For a law student, getting coffee with a local attorney is pretty commonplace. But we knew immediately that our first coffee meeting with Cary Kennedy was going to be something different.
Let me rewind. In our first conversation with our mentor, Gail Schoettler, Jordan and I asked who we should talk to next in order to find our place in Colorado politics. Gail immediately responded – “you must meet Cary Kennedy.” It just so happened that Jordan and I volunteered at the reorganization meeting of the Boulder County Democratic Party the following week, and Cary was in attendance. In true Jordan fashion, she walked up to Cary, introduced herself, and asked her to join us for coffee.
Clue number one that this coffee was going to be out of the ordinary: instead of the standard Starbucks meeting, Cary invited us to meet her at her home the following Sunday. Walking up the path to the front door, coffee shop muffins in hand, we had no idea what to expect or if we would even have anything to talk about. After all, Cary was a native Coloradan who had run successful statewide political campaigns and served as Colorado State Treasurer and Deputy Mayor of Denver. We were just two transplant law students who had ventured into the world of politics only weeks earlier. But we knocked on the door anyway.
Any anxiety faded immediately when Cary opened her door. Clue number two we were in for something different than the stuffy attorney networking coffee: wearing casual Sunday lounge clothes, Cary greeted us with her genuine smile and a warm hug, as if she was greeting old friends. She led us to the living room where her husband, Saurabh, delivered us steaming mugs filled with homemade lattes. Nearly three hours later, Cary knew all about my small-town, farm upbringing and Jordan’s past career as a ballet dancer. She told us about the challenges she faced as a woman running for statewide office and shared stories about the people who helped her overcome those obstacles. She gave us great advice about law school, careers, politics, and life in general.
When Cary announced her candidacy for Governor of Colorado, Jordan and I were first in line to support her. Not only is Cary highly qualified - from successfully managing the state’s budget and adding to Colorado’s investment pool during the Great Recession to leading a billion-dollar effort to repair aging school buildings in rural parts of the state – but she is one of the most genuine, kind, and engaging individuals I have ever met. First and foremost, she cares about people and her home state of Colorado, which is reflected in her platforms on education, health care, and protecting our beautiful state.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to meet Cary, I hope you will take that chance in the upcoming months. I promise you it will be extraordinary!
InvestHER is excited to provide you with an opportunity to meet Cary this Thursday, November 30th at the home of Lance Henry for cocktails and cupcakes! Find more information and RSVP here. We hope to see you there!
Written by Jennifer Benson, FoundHER of InvestHER