November 11, 2022

1:00P – 6:00P

Morgridge Commons, Glenwood Springs

A Women’s Forum was created in 2019 to empower, inspire, lead, and connect women in our community. There is a need to springboard allyship, mentorship, share experiences, connect, build new skills to ELEVATE women to tackle the challenges and opportunities we all face in our futures. Additionally, this effort is to shift the disproportionate effect of women in leadership positions and so women are seen as equals, treated fairly, with respect, and organizations are more inclusive. This year’s theme is Creating Impact featuring these speakers: Dr. “Beez” Lea Ann Schell & Yesenia Silva-Estrada discussing inclusion, Susan Harig discussing engagement, and Gruffie Clough discussing collaboration.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for discussion, networking, and socializing that includes beverages and appetizers after the speakers conclude.

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Gruffie Clough

Compelling Ways to Work with Other People

People and organizations have always worked together to make incredible things happens. Yet there are dynamics and realities these days that make working with other people more challenging than ever. Because working together is a timeless art and skill, collaboration is a mindset and skill that is essential for anyone who wants to make the most of  their relationships and their work.

Our time together will focus on what our options are for working with others, what collaboration is (and is not), and when this demanding and equally rewarding way of working with other individuals, teams and communities is the right choice.

Biography: Gruffie Clough work involves designing and delivering leadership programs. You’ll find her conducting capacity and skill building trainings, facilitating challenging discussions and meetings to lead change, or working right alongside a leader or team members, serving as a consulting partner and colleague. Gruffie has many connection to the Roaring Fork Valley and is excited to share her knowledge about what collaboration really means and the impact it can have.

Susan Harig

Employee Engagement

Susan’s heart lies in developing leaders’ capability and employee engagement. The Roaring Fork Valley is a challenging place to live and work and Susan believes leaders that create thriving cultures of care and accountability will engage employees at a deeper level, resulting in stronger performance, connection to work, and retention. She believes you cannot underestimate the leader’s impact, knowing when employees feel valued, respected, and appreciated, they become better parents, partners, friends, and community members.

Biography: Susan Harig works for the Aspen Skiing Company as the Managing Director of Engagement and Development. With over 15 years of broad-based leadership experience, via Human Resource Management, Susan specialties include: employment, recruiting, instructional design, facilitation, performance consulting, HR systems, and collaboration with all levels of leadership within the organization.

Dr. “Beez” Lea Ann Schell

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging: Moving the “ME” to “WE”

This interactive presentation will explore the stories that brought us to our equity and inclusion work and how we move from ME to WE. Between identity and vulnerability lies a narrative powerful enough to change individuals and institutional structures where authentic leaders are meant to struggle and thrive.

Dr. “Beez” Lea Ann Schell has worked in higher education for more than 20 years as a tenured full professor, director of a faculty development center, assessment coordinator, department chair, and accreditation liaison officer. She currently serves as the Dean of Academic Support at Colorado Mountain College. At the core of her work is a proven commitment to promoting Inclusive Excellence, equity, and diversity as they relate to student learning, campus climate, and faculty development at both Hispanic Serving and Primarily White Institutions. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology with emphases in Women’s Studies and Sociology from Texas Woman’s University.

Yesenia Silva-Estrada

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging: Moving the “ME” to “WE”

Yesenia Silva-Estrada, presenting with Dr. “Beez” Lea Ann Schell, was born in rural Chihuahua, Mexico as a daughter and granddaughter of indigenous (Tarahumara raramuri) farm and agriculture workers. At the age of six, her parents moved to the United States, specifically to rural Western Colorado. She is the first one in her family to attend and graduate from college. She now utilizes her education and professional experience to passionately work for equity efforts in all spaces of her life. Yesenia is the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives at Colorado Mountain College helping implement strategies that improve equity outcomes for students, departments, programs, and the organization as a whole.

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