Women of Influence

Honoring Women of Influence in the Colorado Springs community that have numerable professional accomplishments and consistently give back to the community

Rose Durham’s love of helping others started early. When her family emigrated from Norway, she was a young girl, but spoke English well and soon became the spokesperson for her family. “I remember my mother crying and reading the family Bible,” she says. “Looking back, I think what incredible sense...
Everyone makes relationships during their lives, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. One that can be beneficial for women in the business world (as well as life in general) is having another woman as a mentor, said Rosenna Bakari, local psychologist and author. “I think it’s important for women to mentor each other because […]
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Kasia King is inspired and motivated by the bravest people in her life — her parents. “We came here in 1981 as martial law was going into Poland,” she said. “My parents escaped and took me with them. … I can’t imagine the courage it took to leave your family,...
When Traci Marques first arrived at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in 2012, she never intended to one day run the place.
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader; a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.” That quote from Eleanor Roosevelt is a favorite of Katherine Gaulke.
By conventional metrics, Susan Edmondson has only had three jobs in 22 years, but the impact on her adopted city goes way beyond prosaic job descriptions.
The 2018 Women of Influence are passionate, they are community-minded and they are changing the world.
A high school counselor told Kimberly Hessler that she wasn’t college material and should just get married. She has proved that advisor wrong, many times over. As career services manager for SecureSet, a company that trains cybersecurity professionals, Hessler is a tireless advocate who helps graduating students — most of...
It was obvious to me when we met for the first time that Deborah Hendrix was a superstar."
All of Kristy Milligan’s endeavors have been about helping provide a voice and opportunities for people who might not otherwise have them.
As an employee, Liz Jefferson looked for ways to pay forward her experience.