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Springs Equality!
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Equality Chamber

We are the Equality Chamber Of Commerce Of Colorado Springs


We host monthly business networking events

Social Events

We host a social event on the first Friday of every month


We connect individuals to the resources they need


Learn more about the all new Springs Equality Center
Enriching and inspiring the LGBT and Allied community.

We are a network of individuals and business owners within various facets of the Colorado Springs community. We partner with Allies and other LGBT organizations in the state of Colorado to keep equality awareness alive and to provide understanding and mentorship to those in need. We give our time and resources to help continue to unite the LGBT community. As we look up the road to equality, it takes all of us to stand against discrimination of any kind. We must empower our community, especially our businesses and government to do the same. Today, Colorado Springs has a thriving LGBT community. With many organizations and incredible activists, the LGBT community is making advancements for equality. Springs Equality is helping the LGBT community thrive in Colorado Springs. As a brand new cyber community center, Springs Equality works with businesses, government organizations, and individuals, to enrich and inspire the lives of the LGBT and Allied community.

Meet The Team

Want to join our team? We are currently looking for volunteers and members of the board. Scroll to the bottom of the page and contact us!
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Lauren Shawcross

President Lauren Shawcross is the Senior Catering Sales Manager for DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs, a full service hotel that believes in providing the special comforts and acts of kindness that make all travelers feel human again. Lauren has always been very active in a variety of organizations, such as the United Way, the Rape & Abuse Crisis Center, and S.A.V.E (students against violence through education).Since relocating from Fargo, North Dakota to Colorado Springs in 2013, Lauren has already become active in COS community and her passion is to serve. Her background has been in the hospitality industry for over the past 7 years. Prior to her current position, she was the Director of Sales for Holiday Inn Express, Director of Communications for National Hospitality Services, Executive Assistant to the CEO of Lodging Opportunity Fund, LL and Purchasing Supervisor for TMI Hospitality. Lauren has always been an advocate and ally for the LGBT Community and continuously stands against discrimination of any kind. Her personal motivation is her transgender sister.
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Jake Walker

Vice-President Jake Walker was born and raised in Colorado Springs. Starting at age 16, he entered the broadcasting world, before graduating high school, at Cumulus Media where he was on air and producing multiple radio stations; 98.9 Magic FM, 95.1 Cat Country, and 740AM KVOR. Graduating in 2011 from PPCC with an Associates of Telecommunications Production, Jake has hosted a number of different radio talk shows on SoCo radio stations like 101.3FM and 780AM. After working on the radio, Jake spent 2 years at KKTV 11 News as a multimedia journalist. Today, Jake is in Real Estate Management, but continues his broadcasting and communications passion as a DJ and MC at various community and corporate events and functions. As an openly gay man, Jake remains in the city he loves hoping to enrich and inspire the community to take steps forward in the direction of equality for everyone.
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Laura Marjamaa

CEO Laura Marjamaa has always had a passion for making sure those around her are cared for, whether they can do it for themselves or not. In 2004 she graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and obtained her national certification as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Very soon after, she received a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Management with a concentration in Non Profits. In the past seven years, she has served on the board of directors for two other organizations at both the state and local levels. Laura has a passion for the LGBT community and a strong desire to serve. She is the mother of two young children who are her world. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family and friends and watching college football (Go Gators!). Laura is honored to be serving as the Chief Executive Officer for Springs Equality and is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those in her community.
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Diana Rife

Treasurer Diana Rife was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. Prior to a life in banking and finance, Diana used to teach High School Social Studies. After going back to school in 2008, Diana began a passion for numbers calling herself the nerdy kid, and began a new career in banking. Over the next few years, Diana has worked in the mortgage and banking industry. Outside of the “nerdy kid” work, Diana is a Huge Wonder Woman fan, and likes cycling. In 2015, Diana rode in the Tour De Ladies, which is a 62.5 mile ride (metric century) and Venus De Miles which is a 100 mile ride in the Longmont/Boulder Area.

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