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...
Karla Grazier has served as president and CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado since April 2010. Hers has been a diverse and interesting career. Starting as a banker in San Francisco, Grazier moved on to head the middle market leveraged buyout group at Wells Fargo in...
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...
Janice Weiland has been playing an influential, behind-the-scenes role in Colorado Springs since she landed here more than 20 years ago. Weiland works as executive vice president of investments for Cascade Investment Group, a firm she joined in 2000. Aside from devoting herself to helping clients manage their portfolios (tax...
An owner of Blakely + Co., Camille Blakely grew up in the advertising industry. Her father owned an advertising agency and brought his work home. “We sat around the dinner table talking about advertising strategy. That was kind of part of my DNA at a very young age,” Blakely said. Later,...
Kristen Christy has been through a stroke at age 15, cancer two years ago and the suicide of her ex-husband in 2008. Having lived through these troubles, she now uses her experiences to help others. “We’re all survivors. We’ve all survived something,” she said. “At the time we go through...
Janet Kerr has spent almost 30 years as a psychotherapist, nonprofit administrator and volunteer working in particularly challenging and stressful area – the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Beginning as a volunteer for Tessa (then known as the Center for Prevention of Domestic Violence) in 1987, she served as...
Martha Barton loves going to work every day. “Not everyone can love their jobs for decades,” said Barton, executive director of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, a position she’s held 27 years. Hospice is a type of end-of-life care that focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the...
Dr. Anita Lane’s fourth-grade science teacher set her on her professional path during a parent-teacher conference. “He told my mom that I was a very bright student and could be anything I wanted to be, including a physician,” Lane said. “I remember thinking, ‘OK then, I’ll be a physician.’ ” Prior...
Kim Nguyen has made it her life’s mission to help others overcome trauma through the arts. Nguyen, a native of Vietnam, recalls fleeing her war-torn country at 13 in 1975. The boat carrying her four siblings, mother and father lost power and was caught in a storm. Her father fell...