Boulder Chamber Announces 2016 Women Who Light the Community Honorees

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May 06, 2016


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Boulder, CO, UPDATED May 6, 2016

Boulder Chamber Announces 2016 Women Who Light the Community Honorees

Chamber to Honor Outstanding Women Business and Community Leaders at June 8 Event


The Boulder Chamber today announced the winners of its prestigious Women Who Light the Community awards, to be given at its June 8, 2016, signature event at the Lionsgate Events Center, presented by CordenPharma Colorado.  Held annually to recognize outstanding women business and community leaders, this year’s event will be hosted by former award-winner Jane Miller of, and Boulder’s own Rebecca Folsom will perform her music. In addition to the award ceremony and dinner, various Boulder County nonprofits will host exhibition booths.


“This event gives us the chance to celebrate outstanding women in our community and to recognize their many contributions and inspiring leadership,” stated John Tayer, President & CEO of the Boulder Chamber. “They’ve earned our admiration and demonstrated the importance of women leadership to our economy and community.”


This year’s honorees are:

  • Michelle Carpenter, Boulder High School. As  a high school educator, AP Spanish teacher and Adelante! Program Director, Michelle has envisioned, developed and implemented a variety of programs to help Latino students achieve and thrive. Her efforts in supporting and expanding opportunities for these students have helped dramatically increase their graduation rates (95 percent), decrease dropout rates, and garner scholarships and other assistance for higher education. She has proven to be an indispensable resource for students, their families, and the school district.

  • Vivian Dullien Ph.D, Dullien Associates. Business entrepreneur, biomedical inventor, innovator--Vivian has a number of firsts to her credit: First woman to take a clinical chemistry medical device product through the FDA, first woman chair of the UCAR Foundation, and one of the first women in Colorado to obtain venture capital in the 1990s. She mentors men and women locally, nationally and worldwide, helping them commercialize their inventions. An advisor to the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation through the Larta Institute, Vivian has worked to improve people’s individual well-being and the global climate. Through her work, she exemplifies Boulder’s renowned entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Melissa Hart, Professor of Law, University of Colorado School of Law. Professor Melissa Hart has worked tirelessly to increase the CU-Boulder law school’s pro-bono and public service work to underrepresented individuals. She has also helped provide outstanding educational opportunities to young people in public high schools and at CU, for example as director of CU’s Byron White Center for the Study of Constitutional Law.  Thanks to her leadership, CU students have contributed over 75,000 volunteer hours to the community since 2008.

  • LaVern Johnson, Town of Lyons.  LaVern’s long and rich career of community service is legendary. Trustee, historian, preservationist, promoter of parks and recreation,  champion for the environment and education, journalist...the list goes on. She has fought for a variety of causes and institutions, maintaining a welcoming attitude that encourages involvement. She has helped maintain Lyons school classrooms, fostered opportunities for young people, and launched a senior dance club.  LaVern was also instrumental in keeping a “can-do” attitude in the face of the 2013 flood that devastated the town.

  • Isabel McDevitt, Executive Director, Bridge House. As a leader of Boulder Bridge House, Isabel has initiated the innovative Ready-to-Work program, offering paid transitional employment and housing for 44 men and women. The first of its kind in this state, this program has become a model for other Colorado communities offering services to a number of community and local organizations, such as food service to Naropa University and the recent University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs.

  • Greta Cain, Boulder High School Junior, Emerging Young Leader Award. Greta has already accomplished much as a young member of the Boulder community. She is VP of fundraising for the Future Business Leaders of America Club and coordinator and trainer for the Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA). For the Future Business Leaders club, she has raised money to send 125 students to district and state events. At EFAA, she conducts volunteer training, helped develop a database, and planned charitable events. With her tireless energy, Greta also mentors new high school students, is Co-President of the Fashion Club, and interns with the CU-Boulder library.

This year’s presenting sponsor is CordenPharma. Additional sponsors include Savory Cuisines catering and Ramblin Jackson digital marketing and video production (Gold Level); City of Boulder, Elevations Credit Union, Premier Members Credit Union, the University of Colorado Boulder, Hazel’s Beverage World, the Daily Camera, and BizWest (Silver Level); Kaiser Permanente Baseline Medical Offices, Naropa University, and Wells Fargo (Bronze Level); All Events Tent & Party Rentals, Lionsgate Event Centers, Print Experts, and Ryan Trupp Photography (Member Sponsors).

About Women Who Light the Community


For over two decades, the Boulder Chamber’s Women Who Light the Community has honored local women who have made significant contributions through innovation and a committed effort to address meaningful business or community needs, locally, regionally, nationally, or globally. This year’s event, to be held June 8, 2016, at the Lionsgate Events Center, will feature pre-event networking; the awards and accomplishments of the honorees presented during dinner; and a post-award networking reception.   To find out more about the event and to register, please visit .


For questions about the nomination process, please contact Jane Lewis at or call 303-938-2070

About the Boulder Chamber


The nonprofit Boulder Chamber is the region’s flagship business advocacy and support organization. With more than 110 years of dedicated service to our members and the Boulder community, the Boulder Chamber’s innovative programs help local businesses succeed while sustaining an economy that preserves Boulder’s high quality of life, including its environmental and cultural assets. Together with its member businesses, the Boulder Chamber is building a smarter, more vibrant economy – sustaining Boulder’s position as a global capital of innovation and a thriving center of economic vitality. For more information, visit the Chamber’s Website at .