Women in Project Managment Leadership Summit 2023

Business Acumen

PMI Mile Hi is proud to host the 8th Annual Women in Project Management Leadership Summit!

Let's explore "The Power of ..."

We all have superpowers and need to use them professionally and personally!  This event will be packed with great information on developing, fine tuning and exploring your POWER OF...

Women, men, experienced Project Managers or those just starting out, YOU are all welcome and encouraged to attend and experience these inspirational messages and lessons from our outstanding speakers.

This is an in-person event, including three amazing speakers, an "interactive" session, and a "Power of Panel Discussion" earning 5 PDUs, plus generous sponsors and exhibitors, prize drawings, delicious lunch, happy hour, photo booth, and access to speaker presentations ALL INCLUDED!

Check-in starts at 7:30 am and includes a light breakfast. We will offer beverages throughout the day; a gourmet buffet lunch with many options including desserts! We will end the day with a hosted happy hour with a variety of appetizers to keep the networking happening! You will also enjoy a fun photo booth to take pics of you and your new "allies". 

We will have prize drawings throughout the day and the option to purchase autographed books from our speakers.


Three Keynote Speakers, an "Interactive" session, and Panel discussion for a total of FIVE PDUS!

Ways of Working 1.5;   Business Acumen 2;   Power Skills 1.5


Morning Keynote:

The Power of Connecting & Communicating like a Superhero with author Elizabeth Duncan Hawker: Her international bestseller Collecting True Friends, provides busy men and women the practical strategies to cultivate quality relationships everywhere they go. Elizabeth will demonstrate how learning better communication techniques can resonate with everyone you engage with (Employees, Leaders, Customers, Team Members, Co-workers, Family, and Friends. We will learn how mastering the art to connect well with others can make you favorably stand out, advance your career, and help in social situations.  



Elizabeth is an award-winning speaker and bestselling author and has trained thousands of professionals to increase sales, referrals, and collaborations. Her trainings update employees' social skills, improves the customer experience, helps employers retain top talent, and returns joy to the workplace.

Interactive Session:

Ladies, now it’s time to make yourself even more Memorable!  

This is where the magic happens... in this interactive session, our Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth, guides our attendees to apply the tools learned in her Power of Connecting presentation into action. You’ll get the chance to have some fun practicing the tips and tricks of connecting well with others in a safe place. 

We even give you access afterward to our Photo Booth to capture the memory and celebrate your new-found allies & friends! 


So, what’s the payoff to practicing? After you’ve experienced the approaches, you can make allies and connections easier. Just think how fabulous it would feel to be the “go-to” PM at work for that project you’ve been wanting! 

Afternoon Keynote:

The Dirt on Grit with Comedian & Motivational Speaker Stacy Pederson- This session is designed to help leaders develop “grit”.  Some key components of grit may come as a huge surprise. Stacy shares tips and perspectives on what “grit” is, how to model it as a leader, and ultimately create a culture that helps foster it in your organization. Leaders will walk away with perspective on what grit is, actionable steps to take for their own personal and professional lives, as well as a strategic plan for developing grit within their own organization and teams.


Stacy is an award-winning actress, comedian, and speaker whose life was a perpetual mess. After experiencing failure in every area of her life-including “almost dying a bunch”-Stacy made a choice to reinvent her life one painful step at a time. Stacy has performed in front of thousands offering fun yet practical advice on improving their quality of life by overcoming stress, innovation, and living a life that matters.

Closing Keynote:

The Power of Purpose: Using your WHY to Rise as a Leader with Dale Wilsher: Running around, trying to perform and please, keeps you from communicating authentically, acting intentionally, and choosing with integrity. It’s not enough to know what you do, who you serve, or where you are going, in order to rise above the opinions of others and bravely offers your highest contribution, you must leverage the power of your WHY, the culmination of your personality, passion, and purpose. As an executive life and leadership coach for the last ten years, Dale is trained to help professionals inhabit their fullest potential so they can live their values, love their people, and do very good work. In this inspiring presentation filled with engaging stories and practical strategies, I will show you how to be more authentic in the workplace, develop your leadership presence, and influence those around you by operating from a purpose-driven mindset.


Dale Wilsher is a professional development expert who helps individuals and organizations turn their purpose into their full potential. She is the author of the award-winning personality bookcreator of several online courses on personalitycareer reentry, and boundaries, as well as a faculty member for the US Chamber of Commerces Institute of Organizational Management. Dale delivers high-energy keynotes and workshops that teach her audiences to engage more fully in their lives by connecting their work to deeper meaning.


We will close out the day (before happy hour) by having a meaningful conversation with our panel of our speakers and special guests. Through this open forum of Q & A we will learn how our panel leaned into their superpowers, how they define Leadership, what tools and tips they use to be effective leaders, plus their advice as to how we can be better leaders personally and professionally and aspire to be your authentic self! 

The Power Panel:
Elizabeth Duncan Hawker, Dale Wilsher, Katie Vlajcic, PMO Program Manager for Colorado Department of Transportation; recent presenter of “The Power of YOU” at the 2023 Inaugural Colorado Innovation Conference, Kayla Garcia, CEO Girls, Inc of Metro Denver and Special Guests to be announced.
Katie Vlajcic


Facilitator: Gloria Padilla, Vocational Program Manager: Jewish Family Services


Gloria Padilla has over 17 years of experience in the nonprofit industry working with adults on the path to economic independence. Life and her years as a servant leader have developed her into an innovative thinker with a solution-based mentality! She knows first-hand about the challenges faced by marginalized members of society and understands how one must maximize what you have and continuously think outside the proverbial “box” to best serve our community. She is currently serving as the Vocational Program Manager for Jewish Family Service (JFS) - a nonprofit human services organization that serves anyone in need – regardless of their circumstances or religious beliefs. JFS believes in a shared responsibility to support impactful changes throughout our community.

When completing the registration you will have the opportunity to submit questions or topics that you wish to explore during the POWER PANEL HOUR.

Meet our Emcee for the day.. Kayla Garcia; CEO of Girl's Inc of Metro Denver. Kayla leads the $3.2 million dollar organization that serves nearly 2,000 girls annually with a mission to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. A mission we can all get behind!


Prior to joining Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, Kayla served as the director of community affairs at Molson Coors Beverage Company. She led community partnership and investment strategy for Colorado and social impact programs for the North America. Prior, Kayla served in leadership roles at Mile High United Way and Denver Inner City Parish. Kayla is committed to serving the Denver Metro community and ensuring all Coloradans have the opportunity to thrive.

WPML Pricing Plan & Dates

WPML Registration Type PMI & Chapter Members Non-Members
Early Bird 5/24/23 through 7/26/23 $195.00 $245.00
Regular 7/27/23 through 9/8/23 $220.00 $270.00
Late 9/9/23 through 9/15/23 $270.00 $345.00

Registration Ends on 9/15/23

No onsite registration  

It is no longer possible to register for this event

It is no longer possible to register for this event


Type of category: Event

Type of activity: Business Acumen

Date: September 20th, 2023

Hour: 7:30AM to 6:00PM

Late date:: 9 September 2023 to 11:00PM

Number of PDUs: 5


Members: $220.00

Non members: $270.00

Late member: $270.00

Late non member: $345.00


Brittany Hill by Wedgewood

9350 Grant Street

Thornton, CO, 80229

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