Boulder: Changemaker Chat with Karen de Bartolomé

In April we’re chatting with Karen de Bartolomé, WorldDenver’s Founding Executive Director. 

Karen de Bartolomé,
Founding Executive Director
of WorldDenver.

When: Thursday, April 19
Arrival: 6:30 pm
Chat: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tickets: Reserve your seat now 


Having been appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to the city’s International Strategy Task Force after founding WorldDenver in 2012, Karen de Bartolomé is a woman we want to get to know.

WorldDenver, now serving 1500 members and boasting a million dollar budget, is a membership-based nonprofit organization with the mission of building a globally-minded Colorado and connecting our community to the rest of the world.

As the Rocky Mountain Region’s Executive Director for the Institute of International Education (IIE) for 13 years, she oversaw the administration of the Fulbright and other scholarship exchange programs for the 16-state Rocky Mountain Region, as well as the Denver World Affairs Council, The Diplomats Ball, and the Department of State-funded International Visitor Leadership Program. Prior to this role, Karen had her own consulting practice in marketing and leadership development and worked with the University of Colorado in international development. In Washington, DC, she served as a White House Fellow in the Reagan White House and as part of the transition team for the Clinton Administration (first term). Karen spent 14 years in a variety of managerial and executive roles at the Port Authority of NY & NJ. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University and a master of public administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Karen has served two terms each on the national boards of the National Council for International Visitors and the World Affairs Councils of America, where she is now Vice Chair. Karen also holds a gubernatorial appointment to the StudyColorado Board.

Join us for an inspiring and globally reaching chat with Karen de Bartolomé!