Relentless Forward Movement in Honor of Juneteenth

We can make change happen.

Juneteenth is a commemoration of the relentless forward movement for freedom for our Black/African American friends, colleagues, and loved ones. We need to remember our shared history because although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 which outlawed slavery, it took over two years for the announcement by Union Army General Gordon Granger to reach Texas. Juneteenth is a commemoration of that day.

In the Colorado Inclusive Economy movement, we have committed ourselves to a more equitable and inclusive Colorado. We know our work in no way compares to the struggle for freedom or the commemoration of Juneteenth, but we work every day to create an economy that is fully inclusive and allows everyone to bring the best of themselves to every endeavor they choose.

Juneteenth is a reminder for all of us that no one should wait for freedom. We must be intentional in our forward movement to remove all forms of discrimination, hate, and injustice. The moment is now. We must be ceaseless and diligent, and we honor Juneteenth with a commitment to a fully inclusive economy that values the best of all of us.

Rebuilding Colorado’s Economy to Work for All

Making Colorado the most inclusive economy in the nation

Colorado Inclusive Economy is a statewide movement of design, intent, and action led by CEOs and leaders. We support leaders through regular facilitation, an evolving resource toolkit, and peer support to help them build specific Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategies that align with their overall organizational goals. Members of Colorado Inclusive Economy have made a long-term commitment to the movement and will report regularly on shared metrics to ensure that we are marking regular and sustained progress towards Colorado’s inclusive economy.

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

  • By mid-April 2020, 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

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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

Colorado Inclusive Economy Members

Barry Gleichenhaus CEO, CeDUR Roofing
Ben Weiderholt – President & CEO, STRIDE Community Health Center
Corey EdwardsRegional Director Northwest, Western Governors University
Danielle ShootsVP & CFO, Colorado Trust; CEO, The Daily Boss Up
Dave WorkmanCo-Founder, Trelora
Elizabeth ConcordiaCEO, UCHealth
Eric Hiraga Executive Director, City & County of Denver, Denver Economic Development & Opportunity
Felix M. Lopez – Las Animas Commissioner, CCI
Gwénaël S. HaganOwner & President, Signature Windows + Doors
Janet LamkinSenior Vice President Market and Community Innovation, United Airlines
Jason SharpeCo-Owner & CEO, Namaste Solar
Jeffrey NathansonCEO, Strategic Catalysts
Jessica Erickson – President & CEO, Longmont Economic Development Partnership

Joe Thurman CEO, interview IA
Laurie Muller-GirardEVP West Regional Commercial Sales Executive, KeyBank
Lisa JasperCo-Founder & CEO, Thought Ensemble
Lorii Rabinowitz – CEO, Denver Scholarship Foundation
Marie PetersMain Street Lead, Colorado Leading Source
Marina JohnsonCEO, Most Programming
Matt KaspariPresident & CEO, Kaspo
Nobu HataCEO, Denver Metro Association of Realtors
Richard Lewis – President & CEO, RTL Networks, Inc.
Rob Katz – CEO, Vail Resorts
Rob PainterCEO, Trimble
Stephanie Loughner Partner, Moye White
Steve RendleChairman, President, & CEO, VF Corporation
Tyrone AdamsCEO, Colorado Association of Realtors

Colorado Inclusive Economy Leadership

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Luella Chavez D’Angelo

CEO, Colorado Inclusive Economy

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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

Justine MetzPresident, Sapientia Strategic Consulting
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 MetzPresident, Sapientia Strategic Consulting
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.