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Watch Previous Celebrations of International Women's Day!
Watch 2023 Honorees Lucille Echohawk and Friendship Bridge
Watch 2022 Honorees Beyond Our Borders & Women's Regional Network and Marti Awad
Watch 2021 Keynote with Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley and Lauren Buitta

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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. 

2022: Women Solving Global Issues through Leadership, Compassion, and Innovation
Keynote: Elizabeth Nyamayaro
Humanitarian and United Nations Special Advisor
Honorees: Beyond Our Borders & Women's Regional Network
and Marti Awad
SVP, Wealth Enhancement Group, former IWD Event Chair

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
Watch 2021 Program

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