Woman of Influence: Cindy Fowler

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Cindy Fowler’s courage in the face of adversity has served as an inspiration to many in Colorado Springs. Since her diagnosis with cancer, friends wonder aloud where she finds the strength to not only carry on day by day, but to perform at high levels both at work and in her volunteer activities. Following through on projects keeps her going.

“I’m doing everything just as I did before I had cancer because my intent is to keep going. I’m very stubborn that way,” she says.

Born and raised in Denver, Fowler accepted a volunteer position with a local Denver television station right out of college. There she got her feet wet in marketing and community relations. She was part of the team behind the opening of the Cheyenne Mountain Conference Resort, among other achievements.

Then, 13 years ago, she jumped into another new profession when she joined OfficeScapes, the largest business furniture company in Colorado. She’d always been involved in community service. One day, her boss, Peter Husak, came to her with a new challenge: Would she help with the Pikes Peak Or Bust Rodeo, raising sponsorship money?

“I knew nothing about the rodeo world,” she recalls, “but what else can you say to your boss but ‘Yes!’”

Thus began her immersion in the world of bucking broncs and bulls. Her natural curiosity drew her into that world. Her stubbornness made her want to make it the best rodeo in the West. And her sense of community led to the creation of “Cowgirls and Cocktails,” a fundraiser for breast cancer, hosted by rodeo gals.

Relationships have always of utmost importance to her. Fowler credits her achievements to being “surrounded by the love and support of my wonderful family — husband Chuck and daughter Emily, her fiance, David, loving parents and many dear friends and work colleagues. I am who I am because of all the amazing people in my life.”

Fowler says there have been some tough days when just getting out of bed can be a struggle. On those days, “I’ve got to get myself out of bed, put one foot in front of the other, and go out and have a good day. I just figure, right now, I am here, and I want to continue making a lasting legacy to my family and my community.”