Join our Circle of Inspiration!
An intimate gathering of wildly successful extraordinary women connecting in meaning, purpose and shared support. Join our inspiring circle of conversation, as we explore stories of courage, success and living with intention. You’ll say yes to you, yes to connection, yes to living an inspiring life!
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- September 19
Circle of Inspiration Facilitators
I’m always so honored by the amazing extraordinary women who say YES to leading our circles of inspiration and insight! I’m thrilled to announce our Circle of Inspiration Facilitators for April! I can’t wait to hear the stories and wisdom these two extraordinary women have to share!
- Karen Hertz, Founder and Chief Brewista of Holidaily Brewing Company recently named to the DBJ Top 40 Under 40 List
- Shawn DeBerry Johnson, Senior Advisor of Community Affairs for Mayor Michael B. Hancock
Karen was recently recognized in the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List and is the founder of Holidaily Brewing Company. I can’t wait to hear about her inspiring story that led to her founding Holidaily Brewery. She is a two-time cancer survivor and adopted a gluten-free diet for health reasons. This former Coors exec also loves beer, and set out to make a delicious gluten-free beer that I have recently discovered I love, myself! We’ll be sampling the goods, a gluten-free microbrew that our Chief Brewista developed!
Shawn is make-it-happen community activist whose list of causes she’s worked on over her lifetime is impressive and inspiring. Amongst her many callings, she is currently serving in an appointed position, as Senior Advisor of Community Affairs for Mayor Michael B. Hancock. Take a look at her bio below – her calling card is all about passionately improving the quality of life for the community and the world.
I love stories of go-getter women following their dreams and helping women, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have these two extraordinary women join us!
Who Attends: Extraordinary women leaders interested in connecting with other wildly successful professionals in real conversations and story! This is an invitation only event for Women Executives, Business Leaders and Professionals. Our attendees are movers and shakers in the Denver executive women market. We’ve had representation from the DBJ’s most influential women list, and senior executive woman in some of the Denver area’s largest companies. This event sells out, so sign up early!
What we do: We will start with cocktails, appetizers and great conversations. Then we move into inspiring circle of conversation around topics that matter. You will share stories of courage, success and living with intention with other women executives, led by our circle of inspiration facilitators!
How often is this held: This extraordinary gala is held three times per year in January, April and September!
What the wildly successful women say about Extraordinary Women Connect!
“I enjoyed the event last night….. Such amazing women and great questions to ponder and discuss!”
“It was so inspiring to hear all the women’s stories that they shared so eloquently!”
“It was really an amazing evening. Bravo on bringing so many amazing women together and connecting us all. And the venue was magical!”
“A first class, one of a kind event! I was looking forward to the event since you announced it, but had no idea the level of deep interaction and thought provoking ideas that I came away with. My batteries were fully charged by the time the evening was over with and it’s just want I needed!”
“It was warm and authentic, the table topics were just right, the facilitators were great, and the company was wonderful. And the food was so good, and so thoughtfully crafted into the evening’s activities.”
“Thank you for a wonderful evening! I had no idea what the event would include and was pleasantly surprised at the energy, sharing and networking that occurred. It was also a great opportunity for me to reflect on my current life, where I spend my time and how I can best create more space in my life to accomplish the things I have much passion about and need for in my life. I called a close friend and told her all about the event on the way home. Then, spent a half hour telling my husband. He said, “You sound like you just spent an evening with your best friends!” Great energy.”
Cost: $65 In keeping with our mission of intimate connection between corporate executive women, a limited number of tickets will be sold. And yes, this event sells out – so Register now!
This event is a part of the Extraordinary Women Connect series created by Kami Guildner, Life and Leadership Empowerment Coach at Syzygy Coaching. For more information and to receive updates regular updates about similar events click here. The mission of these events is to connect great women to great women!
Circle of Inspiration Facilitator Bios:
Karen W. Hertz is the Founder of Holidaily Brewing Company in Golden, Colorado. A proud Colorado native, Hertz earned an MBA at the University of Colorado and spent 10+ years in beer distribution and logistics. As a two-time cancer survivor, part of her treatment was to eliminate gluten from her diet. She is a beer lover who has been gluten-free for over 5 years and in 2016 opened Colorado’s first 100% dedicated gluten-free brewery. Karen recently won Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award for contributions in business and the community. When not at the brewery, she spends her time with her husband and twin daughters.
Hertz also is a leader in the non-profit world, currently chairing the board of the Denver Harlequin Wheelchair Rugby Team and being a major fundraiser for the Buffs4Life Foundation that supports CU athlete alumni.
Karen believes that being a good leader means communicating well and being persistent. “Involvement is very important, whether it’s taking advantage of opportunities that come to you or going to find them,” Hertz said in her recent Denver Busienss Journal interview.
When not at the brewery, she spends her time with her husband and twin daughters.
L. Shawn DeBerry Johnson spent her childhood in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Shortly after high school while continuing a professional modeling career, Shawn entered the United States Army where she served as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and was honorably discharged in 1988. Embracing the Mile High City, Shawn has lived and served in Colorado for over 32 years.
Shawn is a certified TOT (trainer of trainers) and a licensed and ordained minister, she majored in Christian Leadership and Business Administration at Colorado Christian University.
A woman of integrity, excellence and tenacity, Shawn is very passionate about the mission and vision for improved quality of life for the community and the world. Shawn’s early career in Denver was in media with local channels 4,7, 9 and cable, both on air and behind the camera. Her passion and civil service is reflected in the various work and collaborative efforts on social and political issues concerning the overall well being of our most vulnerable citizens in Colorado and beyond.
Among her service, she served as Diversity Councilwoman for Kaiser Permanente’ and Community Coordinator for former Mayor Hickenlooper’s Faith Initiative and 10 Year Plan to end homelessness; a collaborative effort with the Denver Rescue Mission, the Denver Leadership Foundation, the Mayor’s Clergy Council, the Governor’s Clergy Council and Denver’s Road Home. She has been invited to present motivational lectures to high school students, participate in both youth and adult mentoring groups, serve as a Community Leader and Facilitator for the Annual EspeciallyMe Conference for African American teen girls and spent several years serving local pastors by covering their pulpits while they were on sabbatical or R&R. She is also the founder and servant leader of Pool of Bethesda Outreach Ministries (an outreach to the homeless and disenfranchised). And currently serves in an appointed position, as Senior Advisor of Community Affairs for Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
Shawn is the recipient of numerous commendations, appointments and recognitions. A 2010 recipient of The Kaleidoscope Project’s African American Leadership Award, a 2011 Nominee for the Women of Hope Award, a 2015 recognition awardee by Denver’s Road Home and a 2017 graduate of the Denver Leadership Circle. Shawn has and currently serves on several boards and commissions, including Tumaini Ministries (an Orphanage in Kenya), the Commission on Homelessness (an appointment by Governor John Hickenlooper), appointed commissioner for Denver Human Services, Denver Exploratory Committee in partnership with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, and The Street Psalms Leadership Group with Mile High Ministries.
Shawn and her husband, Lt Col Audrey H. Johnson (Ret), also an ordained minister, are the proud parents of four adult children and live in Denver, Colorado.
Thank you to our Sponsor!
Thank you to Holidaily Brewing who will be providing beer tastings for our April event!