Annual Luncheon

Nearly 3,000 guests come together to build opportunities and dismantle barriers for women and their families.

  • 2018 Annual Luncheon

    Featuring Special Guest Billie Jean King

    Billie Jean KingWednesday, October 10, 2018
    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Colorado Convention Center
    Exhibit Hall D

    WFCO is thrilled to announce that sports icon, humanitarian, and crusader for social justice and equality Billie Jean King will join us as our Annual Luncheon special guest.

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Ace, Icon, Activist: Billie Jean King

Billie Jean KingAs a world champion on the tennis court, a crusader for social justice and women's equality in sports, and a visionary whose legacy is ever-evolving, Billie Jean King has secured her place in history.

She continues to make her mark today with the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative to address diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and as the subject of the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes that starred Academy Award® winner Emma Stone as King. The critically acclaimed film depicted her on- and off-the-court battles with tennis player Bobby Riggs as well as the cultural and social impact of their groundbreaking tennis match.

In 2009, in recognition of her social justice work and her accomplishments in sports, King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Read more

2018 Conversation HostKrystal Covington

We are pleased to introduce a new voice from our community – Krystal Covington, founder of Women of Denver and PEP member – to the stage.

Krystal will host a live conversation with Billie Jean King at the 2018 Annual Luncheon! This interview between movement makers from two powerful generations isn't one to be missed. Watch our announcement with Krystal and WFCO President and CEO Lauren Y. Casteel.

 Krystal Covington, MBA

As CEO & founder of Women of Denver, Krystal developed a social enterprise association that helps professional women develop their business acumen, build confidence, and earn their worth as business leaders. The organization launched in 2014 and has hundreds of active members.

Krystal has also presented a TEDx Talk, contributes to Forbes and has been featured in numerous media outlets such as Fox, The Denver Business Journal, Entrepreneur on Fire, and Women Taking the Lead.

Her interview show, Inside the Women of Denver, can be found on Denver Comcast Channel 57 each Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., on YouTube and Facebook, or in audio format on iTunes podcasts.

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2018 Luncheon Chairs

Helen Gair

 Helen Gair

During Helen Gair’s 25- year investment banking career she was among a handful of women holding an executive leadership position in the Colorado investment banking community. She began her investment banking career in 1978 with a Denver-based regional investment banking firm. She joined Newman & Associates as an institutional bond salesperson in January 1980. At Newman, Ms. Gair played a key role as head of the firm’s sales and trading group for over 20 years. She served on Newman’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. During this period Ms. Gair, along with other key principals of the firm, established Newman & Associates as the premier national firm, providing investment banking services in the area of tax-exempt multifamily housing finance. She continued in a leadership position after the firm was acquired by GMAC Commercial Mortgage in 1998.

In 2003, following her investment banking career, Ms. Gair became engaged in addressing the issues of extreme poverty among women in developing countries around the world. Ms. Gair applied her finance knowledge and commitment to empowering the most vulnerable women by serving on the board of the microfinance organization Friendship Bridge. The organization has made loans to tens of thousands of extremely poor women living in rural Guatemala. From 2003-2009 Ms. Gair traveled extensively to Guatemala for Board-related work and introducing major donors to the program.

Ms. Gair became a member of Beyond Our Borders, a group-advised fund of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado in 2008. She has actively participated with this group of approximately 30 philanthropic women to fund grants for organizations whose mission relates to improving the lives of women and girls internationally. She has sponsored grant applicants working in Tanzania, Haiti, and Guatemala. She has also been active on Beyond Our Borders’ gender lens investing committee. Ms. Gair also serves as a member of the investment committee of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Gracie Gallego

 Gracie Gallego

Business Development Specialist at Heritage Title company


Honorary Chairs

Elise A. Barish Karen Chapman
Patti Klinge & Connie McArthur Susan & Lee McIntire
Gloria Schoch Faye Tate

2018 Sponsors

Premier Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

FirstBank Xcel Energy

Gold Sponsors

CBS4 Comcast MillerCoors

Silver Sponsors

Mary & George Sissel

Bronze Sponsors

Barbara Bridges Coldwell Banker Devonshire Marilyn Dana The Colorado Health Foundation
Heritage Title Company Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP MarkWest Energy
Cobank Judi Wagner MDC Richmond American Foundation
  University of Denver Colorado Women's College  

Friend Sponsors

Rose Andom
Arrow Electronics
Elise Barish
Julie Bock
Delta Dental
The Denver Post Community Foundation
Gates Industrial Corporation PLC
Greenberg Traurig
Arlene & Barry Hirschfeld
Merle Chambers Fund
SCL Health
Summit Materials
University of Colorado Denver
USTA Colorado
Betsy Wagner

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