Keynote speaker Leslie Erway Wright is UN International Committee Chair for Zonta International, a leading international non-governmental organization of professionals working together to empower women through service and advocacy, and also serves as Executive VP for VGIF, a fund based in New York that provides grants to women's empowerment projects in developing countries. With 20 years of experience working in advocacy at the UN in the area of women's issues, Wright has served on a number of boards and been elected to local public office. Professionally she has worked in public affairs, communications and marketing. Beginning in 1998 she represented the World Association of Girl Scouts and was soon tapped to chair the NGO Committee on the Status of Women NY.  She also served as First VP for the Conference of NGOs at the UN, and was instrumental in achieving reentry for NGOs after 9/11.

She served as a National VP for the US Committee for UNIFEM, which is now UN Women. Leslie is a life member of AAUW and Girl Scouts of the USA. She has a BA in Latin American Studies from Denison University, MA in Public Policy from Trinity College and MS in Marketing Management from Rensselaer University. A Brooklyn, NY resident, Leslie's been an advocate for women and girls for 50 years! 

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Dr. Regina A. Lewis, director of Regina Speaking, LLC, specializes in leadership development and organizational communication. Her clients are Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and educational institutions, and she has worked with executives, groups and organizations in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the United States. Her work includes diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural leveraging, strategic planning, executive speaking, interpersonal communication, personal professional development, media & public relations, social media communication, understanding and climbing out of poverty, and retention. She is currently department chair and instructor of Communication and director of the Women's Forum at Pikes Peak Community College, and is an adjunct professor at UCCS, as well as an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership. Lewis holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy, and an MA in Communication, and a BA in Psychology.


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. 

​​​​Artist/Copyright: Estelle Carol/ CWLU Herstory Project SCW@2010

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Meet Our Speakers

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

Emcee, Deb Walker 

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Margaret Sabin, national leader in preventative health and wellness, has more than 37 years of accomplished health care experience. Under her leadership as President and CEO since 2008, Penrose-St. Francis has been named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals for 10 consecutive years. Sabin has also served as president of Centura Health's South State Operating Group, overseeing operations at all Centura hospitals in southern Colorado, including Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, and St. Thomas More Hospital, and she has served as CEO in four additional health care systems in Colorado and California. She has been recognized in Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Women of Influence," twice named one of San Francisco Bay Area's "100 Most Influential Women," and listed for 5 consecutive years in Becker's Hospital Review's "130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know" and in 2014 she was named the Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Healthiest CEO." Margaret is a certified fitness instructor, and teaches weekly classes at Penrose Hospital. 

Deb Walker is the Executive Director of Citizens Project, a local grassroots organization that fights for equality, diversity, and separation of church and state in the Pikes Peak region through education and advocacy.

PLANET 50/50 BY 2030:

Step It Up for Gender Equality 

Saturday Morning, March 3, 2018
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 Planning Committee for the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day Celebration is a collaborative effort of several local organizations including:

  • Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
  • American Association of University Women - Colorado Springs Branch
  • Soroptimist International of Colorado Springs 
  • Women's Resource Agency 
  • ​Woman’s Educational Society of Colorado College
  • The League of Women Voters, Pikes Peak Region

Colorado Springs

International Women's Day

Live Music during the Brunch

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.

Gioscia-Groothof Duo

Flutist Allison Gioscia is a member of the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and has also performed in recent seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, and the Teatro Lirico d’Europa. ​
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.