Molly Brown

The Capitol Hill resident used her money and notoriety to help survivors and to advance the rights of women and workers.

Dana Crawford

Crawford has helped redevelop more than 800,000 square feet of the city’s historic properties, including the iconic Union Station.

Linda Alvarado

The first Latino to own an MLB team (the Rockies) turned a $2,500 loan into Alvarado Construction, which built Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

(Read more: Denver’s Women’s Commission Turns 30)

—Illustrations courtesy of Monica Hellström