Programs at The Commons

Women on the Rise

Inspiring and supporting Denver’s entrepreneurial women in their pursuit to launch and scale powerful businesses.

What to Expect

Year-round opportunities for entrepreneurial women to find resources, networks, and inspiration for the journey.

Upcoming Spotlight Events
Thu Oct 17 • 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Women on the Rise with Lori Davis, Managing Partner at Grant Thornthon

A series featuring the stories of women founders and their companies. The Women on the Rise Spotlight Series from The Commons brings like-minded women and men together for intimate conversations with founders, innovators and business leaders to hear how women have built their success stories.

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Past Speakers

The Women on the Rise Spotlight Series features the stories of entrepreneurial women in leadership and business.

Resource Guide

Discover resources to help you start and grow your business. This resource guide was compiled from largest gathering in Denver to connect with local organizations dedicated to supporting emerging female entrepreneurs and business owners.

MEET WOMEN ON THE RISE

Tesa Johnson Ferrell Jones | Founder of Akasha Be Well

After a career in military service, Tesa Johnson Ferrell Jones founded Akasha Be Well Skincare to create highly effective natural products to nourish the skin and body.

MEET WOMEN ON THE RISE

Teresa Densmore | Director of Art Restart

Teresa Densmore is a social entrepreneur leading Art Restart, a social enterprise of The Gathering Place that provides women experiencing homelessness with opportunities to sell reproductions of their original art.

MEET WOMEN ON THE RISE

Cat Jaffee | Founder of House of Pod

After a career in military service, Tesa Johnson Ferrell Jones founded Akasha Be Well Skincare to create highly effective natural products to nourish the skin and body.

Women’s Council

Women on the Rise is supported by the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Women’s Council.

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Council Director

Jacqui Dietrich, Commons on Champa Manager
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Council Member

Brooke Smith, Founder, Brelis Consulting
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Dana Mack, Vice President, Olsson
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Kelly Stevens, Executive Director, Colorado Technology Foundation
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Council Chair

Traci Lounsbury, Principal & Owner, Workplace ELEMENTS
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Kathy Holmes, President, Holmes Consulting Group
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Dianna Martinez, Small Business Performance Consultant, BOK Financial
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Council Member

Debbi Warden, CPA, RubinBrown
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Beth Gruitch, Owner, Crafted Concepts
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Kate Barton, VP of Executive Office & Special Projects, Downtown Denver Partnership
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Patsy Landaveri, VP Community Affairs, Noble Energy

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Volunteer/Mentor

Become a volunteer or mentor with Women on the Rise.

Council Member

Request information about joining the Downtown Denver Partnership’s Women’s Council.

Speaker

Apply to join our roster of Spotlight speakers who share their entrepreneurial stories.

Sponsor

Learn about how you can invest with us in empowering entrepreneurial women.

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Denver, CO 80204
720-484-5400
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