Hi Cool Women –
I’m excited to be back as the leader of this awesome organization. It was 2007 when Margaret Burd and I had the idea to invite some of the coolest women we knew to Magpie for wine and sushi. Since then, we’ve changed our name from Coolest Women We Know in IT to the Coolest Women we Know in Technology. We’re so excited to see our members coming from a wide range of technology companies and want to reflect this fabulous new shift. We’re working to rebuild our community of women supporting women in the Denver metro area. It’s still amazingly isolating to be a leader in technology and business, but we’re so excited to offer an opportunity to our members to be a part of this amazing group of women.
We know that many of our membership travels and that cool women are busy women, but the monthly networking members are never the same without you there. They are on the 3rd Wednesday or Thursday of each month. Check out the calendar on the website and save the date for these monthly meetings.
Our current goal is to build the corporate membership of the organization. We only achieve this with your help. If you know a fabulously cool director or above woman working in a technology company, please invite her to be your guest at an upcoming meeting. If you can’t be there, just let me know and I’ll personally introduce her around at the meeting.
Profit Matters has continued to grow. We’re supporting some innovative women entrepreneurs at our monthly events. Thanks to Liz Coker who takes the lead in organizing these events. If you know of a female entrepreneur, please connect us so we can talk to her about being one of our upcoming Profit Matters speakers.
Thank you to each of you who continue to make CWWK such a memorable part of our Denver business community. So excited for the future!!!
Wendy Hall Bohling
Board Member, Co-founderWendy Bohling is an author, speaker and trainer who inspires women to excel in business by embracing the very things they’ve been hiding – things that could be their greatest strengths. She found early career success in the technical world at Bell Labs, but for Wendy, the opportunity to move to sales, with her outgoing personality, Southern charm, and gift of storytelling – was like coming home. With 30 years of proven results in engineering and corporate sales in the telecom and healthcare industries, Wendy now embraces her whole self, including her “sass” and versatility, to help women leap to their next level of greatness. She insists, and excels at demonstrating, that by working together we can increase the number of women executives and eliminate the gender wage gap. Wendy has a passion and gift for helping companies attract and retain great female talent.
Jamie Adler has successfully combined business and technology for over 25 years as an entrepreneur, management consultant and business executive in tech and telecom. She has founded her own venture-backed start-ups, managed new product development at a Fortune 500 company, and enabled growth at businesses in-between these two stages. Her proven ability to discover opportunities, communicate ideas, lead teams, and utilize new technology to its greatest advantage have made her invaluable to organizations transforming vision into reality.
In 2015 she turned her passion for her extracurricular activities into her "day job" when she joined the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) as the Executive Director of the “Aspirations in Computing” Program. Now she serves both the business community and girls & young women across the U.S. by building and growing programs that ignite girls’ interest in computing and developing their career interests and opportunities in order to fill the Tech “talent pipeline” with females.
Previously, Jamie founded, funded and grew Adventure Central into the leading provider of distribution for the adventure travel industry. She spent years in telecom as a corporate “intrepreneur” in Internet Product Development within Qwest Communications and IntelePeer. She has been exposed to a diverse set of industries and responsibilities while working in small and large consulting companies, including Deloitte Consulting.
Jamie received her M.B.A. from The Anderson School at UCLA and received a B.A. degree in Sociology from UCLA as well. Today she seeks adventureoutdoors whenever possible, and indoors by encouraging, advising and guiding other women to success on their entrepreneurial journey.
Barbara Bauer is an experienced executive who has successfully led small start-up companies and large international organizations. She is currently Executive Office, Myanmar for the Partnership for Change Foundation. This foundation supports social innovation projects in Myanmar. Prior to this position, Barbara was a Princeton in Asia Senior Fellow, working in Myanmar and Thailand on projects supporting education and vocational opportunities for Myanmar refugees. She is also President of GlobalSight Partners, an international management consulting organization, and of Silk and Stones Travel, a boutique travel company specializing in custom designed trips to Myanmar and other Southeast Asia countries. Barbara also led the innovative center for women entrepreneurs at the University of Denver. During her career she held executive positions at Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, US West, Raynet, and Bell Laboratories. Her academic credentials include a B.S. and M.S. in Physics, and the Stanford Summer Executive Program.
Throughout her career, Barbara has been a recognized leader in business development, innovation, and global leadership. She has been a speaker and panel moderator at three Asia Pacific Economic Coalition Women’s Leadership Networks. She was an invited speaker at the 2007 WWC Conference in Seoul, Korea. In 2005, Barbara was inducted into the international Women In Technology International Hall of Fame. In 2007 she was awarded the Colorado Software Industry Association’s Technology Supporter of the Year. She has served on Executive Advisory Boards for the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Science at St. Louis University, and The Women’s College at the University of Denver.
In addition to her Board role at CWWK, Barbara is on the Board of Directors for Teachers Across Borders (TAB), the Colorado Coalition for Girls in IT (CCGIT), and the Advisory Board of TACtile, a textile and fiber arts gallery in Colorado, She was a member of the University of Denver Strategic Issues Panel on Immigration in 2009, She is a Charter Member of TiE Rockies, the organization supporting entrepreneurs in the Rocky Mountain region.
Margaret A. Burd
Board Member, Co-founder
Margaret Burd is a recognized leader in building and growing organizations that are constantly improving, acquiring skills, and implementing new and best-in-class development practices. Ms. Burd founded and is the former President & CEO of Magpie Software, a software development services company.
She was previously Director of Engineering at Lucent Technologies Bell Labs, leading development for mobile internet and other telecommunications applications. She was responsible for managing customer contracts and relationships while running an organization with an $18M annual budget, up to 100 people at multiple (including international) sites, and as many as 10 simultaneous projects. Earlier Margaret gained over 15 years of experience in software development at AT&T and Lucent Bell Laboratories as a developer, project manager, and technical manager. While at Bell Labs she was an inventor on two patents.
She has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Missouri State University.
Liz Coker is a 30+ year veteran of high-tech marketing, sales, operations, and management with deep knowledge in the areas of go-to-market channels, privacy, and the mobile Web. She is the COO of 5o9 Inc. (dba 3PHealth) where she is working to help make healthcare more accessible and affordable. Prior to co-founding 3PHealth, Liz spent eight years helping early stage technology businesses develop and execute their go-to-market strategies in her roles as President of Aspenwood Consulting, and Vice President of Marketing and Consulting Services for Tactical Marketing Ventures. While at the distributor, Access Graphics, Liz led a $250 million products division, regularly exceeding GP and net income goals. She successfully brought to market and managed the market-leading Jumbo product line for Hewlett-Packard’s CMS division, and served in national account sales, operations, and marketing roles during her 10-year tenure with distributor Merisel, where she launched hundreds of technology products and companies into the channel, including, Intuit, Toshiba, Lotus, Compaq and Microsoft.
Liz has been actively involved with CWWK for eight years – focusing her attention towards the Opportunity Knocks jobs and Profit Matters entrepreneurship programs. She currently serves as the Inclusivity co-chair for Prime Health Colorado and working on the state’s health innovation roadmap project. She is also active in the CU Boulder Professional Mentorship Program and Silicon Flatirons organizations, and has worked with The Leadership Investment, The Women’s Council (CU/Deming Center), and was a delegate for the 2013 Biennial of the Americas. Liz has 4 patents to her credit, and is a data privacy advocate and speaker.
Throughout her career Renata has led large software engineering and multidisciplinary teams through the lifecycle for products and services in the telecommunications and networking industries. She has mentored and coached many leaders and engineers in career advancement nationwide and matured programs into major company initiatives.
Renata is most proud of her ability to create effective organizations built on teamwork, loyalty, respect, motivation, and consistently delivering on aggressive goals. The teams she has led work on highly complex technical projects spread across multiple work locations, with an emphasis in communications, data center and storage technologies. She is the inventor on two patents and one of the earliest members of CWWK.
Outside of work, she enjoys anything with her daughters, traveling, skiing, yoga, volunteering for Children’s Hospital, National Disabled Sports Program at Winter Park and Chautauqua Concerts and films in the summer. She is an active member of NCWIT Work Force Alliance and the Affinity Group Alliance. Renata is also one of the founding members of CWWK.