WoMAN Denver was founded in the spirit to provide a community of like-minded women who desire to authentically engage with their peers, build a strong network of other women in M&A industry, and learn new concepts and strategies to enhance their work and way of living in the world.
Chief Executive Manager / Owner-Founder
Tori Donovan is a solution oriented legal and business advisor to emerging and growing companies in connection with general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, equity financings, securities compliance, corporate formation and governance, intellectual property licensing, technology licensing, distribution and supplier contracts and joint venture agreements. She has a straightforward, pragmatic approach to helping businesses with their legal needs. Tori works with clients in a wide range of industries, including media, entertainment, sports, advertising, technology and services. She also provides outside general counsel consultation in areas such as employment, intellectual property protection (trademarks and copyrights), strategic business planning, and contract negotiation.
Adrienne Rees is a Director on the Direct and Thematic Investment team at Walton Enterprises, the family office that serves the personal and business needs of the family of Sam and Helen Walton. In her role, Adrienne co-leads Ingeborg Investments, a venture capital fund with a mandate to invest in female founders.
As Credit Officer, Candice Apperson provides business credit approval to line partners at Community Banks of Colorado and NBH Bank. She offers 19 years of credit trained banking experience to Commercial Banking, as well as to NBH specialty lending divisions including Structured and Leveraged Finance, Asset Based Lending, Restaurant Franchise Finance, Lender Finance, and Energy Banking. Candice also works closely with the NBH executive management team in the development of credit policies and procedures. Her responsibilities include assisting the executive team in the management of loan concentrations, and she is often involved in strategic projects to help facilitate loan growth.
After spending 20 years as the founder of pet retail, distribution and manufacturing companies, Carol is now a Managing Director with MHT Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank, where she advises pet companies in the areas of Mergers and Acquisitions.
She holds Series 79 and 63 licenses and is a Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor
Carol’s credentials include an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BBA from the University of Texas in Austin.
Carol currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The University of Colorado
I am a commercial lender with more than 14 years of experience. I Identify and develop commercial banking credit and treasury management relationships by discovering opportunities to add value to clients’ needs and goals by actively participating in an advisory role to present creative solutions. My focus is on medium size commercial clients in the $10-50 million range. I develop new business relationships by representing the Bank through being active in the community, building and maintaining a network, participating in trade associations and non-profit organizations. I have strong knowledge and experience with commercial banking products and services with excellent communication, problem solving, credit analysis, and negotiation skills
Executive Director, Commercial Banking
President | Attorney at Law
Business Development Officer
Karla is a Managing Director at Lincoln Churchill Advisors. Her background includes extensive investor relations experience, with in-depth knowledge of institutional investors, traders, public companies and financial markets. In 2015, Institutional Investor Magazine recognized her as one of the best IR professionals in North America.
She has extensive experience with the capital markets, including initial public and secondary offerings, debt transactions, and mergers and acquisitions within a broad range of industries.
Ms. Kimrey received her Investor Relations Certification from the National Investor Relations Institute in June, 2016. She currently serves as a NIRI Director and serves on the Senior Roundtable, and she is a past President of the NIRI Rocky Mountain Chapter. She received her Bachelor of Science in Finance degree from the University of Colorado.
Interim Executive & Advisor
First Vice President - Investments, Wealth Advisor
I became interested in human behavior at an early age, specifically, what made the difference in greater performance and effectiveness. Over 20 years as an executive and internal business coach, and my journey to the Ironman World Championships as an amateur athlete, I discovered the key is in repeated behavioral patterns which block desired success; blind spots. Using neuro-science, I found astounding results with clients changing their behavioral patterns, with velocity and ease. This is why I founded Velocity Leadership. Our mission is to elevate leadership performance and impact.
My other mission is to eradicate limiting beliefs and transform the world. I do this by writing (two books published and guested on 46 podcasts) and speaking.
In my spare time, I am a HUGE movie buff, digging around in my organic veggie garden, voracious reader and adventurer.
Chief Executive Officer
I am Chief Executive Office of Dependable Cleaners, Denver's premier dry cleaning and laundry service company, and an icon in the community. Prior to this role, I served for four years as President and CEO of a private equity-backed Colorado manufacturing and natural resources company with annual revenues of over $55M. I've also held executive and senior management roles in health care IT, consulting, and even financial research.
I hold a BA (UVM) and MBA (Cornell). Last but not least, I'm a wife to a loving partner and mom to two amazing boys. We live in west Arvada up against the foothills of the amazing Rockies and love to hike and explore.
Manager of Strategic Growth
Vanessa’s career has been rich with disrupting the status quo to help organizations launch products, grow, execute operational models, build their corporate culture by executing on strong organizational programs. She brings a proven management track record with over 20 years of experience in either a COO or CEO capacity and in working with PE firms with turnarounds, financial & operations restructuring, crisis management and bringing capital partners. She has been able to achieve radical growth and transformation with her skills in managing overall corporate operations and deployment of capital and resources to achieve corporate performance. She led multiple mergers & acquisitions transactions as well as a few turn-around projects helping organizations achieve radical transformation and increase net profits.
VP, Technical Accounting Consulting
CEO & Founder
CEO and Founder of Khazana, Inc. a firm offering Fractional COO and Fractional Integrator for EOS companies services. Serving small to mid sized businesses across all industries seeking embedded fractional senior operational leadership to transform, align and grow the organization in a variety of circumstances:
1. Pre and post merger/acquisition
3. Launch or pre-launch of new organization
4. Wind down or exit
5. Implementing the EOS model