Dr. Taylor Nygaard holds a Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from the University of Southern California, the number one film school in the country. She researches and teaches about the social and cultural impact of representations of gender in the media and is currently in the final stages of writing a book about representations of gender and race in contemporary television comedy. She taught gender and media studies classes at the University of Denver for four years and is published in a number of academic journals. She is currently teaching online for Arizona State University, consulting for Rocky Mountain Women’s Film, and teaching at the Colorado Springs School as she raises her child and writes a screenplay.

International Women's Day has been observed since the early 1900's.  Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. 

Live Music during the Brunch

Gioscia-Groothof Duo

Amanda Metcalfe has spent twenty years serving the Colorado Springs community as a community and military counselor and consultant.  She is currently an assistant professor of Behavioral Science and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy, and an adjunct instructor of Counseling and Human Services at UCCS. Within her community Amanda has extensive experience with trauma treatment which she has utilized for recovery and support of veterans, soldiers, civilians, and numerous survivors of sexual trauma. She applies further specialization of mindfulness for performance in support of warriors, athletes, and students to hone mindfulness skills to improve resiliency and performance. Recently, she focused her research efforts on post-trauma growth and feminist cultural leadership through research travel to Cuba, Kurdistan, Palestinian areas of Israel, Rwanda, and Uganda. Current academic efforts have been dedicated to the empowerment of women making significant global strides in leadership. Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado and Ph.D of Leadership, Research, and Policy. Amanda was a finalist for the Mayor’s Young Leadership award and was a recipient of the Ambassadors’ Distinguished Scholars Program in Ethiopia from the Institute of International Education in 2018.

2020 Speakers

ARCHIVAL: Past celebrations


The Colorado Springs Celebration of International Women's Day is a partnership of several local organizations.

​Allison Gioscia,  Flutist

Allison Gioscia is a member of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra 

and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and has performed in recent seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the Teatro Lirico d'Europa. 


​​​​Artist/Copyright: Estelle Carol/ CWLU Herstory Project SCW@2010 www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/iwd

Syracuse Cultural Workers "Tools for Change" catalog is 40 pages of feminist, progressive, multicultural resources to help change the work and sustain activism.  The Peace Calendar, Women Artists Dabebook, over 100 posters on social, cultural, and political themes, holiday cards for Solstice, Christmas, Chanukah, plus buttons, stickers, T-shirts, notecards, postcards, and books.  Great fundraising products.  Box 6367, Syracuse, NY 13217 800.949.5139; Fax 800.396.1449. 24-hour ordering. Visa/MC. email: scw@syracuseculturalworkers.com


Colorado Springs

International Women's Day

be a part of the movement!  join in the celebration!


PLANET 50/50 BY 2030:

Think Equal, Build Smart,

Innovate for Change 

​​Saturday Morning, March 7, 2020
9:00 - 9:45 Check-in and Brunch
9:45 - 12:30 Program

The Pinery at the Hill
775 West Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
$35 registration; $12 for students

The 2020 Celebration has sold out! Plan to join us in 2021

Emcee, Dr. Rosenna Bakari is an author, advocate, and scholar. She is a role model for those whose life experiences have been steeped in challenges of oppression, including race, gender, and sexual violence, and an expert at building bridges between men and women. She is a visiting assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is also a Cornell University and SUNY alum. 

We have been holding a collaborative celebration as a community since 2011. Every year is a different focus - but always celebrating the resiliency and achievements of women both local and international.

Lisa Mae Brunson is a Creative Visionary, Speaker, Author & Social Innovator that is committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. Lisa Mae is the founder of Wonder Women Tech, Hiring Humans, and the Wonder Women Tech Show, and has launched Junior Innovation Camps for underserved kids. She was recently included in the 2019 “Create & Cultivate 100” List, in partnership with Chevrolet, is a Long Beach Post’s “40 Under 40” Winner in 2017, and she is a Commissioner on the Commission for Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach since Dec 2016. She is founder of two hackathons–Hacks 4 Humanity, a hackathon for Social Good, and Wonder Women Hacks, a hackathon to address challenges facing women and girls. She has hugged over 10,000 people on her “Love, Hugs, and Inspiration Campaign” launched in 2007.

Lisa Mae received a multi-year commitment (2016 – 2019) from the City of Long Beach and Mayor Robert Garcia to host the Wonder Women Tech Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center. She is featured in three Award-Winning documentaries, “Breaking the Silence” (2014), “Kindness is Contagious” (2014), and “Nevertheless” (2019).

Shane Groothof, Guitarist 
Shane Groothof is a classical guitarist and composer. He performs throughout the Colorado Springs area as a soloist and most notably in the Gioscia-Groothof Duo. He is also the executive community liaison and a lead mentor at Colorado Springs Conservatory. www.shanegroothof.com