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Lauren Young CasteelThe 2019 Lowry Foundation Speaker Series April 23, 2019 Eisenhower Chapel featuring Lauren Y. Casteel President & CEO The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Lauren Y. Casteel is the first person in Colorado to lead three foundations and possesses more than 20 years of philanthropic leadership as well as a career-long dedication to inclusiveness. Lauren is an experienced and recognized advocate for women, children, youth, and families in Colorado.  Throughout her career, Lauren has earned numerous accolades. Most recently, she received the Anti Defamation League Mountain States Region’s 2018 Civil Rights Award; she received the 2016 Monte Pascoe Civic Leadership Award, presented annually by Denver’s Mayor to a member of the community; she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in 2015 by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and in 2014, she was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Denver7: Hall of Fame is Accepting Nominations 

This is the second time Denver7 has been proud to work with CWHF to honor Colorado’s amazing women. Anne Trujillo hosted the 2018 induction gala, which honored six contemporary women and four historical women.

Nominations are generated by the citizens of Colorado who put forward a wide variety of extraordinary women for consideration.

“Women, and especially young girls, need role models who share a similar drive and vision in life, education, business, and personal development,” says Beth Barela, chair of CWHF. “Too many of today’s girls and young women still struggle with low self-esteem, the deeply rooted belief that they “can’t,” or that certain obstacles are insurmountable. Having role models to study, emulate, and help them find ways to succeed is critical in women being able to create a healthy, happy, productive future for themselves.”

Deadline for entries is August 1, 2019

Check Out Our Latest Partnership with Girl Scouts of Colorado!

Girl Scouts of Colorado (GSCO) and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) have joined forces to create a patch for Girl Scouts of all ages. The history of women isn’t taught in Colorado schools. Since the Girl Scouts provide opportunities for girls to learn by exploring their interests, passions and dreams, the exposure to great Colorado women —both historic and contemporary — provides role models to begin to fill that gap.

CWHF highlights extraordinary women, their accomplishments and impact on Colorado, the United States and even the world. Hall inductees are women who, through grit and grace, have advanced the roles of today’s women to levels of heightened recognition and models of inspiration. “Who better than CWHF to provide an adventure in learning about contemporary and historic Colorado women,” asks Beth Barela, CWHF board chair.

How to Earn the Patch!

CWHF Wins Two Awards for Season One Film Series

In March of 2018, we premiered a CWHF-produced film series featuring five Inductees on Rocky Mountain PBS. The category for Best Music Composition/Arrangement won the Heartland Emmy award for the film, “Saving the Soul of Denver” featuring CWHF Inductee Dana Crawford, a visionary preservationist and developer who worked to preserve historic downtown Denver. Hall Inductee Marilyn Van Derbur Atler’s Film, “An Incest Survivor’s Odyssey” won the Los Angeles Film Festival for Most Inspiring Woman in Film. Season one Links – Film Library Page

The Hall  is extremely grateful for former Film and Board Chair and  current executive producer Betty Heid, composer and pianist Lisa Downing, Rebecca Martinez, and Enchanted Road Productions Bill Ranshaw and Rick Higgins who handled production of these films and deserve this recognition.


Women’s College alumna Betty Heid is
winning awards for putting Colorado women
in the spotlight

The documentaries Betty Heid produces always have a turning point. There’s a moment when the soon-to-be-successful Colorado women she features get the opportunity to reach their full potential. Big Impact on the Big Screen



Let’s Talk About Colorado’s Amazing Female Astronauts

NASA may not have been properly prepared for the first-ever all-women spacewalk, which was supposed to take place on March 29. But we’re honoring Colorado’s female astronauts and their contributions to NASA anyway. Colorado’s Amazing Female Astronauts



News from the Western Slope – Celebrating Women: Mary Rait

Mary Rait was a woman so prepared and knowledgeable, even college students were intimidated. She was a pioneer in the Grand Valley and Women’s history across the state. She started out as a high school teacher, and then was invited to teach at the newly formed Mesa College. She’s fairly well known in the history of the Valley, but not by those outside of the Western Slope. Priscilla Walker is trying to change that. She is a board member for the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, but many of the inductees are from the Front Range. In fact, out of 162, only 5 are from the Western Slope. But many women, like Mary, deserve to be on that list. While her nomination is pending for the 2020 year, Western Slopers can continue to be inspired by her, a truly “first rate” woman.

Honoring Historic Colorado Women Through Public Art

“There are a lot of pieces of public art that have women in them, but they aren’t specific women,” she said. “So they’re either allegorical or they are representative of a genre of women. So there’s a really great statue in front of the Colorado History Museum that’s about Colorado teachers. But it’s not a specific person.”

Carrie MaKenna stands in front of a statue dedicated to dancer Maria Mosina in the lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.


9news writes about Hall Inductees Janet Bonnema and Sandra Rothenberg

Colorado woman Janet Bonnema fought for equal opportunities after she was denied a job on a major highway construction project due to her gender. Bonnema filed a discrimination suit and was represented by Hall Inductee Sandra Rothenberg.


Northeast Notes: Forever young – a story of two women – by Julie Richman

Julie Richman, daughter of Ellie Greenberg writes about her mom and another inspiring woman in her life. Northeast Notes – Woodmen Gazette