WE Local Denver Keynote Speakers

WE Local Denver Keynote speakers come from varying backgrounds and experiences. Attendees at Keynote sessions are sure to leave feeling inspired, invigorated and energized.


Wake Up, WE Local

Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:30-9:45 a.m.

Erica SodosErica Sodos
Motivational Speaker, Creating Magical Experiences 

For more than 25 years Erica Sodos has been entertaining and inspiring audiences. Having made over 5,000 appearances nationwide, Erica is a speaker, magician, psychic entertainer and one of the few female mentalists in the world. Her insanely fun, entirely interactive and illuminating keynotes are best described as part message, part entertainment and one hundred percent memorable and motivating.

Erica teaches corporations and associations how to tap into and develop their everyday superpowers such as empathy, having a super memory and shifting perceptions. Erica is known for her incredible memory and can memorize an entire Time magazine cover to cover in less then two hours. Due to continuous packed houses, her monthly show The Magic Within, Psychic Explorations with Erica Sodos is one of the longest running solo shows in Denver, still running after six years.

Erica is highly regarded in her field and has been featured on National Public Radio in a story exploring why women magicians are so rare. Erica motivates differently than other speakers, blending mind reading and other thought expanding demonstrations with practical tools to energize audiences and help people improve their relationships, productivity and creative thinking. When Erica’s programs are over the audience is never certain whether they have witnessed a wonderful illusion or have experienced real magic. Erica is also a theater educator, actress, compassionate vegan and activist.


Local Power Hour

Saturday, March 16, 2019, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Jill Tietjen, P.E.Jill Tietjen, P.E.
President and CEO, Technically Speaking

A SWE National Past President, Fellow, life member, and Distinguished Service Award recipient, Jill Tietjen is the President and CEO of Technically Speaking, Inc. An author, speaker and electrical engineer (a senior member of IEEE), she spent 40 years in the electric utility industry where she provided planning consulting services to electric utilities and organizations comprising the electric utility industry and served as an expert witness before public utility commissions and other government agencies. Her books include Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America, an introduction to engineering textbook, Keys to Engineering Success, an ebook in the IEEE Women in Engineering series titled Recognizing and Taking Advantage of Opportunities, and she is serving as the series editor for Springer’s Women in Engineering and Science series.

Tietjen has received numerous awards and honors including Tau Beta Pi’s Distinguished Alumna Award; and the General Palmer Award from ACEC-Colorado. She was the first woman president of the Rocky Mountain Electrical League, the trade association in the West serving the electric utility industry. Tietjen is a member of the Board of Directors for Georgia Transmission Corporation of Tucker, Georgia and serves as an outside director for Merrick & Company of Greenwood Village, Colorado. She has been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Tietjen graduated from the University of Virginia (Tau Beta Pi, Virginia Alpha) with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics (minor in Electrical Engineering) and received her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. She is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.


WE Achieve Awards Ceremony*

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Jen CokenJen Coken
CEO, Embrace the Ridiculousness of Life

Jen Coken is a life coach of 20 years who helps CEOs and entrepreneurs overcome their self-made limitations and reach new levels in their business and personal lives. Jen’s first book “When I Die, Take My Panties: Turning Your Darkest Moments Into Your Greatest Gifts” chronicles the experience of coping with her mother's death from ovarian cancer, and shares Jen’s core message—everything that comes our way is meant to teach us about ourselves.

When she’s not crafting bestselling books or speaking to audiences around the country, you can find Jen performing stand-up comedy, or, eating Nutella by the spoonful in the nearest grocery aisle.

*Requires separate admission.