2020 Annual Luncheon


  • 2020 Annual Luncheon

    Save the Dates!

    Thursday, August 27th through Sunday, August 30th

    Despite the unique circumstances we face in 2020, our Annual Luncheon is not going anywhere – except into the comfort of your own home!

    We are proud to share our new virtual program and House Party format for passionate sponsors and individuals who care about the advancement of women. Join us and nearly 3,000 community members for this renowned community building event to be informed, inspired, and a part of our impact.

    Contact Kristina Vaio at kristinav@wfco.org or 303-285-2967 for sponsorship and additional luncheon information.

  • House Parties

    Purchase your House Party Kit today!

    Purchase a House Party Kit

    Contact Kristina Vaio at kristinav@wfco.org or 303-285-2967 for more information.

  • Sponsorships

    Top Reasons to Sponsor

    1. You will help to ensure that women are not left behind and are in the center of Colorado’s recovery.

    2. You will support equity as Colorado’s economy is rebuilt and reimagined.

    3. Together, we will make it right because when women thrive, Colorado rises.

    Purchase your sponsorship today!

    Become a sponsor

    Contact Kristina Vaio at kristinav@wfco.org or 303-285-2967 for more information.

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    Questions? More coming soon.

2020 Co-chairs

 Kelley Duke headshot  Simone Ross headshot

 Kelley Duke            

Kelley Duke is an experienced trial attorney who chairs and leads the firm's litigation practice group. Ms. Duke, a tenacious advocate for her clients, maintains a full trial docket handling a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters. When litigation intersects with business, Ms. Duke guides her clients through legal technicalities to help them stay the course and achieve their goals. Ms. Duke serves as outside general counsel to companies in industries such as transportation network companies, oil and gas, banking, marketing and public relations, packaging and distribution, and fire protection districts. She regularly practices before both state and federal courts and before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Ms. Duke is also an arbitrator and panel member with the American Arbitration Association. Arbitration provides speed, economy and justice for parties that want to resolve conflicts out of court. In this role, she serves as a neutral for cases involving complex commercial litigation matters.


 Simone Ross            

Simone D. Ross elevates her 15+ years of corporate executive experience to bring voice to the importance of creating equity within business enterprises. She facilitates inspiring experiences, content, and presentations, to "ignite the light" within every participant. Simone is also the Regional Managing Director of one of the fastest growing brands in the nation, leading new market expansion and operations. She believes that through collaborative and equitable workspaces, everyone wins, accelerating their companies, careers, and lives.

Simone holds a Master of Arts, and Master of Business Administration from Colorado State University. She has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” business leader; the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women; the Association for Corporate Growth as a David Sloan business scholar; and was recognized by the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce as a community service champion. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver, the Colorado State Chamber of Commerce CACI Executive Leadership Program and, is an Urban Leadership Foundation Chamber Connect alum.

Simone is most proud of her two amazing children. She is motivated by watching them grow, thrive, fearlessly create, and explore the world.



2020 Honorary Chairs

  • Dawn Bookhardt
  • Katherine Gold
  • Kathy Hagan Brown
  • Patsy Landaveri
  • Ben & Amie Valore-Kaplan
  • Tania Zeigler & Kenneth Ho


Questions? Contact Kristina Vaio, development officer and events manager, at kristinav@wfco.org.






See all the photos from our 2019 Annual Luncheon! 

2019 Annual Luncheon

Some of Our Generous 2019 Annual Luncheon Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Xcel Energy SCL Health

Gold Sponsors

Molson Coors logo First Bank CBS4
 Anna & John J. Sie Foundation logo Comcast  

Silver Sponsors

Gates Corp Mary & George Sissel

Bronze Sponsors

The Colorado Health Foundation MarkWest Energy logo Barbara Bridges black & white logo
Lewis Brisbois color logo Judi Wagner OptumCare color logo
Noble Energy color logo CoBank color logo  Arlene & Barry Hirschfeld

Friend Sponsors

Arrow Electronics
Betsy Wagner
BOK Financial
BNY Mellon
Delta Dental
Fred Taylor & Claudia Garza
Friedman Family Foundation
IHS Markit
Jeanne & Dick Saunders
MDC Richmond American Foundation
Merle Chambers Fund
Rose Andom
Saunders Construction
Summit Materials
University of Colorado

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