2023 Denver Women in Leadership Symposium
March 30, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MT)
Rising in Resilience: Achieving Empowerment through Advancement & Adaptability
Cristal DeHerrera is the Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff at Denver International Airport (DEN), one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market and the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado. Cristal manages the airport’s External Affairs business unit where she leads the development of the airport’s strategies, policies and plans related to legislative and regulatory activities at the local, state and federal level. She also leads the culture and strategy initiatives within DEN as well as the airport’s efforts to increase the opportunity and capacity of the certified business community through contracting opportunities and educational programs via the DEN Commerce Hub. Cristal oversees the airport’s two largest projects - the Great Hall Project and the Concourse Expansion Program, which adds 39 new gates. Prior to joining DEN in 2018, Cristal served for 4 years as the Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of Denver. In the City Attorney’s Office, she managed the day-to-day operations of more than 200 attorneys and staff in one of the largest public law offices in the western United States. There she led Denver’s development of the governance structure and formation of the National Western Center Authority which will manage, operate and maintain a year-round urban hub for food and ag discovery in the heart of the American West. Cristal also led Mayor Hancock’s efforts to partner with the Denver City Council on the Public Safety Priority Enforcement Act which promoted public safety through community trust and limited Denver’s role in federal immigration enforcement. Cristal also led the development of Denver’s Immigrant Legal Defense Fund. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, Cristal was a Shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where her practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, public and private securities offerings, capital formation and securities advice. Cristal holds a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and received her undergraduate degree in political studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. The Colorado Hispanic Bar Association honored Cristal with the Christopher A. Miranda Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award. In addition, she received the Denver Bar Association’s Richard Marden Davis Award for leadership in Denver’s civic, cultural, educational and charitable activities. She was recognized by the Colorado Women’s Bar Association and was honored with the Raising the Bar Award, Women to Watch: 5 Female Attorneys Who Will Make an Impact over the Next 10 Years. She also received the Denver Business Journal’s 40 under 40 award. Cristal and her husband Jerome are parents to three children and spend their downtime on their family ranch in Southern Colorado.
Renea Morris, M.Ed., APR, Fellow PRSA Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications, University of Denver Renea Morris leads the strategy for enhancing DU’s reputation. In addition to leading a brand refresh, which included the transition to a single brand mark, she overhauled the web and established DU’s first central marketing campaign, “For the Difference.” Previously, as CMO at Ohio University, she extended an existing brand initiative to support a fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by $50M. She created the marketing campaign, “Ohio University: it’s you,” to increase awareness and enrollment at its residential campus, medical school, and five regional campuses. The university experienced historical highs in applications, enrollment, and class quality for seven straight years. The campaign won two Emmy nominations, a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence and other industry awards. While there, Morris endowed a scholarship to honor her father-in-law and grandfather, veterans, who didn’t attend college. Including 12 years of higher education leadership, Morris has 20 years+ of marketing and communications experience, managing teams as large as 50 in corporate and non-profit organizations. As co-founder of a non-profit created to develop jobs after the Rodney King riots, Morris worked with area employers to secure employment for 1,000 youths the first year and published a magazine, distributing 50,000 copies weekly in the riot’s hardest hit communities. Her efforts inspired the governor to establish a commission supporting President Clinton’s National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 (now AmeriCorps). This legacy, now CaliforniaVolunteers, continues today. Morris is a longstanding PRSA member and was inducted into the College of Fellows in 2021, considered the gold standard for PR professionals. Morris serves on the executive committee of the Counselors to Higher Education, comprised of nearly 600 communications professionals serving higher education institutions and is the 2023 Chair. Morris earned her M.Ed. from Ohio University, a B.A. in communications from the University of Illinois and a certificate in public relations from UCLA.
Nadia currently serves as the SVP, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Pacific Western Bank where she leads the Bank’s comprehensive strategy on DEI. She collaborates with business functions to design and manage the execution of sustainable DEI programs and initiatives aligned with the Bank’s business growth strategies. Nadia strives to create a climate of inclusion, respect, and engagement to leverage DEI and further organizational success. She is committed to building an inclusive workplace for every employee affiliated with the Bank. Nadia brings over 20 years of experience in developing and executing DEI strategic interventions across national and international organizations. Her philosophy of work is to do what she loves, to align her purpose with her passion, and to surround herself with a talented and passionate team committed to promoting and fostering equity and inclusion. Nadia’s career highlights include serving as Commissioner on Middle-East American Affairs for Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley. She was also honored in 2005 by Johns Hopkins University with their Diversity Award. Nadia holds degrees in Economics and Health Care Administration from the University of South Dakota and has received certification in Intercultural Foundations. Nadia lives in Lafayette, Colorado with her husband and her 8-year old son.
Christi Segal has over twenty years in higher education and is currently the Vice President of Business Development for Ellucian. She is responsible for executive engagement and business development across the entire portfolio of Ellucian solutions and services. She has spent the past 18 years working with Ellucian customers as a strategic consultant and sales and strategy leader. She has facilitated and written College Information Technology Strategic Plans, communication plans, executive briefings, teambuilding, workplace styles workshops, market assessments for new and existing online programs, Business Process Analysis and Redesign Services and Grant Development and Information Technology Management Services. Christi started the Grants Services for Ellucian. These services for clients include: identification of appropriate funding opportunities aligned with strategic initiatives, the development and submittal of competitive proposals and post award management and compliance. She has personally assisted institutions in obtaining over $30 million dollars through grants and to date the Ellucian Grant Services has brought in over $200 million in grant funding for our institutions. Prior to working for education technology company, Christi worked in professional theatre, advertising, marketing and higher education.
Chief Human Resource Officer, Ingenovis Health Denise Triba brings more than 20 years of experience in human resources to Ingenovis Health. She has extensive experience leading large organizations to new levels of success through talent management, training and development, HR systems implementation and employee relations. Triba has held various executive positions within well-respected healthcare and financial services organizations, including InnovAge, Centura Health, CSG Systems, First Data Resources and more. Triba's leadership brings together the organization's values, culture, and goals and sets a gold standard by which Ingenovis Health brands conduct daily operations. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business from Creighton University and a Master's in Education, Organizational Communication and Change from Colorado State University.
Alexandra Lewis is an Emmy-award winning Anchor at 9NEWS in Denver, CO. Alex’s 15-year career as a broadcast journalist has taken her to newsrooms across the country. From covering hurricanes in Louisiana and Texas, to historic elections in Washington, and investigating law enforcement in Ohio - Alex’s career has challenged her at every turn. Outside of news, Alex has used her skill set in unique ways - creating educational programming for NASA’s Johnson Space Center and producing and hosting an award-wining national documentary with PBS on domestic violence. Among the many hats she’s worn throughout her eclectic career, Alex’s favorite role is Mom to her two-year old daughter Ava.
Ann-Christine Nyquist MD, MSPH Dr. Nyquist serves as Chief Safety and Epidemiology Officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics in Infectious Disease and Epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with a secondary appointment at the Colorado School of Public Health section of Community and Behavioral Health. Previously, Dr. Nyquist served as the inaugural Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has held multiple national leadership roles within the Association of American Medical Colleges Diversity and Inclusion programs and served as a fellow with the Hedwig von Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program for Women. In her more than 30 years of practicing as a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children’s Colorado, Dr. Nyquist has been a passionate champion for her women colleagues, offering supportive mentoring and expert guidance at various levels of the organization. She has also been recognized by her peers as a 5280 Magazine and Colorado Parent “Top Doctor” and has repeatedly been elected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America. Dr. Nyquist has authored more than 180 peer reviewed, published articles, book chapters, and other scholarly works. Her research interests include healthcare epidemiology and infection control, quality and safety, health equity and pediatric infectious diseases.
In partnership with Dress for Success Denver, we are encouraging all attendees to donate new or nearly-new women’s purses, jewelry, and brand-new personal items (cosmetics/cosmetic bags, etc.) to help get more women back to work to help women secure, retain, and develop their professional careers.
Drop off will be at the event on March 30 at
The Curtis Hotel
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