CSU–Pueblo Leadership Program hosts lecture by Mile High United Way CEO

The President of the Mile High United Way will discuss the state of poverty for families and children in Colorado next week in the first of a series of spring lectures for President’s Leadership Program (PLP) participants. The public is invited to attend.

Christine Benero, president and chief executive officer of the Mile High United Way, will provide an update on the “State” of poverty in Colorado beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13 in the Occhiato University Center Cottonwood Room 202.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Mile High United Way in Denver, CO, Benero raised $42 million last year to support three life changing initiatives – School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter in Denver. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Christine was the Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Corporation for National Service in Washington D.C. She served in two Presidential administrations working for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Christine has served as Vice President of the National Civic League, a national nonprofit organization committed to civic renewal and community-based democracy and as a Community Affairs Corporate Program Officer for Target Stores and the Target Foundation in Minneapolis, MN.

In her volunteer life, Christine serves on the Board of Directors of the National Civic League, Metro Volunteers, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Foundation, and the Friends of the Denver Fire Department. She is the 2009 Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, and also serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service. Christine was named the 9News Leader of the Year for 2007, and, in 2009, was named by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as one of “Nine To Watch In 2009”. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from Boston University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and was selected as a 2007 Gates Fellow for the Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

The PLP program is one of nine schools to participate in the Colorado Leadership Alliance, a consortium of comprehensive leadership education programs at undergraduate institutions across Colorado. Through shared resources and collaborative efforts, CLA’s focus is to develop the next generation of Colorado's leaders.

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