Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Announces Colorado’s 2023 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business

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Legacy Award Winner, Rosemary Rodriguez, and Top 25 Honorees Will be Recognized on August 17

DENVER (July 8, 2023) – As the business community is still reeling from millions of women exiting the workforce during the pandemic due to pay equity concerns and lack of flexibility, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is honoring the positive impact of 25 local female leaders at its 2023 gala event.

The CWCC Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business awards gala recognizes the accomplishments and community involvement of 25 individuals and one Top 25 Legacy Award winner, Rosemary Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, known for her decades of public service in Colorado as a fierce defender for a more equitable democracy, Rodriguez fought to protect voter rights and advocated for positive changes for all people.

Her 31-year career is varied, serving as Denver’s clerk and recorder, Denver City Council, City Council president, a commissioner in George W. Bush’s U.S. Election Assistance Commission, State Director for Senator Michael Bennett, DPS school board member, and founder and executive director of Together We Count Colorado, a nonprofit that advocates for fair representation in the national census.  

“Rosemary Rodriguez represents so much of what we advocate for as the women’s chamber – equity, parity, and increasing opportunity for all individuals, regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status,” said Simone D. Ross, CEO of the CWCC. “She’s spent her entire career being an inspiring leader, an advocate for change, and a voice to the voiceless. We’re over the top excited to honor her influence on Colorado.”

The Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business Gala will be hosted at Seawell Ballroom on Thursday, August 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships typically sell out quickly and can be purchased at

The annual gala event profiles powerful and impactful women in Colorado and the work they are doing to advance and promote other female leaders. The award winners are selected by past Top 25 honorees based on four pieces of criteria:  civic and community engagement, proven leadership, passion for the success and promotion of women in business, and personal or professional perseverance.

“This impressive class of Top 25 winners from across the state is committed to advancing women in business and actively promotes equity in the workplace,” said Ross. “We have a truly balanced representation of women leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds, industries, ages, and titles, who represent the force and growth of female progress and influence in our community.”

2023 Top 25 Legacy Award

  • Rosemary Rodriguez, longtime public servant

2023 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business

  • Ale Spray
    Community Empowerment Manager, Mortenson
  • Barbara Brooks        
    CEO, SecondActWomen
  • Celestina Jimenez     
    Vice President, General Counsel,
    RK Mechanical
  • Denise De Nardi       
    Chief Sales Officer, Native Roots Cannabis Co.
  • Dr. Leslye Steptoe
    VP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness, WellPower
  • Dr. Rebecca “Becca” Decker
    COO, Bluestaq
  • Emilie Aries
    Founder & CEO, Bossed Up
  • Erin Pulling
    President & CEO, Food Bank of the Rockies
  • Helen Raleigh
    Principal & Chief Investment Officer, Red Meadow Advisors, LLC
  • Janine Vanderburg
    CEO and Founder, Encore Roadmap
  • Karen Middleton      
    President, Cobalt Advocates
  • Dr. Kathleen Van Voorhis     
    Co-Founder and CEO, Community Investment Alliance
  • Kathryn Harris
    President & COO, ActivateWork
  • Keller Hayes
    Program Director, HOYA Foundation
  • Kelley Duke
    Shareholder/Director, Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe PC
  • Kelli Clifton Ogunsanya
    COO, Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Lola Strong
    Managing Director, The Other Side Academy
  • Marisol Solarte-Erlacher
    Principal, Marisol Solarte-Erlacher
  • Mashenka Lundberg
    Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, CoBank
  • Natalie Levy
    Founder and Managing Director, She’s Independent
  • Nicole Riehl
    President & CEO, Colorado EPIC
  • Robin Chalecki
    President, Emily Griffith Foundation
  • Sonya Ulibarri
    Chief Impact Officer, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado
  • Teresa Porter
    CEO, ISYS Technologies
  • Wanda James
    CEO Simply Pure

About the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is a member-based non-profit 501(C) 6 organization whose mission is to provide women opportunities that better our community and economy, promote equity in the workplace, and help women grow their businesses and their careers. With a vision to make Colorado the #1 state for women in business, CWCC provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through development programs and education, mentorship, partnerships, and alliances. Visit for more information.


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