Stop AAPI Violence, a message from Colorado Inclusive Economy:

We stand together with the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in grief and outrage against the brutal murders of the six Asian women in Atlanta. We decry the acts of violence and hate against the AAPI community and reaffirm our commitment to building a Colorado of shared prosperity and inclusion for People of Color. Let us not forget that Denver’s first race riot erased Chinatown. Colorado Inclusive Economy asks that each of you use your voice to stop all forms of violence against our AAPI family, friends, loved ones, and neighbors.

Learn more about the history of hate and violence against the AAPI community:

Anti-Asian Attacks Rise During Pandemic, NPR

Denver’s First Race Riot, Colorado Public Radio

The Rise and Fall of Denver’s Chinatown, History Colorado

Colorado 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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Kendee Ruark

ED, Senior Leadership Manager, JPMorgan Chase


Suzanne Cain

Global Head of Distribution & Marketing, Janus Henderson Investors USA

Michelle Campbell

Michelle D. Campbell

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

Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen

Chairman & CEO, IMA Financial Group

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Dax Craig

Cofounder & President, Pie Insurance


John C. Greenwood

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

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Kay Henze

CEO & Executive Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network


Lydia Jumonville

CEO, SCL Health


Phil Kalin

President & CEO, Pinnacol Assurance

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David Levin

CEO, Four Winds Interactive


Edmund F. 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


Raju Patel

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


Michael Ramseier

President, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

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Blair Richardson

CEO & Managing Partner, Bow River Capital


Janice Sinden

President & CEO, Denver Center for the Performing Arts


Craig Smith

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


George Sparks

President & CEO, Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Heather Terenzio

CEO & Founder, Techtonic, Inc.


Ben Valore-Caplan

Founder & CEO, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel


Sara van Rensburg

President & CEO, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum


Dave Welling

CEO, Mercer Advisors


Robin Wittenstein

CEO, Denver Health


Ben Wright

CEO & Founder, Velocity Global

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Helen Young Hayes

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


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Justine Metz

President, Sapientia, LLC; Program Manager of the Movement

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Helen Young Hayes

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


Anne Warhover – Retired Chief of Colorado Health Foundation
Carol J. CarterPresident and CEO, Global MindED
Ceyl Prinster, CFA  – President and CEO, Colorado Enterprise Fund
FloraJane DiRienzoDeputy Director, Biennial of the Americas
Jason ThompsonVP Diversity and Inclusion, Western Governors University
Jesse KingChief Leverage Officer, Fulcrum Adivsors LLC

Jesus SalazarCEO, Prosono
Lauren Y. CasteelPresident and CEO, Women’s Foundation Colorado
Monica WilliamsExecutive Producer, The Equity Project
Sarah E. BurneyExecutive Director, JP Morgan Chase
Theresa Rinne-Meyers – Director of Impact, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute
Will ChanDirector of External Affairs, Denver Economic Development Office


Membership Development Committee

David Kendall – Founder, Attorney, and CEO, Bold Legal
Helen Young HayesFounder and CEO, Activate Workforce Solutions
Jeffrey NathansonCEO, Strategic Catalysts
Justine MetzInterim Executive Director, Colorado Inclusive Economy
Kathryn HarrisManaging Director, ActivateIT Powered by Per Scholas

Lee Gash-MaxeyExecutive Director, Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce
Nobu HataCEO, Denver Metro Association of REALTORS
Sara van RensburgPresident and CEO, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum

Toolkit Committee

Amy Lynch AVP of Human Resources, Pinnacol Assurance
Beverly JonesDirector of Industry Partnerships, Colorado Department of Higher Education
Corey EdwardsDirector, Northwest Region and CO Stat Director, Western Governors University
Dan KaskubarFounder, Spur LLC
Dave Dookeeram, FACHE EVP and Chief of Staff, DispatchHealth
David Kendall – Founder, Attorney, and CEO, Bold Legal
Eliza HardingCEO and Co-Founder, Trendlines USA
Jacob VigilSenior Manager, Skillful

Jennifer Mote – Chief Learning Officer, iSSACHAR Center for Urban Leadership
Jessica Welser – Senior Specialist, B:CIVIC
Kendra ProsperoCEO and Founder, Turning the Corner
Nikki Wilkins – Project Manager and Recruiter, CO REACH and Diverse Talent
Stephanie Wise – Assistant, CO Juvenile Defender Center
Susan Oh – Strategic Advisor, Activate Workforce Solutions
Nicole GravagnaVP, Behavioral Design, interviewIA
Scott Fast – National and State Strategist, Innovate+Educate

Marketing Committee

Anneliese Steel – Corporate Affairs Director, Colorado Concern
Erika GonzalezPrincipal, Scoop Public Relations
Ethan Decker – President, Applied Brand Science
Matt Kaspari – President, Kaspo

Melissa Cunny – Marketing Manager, Activate Workforce Solutions
Ryan KeifferOwner and CEO, A-Train Marketing Communications, Inc.
Yolanda WebbDirector of Adult, Aging and Disability Services, Colorado Department of Human Services

Contact Us

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