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October 2023 | A hand forward. A hand back.

CTLF WiseWomen Operational Planning Session

December 1st | 11:30am – 5:00pm with Happy Hour after |Koelbel Library

You’re invited to the WiseWomen Operational Planning Session December 1st. This is an opportunity for all members who are interested to attend and help shape how the WiseWomen program operates and prioritizes activities and decisions. We review the overarching planning every 3-4 years so it’s foundational to our program design. It’s a great way to learn about our history, how the magic of WiseWomen is created, and to share your input, ideas, and possibilities. We’re honored to have our own WiseWomen coach, Nicole Zimmermann, to facilitate this planning. Want to get more involved? This is a great way to jump in. Please join us! 

Tentative Agenda:

11:30am-12pm   Intro, Outcome, and Expectations (Lunch included)
12-1:30pm           What is Kaizen – What’s Working / What’s Not Working
1:30-3pm             Current State Assessment and Future Desired State Definition
3-4:30pm             How are we closing gaps between current and future state?
4:30-5pm             Wrap Up and Next Steps
After 5pm            Happy Hour (not included in ticket price)


Upcoming Dine Arounds

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October Dine Around Hosted by Kim Carver on October 12 from 6pm to 8:30pm

November Dine Around Hosted by Eleanor Allen on November 30 from 6pm to 9pm

Interested in hosting a Dine Around in the future? Email cohort leads Julie Tschida Brown or Maggie Drucker

Upcoming WiseWomen Gatherings and Activities

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CTLF WiseWomen Wine Around and Behind-the-Curtain Tour on October 4 from 4:30pm to 11pm

CTLF WiseWomen Sharing Your “Favorite Things” on November 2 from 5pm to 8pm

CTLF WiseWomen Operational Planning Session on December 1 from 11:30am to 5pm

CTLF WiseWomen Holiday High Tea on December 7 from 5pm to 7:00pm

Have a good idea for a social event? Email cohort leads Julie Tschida Brown or Maggie Drucker

Upcoming CTLF Events

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24th Annual CTLF CEO Forum on October 3 from 8am to 11:30am

A Taste of CTLF Open House hosted by Lindy on October 20 from 9am to 10:30am on Zoom

CTLF HEART for the Holidays on November 16 from 3:30pm to 7pm

Know someone who would be great in WiseWomen?

Fill out a rubric here and register your guest for one of our upcoming virtual coffees below! These are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month on Zoom.  

October Virtual Coffee

November Virtual Coffee

*NEW* CTLF WiseWomen Roster

An updated membership roster will be published monthly in the Member Hub.

Final Month to Bring on the Bling!

Bring donations to a WiseWomen event through the end of October or use the drop-off box in the lobby of Maggie’s office in the DTC.  6312 S Fiddler’s Green Circle, East Tower, Suite 300E

Shop Threads Worldwide online! 

CTLF WiseWomen Sharing Your "Favorite Things"

November 2nd | 5:00pm – 8:00pm | Denver Vectra Bank Corporate Headquarters

Wrapping up 2023…come and share some cheer and something you love. Bring a wrapped “Favorite Thing” without your identity for a gift exchange game. It can be anything that is one of YOUR favorite things! A book, wine, earrings, kitchen gadget, candles, make-up, pair of wine glasses, snack…something you find joy in. We’ll draw for numbers to start the fun. Maximum gift value of $25, please.

Contact Janet Lowe with any questions at janet.lowe@vectrabank.com.


CTLF WiseWomen Holiday High Tea

Registration Now Open!

December 7th | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Lumber Baron Inn & Gardens 

 Please join us for our WiseWomen signature event — Holiday High Tea! 

For our second year, this event will take place in the historic Lumbar Baron Inn. We will have exclusive access to the top floor ballroom for our group. Kick off the holiday season and enjoy scrumptious sandwiches, sweets and of course a varied tea selection. Gluten free options are available. There will also be a cash bar for those interested.  

We have expanded availability for this event as we always sell out and have a waitlist – REGISTER NOW to secure your participation!

Doors open 4:30pm 

Questions? Contact Julie Tschida Brown.

Updates & Resources

CTLF Women's Personal Development Forum Openings

CTLF have several open spots in our Women’s Personal Development Forum Tuesday group and Friday group.

Please contact CTLF if you are interested in learning more.

Who do I contact at CTLF?

Who do I contact at CTLF and for what?

  • Community newsletters, emails about CTLF events, billing: engage@ctlf.org
  • General CTLF information and replies outside of billing: info@ctlf.org
  • Xan Pearson, CEO & President: xanp@ctlf.org
  • Leslie Townsend: lesliet@ctlf.org
    • WiseWomen program management lead
    • Primary contact for Advisory Board, Social, Board, and Leadership/Retreat cohorts
  • Lindy Lieg: lindyl@ctlf.org
    • Member care and customer service for individual WiseWomen members
    • Primary Ambassador cohort contact for new member services

Event registration cancellation policy

You must provide 1-week advance notice of your cancellation to Lindy Lieg at CTLF to receive a refund for most events unless otherwise indicated. For member-hosted events, cancellations under 1-week can only be refunded if the host fills the spot and the replacement registration is received by CTLF. Events like the retreat include custom cancellation dates that require more advance notice. The event cancellation information can be found in the event description on the registration page. 

Dine Around Policy

We are growing! WiseWomen has welcomed 20 new members so far in 2023 and we couldn’t be more excited! 

With growth comes new challenges and something we have heard about for last year is the difficulty new members have engaging in activities like our dine arounds. So, the Ambassador and Social cohorts got together to create a solution. 

Starting with our July events and forward, we will be reserving 10-15% of spots at our events for new members. A new member is defined as up to 1 year. This will be an honor system in which there will be 2 registration options – Members and New Members. 

  • New members should register first using the New Member ticket option, and when those spots are taken, may register using the Member ticket option 
  • Members may register only using the Member ticket option
        • Members will go on wait list when all Member spots are filled
        • At 2 weeks prior to the event, Members on the wait list may be offered any unfilled New Member spots

We will be monitoring this initiative to see if it helps our new members engage more effectively. And as always, if the popularity of certain events creates more demand, we will evaluate adding events accordingly.  

Questions? Contact Julie Tschida Brown or Maggie DruckerThank you for your collaboration! 


Member Hub

Don’t forget to use the Member Hub to find resources about WiseWomen. Click “Resources” from the left side navigation tabs.

Hillary Biskner has created some fantastic how-to guides for the Member Hub!

You can find them HERE and in the Resources tab in the Member Hub.

News & Congratulations!

WiseWomen Recognition

Lora Louise Brody joined the faulty of her alma mater, Colorado College as a visiting Executive In Residence professor, teaching in the department of Economics and Business.

Theresa Anuszewski was promoted to SVP Commercial Banking at Alpine Bank.

Michelle Barnes was named the Attorneys General “client/partner” of 2023.

Shannon Saviers has been recognized as a Cable TV Pioneer and will be inducted into the 57th class of honorees this fall.

Have any news or achievements to share?

Let us know if you or others in our WiseWomen community have special news! Email Lindy at lindyl@ctlf.org and we’ll include it in our next newsletter. 

Welcome to our newest WiseWomen!

Photo Gallery

If you have any event photos you’d like to share, please send them to Lindy.


WiseWomen Leadership


Hillary Biskner – Co-Chair 

Founder & Managing Partner, HBH Strategy

Kathy Lawless – Co-Chair

Owner & Chief Story Teller, Life Story Curator

2023 Cohort Leads

If you are interested in participating in any of the cohorts, let Lindy know at lindyl@ctlf.org!


Kim Carver & Nicole Zimmermann

Board Connection & Engagement Resources

Carolyn Paul & Komal Goyal

Retreat Cohort

Galina Leiphart & Pattie Money

Social & Community Connection

Julie Tschida Brown & Maggie Drucker