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HerDU 2018

Keynote Speakers

Don't miss our incredible local rock stars in their keynote addresses!

 

Amal Kassir


Amal Kassir

International Spoken Word Poet

Amal Kassir is a Muslim Woman, born and raised in Denver, CO to a German-Iowan Mother and a Syrian Father. She is an international spoken word poet, having performed in 10 countries and over 45 cities. She has conducted workshops, given lectures, and recited her poetry in venues ranging from youth prisons, to orphanages to refugee camps to universities to churches to community spaces for the public. She designed her own undergraduate degree called 'Community Programming in Social Psychology' and she is a major proponent in education and building individual agency in particularly under-served and vulnerable populations, especially through writing. She hopes to take part in the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps, Insha'Allah. 

 



Colleen Abdouleh


Colleen Abdouleh

Former CEO, WOW Internet Cable and Phone

Colleen Abdoulah guided WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone for 12 years, overseeing industry-leading financial success and creating unprecedented value for employees and shareholders, as the only female CEO to have led a top-ten cable operating company. During her tenure, WOW! quadrupled its customer base from 200,000+ to more than 800,000, growing revenues to more than $1.2B. Under Colleen's leadership, WOW! earned 19 J.D. Power and Associates awards for customer satisfaction and the PC Magazine Readers' Choice Award for top cable Internet service provider. Prior to joining WOW!, Colleen spent much of her career at Tele-Communications Inc. serving in a number of positions including Assistant COO and Executive Vice President of Cable Operations. Colleen is also an ardent voice and advocate for those who have been marginalized. Among many positions, she currently serves on the board of Colorado Women's College at University of Denver, and is Chair of World Pulse, a global social network dedicated to connecting, uniting and empowering women around the world.



Karen McNeil-Miller


Karen McNeil-Miller

President & CEO, Colorado Health Foundation

Karen McNeil-Miller describes social and human impact as the center of her life's work. As the President and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, Karen helps guide the Foundation to determine the most impactful investment of human, financial and influence capital on behalf of the Coloradans who need it the most. At the Foundation since September 2015, Karen describes the Foundation's mission as a key driving force in her life. Karen joined the Foundation after serving for more than 10 years as the president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, one of North Carolina's largest private foundations and after 16 years with the Center for Creative Leadership, an international leadership development and research nonprofit organization headquartered in Greensboro, NC. Karen lives each day knowing that good health impacts every element of our lives. She is a board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Denver Academy. And at home, Karen cultivates a balanced, healthy life that includes her husband and two children, a minor shoe obsession and – on a beautiful Colorado day – a good book and a glass of wine outside on her deck.



Carrington Razook


Carrington Razook

Yoga Instructor

Over the last 20+ years, Carrington's study and practice of yoga has been a diverse journey through Bikram, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and everything in between. E-RYT 500 certified, Carrington began teaching in 2010 creating a canvas of power, prayer, and presence, intertwined with messages of spirit, magic, and social responsibility. On a physical level, her teaching is about piecing together the individual parts of the body into the more powerful whole. On a soulful level, her passion both on and off the mat is in helping others find their voice and own their power through her many classes and workshops. On a collective level, her teaching focuses on correlating yoga on and off the mat, paving the way from the I to the WE. Although based in Raleigh, NC, Carrington leads workshops, trainings and yoga retreats internationally and teaches online courses on personal development and social responsibility. She travels with international yoga teacher Seane Corn as an assistant and serves as both faculty and Yoga In Action Coordinator for Off The Mat Into The World as well as regional leader for CTZNWELL and is a lululemon legacy ambassador.



Leslie Pace


Leslie Pace

Yoga Instructor

From the age of 16 Lesley Pace has held a deep affinity for yoga and meditation in her life. She began her practice after a sports injury left her with a torn ACL and MCL. From there she continued to utilize yoga as a space of peace through challenging times in college and after. Inspired by the strength and clarity she gained, Lesley chose to delve deeper into her yoga practice by attending a 200-Hour Teacher Training program with Axis Yoga in 2014. Since that time she has been teaching various styles of yoga throughout the state of Colorado and is continuing to augment her yoga education with more training. Most recently she has attended the Prison Yoga Training with James Fox in Amsterdam as well as volunteered with Chelsea Jackson Roberts, PhD at the Yoga, Literature, Art Camp for teenage girls at Spelman College. Ultimately, Lesley will be using her practice to spread love, light, and healing to those most in need.