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Meet the All-Women Leadership Team at YellowDog

Meet the All-Women Leadership Team at YellowDog

YellowDog is owned and managed by a team of women leaders

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.

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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.

Jenny MulliganJenny Mulligan

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.

 

Jen GuarkeJennifer Gauerke

Creative Director
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!

 

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Cynthia OrdCynthia Ord

Marketing Manager
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!

 

Meredith MilburnMeredith Milburn

HR Manager
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.

 

YellowDog Design, Print and MarketingSarah McCann

Production Manager
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!

 

 

Christine Mealy

Christine Mealy

Finance Manager
Real-life female role models: The local insurance agent Anne Sandoval.  I have seen the same black & white portrait of her on bus stop benches & conveyer belt dividers at the grocery check-out for at least a full decade now, and while the styling and quality of the photo appear not to have been updated since 1989, this apparently does not concern her.  I’m not sure if it’s confidence, a devotion to her priorities, brilliant marketing, or all three, but I acknowledge and respect Anne’s commitment to a timeless, consistent image, and her rejection of the pressure of modern aesthetics.  I really hope she’s rich.
Favorite fictional female protagonist: Liz Lemon, April Ludgate, Ruth Langmore
Favorite female celebrity?  That genius, Carole Baskin
Woman-owned business you love to support?  YellowDog, of course!  And The Gathering Place, a Denver organization offering crucial services & programs for women & children struggling with poverty & homelessness.

 

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YellowDog Design, Print and Marketing

YellowDog women make executive decisions like embedding Beyonce videos wherever possible.

Jenny Mulligan

Jenny Mulligan

President and head cheerleader at YellowDog.
Together with her husband Dan and two labrador retrievers, Jenny wrangles a team of creatives and tinkerers into an award-winning business. She has an abiding love for spreadsheets and designing on Canva.