Inclusive Economy is a collection of CEOs, EDs, and other business leaders who have the vision and grit to rebuild Colorado’s economy in a way that works for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the economic fragility of the frontline American worker.

  • By mid-April, 35% of the lowest-income workers had lost their jobs, compared to just 9% of the highest earners.

  • People of color have been particularly impacted, with 24% of Latinos and 23% of Black Americans reporting they’ve been laid off.

  • And the protests stemming from the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many other people of color ignited our collective consciousness toward the need for structural change to address systemic inequality.

Join us in creating a Colorado that is more equitable and inclusive by working with our team to:

  1. Revamp how your organization recruits, hires, supports, and advances employees of color

  2. Transform culture to embrace and aggressively support inclusivity

  3. Invest in education and workforce development to create a skilled and inclusive workforce for the future

“We challenge and invite our fellow business leaders to join with us to rebuild in a way that reflects the diversity of our state and creates an economy of shared opportunity and prosperity.”
– Helen Young Hayes, CEO of Activate Workforce Solutions & Executive Sponsor of the Inclusive Economy movement

The Business Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Racially and ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors

67% of job seekers consider a diverse workforce as an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers

Team collaboration is 57% better in organizations rated highly for D&I

#InclusiveEconomy in the News

Founding Leaders

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Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis

President & CEO, Craig Hospital

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Kristen Benefiel

CEO, HSS

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Kendee Ruark

ED, Senior Leadership Manager, JPMorgan Chase

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Suzanne Cain

Global Head of Distribution & Marketing, Janus Henderson Investors USA

Michelle Campbell

Michelle Campbell

CEO, Diverse Talent; COO, Campbell Litigation; Stakeholder, Colorado REACH

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Robert Cohen

Chairman & CEO, IMA Financial Group

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Dax Craig

Cofounder & President, Pie Insurance

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John C Greenwood

VP/GM, Smart Mobility, Panasonic Corp. of North America

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Kay Henze

CEO & Executive Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

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Lydia Jumonville

CEO, SCL Health

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Phil Kalin

President & CEO, Pinnacol Assurance

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David Levin

CEO, Four Winds Interactive

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Edmund Murphy III

President & CEO, Empower Retirement

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Alex O’Brien

CEO, Cardinal Group Companies

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Christina Ortiz Bluth

CEO, indieDwell

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Raju Patel

Senior VP, Market President & Market Executive, Bank of America

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Michael Ramseier

President, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

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Blair Richardson

CEO & Managing Partner, Bow River Capital

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Janice Sinden

President & CEO, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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Craig Smith

President & COO, ANGI Homeservices – HomeAdvisor, Handy & Angie’s List

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George Sparks

President & CEO, Denver Museum of Nature and Science

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Heather Terenzio

CEO & Founder, Techtonic, Inc.

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Ben Valore-Caplan

Founder & CEO, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel

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Sara van Rensburg

President & CEO. Colorado Thought Leaders Forum

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Dave Welling

CEO, Mercer Advisors

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Robin Wittenstein

CEO, Denver Health

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Ben Wright

CEO & Founder, Velocity Global

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Helen Young Hayes

Founder & CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions; Executive Sponsor of the Movement

Leadership

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Justine Metz

Program Manager

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Helen Young Hayes

Founder & CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions; Executive Sponsor of the Movement

Steering Committee

Sarah BurneyExecutive Director, JP Morgan Chase
Michelle Campbell CEO, Diverse Talent & COO, Campbell Litigation P.C.
Carol Carter President and CEO, Global Minded
Lauren Casteel President and CEO, Women’s Foundation Colorado
Will Chan Director of External Affairs, Denver Economic Development Office
Aaron Clark Founder, Equity Solutions
Melissa Cunny Career Advisor and Recruiter, Activate Workforce Solutions
Ethan Decker – President, Applied Brand Science
FloraJane DiRienzo Deputy Director, Biennial of the Americas
Dave Dookeeram EVP and Chief of Staff, DispatchHealth
Corey EdwardsColorado State Director, Western Governors University
Scott Fast National and State Strategist, Innovate+Educate
Georga Feek Customer Service Associate, University of Denver
Lee Gash-Maxey Executive Director, Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce
Erika Gonzalez Principal, Scoop Public Relations
Micah Gurard-Levin – Manager, Business Development, Liberty Global
Kathryn Harris – Managing Director, Activate IT
Mauricio Henderson – CIO, Perseverance
Matt Kaspari – President, Kaspo
David Kendall – Founder, Attorney, and CEO, Bold Legal

Elizabeth Kosar – Founder, EK Strategies
Laura Love – Founder, GroundFloor Media
Amy Lynch AVP of Human Resources, Pinnacol Assurance
Susan Oh – Retired Finance Executive
Kate PalmerVice President, Client Advisor, JP Morgan Chase
Ceyl Prinster – President and CEO, Colorado Enterprise Fund
Theresa Rinne-Meyers – Director of Impact, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute
Jesus Salazar CEO, Prosono
Julie Seltz Principal, Prosono
Anneliese Steel – Corporate Affairs Director, Colorado Concern
Joe Thurman – CEO, interviewIA
Sara van Rensburg President and CEO, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum
Jacob Vigil Senior Manager, Skillful
Anne Warhover – Retired Chief of Colorado Health Foundation
Yolanda Webb Director of Adult, Aging and Disability Services, Colorado Department of Human Services
Jess WelserSenior Specialist, B:CIVIC
Monica Williams Executive Producer, The Equity Project
Stephanie Wise Support Manager, Ombud

Contact Us

Email [email protected] to join or support the movement.