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Steamboat Women's Leadership Summit

2023 information coming soon

The Steamboat Springs Chamber and Alpine Bank are proud to present Steamboat’s premier women’s leadership summit, Thrive Together, a collaboration that promotes, motivates, and empowers women in all phases of life through personal and professional development.

Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The climb to the top can be hard for anyone. Women, in particular, face a myriad of challenges that can make the journey upward toward a position of power especially challenging.  We bring you Thrive Together, a summit for women, by women, because we believe that talented, fierce, and disruptive women are good for business! 

After the success of the 2021 hybrid event and previously the 2020 virtual summit, we are thrilled to welcome our attendees back to a fully in-person event! Thrive Together will feature a variety of learning formats, including breakout sessions, workshops, general session keynotes, and an exhibitor area featuring event sponsors and local companies. Coffee and lunch are included.

Thrive Together uses an inclusive definition of “woman,” and we invite and encourage ALL women and women-identified persons to participate in the event.

Keynote Speakers

"The Improv Mindset"

In 2022 and beyond, businesses are facing the growing dilemma of how to go with the flow in an ever-changing market. Companies are tackling "Twilight Zone" challenges and it feels impossible. Well, buckle up for an energizing and experiential presentation on how we can and should think, speak, and behave differently to find untapped success in the future of business. Join the CEO Gail Montgomery and President Bruce Montgomery of Experience Yes for a galvanizing and entertaining presentation on “The Improv Mindset”, which has been proven to create high-performing teams, increase emotional intelligence, cultivate mind-blowing innovation, and help leaders navigate the rough currents of the market.

During this Keynote, audience members will learn the 4 foundational pillars of “The Improv Mindset”:

  • Yes, AND
  • Listen to SERVE
  • Support your teammates AT ALL COSTS
  • TRUST your instincts

They will hear about the neuroscience of improv and come away with an understanding of how to successfully apply this new language as a tool for managing ambiguity, connecting their teams, boosting creativity, and increasing emotional intelligence. Get ready to PLAY! Learn More


"Michele Taylor: Her Story"

Michele Taylor was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador (and Permanent Representative) to the UN Human Rights Council on February 22, 2022. Ambassador Taylor is a lifelong human rights activist and advocate with a determined commitment to service. As a daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Ambassador Taylor brings to the Human Rights Council a profound appreciation for the crucial role the Council can and must play to promote universal human rights and protect human rights defenders.

Ambassador Taylor is an advocate of women and girls in all their diversity, having long championed access to STEM careers, action to end violence against women, and equality for LGBTQI+ persons.

Prior to assuming her current appointment, Ambassador Taylor served in leadership on the board of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Additionally, she was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Council and served on the museum’s Committee on State Sponsored Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial as well as the Committee on Conscience. Ambassador Taylor was a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Southeast regional board, and Vice-Chair of the National Finance Committee for the Democratic Party. For over two decades she served in various roles for the North Carolina Outward Bound School, including as vice chair of the board, instructor, and course director.

Ambassador Taylor and her husband Kenneth are the proud parents of two. She was educated at Mills College (B.A.) and Boston University (M.A.), and in her free time the Ambassador can be found scaling mountains, skiing the slopes, or as stoker on the tandem bike she and her husband travel with throughout the U.S. and overseas.


"Radical Intellectual Self-Care for Women"

The importance of self-care in leadership is more important than ever before. When we say self-care, we picture bubble baths and spa days. What is needed is the ability and tools to practice radical intellectual self-care throughout our days in an effort to show up as our best authentic & compassionate leader selves. Intellectual self-care is the knowing of oneself and one’s environment. It is taking agency over our daily tasks, schedules, responsibilities and relationships within our environments in ways that better care for our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing as leaders. 

Key Deliverables/Competencies 

  • Using vulnerability as a self-care tool
  • Leading and adapting to change and transition
  • Self-awareness and self-management
  • Giving feedback in a way that cares for others wellbeing
  • Asking for feedback in a way that cares for your mental wellbeing
  • Assessing inclusivity in your environments
  • Tools for creating inclusivity in your environments 




Lisel Petis
Criminal Justice Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

Elissa Greene
CEO, Strings Music Festival

Kara Stoller
CEO, Steamboat Springs Chamber

Loryn Duke
Director of Communications, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation


Stephanie Orozco
Executive Director, Old Town Hot Springs

Kim Smith,
CEO, Kim Smith Consulting 

Sarah Leonard 
Business Development Director, Steamboat Springs Chamber


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