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October LRW Lunch Meeting

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 11:15am - 01:30pm


Featured Speaker is Heidi Ganahl

Heidi Ganahl pic"Puppies and Politics: Why she ran for office and why you should too"

Heidi Ganahl dealt with adversity early in her life when she lost her husband in a plane crash, but her entrepreneurial spirit helped her pick herself up and found Camp Bow Wow, a $100 million leader in the pet and franchise industry. For this effort, she has received many accolades including Fortune Magazine’s Top 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs, and the 2016 Colorado Brave Leader Award. 

After selling Camp Bow Wow a few years ago, Heidi dedicated herself to “giving back.”  She was elected in a state-wide race to the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado and is on several other boards focusing on entrepreneurship and education.  She also founded the Fight Back Foundation to support social entrepreneurs that want to tackle the most pressing societal issues confronting kids today, and just launched her new lifestyle brand for millennial and Gen Z women, the SheFactor. 

Heidi is married to one of the top BBQ cooks in the country and has four children ranging in age from 7 to 23.

Accolades and Recognitions:

2016 Colorado Brave Leader Award (Colorado Business Roundtable)
2014 Fortune Most Promising Women Entrepreneur
2009-2014 Inc 500/5000
2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Semi-Finalist
2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist
2007-2014 Entrepreneur Franchise 500
2010 WPO/AmEx Open – Top 50 Fastest Growing Women-Led Companies (#10)
2010 #39 in Inc Magazine “Top Consumer Product and Service Companies”
2009 Denver Business Journal’s Colorado Business Woman of the Year
2008 Stevie Award for Top Entrepreneur and for Top Company
2009 Top 50 Colorado Companies to Watch
2009 Colorado Biz “One of the Top 100 Woman Owned Companies”
2009 Entrepreneur Magazine “One of America’s Top 50 Fastest Growing Woman Led Companies”

We will also hear from Michael Fields


Michale Fields

Michael Fields is the Executive Director of Colorado Rising Action. He was previously the State Director of Americans for Prosperity - Colorado. He brings years of nonprofit, educational, and legislative experience. He has served as a policy aide at the Colorado State House and also as a press aide for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. He taught both elementary and middle school at a charter school in Aurora – later serving as the governing board president of that school. Michael graduated from Valparaiso University and earned his J.D. from University of Colorado – Boulder. He and his wife, Mele, and their three children live in Parker.





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We order whatever we want off the menu and pay the server directly.  A basket is passed for donations to help offset LRW expenses.  NOTE:  Please make sure you arrive on time to give the server an opportunity to take your order and serve your meal before the meeting begins.  Our speakers begin around noon and the server will not serve or clear settings until after the speaker finishes.  Thank you!

Location:   IHOP Restaurant 2040 KEN PRATT BLVD. LONGMONT, CO
Event ID: 441