Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘Next Generation’ with addition of Affinity Program and new strategic direction

Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce celebrates ‘Next Generation’ with addition of Affinity Program and new strategic direction

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 7, 2016 – The Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce has added an Affinity Program to benefit members and will reveal its new strategic plan, along with a revitalized brand, during a celebration at The Mezzanine on Thursday.

The Women’s Chamber Board of Directors and Executive Director Lola Woloch have developed a new strategic direction, which includes a commitment to create more value for its members, promote member businesses as much as possible, create relevant programming, and to be a strategic partner and advocate that positively impacts and moves the business community forward.

In order to better reflect its mission in the business community and ongoing progress with boosting economic vitality, the Women’s Chamber has revitalized its brand, to include a new website, logo, tagline and mission statement.

As part of this strategic plan to take the Women’s Chamber into the “Next Generation,” the organization has been intentional in: Targeting women who are leaders and have a voice in public policy; and creating collaborative partnerships that benefit business owners and expand their professional development, while increasing overall
economic strength in the region.

In addition, the Women’s Chamber has partnered with a variety of companies to launch the Affinity Program – business-to-business offerings that help members save money and grow their businesses. Through the Affinity Program, these special rates and services are available to members:

  • Up to 25 percent savings on health insurance premiums with Kaiser Permanente and Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, through InTANDEM HR Affinity Program, exclusive to Women’s Chamber members.
  • Savings on Workers’ Compensation Benefit programs with Associates Insurance Group Inc.
  • Savings up to 60 percent on supplies, copy and print needs through Office Depot savings program.
  • Savings up to 25 percent on new or existing Constant Contact accounts.

“We are grateful to Jan Weiland and her original vision, leadership and drive to create this organization, which is essential to the community,” said Lola Woloch, executive director of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

“Now, 23 years later, as we launch the Next Generation of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, our goal is to make a significant impact for our members and the community that we serve.”


  • Candy Vandenberg, Business Banker, Ent Credit Union, President
  • Kristin Lutwack, Senior Media Consultant, FOX21, President-elect
  • Gina Kaiser, Owner, Kaiser Advertising, Secretary
  • Lori Kapu, Catholic Charities, Director of Finance, Treasurer
  • Deb Lemke, Area Administrator, Kaiser Permanente
  • Cynthia Latney, VP/Chief Nursing Officer, Penrose St. Francis Health Services; CNO, Centura Health
    South State Group
  • Ingrid Richter, Executive Director, Catalyst Campus for Technology and Innovation
  • Garrett Gatlin, Director of Leadership Development, University of Colorado Colorado Springs


We mean business.


Empowering our members through education, advocacy, and collaborative partnerships, focusing on economic vitality.


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, we offer impactful connections to support businesses in the Southern Colorado region. We focus on strategies to create an environment for business success by providing networking and educational opportunities, building business relationships, and advocating for our members and the community we serve.

We work to provide members with meaningful networking with business colleagues, along with member-only business promotions, directory and calendar listings, plus sponsorship opportunities at branded special events.

At the Women’s Chamber, we have partnered with a variety of companies to offer the Affinity Program, which helps members save money and grow their businesses by having access to special rates and services for healthcare insurance, workers’ compensation benefits, and more.

In addition, we offer programs to support leadership, community and civic involvement through our Chamber, as well as opportunities for philanthropy through the SCWCC Foundation. For more information, visit SCWCC.com.

Becca Tonn