Summer Elevate Newsletter

Nominations opened for the Class of 2024 August 1, 2023

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The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame was nominated for four different "Great Colorado Women" films this year, and we took home two winners!

Message from the Board Chair

Dear friends and supporters of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame,

As summer starts to wind down, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past few months and celebrate the remarkable achievements of our organization. In March, we proudly inducted the Class of 2022, marking yet another milestone in our mission to honor the exceptional women of our state. I'm delighted to share that our "Great Colorado Women" films have garnered significant recognition, with four Heartland EMMY award nominations and two winners!

Moreover, I'm thrilled to announce that the "Who are We?" curriculum, a collaboration between the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame and National History Day Colorado, is set to provide back-to-school training for Colorado teachers in August. This exciting program showcases all 189 inductees and plays a vital role in ensuring that the next generation of leaders comprehends the significance of acknowledging and celebrating women's contributions throughout history. We so appreciate our partnership with NHDC Executive Director Celeste Archer and Associate Director Dr. Kelly Cvanciger.

Looking ahead, I am delighted to reveal that the nomination period for the Class of 2024 will open on August 1st. I urge each and every one of you to consider nominating women who have made a profound impact in their respective fields and communities. 

With warm regards, Barbara Beckner, CWHF Board Chair

Anna Jo Garcia Haynes Honored

Anna Jo Garcia Haynes (2016) founded and serves as President Emeritus of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers. And as she approaches 90, she says she’s not done advocating for kids.

Years before research confirmed the lifelong impact of high quality early childhood education, Garcia Haynes worked tirelessly to convince lawmakers to prioritize the needs of the state’s youngest residents.

“Nobody does this kind of work alone. That just doesn’t happen,” Garcia Haynes said. “It happens when you work together to accomplish what you’d like to accomplish.”

Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) gave Garcia Haynes an honorary Master's in Education University of Colorado Denver and

(CU-Denver) bestowed on her an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

Inspiration Partner - El Pomar Foundation

El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado, contributing approximately $25 million annually through grants in the areas of arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health and human services, as well as community stewardship and leadership development programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations.

El Pomar’s 14 programs, including three historic properties, create a multiplying effect toward supporting the success and vitality of communities and nonprofits throughout Colorado. Spencer and Julie Penrose (see photo) founded El Pomar in 1937 with the mission to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado. 

CWHF Out and About:

Inductee Antonia Brico

75th Anniversary -

Antonia Brico

Crown Jewel Concert 

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra performed on May 25, 2023 in honor of Antonia Brico,

Class of 1986, 

Conductor and CWHF Inductee

A concert pianist at 19, she opened the Denver-based Brico Music Studio in 1945, where she demonstrated a strict, systematic, and consistent teaching style that produced several successful musicians, including Judy Collins

Inductee Evie Dennis (Class of 2008) Inducted

into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Evie Dennis is a leader, innovator, and pioneering advocate for political and legislative change to advance and enhance opportunities for all people in the areas of education, Olympic sports, and amateur athletics.

Welcome New CWHF Board Members

Barbara Pike Gonzales and Rachel Leigh

Barbara Pike Gonzales: Barbara is the founder of G Force PR, LLC. With more than 20 years experience in marketing, communications and public relations, Barbara specializes in developing and executing personal branding and PR strategies that help female leaders know, show and grow their worth. She lives in SE Aurora with her husband and two teenage daughters.

Rachel Leigh: I'm honored to support the endeavors of the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame as chair of the Speaker's Bureau.

I am the CEO & Founder of Whole Woman Health, a functional health & nutrition practice specializing in women's health, and The SHED, a science-based weight management program exclusively for women. I've been lucky to support our community in up-leveling women's health and lives in this capacity for the last 13 years! I have two amazing kids ages 16 & 14, a sweet, but not-so-smart Golden Retriever, and I fancy myself a backyard farmer with chickens and vegetable gardens.

I look forward to serving the Hall, its board, inductees, and contributors, and hope to meet many of you in the near future.

Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
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