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Celebration of Success Supports Students and Their Futures

Celebration of Success

Thursday, April 20, 2017  |  6 - 9 PM  |  Grand Hyatt Denver  |  1750 Welton Street

Presenting Sponsor

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Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential Historian and​ Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Extraordinary Leadership in
Extraordinary​ Times

Enjoy an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and renowned presidential historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin, while supporting CU Denver Business School students. For over 20 years, the Celebration of Success has been Denver’s premier fundraising event, bringing in world-class speakers, and raising more than $3.3 million in student scholarship funds. This year, our goal is to raise over $200,000 to put toward helping students advance their education—and we need your help.

With tuition on the rise, we’re calling on community leaders like you to help make college affordability possible by sponsoring the largest and most important fundraising event of the year. Your generous contribution will have a direct impact on the CU Denver Business School. With a table sponsorship of $10,000 you will help six students with tuition support. A $25,000 gift will create a scholarship in your name, and allow you the freedom to define how the award helps students.​

About Our Speaker

Enjoy an evening with "America’s historian-in-chief" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin, who will provide an informed and enthralling analysis of current events, with remarkable insight into the lives of the leaders who have shaped the United States. Ms. Goodwin will bring history alive with an uncanny sense of detail and a master storyteller’s grasp of depth.

Ms. Goodwin will examine U.S. presidential leadership triumphs, trials and tribulations. It was her experience as a 24-year-old White House Fellow under President Lyndon B. Johnson that fueled her interest in becoming a presidential historian and author.

One of the most recognized authors in the field, she has written six critically acclaimed, bestselling books including The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals. Among her many honors and awards, Ms. Goodwin is the recipient of the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Award and, most recently, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. Ms. Goodwin is currently writing a new book on U.S. Presidential leadership.

Great Networking and Connections

The gala is considered among the most prominent events held within the Denver business community. You and your guests will have opportunities to meet and network with the Business School’s extended community of friends. 

Special Guest Moderator

Kent J. Thiry

Chairman and CEO, "Mayor" of the DaVita Village
DaVita Inc.

Gala Chairs

Kelly Brough 
University of Colorado Denver Alumna; President and CEO 
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Dorothy A. Horrell, PhD 
University of Colorado Denver

Patty and Mike Imhoff 
University of Colorado Alumni
Managing Director, Stifel Nicolaus & Co.​​


Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

  • $50,000 Presenting Sponsorship (only one)
  • $25,000 Diamond Sponsorship
  • $10,000 Gold Sponsorship
  • $5,000 Silver Sponsorship
  • Individuals $350

Click here for more information about sponsorship benefits.

Information Contact

Malena Brohm, (303)315-8002 

Gold Sponsors

          Charles Schwab: Own your tomorrow

    Ellen Balaguer and Mark Chase

Citywide Banks

Grand Hyatt Denver

Northern Trust


Silver Sponsors

  • Ardent Mills
  • Bryan Cave LLP
  • CoBank
  • Comcast
  • CU Denver Business School Faculty
  • CU Foundation
  • Delta Dental of Colorado
  • Denargo Capital LLC
  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
  • Dependable Cleaners
  • DHR International
  • Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
  • Graebel Relocation Services Worldwide
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Halliburton
  • HealthONE
  • ​Patty and Mike Imhoff
  • Doug and Pam Kelsall
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Janus
  • ​Jim Nussbaum/Kentwood Real Estate
  • McDermott/Baker/Kochenberger
  • McCoy/JE Dunn Construction
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Molson Coors Brewing Company​
  • OfficeScapes Group
  • Pearson
  • Perella Weinberg Partners
  • PwC
  • RNL, Shaffer • Baucom Engineering & Consulting (SBEC), Martin/Martin, Inc.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS/Dave Leonard
  • Ryan Financial Inc. and Wealth Evolution Group
  • Strategic Decisions Consulting​
  • Ted Schaefer
  • TIAA
  • Tribby Warfield
  • TriMountain Corp. /Ryan Specialty Group, LLC
  • USI Colorado
  • Willis Towers Watson

Special Thanks

  • Dr. Rohan Christie-David
  • CIBER/Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship
  • Center for Health Administration
  • Dorothy and Ted Horrell
  • Robert Reynolds Endowment
  • School of Public Affairs
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