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Steamboat Women's Leadership Summit

September 12, 2024 | details 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! 

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


lori schneiderLori Schneider

Founder & Lead Sherpa, Empowerment Through Adventure

Lori Schneider is an international speaker, author, teacher, Everest and ‘Seven Summits’ mountaineer, adventurer, and global advocate for those living with neurological disorders and disabilities. In 2009, Lori became the first person with multiple sclerosis to summit Everest and scale the highest peak on each continent. Her story has been translated into more than 20 languages, giving hope and inspiration to people around the globe. Lori and her organization, Empowerment Through Adventure, inspire others to scale the mountains and obstacles we all face in our personal lives.

Lori’s story is more than a climbing adventure. It is one woman’s journey of moving beyond a diagnosis of MS and later cancer and turning adversity into triumph. Lori shares her words to empower others to move beyond their own labels and preconceived limitations and live their dreams. Lori lived and taught in Steamboat Springs from 1980-2000, sparking her love of outdoors and nature. The strong sense of community and friendships in Routt County continues to sustain her to this day. Learn more >


melanie millsMelanie Mills

Force for Good, Business Strategist, Trusted Ally

For more than 22 years, organizations and executives have turned to her for results. And she has delivered. Melanie Mills has led the way in helping organizations exceed their goals. She has assisted leaders through the demands of change and uncertainty while diminishing fear and maintaining consistency. Melanie has accomplished this through a simple focus...the people. She is the unquestionable master at empowering people to reach their full potential. Melanie has touched millions in more than 14 countries through her live programs. Her past and present clients include both the Fortune 500 as well as mid-level companies. Her partial client list includes 3M Unitek, Starz-Encore, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T and American Express.

Melanie began her career as a middle school educator learning that no matter how hard teachers tried, the students wanted to be free to choose, to grow, and to be their own person. We are all just kids in big bodies. After her time in education, Melanie jumped into the business world and has been focused on the transformation of people and organizations ever since. Through it all and at the heart of her work is the empowerment of you, the individual to show up as your best self emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically.  Learn more >



Loryn Duke
Director of Communications, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation

Elissa Greene
CEO, Strings Music Festival

Sarah Leonard
CEO, Steamboat Springs Chamber

Cecilia Morter
Programs Manager, Steamboat Springs Chamber

Stephanie Orozco
Executive Director, Old Town Hot Springs


Lisel Petis
Criminal Justice Senior Fellow, R Street Institute

Kim Smith,
CEO, Kim Smith Consulting 

Kara Stoller 
Former CEO, Steamboat Springs Chamber

Betsy Wood
Director of Community Outreach, Alpine Bank

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