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Women’s networking group empowers local leaders

Monthly ladies meetings led by the Glenwood Chamber connects business women across the valley

There was one mutual feeling among the 20 ladies who showed up for the latest Women Interacting & Networking (WIN) event March 27. It can be hard to make real friends in this valley.

Most people in the Roaring Fork Valley are very nice, yes. But how often do you get invited to grab a cup of coffee or lunch? The conversation goes.

“I am not all that uncomfortable with putting myself out there to meet people,” said Holleigh Alexander-Ramsey, Spa of the Rockies director and the event host. “However, I have seen how difficult this valley can be to get plugged in and connect to others in a way that is not superficial.”

WIN is a Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association initiative designed two decades ago to help local women interested in making business connections and, why not, friends.

“It gives us the opportunity to grow personally and professionally while lifting each other up in the process.” — Holleigh Alexander-Ramsey

“I’ve found the Women In Networking group to be the most close-knit and supportive networking group to be a part of,” said Ashley Mauldin, founder and CEO of Daring Women, focused on mentoring other women in the valley.

The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month. The events are free and open to all female Chamber members, featuring open discussions, presentations, giveaways and opportunities to network.

There are also fun activities, like wine tasting at the Ironbridge Golf Club, history tours at Hotel Colorado, and food collections for nonprofits during the holidays.

This month, on April 24, the ladies meet at Morgridge Commons in downtown Glenwood Springs for a 20/20 Eye Care presentation by Dr. Swayne.

“We are always open to finding a business interested in sponsoring the group and that has a location we can meet at during the year,” said Joni Bates, vice president of membership development at the Glenwood Chamber.

Bates took over the group’s leadership in 2008, after founder Raelyn Westley, former Chamber membership director, retired.

In 2016, Bates decided to shake things up and changed the name of the group from Business Women’s Network to Women Interacting & Networking, now commonly known as “WIN.”

Between juggling career, side hustles and, often, marriage and children, WIN members are usually businesswomen looking to connect and support their peers.

“It gives us the opportunity to grow personally and professionally while lifting each other up in the process,” described Alexander-Ramsey.

“Lately we’ve been having more deep and meaningful dialogue, which I absolutely love,” said Mauldin, who was introduced to the Chamber group shortly after moving to the valley in 2011.

Bates is proud of the work they do with the help of its supportive members.

“I have created many life-long friendships through this group of wonderful, talented and creative women,” she said.

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