The Planning Committee for the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day Celebration is a collaborative effort of several local organizations including:
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.
Lola Woloch serves as the President & CEO for the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce (SCWCC). She leads SCWCC's mission in “Empowering our members through education, advocacy and collaborative partnerships, focusing on economic vitality.” Through her efforts over the past two years with many dedicated volunteers and board members, SCWCC has been transformed and now provides its members with resources, quality programming, knowledge, and the networks to build and operate successful businesses. During her tenure, SCWCC member attendance has more than doubled significantly increasing membership. Lola has held leadership positions in the corporate sector and higher education, and has expertise in strategic planning, business development, and marketing and sales. She's also an experienced organizational and process change agent. Her talent comes from years of starting up businesses and being a successful entrepreneur. Her success is driven by her entrepreneurial thought process and approach to drive results. Lola has numerous accolades to her credit of achieving national and regional business development goals and turning around sales channels and corporate divisions to be profitable. She has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in management and marketing.
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
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
The Colorado Springs Celebration of International Women's Day is a partnership of several local organizations.
Keynote Speaker Katica Roy is the CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, an award-winning SaaS company that leverages artificial intelligence to identify and drive economic gains through gender equity. Pipeline is the first company from the state of Colorado to be accepted to Salesforce Accelerate. Katica is driven by a passion to eradicate economic inequality and champions the rights of refugees, women, and children. An award-winning business leader with more than two decades of experience in technology, healthcare and financial services, Katica is credited as a rare combination of expertise in and passion for gender equity, people analytics, and sales operations. She pours her knowledge and unique lens into several community and global initiatives, including as a former board member of the Edge of Seven, and board member of the University of San Francisco’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, Book Trust, and Isabella Bird Community School, a member of the CU Leeds Women’s Council, and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, as well as a 2018 Colorado Governors’ Fellow. Katica is also an industry entrepreneur, thought-leader, and frequent editorial contributor and speaker, and was recently named a Luminary by the Colorado Technology Association.
Dwanna L. McKay (formerly Robertson) is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Indigenous Studies in the Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies program at Colorado College. Raised within the boundaries of her tribal nation in Oklahoma, McKay understands the definitive disadvantage of growing up in a rural area steeped in discrimination and how that manifests in constrained access to basic needs like housing, healthcare, employment opportunities, and equitable education. More importantly, McKay seeks to inspire others to overcome such obstacles. McKay previously held an appointment as Secretary of Education for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and served as a member of the Native American Advisory Committee for the Office of the Governor of Kansas. McKay’s research focuses on the reproduction of social inequality through institutionalized race, ethnicity, and gender processes, particularly for American Indians. Dr. McKay holds a PhD in sociology and a graduate certificate in Indigenous studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, a MS in sociology from Oklahoma State University, an MBA in management science from East Tennessee State University, and a BA in political science from the University of Central Oklahoma.
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PARTNERS for IWD
PLANET 50/50 BY 2030:
Advocates Transforming Women's Lives
Saturday Morning, March 2, 2019
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
Terri Carver was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2014 to represent House District 20. The district covers western El Paso County. She currently serves on the Transportation and Energy Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. Prior to being elected, Terri was a civilian attorney for Air Force Space Command, a JAG (lawyer) in the Air Force Reserves, and a college instructor for courses on energy policy and space law and policy. She retired from the Air Force Reserves with the rank of Colonel. Terri is committed to community service, and strongly believes in the power of citizens joining together to solve our most challenging issues. She works with local community groups to fight human trafficking, prevent domestic violence, and find solutions to our opioid addiction crisis. As a state legislator, Terri has been at the forefront in sponsoring legislation to strengthen Colorado’s laws against human trafficking and support the victims of this horrific crime. Some of the legislation Terri has sponsored include mandatory jail time for a person convicted of human sex trafficking of a minor, changes to state licensing to stop criminals from using sham massage therapy businesses as a cover for human trafficking, and the “Truckers Against Trafficking” bill.
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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.
Emcee, Deb Walker