the "tickets" link above as space is limited! Interested in a table sponsorship for you and your colleagues instead? CLICK THIS LINK FOR TABLE SPONSORSHIPS...

Just think of all the bright lights…we’re talking about the views AND the company!

Thank you to the following sponsors for making this event possible:

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