Sponsored by the WELL Center in the College of Business and Economics at Regis University and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program

The 2018 Women and Leadership Conference at Regis University will focus on providing opportunities for the participants to develop their own leadership skills. Women occupy more positions of power than ever before but they still struggle to be recognized as strong leaders. With a practical orientation, the conference speakers will review key learnings from research and personal experiences to empower women to take their leadership to the next level.

Our inaugural conference was a rousing success. Lively conversations and presentations focused on discussing the challenges and opportunities for women in the workplace. We want to leverage on that success and the budding networks we created to expand and build our second conference. We have an exceptional program to continue building our community.

The keynote speaker will be Crisanta Duran, the speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. She will share her path to leadership. With this inspirational start we will continue to delve into the most critical components of leadership: leadership styles, vision, emotional intelligence and communication skills. The closing session of the conference will include a panel of extraordinary women who will share their own experiences with leadership and some advice for future leaders. You will have opportunities to network and create connections with likeminded people that can support you in your career.

This conference aligns with our Regis University mission to change and improve society. By helping our community build their skills they will be able to make positive impacts in their own lives and in society.

We hope you will leave having a set of action steps to take on in your lives that will empower you to make a difference and achieve your goals.

The conference will take place on March 3, 2018 at Regis University's Northwest Denver Campus, Claver Recital Hall, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Women and Leadership Conference


8:30 a.m.    Breakfast

9 a.m.         Keynote Speaker: Crisanta Duran, Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives            

9:15 a.m.    Reflection Moment: Sr. Peg Maloney

9:20 a.m.    Leadership Styles and Vision: Dr. Maria A. Quijada                    

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.  Emotional Intelligence: Dr. Bob Spagnola

12 p.m.       Lunch

1 p.m.         Communication Skills: Dr. Crystal Evans

2:15 p.m.    Negotiation Skills: Dr. Maria A. Quijada

3:30 p.m.    Break

3:45 p.m.    Panel Discussion: Danielle D. Dupree, Cynthia Chen, Flo Lattery, Beth Klepper

5 p.m.         End

Meet our conference presenters

Crisanta Duran
Colorado Speaker of the House of Representatives

Crisanta Duran is the standing 58th speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives. She is the first Latina speaker of the House. Prior to her current position, Duran chaired the Joint Budget Committee. She spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2016.

While serving as House majority leader in the 2015 and 2016 sessions, she coordinated the legislative package known as Colorado Ready to Work, which included more than a dozen new laws aimed at improving Colorado businesses and training Coloradans for well-paying, high-skilled jobs.

Duran’s additional notable career milestones include sponsoring a measure to increase Colorado’s commitment to renewable energy, and involvement in passing a law to allow in-state college tuition to everyone, regardless of immigration status, who have spent at least three years in high school in Colorado.

Crystal A. Evans, Ph.D.
Professor, Nonprofit Management
College of Business and Economics

Dr. Crystal A. Evans, received a bachelor’s degree in business from LeTourneau University, Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University, Post Graduate Certificate in Philosophy and Logic from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, and a doctoral degree in business leadership from Tennessee Temple University. Before moving into academia, Evans acted as executive director and consultant for homeless shelters, domestic violence centers and humane societies. She currently teaches in the nonprofit management and leadership programs at Regis University. Evans' research interests are nonprofit sector development and nonprofit worker turnover.  

Robert Spagnola, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Management and Leadership
College of Business and Economics

Dr. Bob Spagnola is a lecturer of business in the College of Business and Economics at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. He received a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University, a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the University of Denver, a Doctoral degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Strategic Management from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Education in Leadership and Policy from Harvard University. After a number of years in the private sector in senior corporate positions involving strategic, financial and tax planning, Dr. Spagnola entered the education profession. Dr. Spagnola resides in Denver where he is an avid golfer and motorcyclist. 

Maria Alejandra Quijada Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Management and Leadership
College of Business and Economics

Maria Alejandra Quijada is a professor of management and leadership. She teaches classes in management, leadership, diversity and women in business. She holds a doctorate in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of scholarly expertise include organizational change, culture, issues for women in business and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her work experience includes the telecommunication, lottery, and consumer product industries.

Meet our panelists

Danielle D. Dupree
Speaker, Author, Leadership and Communication Strategist 

Public speaker and author Danielle D. Dupree has a background in law, serving as a police officer and criminal investigator in Colorado. She is the author of “Slay The Introvert Way: A Woman’s Guide to Seeing Her Value, Finding Her Voice, and Getting Ahead.” Dupree also founded “TheIntrovertMind,” an online community for ambitious, introverted women. 

Cynthia Chen
Director of Products, Dealer360

Cynthia Chen is currently the Director of Products at Dealer360, a small software company focused on delivering innovative software solutions in the automotive sector. She manages teams of product managers, QA engineers, UI/UX designers and software developers. Cynthia earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Stanford University in Earth Systems. She also has a doctoral degree in Isotope Geochemistry from Dartmouth College.

Cynthia has experience conducting research in remote locations (Antarctica), teaching field geology, managing research laboratories, advising undergraduate researchers, software quality assurance, software product management and software commercialization. In her free time, she is a competitive figure skater and avid outdoor adventure seeker. Ask her about how she went from Earth Sciences to software development!

Flo Lattery
Systems, Finance and Operations Executive

Flo Lattery is a Systems, Finance and Operations Executive. She is currently working as a business consultant in strategy, finance and legal supporting entrepreneurs in their quest for investors. She is also Club President of CEO Space International operations in Colorado. Lattery has over 40 years of experience in finance, operations and management of large units. She has been a franchise owner and real estate investor.

Beth Klepper
Founder, Mainstream Video Production

As the founder of Mainstream Video Production, Beth Klepper’s passion and mission is in helping people use video to send their messages. She spent 10 years developing at AXStv, producing reality shows, travel shows and celebrity gossip shows. She also worked in AXStv’s concert department, producing up to three live shows per week. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in film and visual cultures from Middlesex University in England. She started Mainstream Video Production in 2014.

We would like to thank our sponsors for supporting this event.