2020 Fall Elevate Newsletter
Power of Grace
The gentle sound of falling leaves, chill of the morning air and snowcapped peaks of the Colorado mountain range are reminders of the changing season. Awareness of these simple pleasures are even more apparent as we reflect on what we have faced in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus. At times it seemed as if we all hit the “pause” button and were able to focus on what matters most and give Grace to so many that have faced challenges during this time.

All of us at CWHF reflected on our “WHY” in recognition of our dedication of time to the Hall; and our resounding commitment was to continue CWHF’s 35-year legacy, celebrating and inspiring Coloradoans with the accomplishments and stories of our CWHF inductees. Like many non-profit organizations we have pivoted our programs, events, and social media messaging virtually. Our highly successful “Thriving in Tumultuous Times” event in October allowed us to attract attendees nationwide and with that success, we are planning more virtual events next year.

Most importantly, we are committed to honor our Class of 2020 inductees and plans are well underway for an event that we believe will celebrate and recognize their significant accomplishments to Colorado and beyond. Details will be announced in early 2021. The Power of Grace reminds us all to give ourselves a little more Grace & Gratitude during these challenging times.  

Warm Regards,
Barb Beckner, Chair
Thank You Alpine Bank
Colorado Women's Hall of Fame wants to thank Alpine Bank for being one of our most committed and generous sponsors for the last decade. We want to acknowledge them again for being the presenting sponsor for our recent virtual event:

Thriving in Tumultuous Times: A Conversation with Women in STEM
Thriving In Tumultuous Times
By Lisa Hidalgo, Denver7 Meteorologist
If you told me at the end of 2019 that I would be broadcasting live from my basement, while home schooling my kids and living off of one salary…I wouldn’t have laughed at you, I would have cried. And yet, here we are. Wow! Wow, wow, wow! It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do…this is insane.  
I tried so hard at the beginning of this pandemic to just continue on as usual, but I’m realizing that was silly. This year has taught me a lot about myself, adapting to change and thriving in tumultuous times. I tried so hard to be the perfect mom in those first few months. I would make pancakes during commercial breaks. When the kids have been at school in person, I would drop my daughter off at the bus stop and then speed home with 30 seconds to spare before my Good Morning America cut in. I would whisper during the 4:30 a.m. newscast so that I didn’t wake my family up. It was some point in late August that I realized it was okay to not do it all. We will eventually go back to a “normal” life but we can’t forget this tumultuous time because we learned a lot about ourselves, our world and our community. 

We also Learned How to Make the Best of a Crazy Situation
I was live on air the other day and my daughter (off-camera) let out an extremely loud toot. Do you know what I did? I smiled and I giggled a little. And maybe, just maybe…that smile made someone watching me at home smile. And maybe, just maybe…it made their day a little better. This tumultuous time has really taught me that you don’t know what other people are going through. So have a little grace, be kind and do your best to make others smile.

Lisa Hidalgo is the Denver7 morning meteorologist. A native of Colorado, Lisa has a sweet husband, two sweet little girls and two sometimes-sweet chihuahuas. She loves reading, knitting and running and hosts the Denver7 Book Club, currently meeting weekly on Zoom. You can watch Lisa on Denver7 over the air, online at www.TheDenverChannel.com or using your Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV or other streaming device.
Thanks to All of Our Women In STEM Sponsors
Season III - "Great Colorado Women" Inductees
Thank you for your continued support of our events, portrait exhibits, speaker’s bureaus and partnerships!

In Memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
We remember the Groundbreaking Supreme Court Judge, defender of women's rights, wife, mother, and friend.
Inductee Spotlight
Inductee Dr. Justina Ford (1985)
"The Mother Teresa of Five Points"
I Am Denver
Justina Ford was Denver's first licensed African American female doctor, but it took her nearly a lifetime of work to be recognized by her professional peers. Despite earning a medical degree from a college in Illinois and delivering more than 7,000 babies, she was not allowed to care for patients inside Denver hospitals.
Colorado Women's Hall of Fame Inductees In Action
Polly Baca (2000) "Blazed a Trail for Latinas in Colorado and Across the Nation" featured on I Am Denver
From a segregated farm town to the Colorado statehouse and onto the national political stage, Polly Baca has been crashing through glass ceilings for decades.
Choreographing the Revolution: Cleo Parker Robinson Celebrates 50 Years as a Cultural Force in Denver
Since founding her modern dance institution, the Denver icon has used her art to honor the African American experience—and as an agent for change. Now, as the nation reckons with systemic inequity, Cleo Parker Robinson reflects on her company’s milestone and the work that still lies ahead.
Inductee Katherine Archuleta featured in La Voz Publications: "Revamping I’m Latina and I Vote" 
If there is one thing that tickles the heart of politically active Latinas, it is this fact: In the United States, a Latina/o turns 18 every 30 seconds. Know what that means? It means that every single day there are potential new voters; new power to tap into to sway elections; a new force to address
long-ignored issues desperately important to Latino communities.
Prolific autism advocate Inductee Temple Grandin (2012) to open TSD Virtual Conference in November, receives honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University, and also featured in Meat & Poultry, an online publication
Temple Grandin is one of the world’s leading experts in animal sciences, and she holds a U.S. patent for a farm animal handling system.

A professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and bestselling author, Temple Grandin has come a long way since her childhood, when her undiagnosed autism locked her in a world of isolation. School Transportation News

Thompson Rivers University is bestowing an honorary doctorate on a renowned author, animal behaviour consultant, university professor and autism activist during its virtual fall convocation ceremony on Friday, Oct. 16.

Temple Grandin featured in
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