Patricia Foley Hinnen
May 2019 Featured Member
How many years in the Women’s Forum of Colorado: 14 years since 2006
Professional Title: Founding CEO
Organization: Capital Sisters International
Occupation: International Development for Women
What I really do is: Raise funds to finance $100 business loans for impoverished women in developing countries
BA Political Science and Economics: University of Colorado
Masters degree in Public Policy and Evaluation: University of Denver
(Civic, Political, Professional)
Board of Director’s Role
- Colorado Women’s Forum
- Capital Sisters International
- Capital Friends International
- the Women Leaders Network (Asia Pacific Economic Forum)
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Liberia
- Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Lesotho
- the Micro Business Development Center
- the Colorado Microfinance Alliance
- Colorado Microcredit
- the Alliance of Professional Women
- the International Alliance for Women
- and Earth Day Colorado.
- The Global Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion – AARP/Encore
- Named “One of 15 Inspiring CEOs that Impacted the World” – Cause Artists
- “Who’s Who in Impact Investing” – Denver Business Journal
- Official Delegate to the United Nations Conference on Women in 2018 and 2019 – Women’s Forum
- Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur – World Denver
- Global Service Award – the Alliance of Professional Women
My first job was: Working construction at a housing development
For fun/pleasure I: Hike, climb, and travel
I’d like to know more about: How to achieve global peace
I wish I could do more about: Poverty alleviation for women and children who live on less than $1 a day
I consider my greatest achievement to be:
- Creating the first women’s bond in the world to finance micro business loans for women in developing countries.
- Helping to create the world’s first International Nuclear Safety Agreement for power plants after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Partner/Spouse: Britt Hinnen, high school sweetheart
Children: Two sons, Dane 33 and Cole 31 and Cole’s wife Jana 31
Something Interesting About Me That a ResumeWould Not Reveal
- I was one of the first 7 women to work underground in Colorado in a hard rock mine; I worked 2,000 feet underground operating heavy equipment for a year to earn money for grad school.
- I have been in 5 revolutions around the world while traveling to, living, and working in 60 countries.