CU Denver Chancellor named 2016 ATHENA winner

Dorothy Horrell has shown vision and innovation

Dorothy Horrell, chancellor of the University of Colorado Denver, has been named the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce's 2016 International ATHENA award winner. Horrell was selected because of her indelible impact on the Denver community as a pragmatic visionary and innovative strategist during her 40-year career.

The other three finalists were Karen de Bartolomé, Founding Executive Director, WorldDenver; Sharon Haley Linhart, founder and Managing Partner, Linhart Public Relations; and Meshach Rhoades, Partner, Armstrong Teasdale.

Nominees were Jennifer Alderfer, President & CEO, North Suburban Medical Center; Rose Andom, Owner & CEO, Rosemik, Inc.; Naomi Binkley, Founder & Managing Partner, Fireside Production; Rachael Jane Groover, Founder & CEO, Groover Seminars, Inc.; Kelly Kozeliski, CPA, EKS&H; Sherri Kroonenberg, General Manager, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments; Jodi Rolland, Colorado State & Denver Market President, Executive Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America; and Tracey Pool, Director of Rooms, Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center.

For 19 years, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has hosted the annual ATHENA Award in Denver. The ATHENA Leadership Model® was developed by ATHENA International through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in 1982. Since the program’s inception, more than 7,000 awards have been presented in over 500 communities in eight countries. 

This model identifies eight distinct attributes that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: authentic self, relationships, giving back, collaboration, courageous acts, learning, fierce advocacy, celebration and joy. These personal traits, combined with the strongest aspects of traditional leadership, such as taking risks, assertiveness and hard work, are the attributes of the ATHENA award to honor one successful and accomplished woman in our community.

About the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Since its creation in 1988, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC) has played a significant role in growing business in Colorado. With the mission of creating an environment and providing the resources conducive to their members’ business success, CWCC provides opportunities and visibility for women in business through relationship development, education, mentorship, partnership and alliances. Visit for more information.

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