TENACITY: Women in Conservation

January 9, 2023

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TENACITY: Women in Conservation 2023

Join Palmer Land Conservancy on March 15, 2023, for TENACITY: Women in Conservation 2023 — an evening of inspiration and conversation around our shared passion for Colorado.

Palmer is thrilled to announce our featured guests and speakers for TENACITY: Women in Conservation. The centerpiece of the evening will be an on-stage conversation between these three highly accomplished women who are leaving indelible marks on their respective industries, while simultaneously protecting the natural resources that define our great state.

  • Dawn DiPrince - Executive Director | History Colorado and Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Officer 
  • Jackie Miller - Executive Director | Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) 
  • Becky Mitchell - Director | Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)  and Colorado Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission

From stewarding Colorado’s rich and diverse history; to guiding the future of our great outdoors; to ensuring water for present and future generations—learn about the grit and determination these women harness to do their important work. Moderated by Rebecca Jewett, Palmer’s President and CEO, we’ll hear about the challenges they’ve faced, the successes they’ve celebrated, and discover what gives them hope for the future. They will also share a few pearls of wisdom to inspire the next generation of land lovers.

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Meet Our Speakers

Dawn DiPrince

Dawn DiPrince is the Executive Director of History Colorado and appointed as Colorado’s State Historic Preservation Officer by Governor Jared Polis. DiPrince has served in several leadership roles since joining History Colorado in 2012. She is a fourth-generation Coloradan and a champion for work that helps share the history of all communities and people in our state. Some of the largest initiatives she has led at History Colorado include Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Hands-On History, and Museum of Memory. DiPrince served as co-chair of the Governor’s Ludlow Centennial Commemoration Commission and lead developer of the award-winning Children of Ludlow.

Jackie Miller

Over the course of nearly two decades in the grant-making industry, including 15 years at Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Jackie has created, managed, and directed initiatives to impact others’ lives. In 2015 she spearheaded the launch of Generation Wild, an unprecedented movement in Colorado to connect youth and families with the outdoors. Collaborating with the GOCO Board, stakeholders, partners, and constituents across the state has provided Jackie with a ground-up perspective of program development and grant management as well as in-depth strategic planning and direction experience.

As GOCO’s Executive Director, Jackie is a convener who is passionate about facilitating partnerships across organizations, developing strong and supportive teams, and connecting people with opportunities that will help them grow personally and professionally.

Jackie received her bachelor’s from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, was a 2016 fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and was selected by the Denver Business Journal as a 2019 40 under 40 award winner.

Becky Mitchell

Rebecca Mitchell (Becky) serves as the Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), as well as the Colorado Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission. As an accomplished water leader with over 20 years of experience in the water sector and highly knowledgeable in Colorado water law, Mitchell played a significant role in developing the Colorado Water Plan, working with the state’s nine basin roundtables, the Interbasin Compact Committee, and the public. Becky has worked in both the public and private sectors as a consulting engineer and received both her B.S. and M.S. from the Colorado School of Mines.

Our Vision

Palmer’s vision for our event and beyond is to forge a stronger network of women who are deeply committed to protecting the Colorado we love. We invite you to join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and inspiring evening learning from these women, while also celebrating our collective vision for Colorado, and cultivating a sense of community and action for the important work of protecting our home.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Pinery at the Hill | 775 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs

Tickets: $35/each

Cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception | cash bar


Are you interested in connecting your brand, business, or yourself with influential women and business leaders in our community? Consider becoming a sponsor of Women in Conservation and support critical on-the-ground conservation throughout Colorado and help inspire the next generation of land lovers. Learn more about becoming a sponsor here.