Isabel Harris is a senior at Simpson University in Redding, CA and plans to graduate in the Spring of 21 with a Bachelor's degree in both Political Science and Cross-Cultural Studies. She has gained various academic and leadership recognitions and awards for her work and research in both departments as well as is a Presidential Scholar at Simpson U holding a 4.0 throughout her undergrad. She has an extensive background in community service both locally and internationally. Isabel is passionate about empowering and equipping individuals and communities, especially women, toward sustainable life improvement. She is excited to attend law school in the Fall and pursue her JD in International Law aspiring to continue to work in the justice field, more specifically working among women in vulnerable situations. In her free time, Isabel is an outdoor enthusiast and true Colorado native who enjoys rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, and going on adventures with friends while drinking only the best coffee!

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

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

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. 

Dr. Rosenna Bakari will be presenting an original poem, returning by popular demand. Dr. 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..

Annie Snead (emcee) is a storyteller for Ent Credit Union’s Internal Communications Department. A former journalist, she uses her love of storytelling to inform her colleagues at Colorado’s #1 Credit Union! She is passionate about helping improve people’s quality of life in the communities we serve. Snead is an active volunteer with Pikes Peak United Way and other nonprofits; serving on numerous fundraising event committees. A firm believer in shining a light on others, she serves on the Women Empowered (WE) Board at Ent. This group lifts women up throughout the credit union and encourages them to lead! She's the proud recipient of a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star Award for her work in the community. And the Colorado Broadcasters Association has recognized her for her news reporting. When she’s not working… you can bet she’s on the slopes, dining at her favorite local restaurant 503W (female owned business) or snuggling at home with her rescue dog Porter.

Michelle Duster is an author, professor, public historian, and advocate for her great-grandmother, Ida B. Wells, the pioneering women's suffragist. She has written, edited, or contributed to 17 books, including her just-released biography Ida B. the Queen, the extraordinary life and legacy of Ida B. Wells. She has written articles for Time, Essence, HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and The North Star.  She has appeared on television programs on MSNBC, CNN, WTTW, CBS & CW, as well as numerous radio shows. Michelle's advocacy has led to street names, monuments, historical markers, and other public history projects that highlight women and African Americans, including Wells. Her many awards include the 2019 Multi-Generational Activist Award from the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award from Dartmouth College.  
Michelle is a native Chicagoan who earned her B.A. in Psychology from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School in New York City. She has also completed MFA coursework in film and video production at Columbia College Chicago. 

2021 PLANNING COmmittee


ARCHIVAL: Past celebrations


Colorado Springs

International Women's Day

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.

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

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:

These are our speakers from 2021.

The 2022 Colorado Springs International Women's Day Event

is canceled.

Due to COVID,  the celebration brunch and program is postponed.

Please save the date for March 4, 2023

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Danielle Shoots is a proud Colorado native, mother and community advocate with passion for people and leadership!  Her CU Denver grad roots serve her well as an entrepreneur and business professional.  Currently the VP/CFO for the Colorado Trust, she has held several leadership roles in her young career, including CFO for the Colorado Department of Health & Environment and VP of Finance & Business Operations for the West Division of Comcast.  As an entrepreneur, she founded and is CEO for Daily Boss Up – providing leadership coaching, mentoring and consulting.   
Often the youngest executive in the boardroom, Danielle possesses unique insight on leadership dynamics, millennial engagement and workforce transitions.  Danielle has received many accolades and recognitions, including Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business; 2020 Emerging Leader in Philanthropy; 2018 Woman of the Year; and, Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40.  She’s been featured at TedxMileHigh, Women of Telecommunications Tech It Out Talk, Black Women Lead and Women of Denver Summits.  
Her “give back” activities include mentoring with the Challenge Foundation; serving as Board President for Mile High Ministries, and Board Member for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.