The Women's Council: April 2016 Newsletter
As always, the annual WILD Summit on April 1st was a great day of ideas, inspiration and wonderful people. I hope that most of you were able to attend. If not, WILD 2017 is not to be missed. 
I'd like to offer a huge thank you to Julie Imig, our 2016 WILD Chair, the entire WILD Committee, and all the volunteers, speakers and sponsors who make the WILD Summit happen. Many people work for almost an entire year to produce one amazing day. We are so grateful for their hard work and dedication.
I'm happy to announce that Rebecca Rose has stepped up to chair WILD 2017.  If you are interested in participating on the committee for next year's WILD Summit, contact Rebecca or me and we will share details.
Be sure to mark your calendar for our All-Council meeting on May 10 from 8:30 - 10 a.m.  Look for your Evite soon.  Our bi-annual All-Council meetings are the best way to connect with the entire Women's Council and hear updates from the Leeds School, the board and student groups on how to get involved.
Happy Spring!
Trish Thomas     
CEO, Atomic20

Making a WILD Impact

On April 1, more than 550 professionals and students attended the sold-out Women’s Council’s annual WILD Summit.  The summit was chock-full of leadership ideas and insights from female leaders in organizations as diverse as the National Football League and Sughar Empowerment Society, a Pakistani-based non-profit social enterprise. The annual summit offers opportunities for professionals of all career stages and students to connect for the purpose of igniting ideas and re-energizing to tackle career opportunities.

Thanks to all who participated and especially our generous sponsors.

Annual Women's Council Donation

One of our commitments as Women’s Council members is to make a donation to CU each academic year. If you made a donation between August and December of 2015, you're set. If not, there is still time to help us reach our goal of 100% member participation by May 2016.

On average, Women’s Council members give gifts of $300 annually in support of the Leeds School of Business. To make your annual contribution online, please visit (enter "Women's Council") or consider making a multi-year pledge to automatically receive a reminder.
Here is how your gift can make a difference to women in business:
  • $300 provides students with a Day in the Life Of presentation by a successful female executive
  • $500 supports our partnership with the Women in Business undergraduate and graduate student clubs
  • $1,000 creates career-focused events for students, including the Women in Finance panel and Resume Speed Dating

Supporting the Class of 2016

This May, the Leeds School of Business will graduate more than 800 talented and aspiring leaders from undergraduate and graduate programs. 

Remember the great excitement you felt upon finding the right opportunity to pursue your passion after graduation and the anxiety that can be associated with the job search? Last year, 94% of 2015 graduates had a job opportunity or were pursuing graduate school within 3 months of graduation. Leeds is looking to continue this strong trend and needs our support!

If your company or others in your network are looking for bright, passionate, hard-working new talent - think of Leeds first! Here’s how you can help:
  • Opportunities at your company on the campus-wide job board, Career Buffs, for Leeds and other qualified students.
  • Links to relevant entry-level job or internship positions at your company and Leeds will post them on Career Buffs for you.
  • Leeds to your HR or College Recruiting team for job postings to foster a stronger recruiting relationship.
  • Leeds with friends or colleagues who you know are looking for talent and could use a business professional to help drive their success!
For more information visit Hire at Leeds.  Thank you for keeping the Buff network strong by supporting the Class of 2016!

Craving Intellectual Stimulation?

The Council on World Affairs takes place this week. CWA leaders suggested several programs that might be of interest to members. Here is the recommended list. To review more programs, check out
Suggested Panels for Women’s Council Members

High-Powered Women Share Their Secrets
April 6, 3:00, UMC Center Ballroom
Carlton, Bobbie • Gawin, Antoinette • Goss, Martha Clark • McLeod, Kate Reynold

Creating Cultural Change in Business
April 7, 9:30, UMC 235
Blake, Liz • Cordano, Mike • Gawin, Antoinette • Goss, Martha Clark

Business Can Have a Conscience and Still Thrive
April 7, 12:30, UMC East Ballroom
Blake, Liz • Cater, Morrow • Cordano, Mike • Menzie, Charles A.

Role of Women to Change the Balance of World Poverty (In Spanish)
April 7, 2:00, ATLAS Black Box
Alvarez, Maria Mercedes • Bowles, Gregory • Chojolán, Jorge • Morrison, Judith

Educate a Girl: Change the World
April 8, 3:00, Old Main Chapel
Blake, Liz • Huskey, Joanne Grady • Khan, Zainab Zeb • Onano, Vivian

New Venture Challenge Seeking Support

The grand finale for the 8th annual CU New Venture Challenge is April 7. Enthusiasm and participation is greater than ever but organizers are still looking to meet their commitment for competitive prize money.

Tireless adjunct professor George Deriso asks, "If you support the University of Colorado, the entrepreneurial environment in Boulder, the economy of Colorado and the dreams of our young entrepreneurs, I urge you to show your support by becoming a donor or a sponsor, or by encouraging others to donate or sponsor."


Spring and Summer Entrepreneurship Education Opportunities

Ideas2Action (I2A) is the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship’s bootcamp intensive. Rated Best Entrepreneurship Bootcamp by the Education Advisory Board in its first year, the program dives into 10 MBA core courses with instruction delivered by 10 distinguished University of Colorado MBA Faculty members. Topics range from ideation and strategy to finance and marketing. Participants also gain access to experienced mentors during and after the program. 
There are two upcoming opportunities to participate:
  • Vail - June 12 -17, 2016
  • Boulder - August 14 -19, 2016
Tuition is $5,000 for the Boulder program and $6,750 for Vail.  Scholarships are available. Learn more here.


Members Invited to Support Annual Barney Ford Masquerade Benefit

The Leeds School of Business MBA Association is inviting members to attend the 23rd Annual Barney Ford Masquerade Benefit at CU in the Koebel Building. The benefit is Friday, April 22 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. with an MBA Alumni Happy Hour from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. The annual fundraiser provides fellowships to MBA students and promotes diversity at the Leeds School of Business.  All proceeds directly benefit the Barney Ford Diversity Scholarship Fund. 

To purchase a $10 event ticket and/or donate to the live and silent auction, please visit the event page.

Our Mission:

The Leeds School of Business Women’s Council at the University of Colorado Boulder is a network of successful business leaders who share their expertise and encouragement with students in order to positively impact the trajectory of tomorrow’s leaders.
Check out some of the photos from last week’s event!
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