2022 Denver Women in Leadership Symposium
April 01, 2022
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (MT)
Paragon of Womanhood: Restoration, Reintegration, and Reemergence
This year’s symposium will explore the ways women can reintegrate, restore and reemerge. With a renewed drive and focus on redefining womanhood, women are adapting and becoming flexible to changing tides in work structure, pay equity and interpersonal relationships. As we embark on two decades of progress, the Women in Leadership Symposium highlights the legacy of excellence and advocacy for women’s equality in workplaces and communities.
Deboleena Bose is Chief Human Resources Officer for CoBank, where she works with the board and executive team to design and implement human capital initiatives, including talent acquisition and retention strategies, compensation and payroll, employee benefits and learning, and leadership and organizational development initiatives, including human equity and engagement. Ms. Bose is a member of CoBank’s Management Executive Committee, and supports the board’s Compensation and Human Resources committee. Ms. Bose has amassed more than two decades of human resources experience at leading multinational corporations, including 21 years in various positions with General Electric with six years leading HR for the global onshore wind business of GE’s renewable energy portfolio. Since 2018, she has served as vice president of human resources for Michigan-based Whirlpool Corporation, overseeing all aspects of HR for its $11 billion North America appliance business. Ms. Bose earned a bachelor’s degree from Jadavpur University and an MBA from the Xavier Institute of Social Service, both in India.
Monique Sendze is the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the California State University, Chico. Dr. Sendze has over 23 years of experience leading technology initiatives in state and local government, and higher education having served as Director of Information Technology, Director of Technology Strategy, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. Dr. Sendze was recently the Colorado School of Mines' Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy Chief Operating Officer. As the VP/CIO at CSU-Chico, Dr. Sendze oversees the university's central information technology unit, which is responsible for academic, administrative, and research technology services and support. She provides strategic vision and leadership as the University moves toward a more centralized, risk-focused, and equitable IT operation, as well as develop policy and prioritization of resources in the rapidly changing information technology environment via her leadership, while also fostering the development of innovative, agile, and adaptable solutions for learning, teaching, research, and data-driven decision making. Dr. Sendze earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University with a concentration on Organizational Development. Sendze is passionate about developing information technology organizations that maximize the productivity and customer focus of resources and people in support of education, research, and administrative services. Apart from her technical leadership responsibilities, Sendze leads efforts around organization change, culture development, leadership development, talent management, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
Jenny Sobania is Vice President of Partner Delivery, Platform Products for Western Union where she leads a cross-functional team to offer our Platform-as-a-Service for global remittances to 3rd party partners. Jenny has worked at Western Union for over 10 years building new product offerings for an account payout service providing customers an alternative to cash that includes payouts to banks, mobile wallets, and cards. Jenny's success is founded on building high-performing teams focused on process improvement, empowerment, and clear, measurable objectives. Prior to Western Union, Jenny worked in consulting at Slalom Consulting and Accenture. Jenny earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a focus in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis.
Vandi has over 20 years of executive HR experience that spans over 7 industries from start-ups to Fortune 500's with a single focus, competitively positioning people and culture, FIRST. She has co-created award-winning hybrid workplaces by translating strategy into strategic workforce plans that deliver YoY human value and unite the employee & customer experience. She currently serves as the Director of HR for EW Scripps supporting seven news stations across Montana. Prior to joining the news industry, Vandi served on the Board of Directors for the National Diversity Council. From 2012-2017 she was Vice President of Talent Services at Texas Dow Employee Credit union. Prior to that, she was the Director of Human Resources at Futron Corporation, a prime NASA contractor where she led the workforce plan to support the NASA retirement of the Shuttle program. Vandi enjoys family movie & game night, hiking, writing, reading, Gallup strengths coaching, and advancing gender equality in the living room, break room to the board room.
Danielle Shoots is the Managing Partner and Managing Director of the New Community Transformation fund – Denver, an equity venture capital fund for BIPOC founders and the President and CEO of Wealth Equity Enterprises, a holdings company that owns several businesses that support the mission of building BIPOC wealth and leadership. Born and raised in Colorado, Danielle is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver, where she earned a degree in Business Administration. At the age of 26, Danielle embarked on her executive leadership path ascending to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. After the state, Danielle served as the Vice President of Finance and Business Operations for the West Division of Comcast, managing a billion-dollar capital portfolio, strategic FP&A, Mergers and Acquisitions, and a team of sixty employees located in seven states. Most recently Danielle was the Chief Financial Officer for the Colorado Trust where she grew the foundation’s endowment from $430 million to nearly $600 million, reduced cash on hand to a recurring 1% while still operating the foundation. She also launched a direct investment portfolio across the State making investments in local media companies, real estate and housing and small businesses and leveraging the endowments’ balance sheet for creative bridge financing across multiple sectors and industries. Danielle’s passion for people and leadership, distinguished business acumen and tenacious work ethic have garnered her numerous accolades, including inclusion on the prestigious 2019 list of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business from the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, The 2020 Emerging Leader in Philanthropy from ABFE, The 2018 Woman of the Year Award for her work with youth in the community, and a recipient of the 2017 Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. Danielle is a passionate community member and serves as a trustee for the Women’s Foundation, a mayoral appointed board member for the Prosper Denver Fund and the chief economic equity advisor to State Senator, James Coleman and State Representative, Leslie Harod.
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