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Save the Date: March 8, 2023 for International Women's Day!

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                    9News - Denver                                                        Bank of Oklahoma Financial

                Beyond Our Borders                                                                Charles Schwab             

                             CIBC Private Wealth Management                                                    CollegeInvest

                    Community College of Denver Foundation          Denver Economic Development & Opportunity

                                      Delta Dental of Colorado                                                          Denver Art Museum

                                                  Denver Film                                                       Denver Museum of Nature and Science

                                            Dorsey & Whitney                                                                    Emerge Colorado

                            Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.                                                   Hogan Lovells

                          Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe, PC.                                               JPMorgan Chase

                                               Dr. Katie Bakes                                                                          Leprino Foods

                                Metropolitan State University                                                     Denver Foundation

                                         Mile High United Way                                                Professional Employment Group

                                             RevGen Partners                                                                                                                         

Patron Sponsors

                                                  Adela Pena                                                                                Carre Duval
                                               Janice Sinden                                                                                Jill Knapp                                                                                             Katie Johnson                                                                  Laurie Hirschfeld Zeller                                                                               Marti Awad                                                                             Michelle Lucero                                                                        Norma Horner & John Estes                                                     Patricia Barela Rivera                                                                                Vatsala Pathy

Future Leaders

    Barb Grogan                                                                             Baret Walker
                  Delta Dental of Colorado                                            East West Urban Management, LLC.
          Elsmere Education                                                             Girl Scouts of Colorado
   John Krieger                                                                              Kent Denver
 Kline Alvarado Veio, PC.                                                            Maria Gonzales
Pat Wynne                                                                                                   


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
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