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Events

Signature Events:

Bold leadership, bold ideas

State of the State

At the start of each legislative session, we host a moderated interview with Colorado’s Governor.  This lively exchange gives the Governor an opportunity to share business priorities and answer top-of-mind questions from the business community.

View from the Top

CEOs from America’s largest companies dicuss the unique challenges and opportunities they face in leading fortune companies.  Former speakers include: John Hayes, CEO, Ball Corporation; Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global; Hikmet Erset, CEO, Western Union; Steven Demetriou, CEO, Jacobs Engineering; and Adam Contros, CEO RE/MAX Holding Group.

State of Workforce

Colorado Business Roundtable hosts an annual event around issues such as higher education and workforce to better understand and meet the challenges for the future of Colorado’s workforce readiness.

Upcoming Events

Colorado Business Roundtable Webinar:

Women’s Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan – Past Progress and Painful Predictions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
11:00 am – 11:45 am MT

Afghan women started approximately 57,000 businesses in the last two decades – everything from restaurants, exporting companies, technology, media services, and more. The work of both IEEW and AWCCI have been a vital lifeline for training, infrastructure, and encouragement. Now that the Taliban has taken control of Afghanistan, the economic opportunities for women are likely to change drastically. This webinar will provide a briefing on the work that had been done by IEEW and AWCCI in the past and how the organizations are looking for allies to continue to provide services and training for women in Afghanistan and refugees.

Featuring:

Anna Rohwer, Director of Global Operations, Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

Manizha Wafeq, President and Co-Founder, Afghanistan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI); In Country Facilitator of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® (PTB), Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)

Member Events:  In-Depth, Personal, and Impactful

Policy Roundtables

Colorado Business Roundtable hosts invitation-only policy roundtables on a variety of business issues that are top-of-mind for today’s business and elected leaders.  We have a reputation for convening, collaborating, and putting forth innovative solutions from the business community.

State Legislative Reception

Colorado Business Roundtable fosters positive interactions and relationships between top Colorado elected officials and businesses.  This annual legislative reception provides a chance for elected officials and business leaders to connect informally.

Congressional Briefings and Conference Calls

Colorado Business Roundtable hosts in-person Roundtable in addition to interactive conference calls with Colorado’s 7 United States Representatives and 2 United States Senators to hear about federal business priorities from elected leaders and provide feedback.

Community Committee

Business are committed to investing in and working with their local communities to provide support, increase economic development and offer a helping hand in times of crisis.  Our Community Committee brings together collaboration and action between the business and nonprofit communities.

Workforce and Education Committee

Through the Colorado Business Roundtable Workforce and Education Committee, our business leaders meet annually to collaborate on ways to strengthen Colorado’s workforce pipeline and skills.  The annual State of Workforce event brings state and national allies together.

Past Events

View from the Top 2021:

Profits and Purpose

Join Colorado’s leading non-profit CEOs for an in-depth conversation on managing through crisis and the vital connection between business and non-profit communities.

Road to Recovery Series:

Colorado’s Energy Industry

Across Colorado’s business community, the COVID-19 pandemic wrought extraordinary challenges. The energy industry, in particular, faced its most difficult year in history. However, Colorado remains pivotal to the American energy landscape, and the state’s economic rebuild is certain to be anchored in large part by its abundant natural resources. Join a cross section of industry leaders and energy innovators for an in-depth discussion on the Colorado energy sector and its pivotal role in driving the state’s economic recovery.

Road to Recovery Series:

The Education Continuum for Colorado’s Economic Success

Sponsored by:

Colorado’s Aerospace Industry: Exploration and Innovation Webinar

Colorado Road to Recovery Series:
Colorado’s Five Leading Manufacting Sectors—the Backbone of our Economic Recovery

State of the State with Governor Jared Polis

Monday, February 22, 2021  •  11:00 am

Event includes a preview of the Colorado Business Roundtable’s Faces of Business Campaign.

Governor Polis provided remarks regarding his 2021 initiatives and priorities that will have an impact on Colorado’s businesses and economy.  Influential business leaders co-hosted the event and joined in the conversation.

COBRT Policy Roundtable: Federal COVID Response Challenges and Opportunities

Access to New Markets:  Trade Immigration & Workforce Development

“Think globally, act locally” is a compelling concept, especially now when we, along with nearly every other country in the world, are focused on and working towards revitalizing our economy. During this unparalleled time of recovery, how are locally rooted Colorado companies thinking outside of the box to continue to remain locally rooted and also economically competitive in an international market?  

COBRT will convene business leaders and policy stakeholders with expertise on trade, immigration and workforce development to discuss how supportive US policies and unique private programs can provide access to new customers, supply chains and labor markets.

View from the Top 2020

The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has far-reaching consequences, and businesses have risen to the challenge:  restructuring supply lines, reimagining ways to deliver services and protecting employees, adopting new technologies, and going above and beyond to support relief efforts.  Join Colorado’s leading CEOs for an in-depth conversation as we explore the challenges and opportunities for the business community to reopen, rehire, and recharge our economic recovery.

Reimagining Higher Education in a Post-Pandemic Colorado

Join us as we host a candid conversation with leaders from Colorado’s largest universities regarding the challenges and opportunities they will face in 2020: severe budget shortfalls, technology infrastructure, creating value for stakeholders and creating partnerships with the private sector.

Featured Panelists are:  Dr. Janine Davidson, President of Metropolitan State University of Denver; Mark Kennedy, President of University of Colorado; and Joyce McConnell, President of Colorado State University.

Colorado Business Roundtable hosts an event with the First Female Ambassador to the United States from Saudi Arabia and Colorado’s Top Women Leaders.

This live virtual event will include a conversation with Her Royal Highness Princess Rema and Colorado’s most influential women in government, academia, business and philanthropy regarding the growing opportunities and rights for women in Saudi Arabia and around the world.

Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Her Royal Highness Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was appointed Ambassador to the United States on February 23, 2019 by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz. She is the first woman in the country’s history to serve in the role of Ambassador. She presented her credentials to President Donald Trump on July 8, 2019.

From 1983 to 2005, Princess Reema lived in Washington, DC, while her father Prince Bandar served as Saudi Ambassador to the United States. She attended George Washington University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Museum Studies.

Princess Reema returned to Saudi Arabia, where she focused on private sector initiatives and the empowerment of women in the Kingdom. In 2000, She co-founded Yibreen, a women’s gym. From 2007 until 2015, Princess Reema was the Chief Executive Officer of Alfa International Company Limited – Harvey Nichols Riyadh, a multi-brand luxury retail company, where she collaborated with leading female recruitment agency, Glowork, and commissioned a study on Obstacles for Women in the Workplace, which set the tone for female inclusion in retail, and resulted in opening the first workplace nursery in a retail store, enabling more women to work while caring for children. In 2013, she founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise aimed at elevating the professional capital of Saudi women through a curriculum developed to enable financial self-sufficiency.

In 2016, Princess Reema left the private sector to begin a career of public service as Vice President of Women’s Affairs at the Saudi General Sports Authority where she developed policies and programs that benefited women and children throughout Saudi Arabia. After a successful year, she was promoted to Deputy of Development and Planning in January 2018. In October 2018, she was also appointed President of the Mass Participation Federation, making her the first woman to lead a multi-sports federation in the Kingdom, a role that she occupied until her appointment as Saudi Ambassador to the United States.

Princess Reema is excited to take her leadership role to the world stage as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States.

As part of her philanthropic work, Princess Reema became a founding member of the Zahra Breast Cancer Awareness Association in 2007, which set a Guinness World Record by forming the World’s Largest Human Awareness Ribbon at the Princess Noura University in Riyadh in 2015.

Princess Reema has served as a member of the World Bank’s advisory council for the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative since 2017. She has been a member of the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee since 2017, and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Women in Sports Commission since 2018.

In 2014, Fast Company recognized Princess Reema as the Most Creative Person of the year for “Inviting Women into the Workforce.” Foreign Policy Magazine recognized her as a Leading Global Thinker for the same year, placing her high up in the “Moguls” category.

She was featured on the Forbes lists of the 200 Most Powerful Arab Women and Most Powerful Arab Women in Saudi Arabia lists for 2014.

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