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

Business leaders launch movement to build more diverse Colorado economy

‘It has to be done:’ Denver business leaders launch initiative for more inclusive economy

Opinion: Poverty, a pandemic and protests have laid bare Colorado’s deep and persistent inequality

Founding Leaders

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Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis

CEO, Craig Hospital


Kristen Benefiel


Robert Cohen

Robert Cohen

Chairman & CEO, IMA Financial Group

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Dax Craig

Cofounder & President, Pie Insurance

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Kay Henze

CEO & Executive Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network


Lydia Jumonville

CEO, SCL Health


Phil Kalin

President & CEO, Pinnacol Assurance


Bruce Koepfgen

President, Janus Capital Group

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David Levin

CEO, Four Winds Interactive


Edmund Murphy III

President & CEO, Empower Retirement

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Alex O’Brien

CEO, Cardinal Group Companies


Michael Ramseier

President, Kaiser Permanente Colorado

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Blair Richardson

Managing Partner, Bow River Capital


Janice Sinden

President & CEO, Denver Center for the Performing Arts


Craig Smith

President & COO, HomeAdvisor


George Sparks

President & CEO, Denver Museum of Nature and Science


Heather Terenzio

CEO & Founder, Techtonic, Inc.


Ben Valore-Caplan

CEO, Syntrinsic Investment Counsel


Sara van Rensburg

President & CEO of Colorado Thought Leaders Forum


Dave Welling

CEO, Mercer Advisors


Robin Wittenstein

CEO, Denver Health


Ben Wright

CEO & Founder, Velocity Global


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Justine Metz

Program Manager

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Helen Young Hayes

Executive Sponsor of the Movement

Steering Committee

Stacy AbelVice President of People and Culture, Craig Hospital
Akasha Absher – Chief Consulting Officer, Syntrinsic
Jandel Allen-DavisPresident and CEO, Craig Hospital
Ashley Anderson VP of Corporate Partnerships, Colorado Succeeds
Max AndersonPartner, Saturn Five
Sarah BurneyVice President, Investment Specialist, JP Morgan Chase
Carol CarterPresident and CEO, Global Minded
Lauren CasteelPresident and CEO, Women’s Foundation Colorado
Aaron Clark Founder, Equity Solutions
Haroun Cowans – Managing Director, Five Points Development Corporation
Ethan Decker – President, Applied Brand Science
Steve DelCastillioDirector of Community Engagement, University of Colorado Denver
Scott FastNational and State Strategist, Innovate+Educate
Rye FineganCo-Founder, Paired
Linda Ford – Executive Director, Denver Health Foundation
Nicole Gravagna – President, NeuroEQ
Erika GonzalezPrincipal, Scoop Public Relations
Micah Gurard-Levin – Manager, Business Development, Liberty Global
Eliza Harding – Founder and COO, Trendlines
Kathryn Harris – Managing Director, Activate IT
Kay Henze – Executive Director, Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Katharine Hyatt – Board of Directors, Global Minded
Jason JanzCEO, CrossPurpose
Matt KaspariPresident, Kaspo
David KendallFounder, Attorney, and CEO, Bold Legal
Amy Lynch AVP of Human Resources, Pinnacol Assurance 
Mark NewhouseGeneral Partner, Innosphere Fund
Susan Oh – Retired Finance Executive
Kate PalmerVice President, Client Advisor, JP Morgan Chase
Ceyl Prinster – President and CEO, Colorado Enterprise Fund
Sara van RensburgPresident and CEO, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum
Blair RichardsonCEO, Bow River Capital
Crystal Rivera – Interim Executive Director, Denver Health Foundation
Jesus SalazarCEO, Prosono
Julie Seltz Principal, Prosono
Anneliese Steel – Corporate Affairs Director, Colorado Concern
Joe Thurman – CEO, interviewIA
Sean VanBerschot – President and Partner, Prosono
Jacob Vigil Senior Manager, Skillful
Ben Wiederholt – President & CEO, Stride Community Health Center
Jess Welser Senior Specialist, B:CIVIC

Contact Us

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