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HerDU 2019

Stage Speaker Bios

Jeremy Haefner is the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Denver, where he oversees the academic enterprise and serves the campus in a broad leadership role. Prior to joining the University of Denver, Dr. Haefner served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) for 10 years. As provost, Dr. Haefner was in charge of the education and research missions of the university, overseeing nine colleges, two institutes, one school and three global campuses, and several university-level programs. Dr. Haefner graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in mathematics, and has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin.

Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen is an award-winning social media entrepreneur, international journalist, and founder of World Pulse, a global communication network that is giving voice to women and girl leaders who have gone on to impact over 7.6 million lives. With her finger on the pulse of women's voices globally, Ms. Larsen speaks around the world, appearing in media and on stages from NPR to TED. In the best selling book, "Half the Sky", New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recommends joining World Pulse as one of the top four things you can do in 10 minutes to support women globally.

Colleen Abdoulah guided WOW! Internet, Cable, and Phone for 12 years, overseeing top financial success and creating 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, growing revenues to more than $1.2B. Under her 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. Ms. Abdoulah is also an ardent voice and advocate for those who have been marginalized. She serves on the board of the Colorado Women's College at University of Denver, and is board chair of World Pulse.

Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D., is the chancellor of the University of Denver. A highly respected scholar and action-oriented thought leader, Dr. Chopp champions a holistic education that prepares students for rewarding lives and careers in the 21st century. Under her leadership, the University has continued to pursue research that improves lives across the globe by addressing complex challenges. A vocal advocate for intentional communities and inclusive culture, Dr. Chopp works to expand access and increase diversity throughout the university. Previously, Dr. Chopp served as president of Swarthmore College and Colgate University. She is an accomplished writer and theologian, publishing many books and articles on feminism, leadership, and the transformation of higher education.

Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, and the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. Throughout her magazine career, Ms. Welteroth broke new ground as the youngest person and the second African-American to hold this title in Condé Nast's 107-year history. Under her leadership, Teen Vogue notably increased coverage of news and politics, encouraging readers to become civically engaged, specifically during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. She's now a leading expert, advocate, and voice for the next generation of change-makers. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News and Netflix.

Ann Ayers, dean of Colorado Women's College (CWC) at the University of Denver, is stewarding the next chapter in CWC's 130-year legacy of advancing women across the DU campus, throughout Colorado, and nationally. Prior to joining the University, Dean Ayers spent over 15 years building winning organizational strategies, powerful brands, transformative communications, and dedicated stakeholder communities for non-profits across the country. Her clients have included San Francisco Opera, Denver Art Museum, Boettcher Foundation, and numerous legal organizations and educational institutions. Dean Ayers received her J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law and her B.A. from Georgetown University.