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congratulations to our 2014 Success Award Winners

Special Award Recognition - 2014 Stephanie Allen Woman of Vision Award Winner

Jodi Rolland, Merrill-Lynch Wealth Management Market Executive
Pictured with Nancy Sullivan, Board Chair, The Leadership Investment  (left) and Robin Heller, CEO, The Leadership Investment (right).

Jodi excels at balancing years of experience and credibility with a persuasive and encouraging demeanor that helps engage teams and colleagues to act toward a common vision. She is quick to engage and encourage others before moving a common vision forward; she personifies a Woman of Vision.

Rolland encourages all employees under her combined-role purview to use the many tools available to create and impact change, including matching gifts, volunteer grants, and training for employees to effectively serve on boards.

She has always prioritized personal time spent in areas of philanthropy and community needs – serving on boards for the National Leadership Academy, Pacific Symphony, the WiseWomen Council of The Leadership Investment, Women’s Philanthropy Fund, Board of Governors for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, and she is involved with Denver Junior Achievement. Jodi is also an Alexis De Toqueville member of the United Way.

Every year, Jodi and her team lead an event called “Women, Wealth & Wisdom” that provides 300 guests a day to reflect on their personal health and wellness, and financial acumen goals, as well as how to relate to the community. Through local grant making, Jodi and her local leadership team allocated $1.4 million to nonprofits throughout Colorado making strides in hunger, homes and jobs. Last year, under Jodi’s leadership, the statewide employee base donated nearly 12,000 volunteer service hours to various nonprofits.

Jodi holds a bachelor’s degree in financial management from the University of North Dakota. She’s married to Rob Rolland, and the mother of two sons: Keaton and Connor.

Her successes as a business and philanthropic leader, and an advocate for woman make us proud to honor her as The Leadership Investment 2014 Woman of Vision award recipient.

Woman of the Year - Carolyn Paul

Carolyn Paul, President, Investment Management & Trust, ANB Bank

Carolyn is a top performer with great client service, strong investment performance, and a top developer of new business. She is interested in helping others succeed; she established training and mentoring programs, and developed partnerships across business lines leading to improvements in skills, understanding of others and success for her teams.

Over her career she has received certificates from Cannon Financial Institute for Advanced Investments, Leadership Lehigh Valley, The Women’s Vision Leadership Institute (now The Leadership Ascent), and 50 For Colorado. She has won numerous awards from her companies and the non-profits she serves. She’s also published financial articles and was featured on the cover of Bank Advisor magazine.

Carolyn helped launch the Women’s Connection Group at Bank of the West to further personal employee development and community involvement. She is President of the Board for Komen Colorado, on The Leadership Investment’s membership committee, a member of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce, on the investment committee of the Boulder Community Foundation, and is an active member of Rotary.

Man of the Year - Steve White

Steve White, West Division President, Comcast
Steve is a leader who believes in and supports women and others in Comcast and the broader community. He sets high standards for the company, the West Division and himself because he wants to be the best he can be. He is a strong mentor, sharing his deep passion for the development and training of his 22,000 employees at all levels of business.

He’s launched three successful, flagship leadership programs:
1. The Executive Development Series – Supportive leadership development
2. L2L – Front-line employee leadership
3. Foundations of Organizational Leadership (FOL) – Ten-month program to develop personal improvement, process improvement, and performance improvement.

Steve is the 2014 recipient of the National Action Network’s Triumph Award, and recently named “Mentor of the Year” by the Women in Cable and Telecommunications Rocky Mountain Chapter.

He serves on the Board of the Comcast Foundation, COMPAC, WICT Northern CA, and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. He’s a member of the Executive Leadership Council and Colorado Forum.

Rising Leader of the Year - Todd Hansell

Todd Hansell, Director, Quality Assurance, Covidien

Todd is a Director of Design Quality Engineering at Covidien, where he leads a team of 27 quality engineers and technicians. He’s been at Covidien since 2013 and is a member of Covidien’s Women’s Leadership Alliance (WLA), where he was selected to be a spokesperson for their 2014 “Advancing Together” campaign. He was also a member of the team selected for the 2013 Business Partner of the Year by the Colorado BioScience Association.

As a proponent of diversity in the workplace,Todd was introduced to The Leadership Investment and has become involved in its programs and mission. He advocates for others to participate in leadership development programs with diverse viewpoints.

He is a graduate of The Leadership Ascent program, and volunteers to support programs and events of The Leadership Investment. He continues to lead his team with integrity and authenticity, and fostering solid relationships.

Outside of work, Todd enjoys playing with his two sons, cooking, being a part-time DJ and an occasional wedding officiant.

Company of the Year - Charles Schwab


Accepting the award on behalf of Charles Schwab was Terri Kallsen, Senior Vice President - Branch Network, Charles Schwab

Charles Schwab hosted more than 400 events during the Financial Life Planning for Women Month in May 2012 and 2013, reaching more than 10,000 attendees. In 2014, the initiative earned recognition as a top “model practice” among San Francisco Bay Area companies when it showcased during the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women’s Gender Equality Principles Challenge.

The Charles Schwab Foundation’s “Money Matters: Make It Count” program, in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, teaches teens basic money management skills to help them save, spend and invest wisely. Schwab leaders host site visits for young students in order to expose them to Schwab’s mission, value and culture as well as communicate opportunities they provide in the financial services industry. They also host a professional development series: “Day in the Life.” This series offers networking opportunities with women role models to help cultivate career aspirations and provide informal mentoring.




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