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David & Laura Merage Foundation Helps Underwrite WILD Summit II Leadership Conference

Mar 17 2014

David & Laura Merage Foundation supports Front Range leadership event to enable women of all ages and industries to share, learn and grow 

The Women’s Council, part of CU’s Leeds School of Business, today announced the David & Laura Merage Foundation is one of 32 organizations who are underwriting its WILD Summit II event on April 4 at the Westin in Westminster. As a supporter, the David & Laura Merage Foundation is helping play an important role in bringing women across all industries, age groups and backgrounds together to share, learn and grow.

“We are proud to support this important event that promotes the education and development of women of all ages and backgrounds,” said Sue Renner, Executive Director of the David & Laura Merage Foundation. “As a foundation that strongly believes education is the gateway to optimal outcomes, we are pleased to align with the WILD Summit as it provides a one-of-a-kind venue for women in leadership to seek personal and professional growth.”

The Women’s Council WILD Summit is an event that brings together students and inspiring leaders at all stages of their professional careers who can share their experiences, knowledge and passions with each other. During the one-day event, more than 500 Front Range leaders – from students through highly successful and nationally recognized professionals – will delve into the trends that are driving tomorrow’s business opportunities and discover how women are influencing change.

“The caliber of speakers and supporters of this year’s WILD Summit are truly world-class,” said Cindy Carrillo, event chair for the WILD Summit. “We are pleased to have the support of the David & Laura Merage Foundation as we come together to foster the exchange of fresh ideas, learning and sharing for and by women. Through the support of our underwriters, the WILD Summit will offer attendees a venue where women entrepreneurs can provide their best practices and knowledge to help the next generation of leaders reach their career and personal goals and aspirations.”

The WILD Summit will take place April 4, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a networking hour to follow at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. Registration is limited to 500 participants. Register today by going here. For more information on the Women’s Council and the WILD Summit, please go here.

About the WILD Summit II:

The mission of The WILD Summit is to provide a professional forum for women who want to learn and share, inspire and be inspired. Its objective is to increase the visibility and accessibility of successful WILD women in the community to students and each other. It offers a venue for the presentation and sharing of relevant topics that are provocative and engaging to WILD women across university majors, industries and functional roles. It engages a broad audience of WILD women who fit in every place along the continuum of age and experience – bringing together those who are seeking knowledge and those with a desire to share and give back. For more information on the WILD Summit II, please visit

About the Women’s Council:

The Women’s Council is a membership group of professional women who serve the efforts of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado (CU). It also is the sponsor of the WILD Summit.

The purpose of the Women’s Council is to support the mission of CU’s Leeds School of Business by providing access and connection for students to successful women business leaders who will provide their support and expertise and nourish both students and other women in our community to live up to their potential as entrepreneurs and leaders in business. For more information on the Women’s Council, please visit

About the David & Laura Merage Foundation

The David & Laura Merage Foundation’s mission is to promote self-sufficiency through education and community development. The foundation supports programs that are focused on social change and result in children, families and communities improving the quality and circumstances of their lives. David & Laura Merage believe that education is the gateway to optimal life outcomes. For more information, please visit