GALS on the Rise

DCPA Seawell Ballroom
February 28, 2023
11:30 a.m.


For sponsorship opportunities, tickets, or questions, contact Jordan Fouts at jordan.fouts@galsdenver.org

2023 GALS Honoree:

Cleo Parker Robinson

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD)

Cleo Parker Robinson is founder and artistic director of the 51-year-old Denver-based Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD), encompassing the renowned Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (CPRDE), Cleo II (her 2nd company), a Youth Ensemble, an Academy of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 240-seat theatre, and multiple community engagement programs nationally and internationally. A master teacher/choreographer and cultural ambassador, she and CPRDE have performed nationwide, throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Asia, and the African continent, with recent international tours in 2019 to Bogota, Colombia, and Mexico.

Ms. Parker Robinson’s numerous accolades include the Colorado Governor’s Award for Excellence (1974), Denver Mayor’s Award (1979), induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (1989) and the Blacks in Colorado Hall of Fame (1994). She holds Honorary Doctorates from Denver University (1991), Colorado College (2003), Regis University in Denver (2008), an Alumni Award from University of Denver (2021), CU Boulder (2021), and is an Honorary Member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (2021). In 2011, she was voted an Honorary Lifetime Trustee of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, in recognition of her lasting impact on the Center. She is also an honoree of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. In June 2017, she received the prestigious DanceUSA Honor Award and in September 2017, the Randy Weeks Arts Leadership Award from the Denver School of the Arts.


2023 Power Award Recipient:

Lily Griego

Regional Director, Department of Health and Human Services

Lily Griego is proud to join the Biden-Harris administration as Regional Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Griego’s credentials include a stellar public service career that covered a wide range of local and federal policy issues, as well as a proven community engagement track record. Her valuable skill set has empowered her to contribute to President Bidens agenda of COVID-19, Climate, Racial Equality, Economy, Healthcare, Immigration and Global Standing; and Secretary Becerra’s top priorities for Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah and 30 Tribal Nations.

Griego led multiple state teams during the 2020 census and all congressional affairs for the region, successfully earning additional congressional seats in Montana and Colorado. She worked for U.S. Senator Michael Bennet on critical policy issues, including immigration, equality, and healthcare. She has an extensive background in the public and private sector with land-use, environmental protection, finance regulations, enforcement and community education.

Griego earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in history, from the University of Colorado at Denver. Griego is a native of Colorado. She believes wholeheartedly in good governance and serving the American people.