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Honoring Brenda Smith


We were pleased to present Brenda with the 2018 Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award at the 10th annual award luncheon on May 18, 2018. With a powerful work ethic, discerning spirit, and kind heart, Brenda has established herself as a respected leader. Her approach to business has been one grounded in mentorship. Having benefited from a UCCS faculty member's interest in her personal success, she pays it forward by mentoring those around her. 

Brenda spent over 36 years at BKD, LLP in Colorado Springs where she was the first woman to be appointed managing partner and the first woman to be elected to the company's governing board.

Today, she co-owns the newly renamed Garden of the Gods Collection. Her many and various charitable pursuits include founding the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, co-founding the Colorado Springs Chamber Nonprofit Partnership, and spearheading the establishment of an endowment in the name of UCCS Accounting Professor Kirk Wilcox.

We are inspired by her passion, endurance, and integrity displayed over several decades. 


Thank you to everyone who attended the event on May 18, 2018!

If you missed the event but would like to watch it, please click here to view our afternoon together from start to finish. Please click here if you would like to view the professional event photos.

Watch our 2017 honoree, Lyda Hill, give her remarks as she passes the torch (password: Admin1):

Lyda Hill Video Remarks


For more information, please contact Samantha Wood at swood2@uccs.edu or 719-255-7174.


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Partner Sponsors


ANB Bank

The Broadmoor

Bryan Cave

Central Bancorp

Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

Discover Goodwill

The Equity Group

First Presbyterian Church

Griffis/Blessing, Inc.

Land Title Guarantee Co. 

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Jon + Becky Medved

N.E.S. Inc.


Olson Plumbing

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care

Reliant Construction

Stockman Kast Ryan + Co. LLP

U.S. Bank

United States Olympic Committee

UCCS Chancellor's Office

Woodford Manufacturing