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Arriving in Colorado Springs seven months pregnant, Sharyn Marcus had an unpleasant surprise; her husband had a girlfriend. Soon after her baby was born, she was a single mom. Like many women in similar circumstances, she did what she had to do. Today, it remains her greatest personal accomplishment. “As...
Regina Lewis has lived a textured life. She was raised as the daughter of a soldier and lived in a series of culturally diverse countries. She lived in poverty while her father fought in Vietnam. She also is a war veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force during Operation...
Since she was a child, Christy Le Lait has been involved in politics. At the age of 14 she volunteered at Planned Parenthood — and her course in life was set. “I had good liberal parents,” she said. “They made sure I was involved.” From acting as a state director of...
When asked about being honored by the Business Journal, Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, said, “It’s strange I was named a Woman of Influence for suffering in the woods for six months.” And while many say they “suffer” for their craft, Haver really has suffered. Last summer she, along with Capt....
Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has led a life dedicated to pursuing excellence. For instance, Fitzgerald Mosley is chief of organizational excellence for the United States Olympic Committee, a role she’s filled since 2013. But many know her for the gold medal she won in the 100-meter hurdles during the 1984 Summer...
Mary Fagnant is CEO of Qualtek Manufacturing, a Colorado Springs metal manufacturer that creates components for both the medical and aerospace industries. Making stuff is nothing new to Fagnant. She grew up in a Chicago suburb working in the family business, a food-packaging manufacturer. “I’ve always had manufacturing in my life,”...
Family-owned companies are at the core of the Colorado Springs business community. In 2004, Dean Steward decided to retire from his position as CEO and chairman of Heating & Plumbing Engineers Inc., a company his father started in 1947, putting the family tradition in jeopardy. But that’s when his daughter...
Linda Ellegard turned personal struggle into professional triumph — and has helped countless Colorado Springs families along the way. A social worker, Ellegard watched special-needs children placed into foster care for a single reason: Parents were too exhausted and stressed out to do the best for their children. “It wasn’t neglect...
Breaking the glass ceiling as market president of Herring Bank in Colorado Springs, Kristie Bender said the bank seeks to under-promise and over-deliver. “Exceeding expectations and building relationships for a lifetime is what we’re all about,” she said. Her personal mission statement is, “Learn one. Do one. Teach one.” Co-worker Tina Landis...

CSBJ honors Women of Influence

They come from a variety of backgrounds, not to mention professional careers. Together, the 13 members of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence make a statement about the apparently endless supply of remarkable women across the area. The winners, selected by a committee of past honorees from a...
Pat Ellis became executive director of Silver Key in 2011, after having served in leadership roles with Tessa and Cheyenne Village. She’s also worked in private business, and has owned a small business in Colorado Springs. After leaving Tessa, she took a job managing a call center, but found...
Susan Payne has devoted her life to saving the lives of America’s youth. She founded the Safe2Tell program though the Colorado Office of the Attorney General in 2004 as a anti-violence initiative that has since resulted in the prevention of an estimated 1,600 youth suicides, 30 planned school attacks and...