Who run the (YellowDog) world? Girls. Our leadership team is made up of women department heads and decision-makers across the business. With Jenny Mulligan at the helm of YellowDog as President and majority owner, we’ve recently gained our Minority/Women Business Enterprise M/WBE certification from the City of Denver and the State of Colorado.
Women manage all our various departments as well, with Jen Gauerke as our Creative Director, Meredith Milburn as our HR Manager, Christine Mealy as our Operations and Finance Manager, Sarah McCann as our Production Manager, and Cynthia Ord as our Marketing Manager. We literally rule.
Here’s a chance to meet our women leaders and find out who inspires us lately.
President and Owner
Real-life female mentor or role model: My mom. She teaches me how to be independent and strong with a balance of fairness, caring, and helping others.
Favorite fictional female protagonist? Julia Louis-Dreyfus playing Selina Meyer in Veep, or anything Tina Fey does.
Favorite female celebrity? Brene Brown, Oprah, Mel Robbins, Alicia Keys and Michelle Obama.
Woman-owned business you love to support? The Women’s Bean Project and The Gathering Place are both amazing women-run non-profits. I have volunteered at both and they are doing great things for women.
Real-life female mentor or role model: My friend Barb Mahnen. She remains true to herself while holding down a demanding corporate job. She brings home the bacon and fries it up in a pan!
Favorite fictional female protagonist? Sarah Agnes Prine, a strong pioneer of the West who endures all kinds of hardships. These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 by Nancy E. Turner
Favorite female celebrity? Dr. Temple Grandin. Because absolutely EVERYTHING!
Woman-owned business you love to support? Andrea Flanagan of Andrea Flanagan Photography. She knows how to run a business, she is an absolute KICK to work with. My go-to for headshots and family photography!
Real-life female role models: I look up to my friend Laura Guese. She’s a talented and successful fine artist specializing in large-scale skyscapes.
Favorite fictional female protagonist: At the moment? Midge Maisel from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Beth Harmon from The Queen’s Gambit.
Favorite female celebrity? I’m really into bicycle travel, so I look up to adventure cycling champions Lael Wilcox, Rebecca Rusch, and Alexandera Houchin. I also really admire Greta Thunberg, the climate change activist.
Woman-owned business you love to support? Brewability Lab, a brewery and pizza shop here in Denver that employs adults with disabilities. Owner and founder Tiffany Fixter is a gem!
Real-life female mentor or role model: There have been several great mentors in my life, perhaps my most influential was Carla A., who helped launch my career in HR. Carla took me under her wing and helped develop my skills in leadership and communication. She is someone I can always call if I have a question in HR or life, not to mention she is a talented archer and a really great friend!
Favorite fictional female protagonist? Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation and Ellen Ripley from Aliens. Both are boss women who get things done!
Favorite female celebrity? Tina Fey, the queen of SNL. In an industry that is dominated by men, she has paved the way for women to stand out and become the leading lady in comedies. Also, if you’re looking for a good laugh, cry, and read, check out her book, Bossypants.
Woman-owned business you love to support? Native Nectar Botanicals. Jess Taylor is the founder of this incredible skin care company that roots in natural ingredients to help your skin shine. I really love her products and branding, not to mention she is a down-to-earth, kind soul that wants everyone to love the skin they are in.
Real-life female mentor or role model: Jenny Mulligan because she’s like a mom, a boss AND a friend!
Favorite fictional female protagonist? Ariel because who didn’t pretend to be a mermaid in the pool when they were a kid!? Plus I know the little mermaid soundtrack by heart!
Favorite female celebrity? Ellie goulding because her music got me through some tough times and she’s such a strong British lady!
Woman-owned business you love to support? Denver Cat Company because cafes and cats are just awesome together!
YellowDog women make executive decisions like embedding Beyonce videos wherever possible.