President, CEO and co-founder of ViaWest, Inc.
A 30-year veteran of the telecommunications and infrastructure industry, Nancy has spent her entire career starting and building service-focused companies. ViaWest sold in 2014 to Shaw for $1.2 billion, one of the largest private company transactions in Colorado history. Nancy is also president of Business Infrastructure Services, a division of Shaw Communications (NYSE: SJR).
An innovative leader, proven entrepreneur and seasoned executive, Nancy is active in the Colorado startup and entrepreneurial communities as an angel investor, mentor and advisor. Prior to ViaWest, Nancy held founder and senior-level positions with numerous technology companies, including TSC, ConferTech International, ITC, RMI.net and Intrepid Communications. During her tenure, she has helped to grow companies both organically and through strategic merger sand acquisitions, while delivering industry-leading growth with a deep customer-centric focus.
Nancy’s roots in the entrepreneurial community and focus on diversity in the technology workforce are demonstrated by her board and advisory roles. She serves on the board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology, where she is also the vice chair; the Colorado Technology Association (CTA); Startup Colorado; and the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. She has also been a board member – and remains a strong supporter – of the nationally recognized Denver School of Science and Technology. Nancy has been honored by the technology industry and her peers with numerous awards, including the CTA’s Bob Newman Lifetime Achievement and Technology Business Woman of the Year awards, as well as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE) annual capital raise award. During Nancy’s tenure, ViaWest has received multiple awards as a Best Place to Work in several markets and was named as Technology Company of the Year by CTA.
Patricia Foley Hinnen
Founder and CEO of Capital Sisters International
Capital Sisters International, is a non-profit that sells impact bonds to finance micro loans for impoverished women in developing countries. She was recently acknowledged for this work with the 2015 Global Purpose Prize by Encore.org and named one of 15 Inspiring Women CEO's of 2015. Patricia has worked in economic development and international affairs for the past three decades with the U.S. Congress, the U.S. State Department and the microfinance industry.
She started Capital Sisters more than a decade ago to raise business capital for impoverished women in developing countries and to promote financial inclusion around the world. Since then, she has helped to establish seven domestic and international microfinance organizations, raised loan capital for tens of thousands of women’s micro businesses in 25 countries, and served as a microfinance and gender advisor to the State Department where she represented the United States in the 21-nation Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) for a decade as head of the Women Leaders Network. Prior to that, Patricia lived in Europe for many years, where she managed the evaluation of international programs for the U.S. Congress – including the East European and Soviet portfolio after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Within the U.S., Patricia is the Co-founder of Colorado Microcredit, the Micro Business Development Center, and the Colorado Microfinance Alliance and is an Advisor to the Rocky Mountain Microfinance Institute. She also serves on the boards of the Beyond our Borders Fund of the Colorado Women’s Foundation and the Colorado Alliance of Professional Women, and is a member of the International Women's Forum. Patricia is frequently a guest lecturer for the international and business schools at Denver University and the University of Colorado. She developed her passion for international affairs during two tours in the U.S. Peace Corps, where she served in West and Southern Africa. Traveling to more than 60 countries has provided her with rich and amazing experiences – including five revolutions. Patricia has a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado and Master of Public Policy and Program Evaluation from Denver University.
2016 Keynote Speaker
Becca O'Brien Kuusinen
McKinsey & Company
Becca is an associate principal in McKinsey’s Denver, office. She advises senior government leaders on effective preparation for, and management of, natural disasters and other crises with widespread public effect. Becca has led recovery programs in the aftermath of some of the world’s worst disasters, as well as crisis management programs in the face of public health threats and other events.
Following a major tropical storm, Becca led teams that developed and implemented needs-assessment methodologies and multiyear recovery road maps and programs in affected communities. After a devastating earthquake, she co-led a team supporting the design and launch of a new public agency to coordinate the recovery effort. And in the aftermath of a series of destructive hurricanes, she helped develop the strategic policy framework for coordination of government support for long-term recovery in the affected regions.
Becca has served as an expert adviser to national governments in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas on natural-disaster and disease-outbreak recovery planning. Her clients include national and regional emergency management agencies in several countries, and she is a regular speaker and panel participant on the topic of recovery management. She has also led a global resilience research project on the exposure of populations and economies to resource stress and environmental hazards.
Taking leave from McKinsey, Becca served as the director of policy & research in the US Federal Office of Gulf Coast Rebuilding, and then as executive counsel and senior policy adviser to the mayor in the City of New Orleans. Prior to joining McKinsey, Becca worked at the Council on Foreign Relations; the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, where she focused on Afghanistan’s post conflict legal reform and constitutional process; and the US Department of State’s Office of Legal Adviser, where she coordinated aspects of the transfer of authority in Iraq from the US Department of Defense Coalition Provisional Authority to an elected government.
Becca was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 1999–2000, and on completing her JD at Harvard Law School she received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.
18th Chancellor, University of Denver