Some people have an immediate and lasting impact no matter where they go. Luckily for CWEE, Peter and Rhondda Grant are those people.
In 1982, I was newly married with a degree in Psychology and my whole career ahead of me.
Rhondda Grant was a passionate advocate for women's rights, and one of the founding Board members of Colorado Women's Employment and Education, a brand-new nonprofit dedicated to empowering women to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. Her husband Peter was the President of Colorado National Bank, one of CWEE's first corporate supporters.
I first met Rhondda years earlier through our mutual association with another women's organization. It was at her urging that I applied to be CWEE's first - and, at the time, only - job counselor. Little did I realize what was in store for me, for the organization, or for Denver's workforce.
35 years and 14,000 families later, Rhondda & Peter remain CWEE's most dedicated champions. Their legacy is continuously celebrated in the aptly-named Grant Room, CWEE's largest and most versatile classroom space, where participants assemble daily to hone their soft skills, engage with employer partners, and acknowledge one another's successes. The Grants never hesitate to lend a hand whether it's opening up their lovely home and garden to host a CWEE function or introducing us to a new donor.
Fittingly, the Grants were Presenting Sponsors at CWEE's 35th anniversary event. The celebration of CWEE's milestone was, in many ways, a celebration of the Grants' commitment to CWEE and Metro Denver.
As we enter the season of giving, I want to express my sincere gratitude not only to Peter and Rhondda Grant, but also to wonderful CWEE champions like you who have helped us create self-supporting families and improve our community.
CEO/President Laurie Harvey