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Executive Presence in a Virtual World

April 7, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:30 MT

Join Anna Conrad, CEO of Impact Leadership Solutions and global leadership expert, for a captivating discussion on Executive Presence in a Virtual World with three of Colorado's premier executives. 

Executive presence is a vital component of leadership, requiring cultivation, practice, focus, and continual care. Now, seemingly overnight, the business world has gone virtual. How can executives continue to inspire confidence and capability in our new virtual world? Join us to hear our panel share stories, best practices, lessons learned, and perhaps even some missteps they have taken while leading in a virtual world.


Carl Lukach

Noodles & Company, CFO

Carl Lukach has served as our Chief Financial Officer since November 2020. Prior to joining Noodles, Carl spent four years as VP Finance at Equinox, the namesake brand within Equinox Group, a high-growth collective of the world’s most influential lifestyle and digital brands. In this role, he oversaw finance, treasury, tax, strategic planning and financial operations, in addition to investor management and capital fund raising. Prior to Equinox, he held several roles in finance and corporate development for Abercrombie & Fitch (“A&F”), where he led the successful expansion of the A&F and Hollister brands through outlet growth and new venture initiatives, including franchising, licensing, wholesale, and acquisitions. Prior to A&F, Carl spent over a decade in investment banking at Credit Suisse with an industry focus in food and retail businesses. As a director, he was responsible for advising clients in capital fund raising and M&A transactions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and psychology from Georgetown University.

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Crystal Heter

Tallgrass Energy, COO and SVP

Crystal Heter is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Tallgrass Energy. She is responsible for strategic leadership of Tallgrass Energy’s Operational Control, Field Operations, EHS, Engineering and Project Execution. Prior to her current role, Crystal served as Segment President, Natural Gas for Tallgrass Energy’s regulated natural gas pipelines where she was responsible for oversight of business development as well as day to day commercial operations of the Rockies Express Pipeline (REX), Trailblazer Pipeline Company (TPC) and Tallgrass Interstate Gas Transmission (TIGT). In addition to her service at Tallgrass Energy, Crystal has also served as the President of Rockies Express Pipeline LLC since July 2017. Crystal was honored in 2017 as one of Hart Energy’s Forty Under 40 In the Oil and Gas Industry. She also serves on the Colorado Oil and Gas Association Advisory Board since 2019.

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Kristen Blesman

Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO

Kristen Blessman has over 20 years of leadership experience, including strategic marketing, business development and executive management; working with both non-profit, for-profit as well as small business ownership experience. Kristen serves as the President and CEO of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CWCC). Prior to the CWCC, Kristen was the Chief Marketing Officer for Goodwill Industries of Denver and was appointed the Innovation and Business Development Officer.

Kristen has received several awards for her marketing, advertising and public relations campaigns, including the Public Relations Society of America’s Gold Pick Award.  Kristen has served on multiple committees and boards of directors, including The American Marketing Association, The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Denver Press Club, The Women’s Leadership Foundation, and Arapahoe House.


Experience Past Executive Voices Events

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Executive Voices Alumni

Christine Benero

President and CEO
Mile High United Way

Bobbi McPherson

Chief People Officer
United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

Dan Jablonski

President and CEO
Maxar Technologies

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD

Craig Hospital
President and CEO

Jacqueline Molnar

Western Union   
Chief Compliance Officer
Chair of the Board, Western Union Foundation

Patty Fontneau

President, Benefits Exchange and Technology Solutions Business

Natasha Wright

Head of Google's Executive Leadership Lab

Rich Frommer

President and CEO
Great Western Operating Company;
Board of Directors Chair (former) Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Hollie Velasquez Horvath

Xcel Energy
Director of Community Relations

Courtney Graham

Four Winds Interactive

Michele Delman

Executive Vice President, Care


The Executive Voices Leadership Team

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Founder and moderator

Advisory Board


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