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  • January 02, 2023 7:37 PM | VVBW Admin Account (Administrator)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2023 will bring great things, like more professional networking events for starters. If your 2023 goal is to meet more professional women in the Vail Valley, then plan to attend our monthly events. They are FUN, SOCIAL, and full of great information and networking.

    Our December fundraiser was a huge success! Because of you, we raised $7,000. The venue was a big hit and we had nearly 80 in attendance. Thank you for helping to make our events fun, full of networking, and of course lots of laughter. Also, thank you to our event sponsors (Paul Davis Restoration, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties, and Vail Valley Cares)to help off-set the cost of the event.

    We are excited to invite you to our January event on Wednesday January 11th at 5:30 pm in Eagle Ranch at the new wine bar, SOCIAL OAK WINE BAR. 

    CLICK HERE to register for the event.

  • November 11, 2022 7:39 AM | VVBW Admin Account (Administrator)

    Hello Fellow Vail Valley Business Women – The 10th Mountain Distillery Event in Gypsum WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. Surprisingly, the snow storm did not keep many away as we had 42 registered and 30 showed up. Thank you if you were part of the 30 for helping to make the event full of networking, laughs (and smiles), and building deeper relationships with one another. We hope that you all started your work day the next day with a brighter and lighter heart and inspired to elevate your business. We especially loved that the event was supposed to end at 7:30 and most everyone stayed until 8:30. The feedback by many of you in attendance was that it was their favorite event so far – we will definitely have another one there in 2023. Thank you to the owner of 10th Mountain Distillery, Ryan, and their amazing bartender, Conner, for a wonderful and educating tour and high quality cocktails. Thank you also to the Vail Daily ladies for presenting their passion for what they do.

    Next month is our Holiday Soiree at the Vail Ski Museum on Wednesday, December 14th from 6-9. We will open the event registration page up early next week as we are still working on a few final decisions before that goes live and we will email everyone when the registration is open. This event is unique in that we ask you to invite as many people as you can to help us make our fundraising goal. This means that MEN ARE INVITED as well. It will be a fancy event so please dress in holiday festive attire.

    Proceeds go to the advancement and future growth of professional women in the Vail Valley. We direct our fundraising efforts to college scholarships for young high school graduating women – with a goal of providing (8) scholarships for $1,000 each year of a young woman’s two or four year college education, totaling a fundraising goal of $8,000 minimum. The young women are selected from the five area high schools within the Eagle County School District. The recipients are selected in cooperation with the Youth Foundation's Community Scholarship Collaborative each May.

    Please reach out to Nouara at or text/call her cell at 720-226-5849 if you would like to donate something or help solicit donations. Also, contact her if you would like to help the day of the event, we need lots of volunteers to help make this a successful event. You can download and print he donation form my CLICKING HERE.

    We look forward to seeing you in December!

    The Vail Valley Business Women’s Board of Directors

    · President: Pam Elliott

    · Vice President: Jill Bossow

    · Treasurer: Sarah Buckwalter

    · Membership Director: Dana Walker

    · Programming Director: Rebecca Chapin

    · Marketing Directors: Barb Vanessen

    · Secretary: Courtney Clark

    · Member at Large: Nourara Sadaoui

  • October 20, 2022 9:13 AM | VVBW Admin Account (Administrator)

    To our wonderful members and guests, 

    We had a very successful event last week on October 12th, with over 30 attending the Vail Country Club. A surprise speaker, Dr. Julie Barone from the Vail Shaw Cancer Center, spoke about breast cancer awareness. We also introduced the new Vail Valley Business Women’s board of directors and ended the night with the longest drive competition. There was a lot of laughter, new and old connections made, and of course, great advice given by Dr. Julie.

    I would love to introduce you to the new board of directors if you were not in attendance last week. They are:

    • President: Pam Elliott
    • Vice President: Jill Bossow
    • Treasurer: Sarah Buckwalter
    • Membership Director: Dana Walker
    • Programming Director: Rebecca Chapin
    • Marketing Directors: Barb Van Essen
    • Secretary: Courtney Clark
    • Member at Large: Nourara Sadaoui

    Everyone is filling a vital role, and we are happy that we have an entire board of directors to spread out the work it takes to create engaging and fun monthly events. We aim to create events you all want to come to and leave a little more intelligent, light-hearted, and excited to attend the next month.

    We do have an immediate need for our membership. Our holiday soiree is on December 14th, and to make it a successful event (where we raise a lot of money for our young teenage girls for scholarship money), we need people to help ask for donations for the event. Nouara Sadaoui is in charge of the committee; please contact her at If you can help her out. We would very much appreciate your support with this. We are close to deciding on a location and will let you know more next month.

    Since our membership drive last month, we are happy to announce that we have 5 Corporate Sponsors: Chase Bank, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Colorado Properties, Ruggs Benedict, Gallegos Corporation, and the Vail Daily. If you know of a business that might be interested, please send them to our website or ask them to reach out to me. Through our corporate membership, executive members, and associate members, we can have fun and exciting events for you all to attend monthly. 

    Our event next month is on Wednesday, November 9th, and will be in Gypsum at The 10th Mountain Distillery. It has been a long time since we met in Gypsum, so we thought now was a great time to head down valley for some fun. More to come on what festivities we will have that night, but it will surely be a fun night of connection with professional ladies.

  • September 30, 2022 1:03 PM | VVBW Admin Account (Administrator)

    Please register on the EVENTS page of the website


    VVBW invites you for another great in person gathering! Join us at the Vail Country Club in Chapel Square in Avon and enjoy participating in the Longest Drive competition. No golf experience necessary! The cost to play is $5 per entry (you might want to play twice if you are feeling competitive) and the money goes towards our scholarship fund. 

    VVBW is excited to offer another opportunity to get together, network and help make new business contacts, generate leads and connect with old friends.   

    As part of registration we will provide a buffet style dinner, and one glass of wine, beer, or specialty event cocktail for all those that attend. There is a a cash bar available as well.

    We are able to accept cash or credit card payments only at the event for raffle ticket purchases.

    Event Schedule:

    • 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Grab a glass of wine, appetizer and networking. 
    • 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - Update from the President and play in the Longest Drive competition on the golf simulator. Cost is $5 each time you play which goes to our kids scholarship fund (Eagle County's Dollars for Scholars).  
    • 7:30 p.m. - Event Ends

    Location: Vail Country Club - 240 Chapel Pl Unit-B126, Avon, CO 81620

    Parking: Free parking is available

    RSVP: Register early and by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, OCT 11 2022.

    Your advance registration helps us plan for a great evening and reduces check-in wait time. You will receive an email when your registration is confirmed.    

    Ticket Prices: 

    • Pre-registered Guest - $40
    • Corporate Members - $0 (for 3 attendees)
    • Executive Members - $0
    • Associate Members - $20

    Questions about registration? Please email

  • September 25, 2018 4:36 PM | Laura Waniuk

    Attendees of the VVBW Membership Open House got acquainted with new prospective members and caught up with friends. The event, hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton Vail, was an opportunity for the public to learn more about VVBW membership.

    Ladies who register for membership before Friday, September 28 will lock in at a lower rate for the year. Associate level is $110, Executive $345 and Corporate is $1045. After September 28 the rates will be at the new levels: Associate for $140, Executive $375 and Corporate is $1125. For more information on membership, please email

  • July 18, 2018 8:48 AM | Laura Waniuk

    Attendees of VVBW’s July event learned the benefits of slowing down, developing a conscious appreciation, and recognizing and enjoying the present.  Hosted at Hygge Life in Avon, the evening included networking and a cozy, picnic style dinner.

    Hygge is a Danish word (pronounced hue-guh) used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cozy, charming or special. It can happen whether you are alone, with friends or family, at home or out on the town.  Hygge Life Founder Alexandra Gove first discovered the concept while traveling Europe, where she was impressed with with the Northern European way of slowing down, being present and genuinely enjoying every day moments.

    Hygge Life began on the road in 2014 in an old 1971 Opel Blitz camper van painted blue. Alexandra and boyfriend Koen traveled Europe making and selling traditional poffertjes, a Dutch mini pancake. Then followed a blog,, focusing on people and things that inspired them and provoked hygge in their lives.  The blog eventually developed into an online store and then grew to include a brick and mortal establishment in Eagle Vail.  The Hygge Vail shop features items that Alexandra and Koen feel create hygge spaces, including textiles, sheepskins, candles and European vintage items.

    The group also received a helpful handout to help explain the concept of hygge, also known as The Hygge Manifesto. While it sounds like a very serious title, the Manifesto encourages the individual to live life well with ten concepts. Attendee Tracy Long embraced a few suggestions made during the presentation.  “I feel it has made my home time more relaxing and replenishing,” says Long.

    Atmosphere: Turn down the lights. Illuminate with candles.
    Presence: Be here now. Put down the phone and other distractions.
    Pleasure: A little indulgence never hurt anyone. Enjoy pleasures like cake, chocolate, a glass of wine or other enjoyable treats.
    Equality: Choose “We” over “Me.” Share the airtime.
    Gratitude: Take in every moment. This might be as good as it gets.
    Harmony: Live in harmony. Life is not a competition.
    Comfort: Take a break. It’s all about relaxation.
    Truce: No drama queens. Set aside the politics for another time.
    Togetherness: Build relationships and narratives. Get lost in remembrances, “Remember the time we….”
    Shelter: This is your tribe. This is a place of peace and security

    Hygge Life is located in Eagle-Vail and offers a collection of home décor items from artisans nearby and abroad that are chosen to inspire people to adopt the Danish way of living well.

  • June 20, 2018 8:50 AM | Laura Waniuk

    Shop on the perimeter of the grocery store was advice given by VVBW’s June keynote speaker, Christine Pierangeli, a certified master nutrition therapist. The most whole, nutrient-dense foods are found in these areas, according to Pierangeli.

    Hosted at the newly opened Doubletree at Vail, the event featured Pierangeli’s presentation on the “Foundations of Nutrition,” and also a delicious and healthy dinner for the attendees.

    There are no gimmicks or supplements to help eat a whole, nutrient-dense, real food diet, says Pierangeli.  As the owner of Profound Wellness of Vail, she offers one-on-one nutrition counseling, “pantry rehab” and menu planning services. Pierangeli originally spoke at VVBW’s January 2017 event, and was so well-received she returned for another event.  Attendees asked many thought-provoking questions and received a handout of the foundations of nutrition information.

    According to Pierangeli, avoid prepackaged and processed foods, which can include vegetarian items like meatless crumbles. Focus on whole fruits and vegetables as your main source of carbohydrates, avoid added sugar and limit refined carbohydrates as much as possible. And don’t even think about eating Aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to a number of health conditions and should be avoided.

    Other suggestions for healthy eating:

    Eat Healthy Fats/ Avoid Trans-Fats
    Ditch hydrogenated oils and look for extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil.  Avocados, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of “good fats.” Avoid conventionally-raised meats and buy grass-fed, organic meats. Helpful Hint: An individual serving of meat, poultry or fish should be the size of a deck of cards.

    Eat a High-Quality Protein with Every Meal and Snack
    Keeping blood sugar in balance is the key to sustained energy and feelings of well-being, and adding a little protein with every meal and snack is so important. Think veggies and hummus or apples and almond butter for snacks. Salmon and veggies or eggs scrambled with mixed vegetables for meals are great options.

    Eat Five to Seven Mini Meals Each Day
    Make sure to eat breakfast within an hour of awakening, which will get your metabolism revved for the day, help balance blood sugar levels, and prevent the afternoon sugar/caffeine crash. Remember this simple phrase: Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Queen and dinner like a Pauper.  BUT also eat some small snacks that include protein in between meals! Eating mini meals with keep the metabolism revved and the blood sugar balanced throughout the day.

    Eat a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables with Each Meal
    Fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants to fight free-radical damage and fiber for sustained energy and heart health.  These should be the cornerstone of your healthy regime.

    Drink At Least Eight 8 Ounce Glasses of Filtered Water Each Day
    Clean water keeps you properly hydrated and supports detoxification. Add a squeeze or slice of lemon for extra flavor and detox benefits.

    Buy Organic
    Buying organic eliminates pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and herbicides in your food. Organic also tastes better and provides more phytonutrients to support good health. Some items should always be organic, in order to receive the most health benefits. However, there are certain foods you can buy conventional. Helpful Hint: Check for The Dirty Dozen (fruits and veggies to only buy organic) and The Clean Fifteen (fruits and veggies that you can be more lenient in buying organic).

    Eat Probiotic Foods
    A healthy gut microbiome is the key to good digestive health, which modulates immunity and helps fight disease. Good probiotic supplements can be found at some local grocery stores, pharmacies and health food stores. Probiotic foods include Kim Chi, miso, sauerkraut and Kombucha tea.  Helpful Hint: Ask for Kent at Vail Valley Pharmacy in Edwards for info on probiotic supplements.

    Drink Caffeine and Alcohol in Moderation
    The highs and lows of drinking too much coffee and alcohol are deleterious to hormonal balance and optimal health. Limit it to one to two cups of coffee a day and two to four drinks a week.

    You can view Christine Pierangeli’s “Foundations of Nutrition” handout here.

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