2019 International Women's Day



*Member tickets purchased before February 15th will receive an invitation to the VIP Reception.

*If you become a member of WorldDenver and purchase your luncheon ticket for $100 by February 15th, you will receive an invitation to the VIP Reception. 

Patron Tables are also available for $2,000 for groups of 10 who wish to sit together at the event. Please contact Melissa Traynham for more information. Patron tables purchased before February 15th will receive an invitation to the VIP Reception

Thank you to our sponsors, including: 


Cardan Capital Partners
The DaVita Village
Denver Office of Economic Development
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Four Winds Interactive
Lockheed Martin
Raymond James
Whiting Petroleum

Aerospace Corporation
Denver International Airport
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Geotech Environment Equipment
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe PC
JE Dunn Construction
Johns Manville, Leprino
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Community College of Denver
Delta Dental of Colorado
Kent Denver School
Merrick & Company
Saint Mary's Academy

Thank you to our Media Sponsors: 9News, CBS4 and KOSI 101

What is the International Women's Day?

Each year on March 8th, countries around the world lift up the achievements of women leaders in their societies to recognize and celebrate the leadership role that women play in business, academia, government, community-building, and families. Started by women in Europe just after the turn of the 20th Century, International Women’s Day had its roots in the labor movement and quickly embraced universal suffrage as well.  Modern celebrations of International Women’s Day are as varied as the cultures of the world; in many countries, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.    

For Frequently Asked Questions about International Women's Day, click here!

Events & Details

WorldDenver’s event is Colorado’s premier celebration of International Women’s Day. We hope you can join us for one or all of the programs that will be honoring women in technology.  

Saturday, February 23, 2019
The Big Pitch Competition
Microsoft Technology Center - DTC
9:00a - 1:00p

If you are a young women over 18 years old with a great idea of how to solve a global problem with technology, we’d love for you to participate in our Big Pitch competition!  Click here to learn more! Registration deadline for the Big Pitch is February 15, 2019.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The VIP Reception
InWorks Denver
5:30p - 7:30p

This invitation-only event is our way of saying thank you to all of our VIP’s and sponsors. A reception will be held at InWorks Denver and will include beer, wine and hors d'oeuvre’s. You will have a chance to meet and mingle with our keynote speaker for the luncheon, Adriana Gascoigne. Opening remarks will be provided by Tania Katan

Guests will also have an opportunity to tour the two state-of-the-art prototyping labs with InWorks staff to teach them about the equipment they use and talk about how they draw on expertise from many disciplines to synthesize unique solutions to real-world challenges.

Friday, March 8, 2019

International Women's Day
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center
8:30a - 1:30p

8:30a – 10:30a: Big Pitch Finalist Competition and Panel Discussion – Free to the public
The day will begin with our finalists from The Big Pitch competition immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring distinguished women in the tech space sharing their advice to others looking to succeed in the STEM field. This morning event is a free community event that is open to the public.

10:30a – 11:45a: Networking and Expo - Free to the public
We will have an expo filled with companies and nonprofits so you can engage with other leaders and supporters of women in tech throughout this networking event.

12:00p – 1:30p: Luncheon - Tickets are still available
The afternoon will culminate with our ticketed luncheon featuring keynote speaker, Adriana Gascoigne. Adriana is the founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization devoted to empowering, educating, and engaging women in the tech industry.

Introducing Adriana will be inspirational tech sector innovator, Tania Katan, author of Creative Trespassing and co-creator of #ItWasNeveraDress. This year we  are thrilled to be honoring Jill Tietjen, a pioneer in helping women find their paths to STEM careers.

For more information on our speakers and honoree, go here. 

Interested in being a sponsor? There is still time!

If your company is interested in a sponsorship, please contact:

Melissa Traynham
Director of Development & Communications

Full sponsorship details can be found here.

WorldDenver Themes and Honorees

WorldDenver recognizes women who have done remarkable work across nations, and each year, we select one or more women to honor at our annual celebration. 


2019: Women in Tech

Keynote: Adriana Gasciogne
Founder, CEO of Girls In Tech

Honorees: Jill Tietjen
STEM Champion, Women's Advocate, Author and Speaker

2018: Women in Space

Keynote: Dr. Mae Jemison
Astronaut, Scientist, Doctor

Honorees: Cynda Collins Arsenault, 2018 Pathfinder Award Winner
Co-founder, Board Chair and President of Secure World Foundation

Dr. Mae Jemison, 2018 Trailblazer Award Winner
Astronaut, Scientist, Doctor

2017: Women in Global Health

Keynote: Sheryl WuDunn
Pulitzer Prize Winner 

Honorees: Dr. Neena Jain
Founder, emBOLDen Alliances 

Ann Moore
Inventor, The Snugli Baby Carrier 

2016: Women in Entrepreneurship

Keynote: Nancy Phillips
President, CEO, and co-founder of ViaWest Inc.

Honoree: Patricia Foley Hinnen
Founder & CEO, Capital Sisters International

2015: Women Leading Change Around the World

Keynote: Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson
Superintendent, US Air Force Academy

Honoree: Terry Odendahl
CEO, GlobalGreengrants Fund

2014: Promoting Global Women's Issues

Keynote: Jacqueline Hinman
President & CEO, CH2M Hill

2013: International Women'sDay Luncheon

Keynote: Deedee Corradini
President, International Women's Forum