Metro Moves: Empower Hires Diversity and Social Responsibility Manager | Business

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Greenwood Village-based Empower, formerly Empower Retirement, has hired Djuana Beamon as its diversity and social responsibility manager, according to a press release.

Beamon comes to Empower from People’s United Bank, where she served as Director of Diversity. She led diversity and inclusion efforts for more than 20 years at Prudential Retirement, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Travelers Insurance, Voya Financial and Aetna, a CVS Health company, according to the release.

“We must continue to embrace the rich thinking and perspective that people of all backgrounds and experiences can bring to the critically important work we do together to serve others,” CEO Edmund F. Murphy III said in the statement. “Through Djuana’s proven leadership, we will further our Diversity, Belonging, Equity and Corporate Social Responsibility mission of creating and sustaining a more equitable workforce.”

Beamon received an MBA from the University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Albertus Magnus College.


Louisville-based Quicksilver Scientific, a maker of health and nutritional supplements, has promoted Michelle Ahbe to vice president of marketing, according to a press release.

Ahbe, who joined the company’s marketing department in October 2020, has over 10 years of experience managing consumer packaged goods brands. She worked at Molson Coors Beverage Co., where she led global marketing for the Blue Moon brand and oversaw the launch of Blue Moon LightSky, according to the release.

“Wellness is an important part of my personal life, and I am extremely passionate about how individuals consume supplements and view wellness products through relevant and sticky marketing, with products that work” , Ahbe said in the statement. “In my new role, and in partnership with our amazing marketing team, I look forward to educating consumers and continuing to grow Quicksilver Scientific as a leading, science-backed supplement brand with unparalleled efficacy.”

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Denver-based lighting and integrated design firm AE Design has hired Laraine Saldivar to be its first director of business development and marketing, according to a press release.

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Saldivar has “strong business development experience in the general contracting environment, as well as key management experience” in Denver’s architecture, engineering and construction community, the statement said.

AE Design, founded by Jon Brooks and Jeff Mullikin, alumni of the University of Colorado at Boulder, “really values ​​diversity in the workplace. Currently, the company is 46% female, which is no small feat in the engineering field,” a spokeswoman said in an email.

Saldivar also helps the Rocky Mountain Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Project Angel Heart.

Michael J. Chiaramonte