April 5, 2018

Jan Weiland Named 2018 ATHENA Award Honoree

The Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC is pleased to announce Jan Weiland, vice president of wealth management for Colorado Wealth Solutions of Raymond James, as the recipient of the 2018 ATHENA Leadership Award®.

The ATHENA Leadership Award celebrates and honors women leaders for attaining professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their achievement of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Weiland has spent 30 years as an accomplished commercial banker, educating and empowering women in financial matters.

After identifying a need for mentoring small women business owners, she served as the founding president of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, where she established an environment for women to find support among other women.

“Jan is an exceptional role model. She brought women together, some of whom were in career transitions or wishing to make new connections to our community,” said Julie Boswell, community volunteer and advocate.

For 25 years, Weiland has supported vital projects throughout the Pikes Peak region. Her unwavering support of women has also helped the community shelter our most vulnerable citizens; our children.

While serving on the board of TESSA in 2001, Weiland learned that parents (typically women) were taking their children into courtroom hearings that were associated with domestic violence, among other things. Her leadership provided the impetus to the Junior League of Colorado Springs to take on the signature project and pilot a program to protect children.

In 2004, Court Care for the Pikes Peak Region opened, providing a free drop-in child care service to help parents keep children out of courtrooms. Since opening, Court Care has served 55,000 children.

“Jan has a can-do, take charge attitude toward the work she is passionate about. She stays focused on success and sustainability in doing community work,” said Diane Price, CEO of Early Connections Learning Centers.

Weiland is an active volunteer and serves in a wide variety of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, including Pikes Peak United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council and Women’s United Executive Committee, The Colorado Springs Child Nursery Centers Foundation, Artemis, Imagination Celebration, TESSA and Memorial Hospital.

She has also received many accolades, including the Business Leader of the Year Award, Woman of Distinction Award, Mary Lou Makepeace Leadership Pikes Peak Award, and the 2014 CSBJ Woman of Influence.

Weiland was honored during an award ceremony April 5 at the Antlers Hotel following a program with keynote speakers Emily Núñez Cavness and Betsy Núñez, co-founders of Sword & Plough, a socially conscious company that supports veteran employment.

The 2018 ATHENA Award nominees included:

Cindy Aubrey, Pikes Peak United Way

Shelli Brunswick, The Space Foundation

Pat Ellis, Silver Key Senior Services

Nicola Sapp, El Paso County

Sasha Sweder, The Sweder Side of Posh

Jan Weiland, Colorado Wealth Solutions of Raymond James

Tina Wildes, Microchip Technology


Nominees were put forth by their peers and judged on a points system by a panel of past ATHENA recipients.