Getting Women Back to Work: An Executive Roundtable Series” by TARRA and the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
Add your voice to the conversation during Executive Roundtable #3 of Getting Women Back to Work
Part 3 in our roundtable series focuses on flexibility and equitability in the workplace. Join Denver’s top thought leaders in the area for in an intimate discussion about what the workplace looks like post-pandemic. We are bringing together leaders in this space for an intimate discussion, followed by group discussions with panelists and attendees on how we can support the future of women in business.
Researchers from Metropolitan State University will use your recommendations to draw a roadmap for our communities to address what women in business need now and in the future.
About Our Panelists
Speaker: Tracy Perez, Vice President Account Executive - Lockton
Bio: As an Account Executive, Tracy is responsible for providing consulting and account management support to clients. This includes servicing and marketing all aspects of employee benefits for her clients, including providing oversight and advocacy for compliance, financial reporting, renewal negotiation, eligibility, claims, and billing. Tracy’s focus is on producing exemplary employee-facing benefit communication to ensure that employees understand the value of their benefits package.
Tracy is an accomplished project manager and a specialist on internal tools available to Lockton Associates. She is a key member of Lockton’s national Strategic Initiatives Workgroup, which produces resources used by Associates and Producers to develop strategy and subject matter content for client education. Tracy is a skilled mentor who facilitates onboarding and training of Associates and Producers new to Lockton. She is also a founding member and co-chair of the Women in Leadership group in Lockton’s Mountain West Series. Tracy’s community involvement includes active participation in The Delores Project, a Denver nonprofit serving women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. She is also a member of her son’s high school lacrosse team’s board of directors.
Speaker: Kristi Lamar, Managing Director - Deloitte
Bio: Kristi Lamar is a managing director and serves on Monitor Deloitte’s leadership team, focused on strategic growth, and is the US leader for Women in Technology. She has significant experience in advising the c-suite, especially CIOs and technology executives, to enable them to create lasting enterprise value and manage the challenges and changes in business, technology, and their executive roles. She has a 20-year track record of developing and delivering successful business technology programs for the leaders of global enterprises. In her role as digital leader for Deloitte’s Executive Accelerators team, she designs insights and experiences that help executives solve complex business challenges. Kristi is passionately committed to helping to advance diversity, equity and inclusion for our people, firm and communities and is a respected thought leader and vocal advocate on the topic.
Speaker: Kelly Cortina, VP of Global Apparel - The North Face
Bio: Kelly Cortina is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 20 years of experience across the retail industry. She is the Vice President of Global Apparel at The North Face, a VF Corp brand where she is responsible for global merchandising, product development, innovation and design of Apparel. Leveraging extensive experience in management and strategy, she is a valuable asset for companies aiming to jumpstart growth and pioneer new vision. Kelly brings strength in transformational leadership and go-to-market strategy. Throughout her executive career, Kelly has held leadership positions at internationally renowned sporting goods and casual luxury brands Under Armour, and Abercrombie and Fitch. She is well versed in running both Direct to Consumer and Wholesale business models, and has been responsible for leading regional teams around the world; overseeing north of $3 billion in revenue and all aspects of product management from concept to market launch across Apparel, Footwear and Equipment and Accessories.
Speaker: Jesus Salazar, CEO & Co-Founder - Prosono
Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from Colgate University where she was also a co-captain of the swimming team. An advocate for women in business, she co-founded the Under Armour Women’s Culture Club, WILL. At VF Corp, Kelly co-sponored the Women’s Employee Resource Group, WOVEN, and serves as an ERG Subcommitte Chair on the Global Women’s Activation Council. She currently holds a seat on the board of Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Kelly has also mentored aspiring women in leadership throughout her career, and most recently with the Camber Outdoors organization. Kelly resides in Denver, CO with her husband and two sons.
Bio: Jesus Salazar is a Colorado native and entrepreneur who loves bringing exceptional people together to do exceptional things. After spending 16 years leading and developing software for some of the largest companies in North America including Microsoft, Amgen, Yamaha and others, Jesus shifted his career toward entrepreneurship. He is the co-founder and CEO of Prosono, a company whose mission is to accelerate the achievement of the World 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. They do this by unlocking the social impact potential of organizations throughout North America. They work with organizations such as Walmart, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Charles Schwab and others. Prosono was awarded 2019 Startup of the Year through the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and was recently named one of the top 50 most civic-minded companies of Colorado.
Jesus Salazar has extensive board experience serving as the Chairperson of Rocky Mountain Public Media, which includes Rocky Mountain PBS and two nationally acclaimed radio stations: KUVO JAZZ and the nation’s first public media R&B/Hip-Hop radio station “The Drop”. Jesus is also Chairperson Emeritas of Colorado Succeeds, an education policy and advocacy nonprofit organization representing the voice of the Colorado business community. He currently sits on the board of Pinnacol Assurance, a $3B workmans’ compensation insurance provider. He also sits on the board of CareerWise USA and RootED. He has had multiple Gubernatorial appointments including the Vice Chairperson of Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees and the Business Experiential Learning Commission.
Jesus graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in 2001 with a BS in Math and Computer Science and a MS in Engineering and Technology Management.
Speaker: Barbara Brooks, Founder - SecondActWomen
Bio: Barbara Brooks is the founder of SecondActWomen, a social entrepreneurship company that delivers high-level IRL, virtual and digital media programs for women 40 & 50+. Aged out of the corporate club after an award-winning marketing career, she accidentally stepped into entrepreneurship, launching three businesses, and becoming an active board member for several women’s and children’s non-profits.
Today, as a quadruple minority as a black, woman at 54 who stands at 5’11 (without her heels), she is a sought after #agepositivity speaker, thought leader and female champion that’s helping this community design the businesses, careers and lives they desire in middlescence. Barbara and her business partner Guadalupe Hirt have been featured in media like Forbes, MarketWatch, and Next Avenue and presented at organizations like Denver Startup Week, General Assembly, SXSW 20, and Microsoft. Barbara graduated from Colorado State University.
TARRA is a curated network for women professionals and entrepreneurs designed to advance thriving careers, champion innovative businesses and promote fulfilling lives. By facilitating access to effective resources—collaboration, community, learning, mentorship—TARRA is cultivating the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders with the goal to create a more diverse, vibrant business community.
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About Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce
The Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce focuses on strategies to help professional women work smarter, network effectively, and compete successfully. Our programs cultivate business development, professional excellence, alliances and leadership. We seek to make Colorado the state in the nation for women to advance in business.
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