The Leadership Connection Series is a program offered through ULI Colorado’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and provides opportunities for leading women in business to candidly share their career story, lessons learned and advice for future women leaders. We invite you to join us for this virtual event featuring a conversation with President Joyce McConnell, who will embark on candid conversation regarding her personal and professional journey and what she has learned from first-hand experience.
Joyce McConnell is Colorado State University’s 15th president, the first woman to serve in that role. Like her, the story of how she ended up leading one of the nation’s premiere land-grant universities isn’t entirely what you might expect. Fresh out of high school in Maryland, Joyce wasn’t quite ready for college. Instead, she spent four years working sound for DC-area rock concerts. That gave her a front-row seat for some of the most transformative events of the era, including the March on Washington, Watergate and the Vietnam War protests. “You could really begin to understand your importance as a citizen,” she says.