Virginia Santy, Ph.D., is co-founder and CEO of Direct Object Communications, a digital marketing and strategic communication agency representing a range of clients —including Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, startups, and national thought leaders — in fulfilling objectives via purposeful, effective communication. She received her doctorate in strategic communication and women’s studies from UC-Boulder and has ten years of experience in strategic communication advising around an array of social issues and business challenges. A former professor of communication and women’s studies, her research on women, leadership, and work is published in a range of academic and professional outlets. Her examination of women in power and leadership roles earned her the National Women’s Scholar of the Year Award from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication. In addition,Virginia conducts research and consults with developers, private enterprise, and elected officials on how to plan and design cities to support women. Finally, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Broadview Denver, an online publication and resource for the women of Denver dedicated to helping women to see themselves as a force for change and positive action in the community.
Melanie Ulle, is founder and CEO of Philanthropy Expert, LLC, a Denver-based philanthropic consulting firm. Her clients include major corporations, family offices, a myriad of campaigns and initiatives as well as foundations and nonprofits of all sizes. Melanie's professional work has spanned twenty years with a keen eye on organizations supporting women including the Girls Athletic Leadership Schools, female candidates for elected office, the Center for Women's Health Research, the BC4U Program, the Women's Foundation of Colorado, and many women's health initiatives and empowerment programs. Melanie has received attention in media outlets locally, nationally and throughout the world including: the Today Show, Fox News, the New York Times, the LA Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.