Advisory Council

Meet our Advisory Council, a dynamic group of women whose passion, purpose and professional expertise are nurturing our growth and making our dreams come true.

iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council
  • Leslie Andrews iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council

    With a passion for business, a creative mind and a desire for more free time Leslie Andrews bravely left an extensive marketing career 5 years ago to begin a new journey in life as a Marketing Consultant, Jewelry Designer and Community Advocate. By following her heart she now finds fulfillment in helping organizations strengthen their business and create ways to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

    Leslie dedicates time to allow her gypsy soul to soar and experiences much joy in sharing her jewelry creations with others. She is devoted to spending time with friends to converse about life's experiences while sharing the "pearls" of wisdom she has gained along the way. She enjoys music, reading, yoga and finds a walk to be as rewarding as any of her business ventures. She loves living in Denver and spends as much time as possible enjoying the beauty and adventure that is so readily available in Colorado.

    As an active member of the iTHRiVE™ community, Leslie is a Seed Graduate, Advocate and Marketing Advisor. The rewards of her involvement with the women of iTHRiVE™ are endless. Leslie allocates time to other community and charitable organizations including The Pajama Program, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Gold Crown Foundation. To contact Leslie, please email her at:

  • Paula Gerardi iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council

    Heeding a call from her childhood, Paula Gerardi has followed in path of her Mother's intuitive lineage by apprenticing to a Shaman for six years and studying with Hindu, Buddhist and other gifted teachers. She has offered her work of intuitive counseling, workshops and classes for the past 18 years.

    A native of New York City, she initiated regular services to the Divine Mother at The Women's Rites Center in Manhattan where she served on the Board of Directors. There she led a shamanic circle and held retreats featuring such topics as past-life meditations, Spirit Retrieval, and the Divine Feminine. She is a graduate of New York University and an Interfaith Minister.

    Paula was the Director of Earth Based and Eastern Religion Forums for the Microsoft Network for several years, sharing her knowledge and love of these faith areas with MSN's large on-line community. She has published in Sage Woman Magazine and other on-line journals.

    Currently she has a private intuitive counseling practice and teaches in Denver, CO. Her on-going class, Shaman Star, is a year and half long journey into the heart of the Divine Self. Over 30 graduates strong, the Council of the Star meets monthly to work together in joyful community. She has been leading the Solstice Ceremonies and other workshops for iTHRiVE™ for over 6 years.

    Paula deeply believes that the balance of personal empowerment and true compassion leads one to inner understanding and bliss. It is with this goal that she offers her work. For more information, please visit or contact Paula at

  • Ivy Hastings iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council

    Ivy Hastings has fifteen years of experience in online marketing, usability best practices, and effective user interface design. Ivy develops all the online strategies for Fusionbox's clients and translates between the geeks and the clients. Ivy holds a degree from U.C. Berkeley and a post-baccalaureate certificate from Radcliffe. She has served on the board of Arts Street, a Denver arts-based non-profit and is a regular speaker at marketing events and conferences. To contact Ivy, please email her at: or visit

  • Michelle Hayes iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council

    Michelle Hayes is a graphic designer with over 18 years of experience. She loves thinking outside of the box, and is always challenging herself to learn more. Michelle exudes patience and positivity and is a joy to work with! Through her astute listening skills and visual creativity, she is able to help clients express their thoughts and visions in beautiful, clean designs. You can frequently see Michelle riding her scooter around the city as well as cheering on the local sports teams! To contact Michelle, please email her at:

  • Anne Hlad iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council

    A native of West Virginia and coal miner's daughter, Anne Hlad regularly calls upon her small town upbringing and deep-seeded sense of community to keep her on the path of staying grounded and true to herself in an ever-changing, fast-paced world.

    Anne became a Colorado transplant in 1978 as a freshman at the University of Colorado, Boulder. After graduation, she embarked on an adventure in life lessons from honing her skills as an account manager at advertising/PR agencies, corporate marketing strategist for several companies and non-profit specialist at the local and national level to opening her own business. In 2001, she founded ProdigiousWorks, an independent marketing and non-profit consulting firm and continues to lend her wisdom, skills and expertise to clients valuing creativity, big picture strategic thinking and research and intuition-based decision making. In 2005, she participated in iTHRiVE's™ inaugural Seed Project™ and has continued her involvement with the community as a member and marketing consultant ever since.

    Anne's personal life is her crowning achievement. She prides herself on being a great listener, good friend, skilled collaborator and adept conflict manager. She is happily married to her life partner, Skip and enjoys anything related to spending time outdoors including snow sports, golf, hiking, and mountain biking. Yoga is also one of her passions so she can keep her mind, body and spirit in healthy balance. To contact Anne, please email her at

  • Amy Munroe iTHRiVE™ Advisory Council

    For the past seven years Amy Munroe has had the privilege of designing inspiring art projects for iTHRiVE™. What moves and inspires her is the visceral beauty and innate strength that women possess. Expressing that love through vibrant colors and found images, Amy's artwork has been described as "painting with paper" a collaboration of sculpture, collage, and "found" objects. During the coming year Amy plans to cultivate an artistic community of women, workshops and art showings to celebrate the divine goddess in all women. To contact Amy, please email her at: