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WorldDenver's International Women's Day 2022


Women in Leadership Expert Panel Presented by

2022 Event Chairs

Thank you, 2022 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Women in Leadership Expert Panel Sponsor
Champion Sponsor
Leader Sponsors
Advocate Sponsors

Charles Schwab (+ HeForShe Sponsor)
Ireland Stapleton Pryor and Pascoe
Dorsey & Whitney
JP Morgan Chase
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath
Delta Dental of Colorado
MSU Denver Foundation
Katie Bakes

Patron Sponsors

Norma Horner and John Estes (+ HeForShe Sponsor)
Hogan Lovells

Future Leader Student & Community Supporters

Delta Dental of Colorado

Media Sponsor


Special Thanks

Changing Faces Design
Minority Business Office of Colorado
Xcel Energy

View International Women's Day 2021: Women in National Security

Presented By

Building the Next Generation of Women in Peace & Security


Panel: Women Who Lead in National Security
Sponsored by 

2021 Event Co-Chairs

Thank You, 2021 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Medal of Honor Sponsor
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Media Sponsor
Champion Sponsors

Alice & Lee Anneberg
Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe
Pat Wynne
Charles Schwab, Downtown Denver Branch
Norma Horner & John Estes
Community First Foundation
Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

Individual Sponsors

Karen de Bartolomé
Kim Savit
Elaine Berman 
Mimi Stephanus
Baret Walker
Barbara Grogan
Jeanine & Larry Bell
Katie Johnson
Beyond Our Borders

Classroom Sponsors

Michael & Betsy Zink
Delta Dental Colorado
Community College of Denver
Kent Denver
Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray
Deborah and Ted Gaensbauer
Cindy Miller for Girl Scouts of Colorado
Rhondda Grant

Special Thanks

Melissa Morris, MKM Design
Bill Masure, Artair Photography



What is 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.    

Previous 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. 

2021: Women in National Security
Keynote: Amb. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Co-Founder, Leadership Council for Women in National Security
and Lauren Buitta
Founder and CEO, Girl Security
Honorees: Janine Davidson
MSU Denver President, Former Undersecretary of the Navy
and Lockheed Martin Space

2020: Women in Sports
Keynote: Lauryn Williams

Three-time Olympic Champion
Honorees: Joanne Posner Mayer
Physical Therapist and Fitball Pioneer
and Cigna
A Global Health Services Company

2019: Women in Tech
Keynote: Adriana Gasciogne

Founder, CEO of Girls In Tech
Honoree: 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's Day Luncheon
Keynote: Deedee Corradini

President, International Women's Forum