CWCC Announces 2021 ATHENA Award Winner

The CWCC is thrilled to announce the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient: Kelly Brough, Chief Strategy Officer at MSU Denver!

This award is inspired by the Greek goddess, Athena, known for her strength, courage, wisdom, and enlightenment.

Kelly has been the FIRST of many things… the first female CEO of the 150-year old Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the first female director of human resources for the City and County of Denver, and the first female snowplow driver at Stapleton International Airport! It has been said that “Kelly has power. It’s the kind of power that comes from within, sometimes quiet and sometimes bold, but always sensible and backed with purpose and rationale. She changes minds and builds coalitions around important issues.”

She was just recently appointed Chief Strategy Officer for Metropolitan State University of Denver. We are looking forward to honoring this incredible woman and her trailblazing work at a celebratory luncheon held in conjunction with our Powerful Voices Conversation Series, presented by Bank of America.

Thank you to our ATHENA selection committee for your service.

::: Please join us to celebrate Kelly on December 2nd :::

Powerful Voices Presents The ATHENA Award to Kelly Brough

Featuring Powerful Voice, Michelle Lucero of Children’s Hospital Colorado
Thursday, December 2nd, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Embassy Suites Convention Center | 1420 Stout Street

$75 CWCC Members
$100 Non-Members
$1,000 Table Sponsor (Members) – Table of 8
$1,500 Table Sponsor (Non-Members) – Table of 8

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::: Powerful Voices Conversation Series :::

Powerful Voices Speaker
Michelle Lucero, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief General Counsel of Children’s Hospital Colorado and 2020 Recipient of the ATHENA Leadership Award!

Michelle has the best job in town as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Children’s Hospital Colorado. Before joining Children’s she held some rad jobs with fancy and impressive titles with Centura Health, the City and County of Denver, US West, and Denver Health. Michelle’s loves community involvement. She has delivered keynote addresses focusing on leadership, mentorship, and women’s empowerment to groups including the National Women In Leadership organization, Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and was invited by the US Embassy for Papua New Guinea to keynote the 2017 and 2016 PNG Women’s Forums. Her biggest accomplishments have been her three wonderful humans, her children, Jordan, Alex, and Noah.



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We’re also grateful to our partners at the Denver Scholarship Foundation for helping us connect rising young women to Xcel STEM Scholarships!







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