Profile in Philanthropy: Tari Ensign, Empowerment Council
Tari Ensign is a 2023 Empowerment Council Co-Chair
Meet Tari Ensign of Denver, a 2023 co-chair of Empowerment Council. She started her own construction company, identifies as an “ambivert,” and is a proponent of ditching the hierarchy.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
I’m an ambivert. I can seem like an extrovert when I’m out networking, which for a true extrovert is energizing, however, sometimes networking can drain me and I have to recharge by being alone. I think more people are ambiverts than we recognize.
What do you believe is the most pressing issue women and families are facing in Colorado?
I believe women still have many pressing issues to face, but the one that concerns me most is our health. I believe we know our bodies better than any other person… sometimes even a doctor. I believe our own families and our own religions should be the only consults we have when facing any medical decision or doctor’s recommendation. Government has no place in deciding on things like a new kidney, a new cancer treatment, or a new baby.
Who is your Shero? Who have been the leaders/mentors on your journey?
It may be cliché, but my mom, Peggy Skov, is my Shero. All my life, she championed my decision making. Helped me rise again when I failed and cheered when succeeded. She gave me strength both as an amazing example and in being my at-the-ready-parachute if I ever needed her.
What is the best personal decision you’ve ever made? Why?
I have often listened to my empathetic gut feelings and doing the right thing against popular opinion. I have regretted not listening and doing the wrong thing, even if it’s with popular opinion. I can share stories so if you read this and want to ask me some time, I can tell you!
If you had to teach a class, what would it be?
How to engage with people on an equal level. Ditch the hierarchy of where others think you belong.
What is the most pivotal moment in your career?
The most recent ‘momentous moment’ was 5 years ago when I started my construction company. All my stories are longer than a few sentences, but I love telling my pivotal moment stories!
What is your favorite place or activity to do in Colorado?
Visiting the Botanic Gardens. I was even married there!
At what point in your life did your personal philanthropy become important to you?
When I learned one out of six people are caretakers of someone other than an average child, I realized we’re burdened with an unspoken need for understanding in the workplace. I have found that people will work harder in six hours if that means they can take care of their family needs in the other two for the day. Require the work, respect the skill, reward the result.
Who would you be your dream speaker for the Annual Luncheon?
Too many to choose! Kamala Harris, Madeleine Albright, Damilola Odufuwa & Odunayo Eweniyi, Demecia Yat, Gordana Comic, Anastasiia Yeva Domani, Alaa Murabit, Aainab Fasiki, Alice Wong, or Lorella Praeli.
What movie scene lives in your head rent free?
Legally blonde: “You must always have faith in people. And, most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.” Since I’m a woman in construction, I’m usually ready to be underestimated and enjoy re-watching this movie in my head.
Should pineapple exist on pizza? What is your favorite pizza topping?
Absolutely!!! And try Canadian bacon with sauerkraut! (not with the pineapple though).
What is the most binge-worthy show? No judgement😊
“Castle” with Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion.