Programs at The Commons

Women on the Rise

Empowering and guiding female entrepreneurs through the city of Denver with programming, resources, and connections.

We have a running list of women-owned businesses to support during these unprecedented times. Please contribute to this list as our community continues to support each other and remain resilient.

What to Expect

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

Upcoming Spotlight Events
Wed Aug 26 • 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Women on the Rise Spotlight: Founders of Reb3l Fitness

Spotlight with Founders of Reb3l Fitness, Tricia, Ashleigh, and Angela, on founding a company and scaling it.

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Recommended for:

I'm Discovering
I Have an Idea
I Own a Startup
I'm Expanding
Wed Oct 14 • 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Women on the Rise Spotlight: Emily Hines, Founder of Sweat Cosmetics

Spotlight Emily Hines, founder of Sweat Cosmetics.

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Recommended for:

I'm Discovering
I Have an Idea
I Own a Startup
I'm Expanding
Thu Nov 5 • 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Denver's Best Pitch Awards!

Women entrepreneurs are invited to present their best sales, partnership and fundraising pitches to an audience of experts and peers for a chance to win!

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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 ENTREPRENEURSHIP Council

The Women’s Entrepreneurship Council is an affiliate council of the Downtown Denver Partnership that supports the Commons on Champa. Our goal is for Denver to become the best place in the country for women to start businesses.

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Council Director

Kalen Acquisto, Commons on Champa Manager

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Council Member

Brooke Smith, Founder, Brelis Consulting
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Council Member

Kelly Stevens, Executive Director, Colorado Technology Foundation
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Council Chair

Traci Lounsbury, Principal & Owner, Workplace ELEMENTS
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Council Member

Kathy Holmes, President, Holmes Consulting Group
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Council Member

Dianna Martinez, Small Business Performance Consultant, BOK Financial
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Council Member

Debbi Warden, CPA, RubinBrown
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Council Member

Beth Gruitch, Owner, Crafted Concepts
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Council Member

Kate Barton, VP of Executive Office & Special Projects, Downtown Denver Partnership
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Council Member

Patsy Landaveri, VP Community Affairs, Noble Energy

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Get Involved in Women on the Rise

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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1245 Champa Street
Denver, CO 80204
720-484-5400
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