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Women on a Mission

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Honoring Women’s History Month this March, the Steamboat Springs Chamber is proud to launch a celebration of Yampa Valley women leaders with "Women on a Mission.”

The International Women's Day theme for 2024 is Inspire Inclusion. To honor the cause, the Chamber is highlighting Yampa Valley women in business, non-profits, and the community who are making an impact. We received many responses to our nominations survey and are thrilled to honor these women. The women below represent an amazing community of women business owners, rising stars, pioneers, entrepreneurs, and other leaders who are working hard to make the Yampa Valley a great place to live and visit every day. 


2024 Women On A Mission Honorees

Jennifer Grathwohl Learn More

Jennifer Grathwohl is the executive director of Steamboat Symphony Orchestra and owner of Grathwohl Creative. Since she arrived in Steamboat Springs, she has given back by volunteering for the Steamboat Skating Club, Howelsen Ice Pavilion Fundraising Committee, Undiscovered Earth, Routt County Humane Society, Steamboat Chamber Board of Directors, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s Insight for Art Committee, and Basecamp Foundation USA. Her nomination stated, “Jennifer's positive attitude and willingness to jump in and help no matter how large or small the project, makes her one of the biggest assets this community has.”

Hannah Hopkins Learn More

Hannah Hopkins is the owner of several of Steamboat Springs’ most beloved restaurants including Yampa Valley Kitchen, Mambo Italiano, and Bésame. Hannah’s “mountain grit” journey involved a progression from line cook to Chopped, to executive chef, to operator, to owner. We want to recognize Hannah for the hurdles she experienced as a woman in the kitchen, from food service work as a teenager to hosting dinner at James Beard House, to how to advocate for women in the industry to how to build a lifelong career in restaurants.

Emily Dudley Learn More

Emily Dudley is the co-owner and designer of Ohana and Upcountry. Her and her husband own the two shops in downtown Steamboat Springs, and recently opened Upcountry as Ohana’s sister store in September 2023. She is frequently giving back to the community through local business collaborations, non-profit partnerships, direct donations, youth mentorship, and providing quality jobs to her team of young professionals. According to her nomination, “Emily has a huge heart and is an incredible leader, businesswoman, friend, and mentor.” Photo credit: @justpeachiephotos

Lindsay Kohler Learn More

Lindsay Kohler has been the executive director for Partners for Youth for the past few years. She moved to Steamboat to be a School-Based Mentor for the organization, became a Partners VISTA volunteer, and then the manager for school based mentors. Following that, she completed her master's degree, worked with the schools as a social worker, and then returned to Partners for Youth for her current role.  According to her nomination, “Lindsay has worked tirelessly to help youth in Routt and Moffat counties and deserves recognition.”

Angela Cosby Learn More

Angela Cosby has been the City of Steamboat Springs parks and recreation director for over five years now. During her time working in this role, the City has started offering events targeted at our underserved populations, such as the upcoming Pride Skate and Fiesta on Ice events at the Ice Arena, and has continued direct outreach and partnerships, such as with the Cycle Effect which works directly with the Town Challenge Bike Race series. According to her nomination, “Her training, education, and work history has focused her efforts squarely on DEI initiatives and it shows in every aspect of parks and recreation in Steamboat Springs. When providing guidance in programming, she ensures that all activities have fair and equitable opportunities.”

Jackie Dobson Learn More

Jackie Dobson is the CEO of Nomadness Corporation. She has over 16 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has demonstrated a consistent track record of success. With over 15 nominations from fellow team members, it is clear she has showcased exceptional leadership skills, overseeing all operational functions with a keen focus on driving excellence, streamlining processes, and optimizing efficiencies. One of her many nominations stated, “With a collaborative and motivating leadership style, Jackie inspires our team to achieve exceptional results, fostering a work environment that values excellence and teamwork. She embodies the spirit of a woman leader making a significant impact in our community.”


Women’s History Month & Why It Matters

Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. (

In Steamboat Springs and the Yampa Valley, we celebrate Women’s History Month to honor the incredible women today who help to make our community what it is. We also want to thank all the women who came before us and helped build this amazing place loved by so many.