Helen Young Hayes is Founder and CEO of Activate Workforce Solutions, a people-centered placement agency and professional coaching firm. Activate lives in the space between recruiting and retention, helping businesses find and keep the talent they’re looking for by identifying, matching, and coaching people who want to be unleashed.

She is also one of the founders and leaders of Inclusive Economy, which is a collection of CEOs, EDs, and other business leaders who have the vision and grit to rebuild Colorado’s economy in a way that works for all.

Helen is a 20-year veteran of the financial industry. As the portfolio manager of the Janus Worldwide and Overseas funds, she built and invested a $50 billion franchise in global and international equities. While at Janus, she was the Chief Investment Officer, heading up the 100-person asset management team. Helen founded Activate Workforce Solutions to alleviate poverty through creating pathways to employment. She brings the same passion and dedication of investing in and discovering the potential of companies to investing in and discovering the potential of underserved men and women. Helen was the 2018 winner of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Woman in Business Mile High Leader Award.

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