Lyda Hill

Philanthropist and community entrepreneur Lyda Hill will receive the 2017 University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, May 19, at a campus luncheon.

The ninth annual award ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the UCCS Gallogly Events Center, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. More than 400 business and community leaders are expected to attend in celebration of local entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Lyda Hill’s legacy is woven throughout the fabric of Colorado Springs in innumerable ways. Not only is she a generous philanthropist, but she also has an incredible business mind,” Cathy Claiborne, interim dean, College of Business, said in a UCCS news release. “She’s constantly thinking about how to innovate in order to help more people.”

The release states that, “Hill’s philanthropic works intersects with her entrepreneurial endeavors so much that she has been dubbed a ‘phil-entrepreneur.’”

Hill has made prominent investments into the Colorado Springs community, to include her founding of the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center in 1995.

Hill established the visitor center in partnership with the Garden of the Gods Foundation. The organization was set up as a for-profit, committing its net proceeds to the foundation. In 2011, once the total amount donated exceeded $3.5 million, Hill gifted the entire facility and its operations to the foundation.

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Hill has also served as president of Seven Falls for nearly four decades and “has  been an advocate for preservation of local natural wonders. Her other passions, including education, science and research, sparked a community projects including the UCCSTeach program and the UCCS Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic,” according to the release.

Hill is considered one of the top philanthropic entrepreneurs worldwide according to Forbes and Philanthropy. She is president of Lyda Hill Foundation and LH Holdings, Inc. and is a member of the Giving Pledge, an initiative of the Gates Foundation.

Hill follows a growing list of distinguished past award recipients including Gary Loo (2009), Bruce Shepard (2010), Joe Woodford (2011), Cari Shaffer (2012), Chuck Murphy (2013), David Jenkins (2014), Jon and Becky Medved (2015), and Ed and Mary Osborne (2016).

The award luncheon is a fundraising event to support the College of Business and its alumni and student initiatives including a mentorship-focused Career Coaching Program. Tickets are $150 each and $95 for UCCS College of Business alumni. Registration is available at or by calling 719-255-5174.