Girl Scouts Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Women of Distinction in Denver

In October, Girl Scouts of Colorado celebrated 20 years of Amazing Women of Distinction during the 20th Anniversary Thin Mint Dinner at the Denver Marriott Tech Center. This year, all 426 Women of Distinction who have been recognized since the program began in 1997 were honored. A very special group of Women of Distinction were honored with a 2017 Award. The awardees were selected through voting and are shining examples of corporate, civic,andphilanthropicleadership who serve as role models for female leaders of tomorrow.

The 2017 Awardees were:

•Advocacy for Youth - Elaine Gantz Berman ’02, former member, State Board of Education;

•Progressive Community Leader - Juana Bordas ’03, president, Mestiza Leadership International;

•Accomplished Philanthropist - Arlene Hirschfeld ’97, community volunteer;

•Dedication to Girl Scouts - Jean C. Jones ’07, former CEO, Girl Scouts Mile Hi Council;

•Lifetime Achievement - LaRae Orullian ’97, retired national president, Girl Scouts of the USA;

•Advocate for Women & Girls - Jill S. Tietjen, P.E. ’97, President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc.; and

•Commitment to Public Service - Hon. Elbra M. Wedgeworth ’04, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Denver Health

Nearly 500 guests gathered for the celebration chaired by Women of Distinction Maria Garcia Berry ’97, Jean Galloway ’97, and Arlene Hirschfeld ‘97. The evening’s speakers included Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo, Gold Award Girl Scout Emma Albertoni, and event host Theresa Marchetta ’10.

Since 1997, more than $2 million has been raised for Girl Scout programs by Women of Distinction.

Editor’s note: For more information on the Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program, visit /woddenver.


DCPA Announces New Artistic Director for Theatre Company

Janice Sinden,President and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA), announced that Chris Coleman has been named the fourth Artistic Director of its DCPA Theatre Company following a national search. Coleman will join the company in May 2018. Coleman has served as Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage (PCS) for the past 17 years where he oversaw a robust season structured similarly to that of DCPA Theatre Company, featuring 12 classic, contemporary and new works on two stages as well as playwrights’ festival, education programs and community events.

Similar to DCPA Theatre Company’s development of large-scale musicals (The Unsinkable Molly Brown, White Christmas, Sense & Sensibility The Musical), Coleman has produced shows by Sondheim, Bernstein, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb and Ahrens & Flaherty. At PCS, he led efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, which has created meaningful relationships with communities of color and diversified itsproductions, staff and audience.

This experience will help DCPA Theatre Company as it looks forward to renovating its Stage and Ricketson theatres within the next four years. His commitment to community connections, artistic excellence, new playdevelopment,large scale musicals and classic theatre have placed the company among the top 20 regional theatres in the US with an annual attendance of 139,000.

Now Coleman will bring his administrative experience, his passion for storytelling and his commitment to artistry to DCPA Theatre Company where he will write a new chapter in his career and a new narrative for the nearly 40-year-old company.