Karla Grazier 2019 ATHENA Award
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Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado President and CEO Karla Grazier accepts the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award this month during the ATHENA luncheon at the Antlers Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

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KARLA GRAZIER, DISCOVER GOODWILL OF SOUTHERN AND WESTERN COLORADO, RECEIVES 2019 ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD

Karla Grazier, president and CEO of Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, was recently honored as the 2019 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient.

The ATHENA Leadership Award celebrates and honors businesswomen for their professional excellence, community service and mentorship of other women. Grazier joins an elite and international group of past recipients. More than 7,000 women from over 500 communities in eight countries have received the ATHENA Leadership Award since its inception in 1982.

Grazier is a well-known figure in the community. In addition to her role with Discover Goodwill, which has several locations, including at the Circle Retail Center, 2007 S. Circle Drive, she serves on numerous local, state, and national boards and committees, including Colorado State Workforce Development Council, State of Colorado Rehabilitation Council, Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board of El Paso and Teller counties, and Goodwill Industries International, including a term as their board chair in 2017-2018.

As president and CEO, Grazier leads a diverse and growing workforce of more than 1,300 employees and oversees a program with an annual revenue of more than $60 million.

Her business accomplishments are numerous and significant. She obtained the territory rights to an additional 16 counties in Colorado, extending Discover Goodwill’s reach from Kansas to Utah. She led the $10.6 million project to consolidate Discover Goodwill’s programs and operations into a new campus and oversaw the opening of new stores in Pueblo, Monument, Durango, and Colorado Springs for a total of 13 in her territory.

Grazier launched Discover Goodwill’s Possibilities in 2012, a first-of-its-kind program that teaches essential life skills and provides community integration opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

“Karla’s dedication to serving the people of Southern and Western Colorado is evident in the impact her leadership of Discover Goodwill has had on tens of thousands of individuals annually, via programs that help seniors, the financially disadvantaged, and individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities live more independently,” said Aileen Berrios, senior vice president of 5Star Bank and Discover Goodwill governing board member.

“I live my life by a personal mantra – nothing great was ever achieved by being realistic. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people that believe in you,” Grazier advised. “I am so very honored by this award. Thank you.”

Grazier was honored at the 2019 ATHENA Award Luncheon April 4 at The Antlers Hotel. ATHENA nominees are nominated by their peers and judged on a points system by a panel of past recipients.

Additional 2019 ATHENA nominees include:

• Joan Selman, Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care

• Windy Bailey, Equity Colorado Real Estate

• Deborah Balch, Elevated Insights

• Amy Coffman, Missile Defense Agency

• Jennifer Cunningham, Gallery132

• Kameron Easler, Harris Corporation

• Kristen Faith, Break the Silence against Domestic Violence

• Lisa Grubesic, LoanDepot

• Kay Collins Maloney, Harris Corporation

• Diane Price, Early Connections Learning Centers

• Megen Schlesinger, Center for Technology, Research, and Commercialization (C-TRAC)

• Morgan Straus, Harris Corporation

-Compiled by Breeanna Jent

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