PO Box 260246 Lakewood, CO 80226

WIM USA Annual Meeting

Mile-High, World-Wide: Diversifying the mining industry’s talent pool to face future resource challenges

Women In Mining 2019 Annual MeetingOur goal is to bring together not only Women In Mining members but also local and potentially international participants to share thoughts on topics including Leadership and Diversity in the Industry, What it means to be a Leader in Today’s Environment and Transforming the Mining Industry.

Thursday, April 25 will be a conference-style workshop with speakers on these topics, open to all Women in Mining members and other attendees, with a welcome reception in the beautiful Colorado School of Mines Mineral Museum. Friday, April 26 two field trips are offered, see details below. Saturday, April 27 is the Women In Mining National Board business meeting with a closing dinner and speaker.

Mining Industry Professionals from all business functions including Engineers, Human Resource Representatives, Students, Academia, Consultants, Vendors, Operators, Men and Women interested or associated with the Mining and Mineral industries are welcome to attend. We’re an inclusive organization.


* Colorado School of Mines Student Center Ballrooms D and E

MORNING – 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM (registration from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM)

Welcome, Alicia Polo y la Borda, President Denver Chapter Women in Mining

Setting the Stage for Diversity
Dean Gehring, appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Newmont effective June 2019. Currently Regional Senior Vice President, South America at Newmont Mining

Panel: Stories from the C-Suite: Journey to Executive
Facilitator: Linda Brown, President Women In Mining National Board

  • Cassie Bogs, Partner and General Counsel Resource Capital Funds
  • Elaine Dorward-King, EVP Sustainability and External Relations Newmont
  • Alicia Woods, General Manager at Marcotte Mining, founder of Covergalls
  • Michele McGovern, CEO Riivos

Leadership and Diversity – The Business Case – Building a diverse leadership pipeline to drive more diversity on boards
Michele Ashby, Independent Director and President ACE, LLC Consulting.

LUNCH – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Topic: Transitions and Power
Speaker: Priscilla Nelson, Department Chair Mining Engineering Colorado School of Mines.

AFTERNOON – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Diversity & Inclusion: Newmont’s journey and lesson’s learned
Beatrice Opoku-Asare – Director Diversity & Inclusion, Newmont Mining

Technology’s Impact on the Workforce of the Future
Speaker: Sarah Loomis, Technology Site Manager at Highlands Valley Copper, Caterpillar Inc.

Building and Attracting the Workforce of the Future in Mining
Facilitator: Anita Bertisen, Program Manager Operational Technology & Innovation, Newmont

  • Larry Clark, COO Newtrax Technologies Inc.
  • Catharine Shaw, Mining Client Program Manager (Global), Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Rosa Maria Rojas, Assistant Professor of Practice and Lead Professor Mining 360 Program, University of Arizona
  • Amy E. Landis, PhD, Presidential Faculty Fellow for Access, Attainment & Diversity, Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • Mary Seely, Lead Human Resources Manager, Surface Mining and Technology Division, Caterpillar Inc.


Welcome Reception – CSM Mineral Museum
Host: Renata Lafler, Executive Director Geology Museum

All day: 7:00 AM meet at CSM, return no later than 5:30 PM. 

Option 1 – Climax Mine Site Visit (FULL)

Option 2 – Newmont’s Cripple Creek (FULL)

Option 3 – Workshop: “Leadership Development – Taking personal action”
Hosted by Beatrice Opoku-Asare, Director Diversity & Inclusion, Newmont Mining (unlimited availability)
Location: Colorado School of Mines. Time: 9AM to 3PM
Would you like to know a bit more about Unconscious Bias and how you can interrupt bias in your team? Do you need some tips to finally have that career conversation you need to have with your manager? Can you help in an effort to eliminate “basic symbols of exclusion” within the mining industry?

*Bus or van transportation will be provided along with lunch and water.
**Dinner on your own.

* Colorado School of Mines


National Board Meeting, Part 1 (current board)


Topic: Insights from Women In Mining Canada
Catharine Shaw, Past-President and founder of Women In Mining Canada

National Board Meeting, Part 2 (newly elected board)


Closing Dinner – Table Mountain Inn
Speaker: Linda Brown, President Women In Mining National Closing Remarks

Meet Our Speakers

Beatrice Opoku-Asare
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Rosa Maria Rojas
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Cassie Boggs
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Elaine Dorward-King
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Jean Savage
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Michele Ashby
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Priscilla Nelson
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Sarah Loomis
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Larry Clark
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Renata Lafler
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Amy Landis
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Alicia Woods

Alicia Woods
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Michele McGovern

Michele McGovern
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Catherine Shaw

Catherine Shaw
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Dean Gehring

Dean Gehring
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Mary Seely
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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Women in Mining Denver Chapter is seeking sponsors to help finance this important event from organizations who support diversity and inclusion in the mining and related industries!

Women In Mining is a non-profit organization. All officers of the organization are volunteers. Any funds remaining from the annual meeting will be spent toward student scholarships for the Fall of 2019.


Colorado School of Mines
Student Center Ballrooms
1620 Maple St
Golden, CO 80401


Table Mountain Inn
1310 Washington Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Ph: 303-277-9898

Please use the code WIM2019 to be included in the room block.


A La Carte Registration
Price varies based on selections


Influencer – $500
Available – No limit

Influencer – $750
Available – No limit

Influencer – $1000
Available – No limit

Logo Give Away – $150
Available – No limit

Harrison Western
Partners in Performance
Resource Capital Funds
SRK Consulting