Nominate Your Top Women in Business by August 9

2016 Women in Business Awards

South Metro Denver Chamber's Women in Business are excited to announce that they will be honoring four women at this year's conference: a "Next Wave" Leader, an "Outstanding Philanthropic" Leader, a "Champion of Change" Leader and a "Legacy of Leadership" Leader. They invite you to send in your nominations of outstanding female business leaders for these four awards from within the Chamber Community and the greater South Metro Denver Region. Award applications are due by Tuesday, August 9. Final Selections will be made by the Award Selection Committee by Friday, August 19.


You are cordially invited to the Annual Women in Business Conference
Thursday, September 8th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale

Individual Tickets: $99 | Corporate Tables: $700

The South Metro Denver Chamber's Annual Women in Business Conference connects professional women and entrepreneurs to distinguished speakers and community leaders around some of the most important issues facing business leaders today. Join nearly 300 attendees as we dive into topics like Real Communication, Mental Toughness, Leadership Development and more throughout this engaging full-day event. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, click here.

:00 am - Registration & Open Networking
9:00 am - Conference Welcome
9:15 am - Generations of Leadership Panel

  • Niki Koubourlis, Bold Betties
  • Heidi Ganahl, Camp Bow Wow
  • Linda Watson Kolstad, Sky Ridge Medical Center

11:00 am - Morning Keynote

  • Hillary Blair, ARTiculate: Real & Clear

12:15 pm - SMDC Women in Business Awards
12:45 pm - Lunch Keynote

  • Tricia Downing, Athlete & Speaker

2:30 pm - Breakout Sessions
4:00 pm - Happy Hour & Prize Giveaway

Dream It. Do It. Colorado Onboards with Statewide Info Sessions

Colorado Business Roundtable is bringing to Colorado a manufacturing sector workforce education program of the Manufacturing Institute called Dream It Do It Colorado. We are the 40th state to join this national initiative.

From March 8-10, 2016, representatives from the national office of Dream It. Do It. will be joining us to onboard the program. This includes the first formal meeting of the steering committee which brings together many involved in workforce education and/or manufacturing. Onboarding also includes several information sessions held statewide to manufacturing companies.

Other organizations so far involved include Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry;; Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance; City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development/Division of Workforce Development; Community College of Denver; Douglas County School District; Colorado Workforce Development Council; and US Brazil Connect.

Contact Program Coordinator Tara Alexander at 303-394-6210 or if you have any questions. Click the locations below for flyers, or register for the meeting as indicated. Sign up here to join the Dream It Do It Colorado email list. For more on the national Dream It. Do It program, click here

Steering Committee Meeting
March 8, 2016 from 1:30-4 PM

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Manufacturers Meetings
March 9, 2016 from 9-11 AM
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March 9, 2016 from 3-5 PM
Colorado Springs
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March 10, 2016 from 2-4 PM
Grand Junction

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Library Journal Names Arapahoe Libraries' Davies as 2016 Librarian of the Year

January 6, 2016




Nicolle Ingui Davies, executive director of Arapahoe Libraries, has been named the 2016 Library Journal Librarian of the Year. This annual award recognizes one talented individual for transforming their library and community, and leading the profession toward innovation, and it is the first time that a librarian in Colorado has earned this honor. Davies is notable for building a committed and energized staff and implementing a forward-thinking strategic plan to move the library from “nice to essential” – while helping to reimagine how the library as a brand is considered in her community and beyond.

Soon after Davies became executive director in 2012, she worked with the board and her staff on developing a new strategic plan. Together, they established four pillars in the system’s rebranding strategy: deliver very important patron experiences, surprise and delight, make every experience matter and strive for simplicity. This patron-focused model creates a memorable experience when users come through the doors or interact with the Arapahoe Libraries out in the community. 

“I think all of us are aware of the kind of antiquated perception of libraries that we have to battle. Over the past five to seven years this has become ever more challenging. As e-content became so pervasive, we had to carve out our niche, our relevance,” Davies says in Library Journal’s January issue. “It was also about reworking the way that we tell our story to turn the perception of libraries people have on its head.”  

In her previous role as Arapahoe Libraries’ deputy director, Davies began the evolution of the libraries into community centers with a focus on easy access to resources and technology. Arapahoe Libraries is the local leader in providing access to cutting-edge technology, featuring products in their early development. Arapahoe Libraries takes on the costs and risks of early adoption, providing such new technologies as 3-D printers, Go Pro cameras, Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headsets, and many more. 

Arapahoe Libraries takes on an educator role with its Tech Road Shows, taking these technologies throughout the Denver area to local businesses, professional and social associations, museums, and business groups. 

“Nicolle brings both a strength of leadership and a refreshing spirit that is exciting for libraries and transformative for her community,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal. “She represents the kind of library leader our communities need and deserve, and we couldn’t be more pleased to name her the 2016 Librarian of the Year.” 

The award is celebrated in a cover story in the January issue of the magazine and at a special reception during ALA Midwinter in Boston, MA. Read the full story at


About Library Journal

Founded in 1876, Library Journal is one of the oldest and most respected publications covering the library field. Over 75,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries read LJ. Library Journal reviews over 8000 books, audiobooks, videos, databases, and web sites annually, and provides coverage of technology, management, policy, and other professional concerns. For more information, visit Library Journal is a publication of Media Source Inc., which also owns School Library Journal, The Horn Book publications, and Junior Library Guild.

About Arapahoe Libraries

Arapahoe Libraries serve 250,000 patrons and include eight community libraries, a jail library and a Library on Wheels in Arapahoe County, Colorado. For more information, visit

Leeds School of Business Takes Leadership Role in UN Education Initiative

Dr. Mark Meaney, Executive Director for the Center for Education on Social Responsibility, 303.492.3937
Ms. Zeel Patel, Director of Marketing & Communications, 303.492.6397

The Leeds School of Business takes leadership role in the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education Initiative.

Dr. Mark Meaney accepts leadership position with newly formed North American chapter involving over 150 business schools.

BOULDER, Colorado – Feb 3, 2016 – The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder, announced that Dr. Mark Meaney, Executive Director of the Center for Education on Social Responsibility (CESR), was elected as Chair of the newly established North America Chapter of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) initiative. Dr. Meaney was also appointed to the UN PRME International Advisory Board.

Launched at the 2007 United Nations Global Compact Leader’s Summit in Geneva, the UN PRME initiative focuses on inspiring and championing responsible business management education, research and thought leadership globally. UN PRME Chapter North America is comprised of 18 Canadian and 138 US business school signatories, and is part of a collective of over 600 business schools world-wide.

Key areas the North America Chapter will focus on include developing resources to foster student experiential learning in business ethics, and establishing and sharing best practices to align with UN sustainable development goals. Dr. Meaney remarked, “This is a significant opportunity for a vast network of educational leaders to collaborate and make a difference in critical areas of student learning such as business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability. We have an opportunity to develop widely accepted best practices and contribute on a global scale.” Dr. Meaney will be presenting at UN PRME’s 2nd North American meeting hosted in Atlanta, GA, February 4 to 6 to further establish the Chapter’s focus and engagement across participating schools.

Dr. Meaney has over 20 years of experience and an international reputation in business ethics. He is currently the Executive Director at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business, Center for Education on Social Responsibility, which was founded through the support of the Leeds family. Under Dr. Meaney’s leadership, the Center focuses on developing socially conscious, values-driven business leaders to manage the ethical challenges of a global economy. Learn more at

COBRT President Makes the Business Case for Early Childhood Education

Colorado Business Roundtable President Jeff Wasden recently spoke to the New Mexico State Chamber regarding the importance of early childhood education and the business case for making these critical investments. 

Study after study show a compelling case that early investments in our youth is the best return on investment we can make in education. Ensuring all students enter school with the right skills and tools to learn show dramatic results-lessened cases of grade retention, less drop out, higher graduation rates, less cases of special education needs, and lowered risk for juvenile delinquency and arrest. 

Students without a quality early childhood program can already enter kindergarten up to 30% behind their peers. The United States spends significantly less than other industrialized nations and then there are some that cannot make the correlation behind why our students are scoring lower in math, science and reading than other nations. “Ensuring all students have access to a quality early childhood program will create a larger pool of educated, qualified workers entering the job market and allow business to continue to innovate and prosper and remain competitive in this increasing competitive global market,” states Wasden.

To learn more about why early childhood education is good business, visit ReadyNation, a national organization that understands good schools is good business.