Girls Rising: Building the Pipeline of Female Leaders

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The CWCC will host its third-annual Girls Rising: Building a Pipeline of Women Leaders event on August 5, 2020. This event, presented by Xcel Energy, recognizes and honors young women who are seeking careers in traditionally male-dominated fields.

The CWCC Girls Rising Scholarship will be awarded to four outstanding scholars in the Denver Scholarship Foundation program and one student in CSU’s Construction Management program that will help them continue to pursue degrees in industries deemed “non-traditional,” or those that have 25 percent or less female representation. The majority of the Girls Rising Scholars are first-generation college students.


“In order to advance women in business into the highest levels of leadership, we must build a pipeline of young women who understand that they can reach their goals – in any industry. As a business community, we must show young women what leadership looks like in these fields, because if young women can see themselves there – they can find their way there.” — Kristen Blessman, CEO of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Girls Rising Scholarships

  • Andrea Aguirre Moreno, Metropolitan State University, Civil Engineering
  • Mariah Gonzales, Emily Griffith Technical College, Dental Assistant program
  • Precious Joseph, University of Colorado Denver, Entrepreneurship
  • Dominique Pinedo, Colorado State University, Construction Management
  • Marisela Guillen, University of Colorado, Denver, Digital Design

The event will digitally convene more than 300 business professionals to explore the data and anecdotal observations on women in underrepresented industries and celebrate the scholars. In addition to the scholarship presentation, keynote speaker, Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Senior Director, State Affairs and Community Relations with Xcel Energy, will address the audience.

Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s | Girls Rising Virtual Event
Presented by Xcel Energy |Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | 12 to 1 p.m. via zoom webinar


  • Keynote address by Hollie Vesquez Horvath, Xcel Energy
  • Girls Rising Scholarship presentation

Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Xcel Energy!

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More About the Girls Rising Scholarship Recipients

Mariah Gonzales is a recent North High graduate and the first in her family to go to college. She will be attending the dental assistant program at Emily Griffith Technical College in the fall. She is excited to pursue a career in the dental field. Mariah enjoys spending time with family and watching movies.



Dominique Pinedo graduated from Skyview High School in Thornton, Colorado. She currently attends Colorado State University and is taking prerequisites to earn a Construction Management Degree. She is a first generation Latina who plans on using her Construction Management degree for commercial building projects; she also works as a banker full time at Adams Bank & Trust in Fort Collins. When she is not working or studying, she spends her free time writing poetry and reading.


Andrea Aguirre Moreno is a civil engineering student pursuing her degree at Metropolitan State University of Denver, graduating in spring 2022. Andrea graduated from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College, in 2017. During her college career, Andrea has been an active member in various clubs and student organizations including: Women in Transportation Systems, Society of Women in Engineering, and American Institute of Steel Construction. Her career goal post-graduation is to delve into the world of transportation engineering. Andrea is proud to be a first-generation college student and hopes to empower her younger siblings to follow in her footsteps.

Precious Joseph graduated from George Washington High School and is going into her second year at University of Colorado Denver. She is majoring in entrepreneurship and intends to graduate the spring of 2023. Precious is putting her college education to work by running her own business, creating custom bonnets and baby clothes. She hopes to launch her business’s website this fall.



Marisela Guillen grew up in Denver and attended the Denver Center for International Studies for middle and high school, where she grew a passion for social justice and the world at large. When moving onto college, she chose to pursue an education in the arts with a major in digital design at the University iseof Colorado Denver. In this program, and at her on-campus job at the Emmanuel Art Gallery, she has learned a lot about the life of a creative in the modern world. Now, going into her last year in college, she hopes to pursue a career in motion design and animation with a focus on creating content that educates people about issues in our global community.

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