Breckenridge's Shannon Galpin founded the nonprofit Mountain2Mountain in 2006 to empower women and girls in conflict zones around the world. A rape survivor and mother herself, Galpin works selflessly in these regions, often putting herself at risk, to give women a voice strong enough to be heard through severe oppression. Her efforts to change perspectives on women's rights in Afghanistan are particularly commendable; they range from organizing thought-provoking public art installations to helping Afghan women learn how to cycle, including the delivery of bicycles and gear from the United States. This summer, Galpin launches her first domestic initiative, Strength In Numbers, to develop confidence and camaraderie in at-risk women, violence survivors, and female veterans closer to home. shannongalpin.com, mountain2mountain.org
As the president and CEO of this Englewood-based cable media giant, Fries finds time in his demanding business schedule for philanthropic commitments to organizations such as the Alliance for Choice in Education, Teach For America, and Denver's Biennial of the Americas.