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.
ARCHIVAL: Past celebrations
Dr. Penelope Eucker was setting the groundwork to launch the first-ever K-12 STEM school in Colorado in 2006, before the acronym STEM* was widely recognized. In 2015, Eucker was one of three finalists for the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business.
In 2012, she was recruited by the Douglas County School District to help the then struggling charter school, The STEM School and Academy. When Eucker joined, the school was the lowest performing in the district and within one year, under Eucker’s leadership it rose to become the 11th ranked school out of 136 high schools in Colorado.
Since 2012, the school’s enrollment has grown to over 1600 students and is the only STEM school in Colorado serving students in grades K-12 on one campus.
With a PhD in Education Leadership and Innovation from the University Colorado, Eucker’s educational model, founded on the belief that all children can learn, engages and inspires all students, no matter their race, ethnicity, culture, or income.
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Dr. Katherine Gaulke obtained her PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park while researching "Crew Protection for Armored Vehicles" at the Army Research Lab in Aberdeen, Maryland. Katherine’s favorite memories from her time abroad include constructing a playground at an Albanian orphanage, advising the design of a remote water treatment plant in Brazil with Engineers Without Borders and several years living in South Korea and Belgium. She is currently the CEO of Sigma Metals and a Colorado state-licensed professional engineer.
Katherine’s first love, however, was in the performing arts as a professional ballet dancer at the age of 15. In 2014 Katherine’s heart was pulled to return to the arts as a professional photographer to specialize in portraits of women and girls. Katherine believes women are the backbone for compassionate advancement of the human race. We must EMPOWER women to value themselves, SUPPORT women to advance their education, and PROTECT women to advocate for their rights. Dr. Katherine Gaulke proudly served 12 years on active duty in the US Air Force and is the mother of two daughters.
The Planning Committee for the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day Celebration is a collaborative effort of several local organizations including:
Edith Makes a Paper Chain is an original folk band from Colorado Springs. The band won the Pikes Peak Arts Council Award for best band in 2009 and CS Indy awards for Best Folk Band three years in a row. The band has released three albums and is working on a fourth. Edith is honored and privileged to be performing at this years international Women's Day Event.
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.
The Colorado Springs Celebration of International Women's Day is a partnership of several local organizations.
Live Music during the Brunch
Artist/Copyright: Estelle Carol/ CWLU Herstory Project SCW@2010 www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/iwd
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Women Empowered By STE@M
Saturday Morning, March 4, 2017
9:00 - 9:45 Check-in and Brunch
9:45 - 11:45 Program
The Pinery at the Hill
775 West Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
$30 registration; $10 for students
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is a program manager for National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE). She leads the Southern Colorado Girls STEM Initiative, a regional organization that supports more than 500 middle-school girls in exploring careers in STEM fields. She sits on the leadership board of the statewide
Collaborative For Girls in STEM (CoCoSTEM). Prior to joining academia, Kathleen worked as process engineering manager for Hewlett Packard's Colorado Springs site, where she was the first woman engineer on the production floor. Kathleen has a BA in management engineering, and a BS and MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University.