I was at the Denver Business Journal Women's Leadership luncheon yesterday when Kathy Hodgson, City Manager of Lakewood, Colorado received a 2015 Outstanding Women in Business Award for making a difference in metro Denver. National Civic League knows the extraordinary accomplishments of Kathy Hodgson and the City of Lakewood because Lakewood won two All-America City Awards in 2011. Not only did Lakewood win the coveted All-America City Award, it also won the very first AAC Diversity Award. When you drive into Lakewood, CO., you see two signs - one that says "We are building an inclusive community" and the other is the All-America City designation. Since 2011, Kathy Hodgson and other key Lakewood business and local government leaders have served in many ways, paying it forward to other communities, by participating on the AAC Host Committee and the AAC jury.
Back to the award! (I thank the City of Lakewood for providing the following.) The Denver Business Journal names winners in several categories each year during a luncheon ceremony, and Kathy Hodgson won in the education, government and nonprofit category on Thursday. Her profile in today’s journal highlights that she runs Lakewood with an emphasis on operating more efficiently, developing mutually beneficial partnerships and being entrepreneurial.
“I am so honored to receive this award mostly because it’s about working to inspire others, particularly women, to excel, to take smart risks and to be professionally courageous,” Kathy said of the award. “I also couldn’t have won this award without my tenacious, talented and dedicated management team, and I want to thank all of them for making this possible.”
She has been Lakewood’s city manager since 2009, and during that time she has helped attract more than $200 million of private investment along the West Colfax and light rail W line corridors. Lakewood also has helped create a regional law enforcement training academy, crime lab, a joint SWAT unit and, most recently, a regional records system with other law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County.
She is personally known for her sense of humor, holding others in high regard and expecting others to do the same. She brings people together to focus on collaboration to make sure the services for the public are provided in the most efficient way possible. She also is one of the few women city managers in the country.
Her profile for the award is available on the newspaper’s website at http://bit.ly/1JmTp63.