The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Announces the 2024 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business

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DENVER (June 27, 2024) – The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) is pleased to honor the positive impact of 25 local women leaders at its 2024 gala event on August 22, 2024.

The CWCC Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business Awards Gala recognizes the accomplishments and community involvement of 25 individuals and one CWCC Top 25 Legacy Award winner, Dawn P. Bookhardt.

Bookhardt, an accomplished lawyer, philanthropist, and activist, is best known for her work in helping make Denver the world-class city it is today.

She has been a key player in high-profile public and private development projects in Denver, including the redevelopment of the Central Park neighborhood, the expansion of the Colorado Convention Center, and the renovation of Denver’s Union Station.

“Dawn P. Bookhardt’s unwavering dedication and visionary leadership have paved the way for countless individuals to thrive,” said CWCC CEO Simone D. Ross. “Her relentless pursuit of excellence and her ability to transform challenges into opportunities have not only elevated her community but also set a powerful example for future generations. It is an honor to celebrate Dawn as our Legacy Award winner, acknowledging her profound impact and enduring legacy in business and beyond.” 

The Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business Gala will be hosted at Seawell Ballroom on Thursday, August 22 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. Winners are selected by past Top-25-honorees based on four criteria:  civic and community engagement, proven leadership, passion for the promotion of women in business, and 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.”

2024 Top 25 Legacy Award

  • Dawn P. Bookhardt, esq
    Lawyer, philanthropist, activist
    Butler Snow LLP

Introducing the 2024 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business

  • Amy Parsons
    Colorado State University
  • April Denmon
    The Denmon Group
  • April Giles
    Fitzsimons Innovation Community
  • Ceyl Prinster
    Colorado Enterprise Fund
  • Charlie Billingsley
    Museum For Black Girls
  • Debbie Herrera
    Colorado Housing & Finance Authority
  • Dr. Flo Raitano
    Denver Regional Council of Governments
  • Gayle Pottle
    AdventHealth Rocky Mountain Region Foundation
  • Heather Tritten
    Colorado Children’s Campaign
  • Heather White
    Vectra Bank Colorado
  • Jamie Torres
    Denver City Council, District 3
  • Julia Taylor
    GeekPack, Inc.
  • Kate Bailey
  • Lola Woloch
    Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Maureen McDonald
  • Maxine Harris
    Maxx Impact Group
  • Meghann Conter
    The Dames
  • Nancy Walsh
    Denver Museum of Nature & Science
  • Penny May
    Denver International Airport
  • Renee Ferrufino
    The Women’s Foundation of Colorado
  • Senator Rhonda Fields
    Colorado State Legislature
  • Shannon Jones
  • Shelly Marquez
    Mercy Housing Mountain Plains Region
  • Stephanie Knight
    Colorado Inclusive Economy
  • Wendy Lea
    Energize Colorado

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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