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Boulder Chamber Commemorates Visionary Leaders at Celebration of Leadership


March 14, 2024

On March 13, the Dairy Arts Center played host to the Boulder Chamber's prestigious annual Celebration of Leadership, where outstanding community and business leaders were honored for their innovation and impact. 

With a tradition spanning over four decades, the Boulder Chamber gathered leaders who played pivotal roles in advancing Boulder's economic and social landscape. These individuals led with passion and creativity and turned their vision into successful businesses, non-profit organizations, and endeavors that lifted our economy and transformed our community. The Celebration of Leadership pays tribute to the true spirit that these individuals and businesses embody and lives in the Boulder Chamber’s mission of "Building Community Through Business”. 

“The 2024 Celebration of Leadership honorees represent a diverse spectrum of impactful contributors to our economic and community vitality,” said Boulder Chamber President and CEO John Tayer. “Whether they are focused on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion – a critical foundation of Boulder’s future economic strength – or shepherding the natural foods movement into a multi-billion-dollar industry, Boulder thrives on their passion, creativity, and initiative. The Boulder Chamber is proud to have recognized and celebrated this year's honorees, acknowledging their exceptional success and contributions.” 

2024 Honorees  

  • Virginia Patterson Business Leader of the Year Award | Neal Lurie, President & CEO of Resource Central 
  • Rising Star Award | Marie-Juliette Bird, Founder of The New Local 
  • Innovative Business of the Year Award | Element Properties & Boulder Shelter for the Homeless 
  • Entrepreneurial Business of the Year Award | Meati Foods 
  • Impact Award | Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Founder & Director of the Center for African & African American Studies 
  • Franny Reich Lifetime Achievement Award | Doug Greene, Founder of New Hope Network  

Additionally, the Boulder Chamber proudly honored Hannah Hester of Live West Realty by presenting her with the Chamber Champion Award for exceptional service in our Ambassador Program. In that role, Hannah makes it her business to ensure every member feels noticed and welcome in our Boulder Chamber family. Reserved for individuals who surpass the call of their volunteer role, Hannah’s outstanding contributions have set a standard of excellence and reflect a dedication to fostering a thriving and connected community.  

Celebration of Leadership was presented by FNBO.