2022 Annual Luncheon

 

  • 2022 Annual Luncheon

    Save the Date!

    Friday, October 14, 2022

    Save The Date – Friday, Oct. 14! Join us in cultivating community that is Faster, Stronger, Greater for Colorado women and their families*! Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this inspirational event! Tickets are available now.

    Contact Kaylyn Fern at kaylynf@wfco.org for sponsorship and additional luncheon information.

    *Virtual and in-person options dependent upon COVID safety guidelines at the time.

    *New this year: in order to reduce crowding, we will restrict the Morning Reception to sponsor levels $5k and up.

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    Become a sponsor

    Contact Kaylyn Fern at kaylynf@wfco.org for more information.

    *New this year: in order to reduce crowding, we will restrict the Morning Reception to sponsor levels $5k and up.

  • Individual Tickets

    Tickets Available Now!

    Tickets and individual tables are now available. Together, let's catalyze a community that is FASTER, STRONGER, GREATER for all Colorado women. Save your seat for the luncheon today!

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  • House Parties

    House Party Kits on Sale Now

    Unable to attend the event in-person? House Party kits are available now and allow you to bring the excitement of the luncheon into the comfort of your own home!

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Athlete, Advocate, & Entrepreneur Allyson Felix Is The 2022 Annual Luncheon Speaker

On and off the track, Felix strives to be “Faster, Stronger, Greater”

Allyson Felix holding her Olympic medalsAllyson Felix, the most decorated track & field U.S. Olympian in history, will be the guest speaker at our 2022 Annual Luncheon “Faster, Stronger, Greater.” Felix also is recognized as an advocate of women and mothers, using her voice to bring attention to systemic inequities such as discrimination against pregnant people, Black maternal health, and access to child care.

Since competing in her first Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, her results on the track are unrivaled. Racing primarily in the 200-meter, 400-meter, and 4x400-meter relay, she captured 13 global titles, 11 Olympic medals, 10 U.S. Championships, and a world record. In 2019, just 10 months after the birth of her daughter, she broke Usain Bolt’s record for holding the most world titles.

While she is most recognized for breaking records on the track, she advances and accelerates change for women by breaking gender norms off the track. In 2019, she left her high-profile Nike sponsorship over what she felt were a lack of maternity protections. In an opinion piece she published in The New York Times, she stated, “I’ve been one of Nike’s most widely marketed athletes. If I can’t secure maternity protections, who can?” The op-ed led to the brand’s revision of contracts to include more protections for pregnant athletes.

With new sponsor Athleta and the Women’s Sports Foundation, she created a fund to help athletes pay for child care expenses while competing at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

Additionally, Felix uses her voice to bring attention to the health inequities that Black pregnant women experience. Felix was diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia when she was 32 weeks pregnant and underwent an emergency c-section to deliver her daughter. Given her level of fitness, she never imagined she would experience pregnancy complications, but she later learned that Black women are three to four times more likely to die during delivery than white mothers.

Today, she is among the 17 percent of Black women who have started or are starting their own businesses. During the pandemic, she founded Saysh, a shoe company and lifestyle brand built for women by women. When she won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, she was wearing spikes from her own line.

“Allyson Felix inspired a generation of runners to be faster, stronger, and greater,” said Lauren Y. Casteel, WFCO president and CEO. “But regardless of background, identity, or ability – all luncheon guests will find inspiration in her using her platform and position on the podium to bring all women across the finish line with her.”

 

 

 

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go! Save Your Seat Today! 

We're going for gold for Colorado women and their families at our 2022 Annual Luncheon and we want you with us! We're excited to announce that individual tickets and tables are now available.

Together, let’s catalyze a community that is FASTER, STRONGER, GREATER for all Colorado women. Save your seat for our luncheon today. We can't wait to see you there! 

Special Thank You!

Thank you to the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum for allowing us to film in their space and making Lauren’s race to the finish line possible!

 

 

Meet Our 2022 Annual Luncheon Co-Chairs

 Elizabeth Dahill headshot  Luella Chavez D’Angelo headshot

 Elizabeth Dahill

Elizabeth has been a member of The Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon committee for five years. She rallies and is committed to the mission and vision of WFCO. She secures extraordinary sponsors year after year for the Annual Luncheon. Recognizing the value of women empowering women through kindness, support, and encouragement, Elizabeth is a passionate and outspoken advocate of the organization.

In 2013, Elizabeth’s entrepreneurial spirit helped her establish a recruiting company in an industry historically male dominated. Her company, The Dahill Group, strives to provide equal employment opportunities through pay and equality for women. She provides expertise and guidance to her candidates and colleagues. She works with individuals entering the workforce as well as senior managers and executives. Elizabeth is a member of many industry associations including Women in Oil and Gas. She also participates in various industry events and speaking engagements.

Born and raised in the oil and gas industry in Wyoming, Elizabeth gained valuable background and expertise for her business. Family is the center point of her life. As one of seven children, Elizabeth can always rely on her siblings' expertise and insight. Her family has grown to include 15 nieces and nephews and 9 grand nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth enjoys traveling and is always searching for the perfect white sand beach and the right size ocean waves.

 

 Luella Chavez D'Angelo

Luella Chavez D’Angelo is a driven leader who tackles challenges with focus, innovation, and integrity. Serving as a change agent, she leads strategic marketing, communications, business development, and corporate social responsibility to improve organizational narratives, customer loyalty, and reputations. Luella’s talents in partnering with key stakeholders result in impactful outcomes for growth and success for all involved. Instilling a culture of belonging, Luella is passionate about setting an inclusive approach to overcoming biases and infusing equitable approaches wherever she can. Luella’s leadership has positively impacted the Colorado Inclusive Economy (CIE), United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), University of Colorado (CU), and Western Union (WU). Luella has coupled ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity), and strategic communications throughout her career delivering positive results while monitoring metrics that fuel initiatives and bottom-line and brand growth.

In her most recent position as Chief Executive Officer at Colorado Inclusive Economy (CIE), she is leading a state-wide initiative in partnership with 150+ CEOs and organizations to propel diverse workforce opportunities and support Colorado’s economy to work for all. Previously Luella served as Chief Global Communications Officer at Western Union where she guided 40+ staff focused on corporate marketing, communications, CSR, and CEO branding initiatives. 

Luella also has a passion for coaching executives who are in career transitions and serves as a senior advisor at Lee Hecht Harrison. She has served on 11 boards of directors in volunteer, chair, and appointed roles. Luella has been honored with career awards and distinctions, such as the prestigious Del Hock Award for Community Service from the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. 

 

 

 

2022 Annual Luncheon Honorary Chairs

Michelle Campbell  

Carly Hare

Eunice Kim

Colleen & Paul LaFontaine  

Trish Orman and Jayne Mitchell

Elaine Torres

Betsy Wagner

Elbra Wedgeworth

 

Thank You to Our Generous 2022 Annual Luncheon Sponsors


 

Presenting Sponsor

FirstBank

Platinum Sponsor

Xcel Energy


Gold Sponsors

CBS4 GoldBug logo black text: Judi Wagner
Betsy Wagner, Stage 5 Industries logo Chevron logo  

Silver Sponsors

Comcast The Renee Crown Wellness Institute logo Sheila Walker name in black text on white background
Rose Andom of the Rose Andom Center color logo MarkWest Energy logo Antero Resources logo

Bronze Sponsors

Chambers Initiative logo The Colorado Health Foundation John R. Schultz M.D.
University of Colorado logo BOK Financial logo VF logo

Friend Sponsors

Adrienne Mansanares & Christina Ortiz
Arrow Electronics
Burn Bright Coaching & Consulting
Canvas Credit Union
CHFA
Colleen and Paul LaFontaine
CSG International
Delta Dental of Colorado
Julie and Matt Groves
Green Spaces
IMA Financial Group
Katica Roy
Maxar
Newmont
McGeady Becher P.C
Syntrinsic Investment Council


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