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Women to Watch Colorado 2019

  • Larimer Social 1427 Larimer Street Denver, CO, 80202 United States (map)
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Join the Denver Network in celebrating Jewish women leaders in our community at our 2nd Annual Women to Watch Colorado!

Women to Watch Colorado brings JWI's 18+-year Women to Watch tradition of recognizing the country's most inspiring Jewish women leaders to the local level. Building upon the success of the first Annual Women to Watch Colorado, this event brings together community members of all backgrounds to celebrate dynamic Jewish women making a difference in Colorado communities and beyond.

The proceeds from Women to Watch Colorado contribute to JWI’s National Library Initiative, working towards our goal of building 100 fully-furnished libraries for children in domestic violence shelters. If you would like to make an additional donation to the library being built in Denver, please note that in the donation form.


Early-Bird (through Monday, August 26th): $15 for Members / $30 for Non-Members

After August 26th: $18 for Members / $36 for Non-Members

At the door: $20 for Members / $40 for Non-Members


All sponsorships are 100% tax deductible.

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Deanna Bratter

Deanna Bratter is the senior director of sustainable development for Danone North America, the largest public benefit corporation and the largest Certified B Corporation in the world. Deanna drives the company sustainability strategy and programs to support the interconnectivity between the health of people and the health of the planet; and works to amplify the positive impacts of sustainability within business.

Deanna oversees the organization’s nature and sustainability focus areas including commitments to advancing regenerative agriculture, water stewardship, carbon reductions, improving packaging, and supporting people and communities.

Prior to Danone North America, Deanna led Corporate Sustainability for WhiteWave Foods where she began in 2005 and was instrumental in creating and driving WhiteWave’s sustainability initiatives. Deanna integrates her passion for making the world a better place through leadership, education and innovation with her dedication to transforming the sustainability ambitions of business into meaningful results.


Rabbi Rachel Kobrin

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin is the spiritual leader of Congregation Rodef Shalom. Prior to moving to Denver last summer, Rabbi Kobrin served as the spiritual leader of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, PA and the associate rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas. While in Elkins Park, she also built Moed — a soulful and engaging grassroots satellite of her home congregation —located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, and while in Austin, she built Selah — a similar satellite community in South Austin.

A native of Rochester, NY, Rabbi Kobrin attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University in Los Angeles, CA. There she received her rabbinic ordination and master of arts degree in rabbinic studies, as well as the USCJ award for congregational leadership in 2009. Rabbi Kobrin is active in many aspects of Jewish life and Jewish thought, including as a CLAL Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, a JOIN for Justice Clergy Fellow, and a contributing writer for, and The Denver Post, among other publications and websites.


Hadassah Wasserman

Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Hadassah Wasserman and her husband moved to Denver in 2000, and are the proud parents of four children. Hadassah received a master’s degree from The University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. For the past 15 years, she has been an oncology social worker at Children's Hospital Colorado, where she works with children (and their families) who have been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma. Her work focuses on adjustment to illness, navigation of the healthcare maze, and coping with grief and loss.

Hadassah is a grandchild of holocaust survivors. From her resilient grandparents, she has learned about triumph over adversity and that the observance of Judaism is to be cherished and never taken for granted.

She is particularly honored to be chosen by a Jewish organization that recognizes the achievements of her sisters - fellow Jewish women.


Catherine de Medici Jaffee

Born in Aspen, CO, on a community ranch and rodeo called W/J, Cat was raised in a culture of potato farming and deep storytelling centered around her family. Her father's diagnosis with terminal cancer when she was seven-years old deeply impacted Cat, leading her to work towards building a more inclusive society for people whose voices and experiences are underrepresented. Upon graduating from Wellesely College with degrees in political science and religion, Cat earned a Luce in Asia Scholarship to Japan, and a Fulbright Scholarship to Turkey to study the roles of rural women in shaping local political elections. Cat continued living in Turkey to start Balyolu, a boutique honey tasting company that partnered with women on the borders of Turkey and Armenia to produce high-end honey and viable village-based income streams. Her work documenting traditional beekeeping practices of the South Caucasus and training local communities in agro-tourism was awarded a National Geographic Explorer grant and a UNDP Black Sea development grant. Throughout her time in rural Turkey, Cat voraciously consumed podcasts as her primary source of information and entertainment, and after returning to Colorado in 2015, sought to harness the medium to bridge greater understanding among disparate communities. In 2017, Cat opened House of Pod, a community recording studio and podcast incubator in Denver to support a growing podcast community in Colorado. In order to focus as many resources as possible toward amplifying voices on the margins, Cat also started the non-profit audio education organization, Amped. Since House of Pod and Amped launched their programming, they have gathered over 750 podcasters in the front range to learn about podcasting, to start their own shows, and to provide each other with peer support and connections. House of Pod has directly contributed to or launched 10+ new shows in Denver, and partnered with Amped to open Colorado's first podcast incubator for women of color, kicking-off new programming from producers of underrepresented communities.

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Dafna Michaelson Jenet represents Colorado’s House District 30, which stretches from northern Aurora to rural Adams County east of Denver International Airport and back into parts of Thornton and Commerce City, where she resides. Representative Michaelson Jenet serves on the House Education and Public Health Care & Human Services Committees (vice chair), as well as Legislative Audit Committee, and this is her second term as a Colorado State Representative. She has also been selected to serve as the chair of the School Safety Committee, which will be convening this Summer and Fall to address the safety of youth in Colorado's schools. Rep. Michaelson Jenet's legislative work primarily focuses on youth, particularly education, foster care youth, and youth mental health, as well as healthcare access. Prior to her work in the legislature, Rep. Michaelson Jenet worked in the non profit sector, and as an entrepreneur and author. Representative Michaelson Jenet has an MBA from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She and her husband have three children: Eytan and Gavriella Michaelson and Ryan Jenet, an active-duty U.S. Marine.

Host Committee:

Tamara Berkman

Alyson Dinkin

Sally Hammer

Rebecca Leder

Tracey Ludmar

Masha Myslovskaya

Tanya Nathan

Alyse Opatowski

Leora Rothenberg

Meryl Suissa

Brandi Wolff  

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