Carrie Morgridge

Carrie Morgridge is the author of: Every Gift Matters — How Your Passion Can Change the World and currently serves as the Morgridge Family Foundation's vice president. Over the past several years, Carrie and her husband John have defined the philanthropic focus of their foundation on transformative gifts in education, conservation, the arts and health and wellness.

The foundation has been instrumental in supporting major capital projects at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, National Jewish Health, University of Central Florida, University of Denver, Mile High United Way, The Nature Conservancy and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orlando, Florida. Not only does the foundation work on large projects, Carrie and her husband spend numerous hours on 185 different projects each and every year.

Carrie founded Student Support Foundation, a youth philanthropy club, to cultivate high school and college philanthropists to educate and teach them the importance of giving, through hands on learning. Through these clubs, the students actually taught the foundation the importance of smaller gifts.

With their hands-on philosophy of giving, Carrie and John noticed a huge gap in teacher training when they started investing in technology in the classroom almost a decade ago. This gap led the foundation to create an event that is called Share Fair Nation. This national event has trained thousands of teachers on how to integrate technology in the classroom. STEMosphere®, the public side to Share Fair Nation, allows students, teachers and families to experience hands-on "brains-on" learning and fun. STEMosphere allows the students to learn side by side with the teachers who attend the event. Thus far, the Share Fair Nation event has provided hundreds of hours of free high-quality teacher professional development, and is expanding to a digital platform in the coming year.

In 2010, Carrie received the Frances Wisebart Jacobs — Mile High United Way Woman of the Year Award. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the University of Denver, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, and on the Colorado Mountain College Board of Overseers. Carrie serves in an advisory capacity for many nonprofits and speaks nationally to education advocacy and technology-focused forums.

Carrie and her husband divide their time between Colorado and Florida. Their children John and Michelle are both recent college graduates and enjoy living and working in Denver. Their beloved dog Nina is an enthusiastic hiker, swimmer, boater and ball chaser. Carrie graduated summa cum laude from the International Academy of Design and Technology. She is an avid outdoorsman and has finished nine Ironman competitions and several marathons, and in her spare time loves to play tennis.