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The Dottie Lamm Leadership Award

Dottie LammAbout Dottie Lamm

Former First Lady of Colorado Dottie Lamm is a legendary leader and activist. She was also a founding mother of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, making her mark as the first board chair. In 1987, we created the Dottie Lamm Leadership Award to honor her commitment to advancing opportunities for women throughout the state of Colorado.

The first Dottie Lamm Leadership Award was granted in 1988 and has been awarded annually to up-and-coming Colorado community leaders.

2023 Award Applications  

Applications for the 2023 Dottie Lamm Leadership Award are now open. Apply with this online form. Applications are due at 11:59 pm, July 9, 2023.  Please contact Elva Escobedo at elvae@wfco.org if you have any questions or are unable to complete the online form.  

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Be aged 16 -21 years old
  • Live in Colorado
  • Identify as a woman
  • Demonstrate leadership in the community
  • Be available to give an in-person speech to approximately 2,500 people on Thursday, September 21 at The Colorado Convention Center
  • Provide a valid social security number or taxpayer I.D. to accept the $2,500 award (if selected)

Apply Now

Help Us Review Applications

We also are seeking volunteers to help us review and score applications. If you are interested in volunteering please complete this form.

All volunteers must attend a virtual training on Wednesday, June 21 at either noon or 4:00 p.m. If you are unable to volunteer but know someone who would be a great fit, please feel free to share this opportunity.

If you have any questions or need additional support to participate in this process please contact Elva Escobedo at elvae@wfco.org.


If you have questions about applying for the Dottie Lamm Leadership Award or volunteering as an application reviewer, please contact Elva Escobedo, events manager, at elvae@wfco.org


Meet Our 2022 Dottie Lamm Leadership Award Winner

Shelnna Huynh of Denver stands on stage with WFCO Trustee Ray Foxworth with her Dottie Lamm Award

Meet Shelnna Huynh! 

Every year the Dottie Lamm Leadership Award honors a young woman’s commitment to advancing and accelerating opportunities for women across the state. We celebrate her resilience and leadership on her own path to economic security.

Our 2022 Dottie Lamm Leadership Award winner is Shelnna Huynh of University of Colorado Denver. Congratulations, Shelnna! 

We celebrate your resilience, leadership, and tenacity. 

Read her inspiring speech from our 2022 Annual Luncheon! 


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