We celebrate our community's education champions.
Our annual breakfast celebrates the local movers and shakers in workforce education.
We recognize the individuals and companies committed to lifelong learning and providing opportunity for all who wish to learn — regardless of background, age or circumstances.
Past keynote speakers include LinkedIn City Program Manager Laura Williams.
2017 LEGACY OF LEARNING AWARDEES
ERIC & LAURIE KenEALY
MASSAGE ENVY | FOUNDERS & OWNERS
Eric and Laurie Kenealy own and operate award-winning, family-owned businesses with 15 Massage Envy locations throughout the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado.
Since 2006, Eric and Laurie have been a revolutionary influence on the growing global Massage Envy network.
With nearly 700 employees, the Kenealys prioritize shaping and developing stable, long-term career paths for massage therapists, estheticians and management. Eric and Laurie continually advocate for new growth opportunities to expand business and career accomplishments for individual team members throughout the organization.
The Kenealys have provided fresh ideas to the Health & Wellness industry by focusing on employee enrichment through compensation and benefits to include health insurance and paid time off.
Eric & Laurie Kenealy flourish and outdistance the industry by remaining devoted to their entrepreneurial roots. They make their community a better place to live, work and thrive, one wellness session at a time.
WOMEN WITH A CAUSE | FOUNDER & CEO
Susan received her bachelor’s from Gwynedd Mercy University, a master’s in Youth and Family from Denver Seminary and also graduated from DU’s Graduate School of Social Work.
In 2006, Susan founded Women With A Cause, a nonprofit dedicated to “women helping women help themselves.” Women With A Cause works internationally and locally to provide women with tools achieve self-sufficiency.
Susan has served on many nonprofit boards, and is a member of Emily Griffith Foundation’s board of directors. In 2015 she chaired EGTC’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations.
Susan was recognized for her service in 2008 by the city and county of Denver with Sept. 24 being named “Susan Kiely Day”. Her awards include being named one of the top 25 influential women in the state by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Frances Weisbart Jacobs International Award by the United Way, University of Denver’s International Bridge Builder’s Award (with her husband), and an honorary Doctor of Human Letters from Gwynedd Mercy University.
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2016 LEGACY OF LEARNING AWARDEES
Elaine Gantz Berman
The DeBoskey Group | Senior Advisor; Colorado State Board of Education | Member
Elaine has dedicated her professional work and
community service to improving the lives of Colorado's
children. She was appointed to the Metro State University
Board of Trustees in 2015 and reappointed in 2016. In January, 2015, she completed 8 years on the Colorado State Board of Education, and, previously served for 8 years on the Denver Board of Education, including 4 years as its President.
Prior to serving in elected office, Elaine also worked for
18 years as a program officer at the Denver-based Piton
Foundation, focusing on a wide spectrum of children's
issues. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and commissions and helped to found the Colorado Children’s Campaign, the Adoption Exchange, the Colorado Education Initiative and the Colorado Non Profit Development Center.
The Denver Post
The Denver Post has been intricately tied to Emily
Griffith Technical College since the school’s inception.
Reporter Frances “Pinky” Wayne met Emily Griffith in a timely meeting that tied reporter, educator and publication together in bringing The Opportunity School to fruition.
Wayne brought in the support of Frederick G. Bonfils
and Henry H. Tammen and other influential community
members to help persuade the school board to start
Today, the newspaper remains committed to "improving and enriching the lives of those in our community."
In 2011, The Denver Post Community Foundation was
established as a separate 501(c)(3) organization and
serves to broaden the reach of the Posts’ philanthropy.
In partnership with Emily Griffith Foundation, Tom's legacy lives on in part through The Gamel Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for Northeast Denver residents.
Recipients receive full tuition, ranging from $1,200 to $12,000 depending on their program. Through Upstream Impact— a nonprofit co-founded by Tom with the goal of helping pull familes out of poverty — scholarship recipients are paired with an ally to provide additional support to help them in their journey.
Tom's belief was that everyone, regardless of socio-economic status, should be given the opportunity to
receive a good education.
2015 LEGACY OF LEARNING AWARDEES
In 2013, Emily Griffith Technical College began a partnership with MillerCoors to provide access to the Water Quality Management Technician program.
Their donation to the Emily Griffith Foundation provides scholarships to offset nearly half the tuition costs for students in the certificate program.
Since its inception, the program has supported more than 25 students, and 94% of program graduates have entered the workforce in entry-level positions in the water-utilities industry with average starting salaries in the low $40,000s.
Mollie partnered with Emily Griffith Foundation to create the Lucky’s Farmers Market Charitable Foundation.
This fund provides full scholarship for refugee and immigrant students pursuing Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificates.
Since 2013, this fund generously supports an average of 20 students per year as they pursue an education and career that would have otherwise been out of their reach.
Kevin Mohatt of Emily Griffith Technical College presented Mollie with her award for her generosity and commitment to refugee and immigrant students.
Anna Jo Haynes
Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers | Founder
Anna is the founder of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers that provide safe, affordable childcare for the children of low-income families while they pursue educational opportunities to attain self-sufficiency.
She has been committed to educating the children of Denver for more than 50 years.