Colorado Springs, Colo. — Linda Weise, CEO of the Colorado Springs Community Cultural
Collective, was chosen as the Accolades Business Leader of the Year, a program hosted by the
Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

At the Aug. 15 awards luncheon and gala, Weise was honored for her decades of work in the
community through the Colorado Springs Conservatory, as well as her role in renovating the
century-old City Auditorium and creating new workforce programs in hospitality and theater

For the past 29 years, Accolades has honored accomplishments in business.

Accolades also honored De’Aura Lemus, strategy and culture specialist at The Resource
Exchange, as Young Professional of the Year. Uyen Lee, owner of the Beauty Bar, received the
Minority-Owned Business of the Year award. Travis Bockenstedt received the Member of the
Year award. Dr. Cristi Bundakamara won the Don Brown Entrepreneur Award. She is owner of
Mentally STRONG, a local behavioral health clinic.

“Celebrating women in business is just one facet of the SCWCC, along with economic
development, leadership and business training,” said Lola Woloch, CEO of the Southern
Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. “We are always thrilled to recognize the success of
accomplished women in Southern Colorado; it’s important that we hold up these women as role
models for those who come after us.”

Proceeds from the Accolades Silent Auction support programs at the SCWCC and scholarships
for women through the SCWCC Foundation.


About Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce: The Southern Colorado Women’s
Chamber of Commerce (SCWCC) was founded in 1993 and is a member-based non-profit
501(C)(6) organization. SCWCC is committed to economic vitality for our members and our
community. With strategic business and political relationships, SCWCC offers impactful
connections to support business in the Southern Colorado region. Program offerings include
leadership support, community, and civic involvement through our Chamber, as well as
opportunities for philanthropy through the SCWCC Foundation. To learn more, visit

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