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July 13, 2021


DENVER, CO — The Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has named Representatives Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Leslie Herod among their 2021 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business, an annual gala that recognizes women for leadership in business and to the community.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce after a historic legislative session that saw us focus on Colorado’s economic recovery and make tremendous strides to improve our behavioral health system,” said Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City, Chair of the House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee. “The laws we passed this session will boost Colorado’s workforce, improve access to child care and provide economic assistance to businesses across the state, creating jobs and forging a recovery where women are positioned to thrive. We know that a healthy and productive workforce is critical for the Colorado Comeback, so we worked hard last session to bolster access to behavioral health care for everyone in our state. I’m proud of our efforts to invest in the health of our communities and help more Coloradans get the care they need to thrive as our economy recovers.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce in a year when the legislature worked so hard to help small businesses build back stronger after the enormous challenges of the pandemic,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, Member of the Joint Budget Committee and Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “This year, I was proud to be the lead sponsor of legislation to continue the successful work of the Energize Gap Fund and support our creative arts industries. As a member of the JBC, it was also a privilege to be able to help fund other pro-business initiatives like the startup loan program, which gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed and our economic gardening program, which will help businesses grow sustainably. Passing all of these bills was just common sense: small businesses are the backbone of our economy and will be the key to our recovery.”

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