Women of Influence

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

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...
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...
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...
Stacy Poore came to Colorado Springs in 1986 with a college degree and countless dreams, leaving behind all the foundation and security of her young life growing up in Oklahoma. For nearly 30 years, she has been making a difference, from teaching in high school to leading nonprofits and,...
Michelle Talarico credited the launch of her success in business to being “young, optimistic and dumb” as a Colorado College student. “It was 1989. I was 23, the co-owner of the Dale Street Café. I loved the hospitality business. There was an opportunity to sell Dale Street, and Kathy (Dreiling)...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_DHK8Brxq0 Jan Isaacs Henry, the co-founder and executive director of Kidpower of Colorado, still leads the nonprofit she founded nearly 20 years ago. In those two decades, Henry has made a significant difference to the Colorado Springs community and to the safety and well-being of a generation of children. Henry worked...
Colorado native Tammy Rivera has lived the familiar saying: When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Originally from Sterling in the northeastern part of the state, Rivera received a degree from Colorado State University and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 to work for national accounting firm BKD...
Queen Brown is a woman with a lively career and a refreshing sense of humor. The president of Queen E. Brown and Associates Management Consultants in Colorado Springs started out knowing she wanted to work in “corporate America,” she said laughing while recalling her early life. “My parents were...
Gemma Delgaudio’s enthusiasm for life spills out as she speaks, so it’s easy to envision the regional marketing specialist for Pacific Dental Services influencing those around her. The native of Wales is married with a 5-month-old daughter, and her husband is a deployed Army officer. She’s lived in Colorado Springs...
Marcia Jackson, director, SACHS Foundation Research Marcia Jackson’s life has followed an elegant arc curving around the ideal of giving back to the community so that others can make a future contribution. The Sachs Foundation research director, clinical psychology doctoral student and Women of Influence honoree freely admits she didn’t do...
Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark said she didn’t choose to be a community activist. She was thrust into the role out of concern for her community. What made Clark concerned was the prospect of Colorado Springs Fire Department Station No. 3, on Limit Street and Colorado Avenue, being...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jITcrcv7g54 Denise Krug has spent the better part of four decades carrying out the mission of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, and that makes her a Woman of Influence in the Pikes Peak region. “I will have been with Goodwill 38 years soon, and I’ve always worked in the...