The Denver Business Journal announces 12 Outstanding Women in Business for 2013

DBJ’s Outstanding Women in Business Communications, Media and Public Relations Winner Timi Aguilar of Aguilar Public Relations

The Denver Business Journal honored 12 distinctive women during their annual Outstanding Women in Business awards luncheon held earlier today at the Grand Hyatt hotel in downtown Denver. Winners in the categories of architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; health care; large business owner; law; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner; technology and telecommunications were announced, as well as a special lifetime achievement recipient.

Timi Aguilar, Principal of Castle Rock, Colorado-based Aguilar Public Relations was this year’s winner in the category of communications, media and public relations. Timi’s fellow finalists include Meg VanderLaan, Vice President of Corporate Communications for MWH Global in Broomfield, Colorado, and Megan Moye Zacher, founding partner and designer with Zebra Inc. in Denver, Colorado.

The winner of the lifetime achievement award for this year was Jane Miller, CEO of Charter Baking in Boulder Colorado makers of Rudi’s Organic and Gluten-free baked goods.  Ms. Miller has held an executive position at every company she’s worked for — Frito-Lay, Bestfoods and H.J. Heinz in London, to name a few. She is also a mentor and board member for the Boulder-based Unreasonable Institute, which connects entrepreneurs from around the world with successful mentors in business, technology, social change and other areas.

A full breakdown of today’s event, including expanded information on all of the very talented finalists in all the categories, will be available on The Denver Business Journal web site Friday.

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“Jobs” star, and others in their A&F model days

ashton-kutcher-pour-abercrombie-amp-fitchOn the eve of the opening of his latest film “Jobs,”  actor Ashton Kutcher may be reminiscing of some earlier, simpler times in his career. Times that didn’t include holding up a network TV show, a messy divorce, and media scrutiny of almost every aspect of his life. From this shot, things looked pretty carefree back in 1998. Follow the link and check out other celebs before they were more famous striking a pose for clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.

What do you think of Kutcher’s photo, as well as the rest? Share your feedback with us here.

Embattled Paula Deen finally makes delayed “Today” appearance, but no direct apology

Embattled lifestyle guru Paula Deen makes “Today” show appearance

Lifestyle guru Paula Deen has been on more of a defensive than an apology tour this week. Her most recent stop was on NBC’s “Today” show. During the interview, Deen spoke a great deal about how the scandal has affected her personally, but didn’t utter a direct apology.

“I have been overwhelmed and in a state of shock,” said Deen. “There have been some very hurtful lies said about me.”

Lauer came out of the chute by grilling Deen on how the loss of sponsors and endorsement deals have affect her, and her business empire.

“Let me say this Matt,” Deen said, “what I am here today to talk about is what I believe, and how I live my life. I believe that every creature on this Earth, every one of God’s creatures was created equal.”

Lauer pushed the financial issue by quoting a headline that touted there were millions of dollars at stake tied to the “Today” show interview.

“Are you here to stop the financial bleeding,” Lauer asked.

“I am here today because I want people to really know who I am,” replied Deen once again deflecting the question.

The scandal stems from testimony offered in a deposition by Deen about her use of the derogatory “n” word with employees at her restaurants. Deen’s use of the word was also brought up in relation to a plantation themed wedding her restaurant catered for a private client.

“I am so grateful for the (business) partners that have stood by me,” was Deen’s only response to the number of sponsors who have dropped her brand or were considering doing so.

Lauer followed up by asking the burning hot-button question…is Paula Deen a racist?

“No, I am not a racist,” replied Deen. “I was raised in a house hold with a father who would tolerate bad grades or a broken curfew, but told me ‘girl if I ever find out that you have behaved in a way like you are better than anyone else your butt is mine.”

Lauer later asked Deen about her alleged use of the “n” word in the past. He cited that Deen admitted to using the word in her sworn deposition, and included an excerpt from her testimony regarding whether using the “n” word when telling a joke was acceptable.

Deen’s response was as follows:

“I don’t know. Most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks…I didn’t make up the jokes. They usually target, though, a group…I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.”

“Do you have any doubt that African Americans are offended by the ‘n’ word,” asked Lauer.

“I don’t know Matt,” responded Deen. “I have asked myself that so many times because it’s so distressing to go into my kitchens and I hear what these young people are calling each other. It’s very, very distressing.”

“You never joined in on that language,” asked Lauer.

“No,” said Deen emphatically, “absolutely not!”

Later, Lauer asked Deen if upon reflection she wished that she had fudged the truth a bit.

“No,” she replied. “I am only prejudiced against two types of people; thieves and liars.”

Deen became quite emotional at the end of the interview, and while never offering an actual apology, alluded to the fact that she has apologized on previous occasions, and spoke about how the hurtful words and speculation had been damaging to not just Deen and her business but to family and friends as well.

“The people that know me, they are angry,” she said.

At the end of the interview, Deen evoked the words in the Bible regarding sin, and chalked up much of what has happened to a case of professional jealousy.

“If there is a person out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me, please. I want to meet you. I is what I is, and I’m not changing. And, there’s someone evil out there that saw what I had worked for and they wanted it.”

What do you think of Paula’s interview on the “Today” show? Weigh in with comments.

Gwyneth Paltrow named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman”

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been name People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman” in their annual beauty issue. The style icon beat out other luminaries such as Halle Berry and Jennifer Lawrence. The magazine boasts that Paltrow possesses a “timeless look,” and was the reason for her selection.

Ironically, in another recent poll conducted by Star Magazine, Paltrow was also vote the “Most Hated Celebrity in Hollywood.” By a landslide…

What are your thoughts? Are you “Team Gwyneth?” Weigh in with your comments.

Is Eva Longoria “Ready for Love” after NBC cancels her show?

Eva and ErnestoIs it real, or just a coy denial, or is Latina beauty Eva Longoria really dating show bachelor, entrepreneur Ernesto Arguello? Numerous news agencies reported recently that Longoria and Arguello, a bachelor on the show “Ready for Love,” were a couple after spotting the duo on a few outings such as riding through Hollywood in Longoria’s Bentley convertible, and dining with celebri-chef Bobby Flay and stylist Robert Verdi in New York City. Some reports even have Arguello spending the night at Longoria’s  L.A. home.

On Tuesday NBC announced that it was pulling the plug on “Ready for Love,” a dating show loosely based on The Bachelor with 3 matchmakers doing the legwork for three über hot bachelors that included Arguello, Dallas-based financier Ben Patton and “Plain White T’s” band member Tim Lopez. Longoria served as executive producer for the show.

So what do you thin…does it matter if Longoria found love while helping others find love? Weigh in…

An open letter to sorority membership sparks concern and outrage

c307645_l copyFor some, the college experience is enriched by participating in the Greek system. Rushing a sorority or fraternity is almost a right of passage among college freshmen every year. While many have different reasons for rushing, the consensus is that most just want their college experience enriched by what the Greek system promises to bring to their lives. But is it that much of a benefit after all? According to some of the members of the University of Maryland’s chapter of the Delta Gamma sorority, their choice for “sisterhood” may have been misplaced.

In a recent email from an unnamed member of the sorority’s executive board, the young women were called out for being “awkward” and “boring” when mixing with their brothers from “match-up” fraternity Sigma Nu. The expletive-laden memo also calls the women out for spending too much time at events enjoying each others company, and not engaging their male counterparts.

“I do not give a flying f—, and Sigma Nu does not give a flying f—, about how much you f—ing love to talk to your sisters. You have 361 days out of the f—ing year to talk to sisters, and this week is NOT, I f—ing repeat NOT ONE OF THEM.”

The missive has brought some unwanted attention to the sorority, and has even garnered online parodies of the email being read aloud. A request was submitted to the web site Gawker, requesting that the email be removed, or at the least the names of the sorority and fraternity be removed from their accompanying article. To date, their request has not been granted.

What are your thoughts on this email message? Is it a proper message to send to young women? What was your Greek experience in college? We welcome your comments.

ND news anchor’s career derailed by “Freaking Shoes” on the air

When your fired, you’re fired. Or are you…?

We’ve all been there. In a moment of stress, we utter something under our breath that may be a bit…racy. You know what I mean; expletive laden thoughts. Now imagine if that moment was caught on camera and broadcast to a television viewing audience. That is the case for one former news anchor in North Dakota.

AJ Clemente was fired from his job as an anchor for North Dakota NBC station KFYR after uttering what can most easily be translated into “freaking shoes,” unaware that his microphone was still live. The worst part of this story is that it was not only AJ’s first day on the air as anchor, it was also his last. The difficulty stemmed from  not only first day jitters, but the fact that the first words he was to utter on the air was a story about the winner of the Boston marathon, Tsegaye Kebede. Still, owning up to his on-air gaffe, Clemente took to the Twitter-sphere to give a decidedly light-hearted spin to his predicament.

“Tough day,Thanks for the support,We all make mistakes. I’m truly sorry for mine.
I’ll try my hardest to come back better and learn from this.”

Later, Clemente posted the news that no news anchor wants to get from his employer.

“Unfortunately KFYRTV has decided to let me go. Thank you to them and everyone in ND for the opportunity
and everyone for the support.”

But it is safe to say the the legend that is becoming AJ Clemente will not end soon. He is slated to appear as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday.

What do you think of AJ’s mistake? Should he have lost his job, or been given a second chance? Weigh in with your comments.