President and CEOceyl@coloradoenterprisefund.org
CEF-proud since 1987
What is it about your personality that aligned you with CEF?
I like the mix of business and mission. It’s intellectually challenging and emotionally rewarding to be helping people along their path of small business ownership and growth. Small business owners are truly trailblazers which is a mindset I relate to. I have always forged my own path whether that’s being among the first female graduating class at my alma mater, Notre Dame, to being an early advocate for expanding access to capital to grow the small business economy. With CEF I get to see people who are excited about their businesses. This touches me on a personal level. The impact these businesses have on their communities feels like we are making a difference on a larger scale.
What is it about Colorado that makes it so incredible?
Colorado is a place where people are welcoming, friendly and positive. This combination of culture means that we work together to accomplish big goals like few other places.
If you had a band, what would it be called and why?
I’m all about being a catalyst for success so my band would be called The Atomics. I like to set a rhythm for continued momentum so I’d play the bass guitar or the drums.
If you could choose one place in Colorado that epitomizes the state’s grandeur, where would that be?
Every visitor and Coloradan needs to experience Maroon Bells near Aspen.
If I had a magic wand, I’d…. make the world a place where everyone has clean water and enough food to eat.