Vail High Altitude Society column: Vail Valley Business Women unite |

Vail High Altitude Society column: Vail Valley Business Women unite

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
A group of Vail Valley Business Women gathered at White Bison Restaurant in Vail on Wednesday, June 14, to network and listen to presenter Barb Waters, MBA, on the topic of risk and reward.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

On Wednesday, June 14, the Vail Valley Business Women held their monthly meeting at White Bison Restaurant in Vail featuring presenter Barb Waters, MBA, who spoke about risk versus reward.

Women from all sorts of domains mingled and networked to make connections and enjoy the incredible atmosphere on the deck overlooking Gore Creek. There were lots of familiar faces and some new ones as well. This gathering is always a reminder of the strength, intelligence and capability of the women of the Vail Valley.

Tricia Swenson greeted the crowd and updated the group on upcoming events, which can be viewed on their online newsletter.

Barb Waters, MBA, is a project management professional whose goal was to impart some knowledge to the group saying, “I hope that I can contribute something of value to you.” And that, she accomplished.

Some of the takeaways from Waters’ presentation included that risk taking is a very personal experience. What may seem risky for one individual is a walk in the park for another. Whether it is investing in a new business or making a change of career, the risk taker must identify the risks and compare and rank risks.

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Vail Valley Business Women was founded in 1977 and has evolved to support our ever-changing community. The organization is approaching its 40th anniversary and welcomes new members. Vail Valley Business Women are dedicated to the advancement and future growth of professional women in the Vail Valley.


The Vail Farmers’ Market & Art Show Farm to Table dinner will be held on June 30 (4-6 p.m.) at White Bison, which will be an event featuring local and fresh ingredients. White Bison executive chef Jake Burkhardt is participating in the Friday chef-crafted dinner, sourced from the fields of Colorado farmers, featuring seasonal and local ingredients. Dinner will be held rain or shine on West Meadow Drive. Colorado wine and beer will be included in price.

The White Bison, in partnership with the Vail Valley Foundation, will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the Magic Bus Signature Cocktail & Appetizer on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. directly to the Magic Bus Early Childhood Program that helps prepare children ages 3 to 5 years old who do not attend a traditional preschool.

We are so fortunate in Eagle County to have the Vail Valley Business Women Association, a longstanding group dedicated to professionalism and an endless supply of exceptional venues to gather.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local that covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at

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