Bryan Cave was a sponsor of "Board Bound: Latinas in the Board Room," held in the Denver office on March 31. This event, organized by the Women's Leadership Foundation and the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, was part of an effort to increase Latina numbers on both community and corporate boards.
Bryan Cave Counsel Denise Pino Erwin welcomed the participants. Introductory remarks were delivered by Donna Evans, CEO of Women's Leadership Foundation; Cynthia Mares, immediate past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association; and Jennifer Cadena, Hispanic National Bar Association Regional President. A panel of experienced nonprofit and corporate board directors then shared their experiences and stories. Panelists included former Colorado Sen. Polly Baca, president and CEO, Baca Barragan & Associates; Debbie Trujillo, vice president and community relations director, Key Bank; and Debra Koenig, president of the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). The program was facilitated by Gloria Zamora, president and CEO, Success Innovators Inc.
The event was well attended by Denver-area professional Latinas. It provided a networking opportunity and an introduction to the Women's Leadership Foundation's Corporate Board Bound and Community Board Bound programs, which are aimed at promoting board readiness and positioning Latinas to join corporate, hospital, university, and nonprofit boards as well as state boards and commissions.
Attendees included Bryan Cave Associates Desmonne Bennett and Alexis Kirkman and clients of the firm, including Michelle Lucero, chief administrative officer and general counsel of Children's Hospital Colorado, who serves on numerous boards and has been named one of the "Top 25 Most Powerful Women" by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.