On Aug. 26, Colorado Springs women and a few men celebrated women’s accomplishments in business at the 10th annual Accolades luncheon, sponsored by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
The more than 200 women and men who gathered at the Broadmoor’s Rocky Mountain Ballroom listened to keynote speaker Audrey Nelson discuss the differences between female and male communication styles. Nelson, a consultant and author who holds a doctorate in communications and teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder, had the audience in stitches a few times as she poked fun at the “just the facts, ma’am” male way of communicating as opposed to the more intimate and need-to-say-more female style.
Nelson paved the way for the Accolades tribute to one outstanding Springs woman in business. Martha Barton, president and chief executive officer of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, received the 2004 “Business Leader of the Year” award presented by the 2003 winner, Jan Weiland.
Barton was chosen from an impressive group of nominees, including Rita Burns, administrator of communications and marketing for Memorial Hospital; Judy Cara, community relations manager for Intel; Lisa Dailey, lawyer; Rose Durham, marketing director for Stockman Kast Ryan LLP; Mary Jane Gilson, director of membership development for the Better Business Bureau; C.J. Moore, public affairs director for Kaiser Permanente; Kathleen Stevens, executive director for the Women’s Resource Agency Inc. and Barbara Wilson, director of human resources at Colorado College.
The Southern Colorado Women’s chamber was incorporated in 1993 as a nonprofit organization committed to supporting, developing and promoting women in business.