OK, so how many women can you think of who work really hard behind the scenes doing great things, or just generally do unselfish acts for the good of others? How many of those women get a lot of press or public recognition? Women In Kind co-founders Melanie Ulle and Virginia Santy took their innovative first-in-Colorado women-friendly workspace and in less than two years they have turned it into a community full of energetic thinkers and doers. Then they decided that inspiring women who might be overlooked or underappreciated for their above-and-beyond deeds should be spotlighted for their good work. Ladies—and gentlemen—Women In Kind Presents Wink’s Unsung Shero Awards.

This year’s Women In Kind honorees (l to r): Pamela Harris, Leslie Oliver, Leticia Martinez, Kara Bilstein, Kim Harrell and Bri Cranston-Miller

On Thursday, Nov. 29, around 100 supporters gathered at the Women In Kind workspace to honor local sheroes, as well as catch up with old friends and get to know new ones. The evening began with a casual reception highlighted by a tasty buffet and wine, with high-energy tunes from vivacious DJ Bella Scratch. Co-founders Melanie Ulle and Virginia Santy then greeted the crowd and began the awards program that was full of heart, emotion and gratitude.

Those honored and their awards were: Leslie Oliver, Bold Voice, introduced by Gloria Schoch; Leticia Martinez, Bold Activism, introduced by Hollie Velasquez; Kim Harrell, Bold Creativity, introduced by Phyllis Rider; Pamela Harris, Bold Vision, introduced by Cindy Abramson; and Kara Bilstein, Bold Courage, introduced by Melanie Ulle. Then, Virginia Santy invited a surprised Bri Cranston-Miller to the podium, and honored her hard work and spectrum of tasks helping co-founders get, and keep, the organization up and running. Guests had the opportunity to linger after the program to chat informally.

(l to r): Shanda Vangas, Tasha Jones and Alex Ballas

Women in Kind is a workplace designed for women, by women, from the ground up. It’s an environment created to meet the social, life, and professional needs of women. It’s also a community invested in the support and growth of women-led business. Women in Kind is a commitment to valuing women by addressing their needs and alleviating their pain points in business and the business of life. The services and amenities Women in Kind offers members revolve around what it means to be a working woman and how, for the first time, we can move the burden and responsibilities of being a working woman from individual women’s shoulders to a structure of support designed with women’s specific needs in mind. For more information, please visit https://www.womeninkind.com, or call 720-261-1181.