International Women's Day Celebration
In Colorado Springs - March 7, 2015

IWD 2015

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Helen Upton
Served two terms on the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute Board of Directors and has been a member of the Institute since 1999.  Helen moved to Colorado Springs in 1997 to become Executive Director of the Springs Community Action Network (SpringsCAN).  The new nonprofit served as a neutral, civic convener around such issues as race relations: smart growth and the environment; economic development, public education and choice, etc.  Today, Helen is Executive Director of Pueblo StepUP, which provides access to health and wellness services and benefits for low-income families and seniors.


Sharlene Brown, National Director, Oikocredit USA
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Oikocredit is a worldwide financial cooperative that promotes global justice by empowering disadvantaged people with credit.  Ms. Brown joined Oikocredit-USA in June 2011 as National Director. Prior to becoming a staff member, Ms. Brown sat on Oikocredit-USA’s board and served as a Senior Program Officer for the Grameen Foundation’s Social Performance Management Center, where she oversaw projects for MFIs in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle-East/North Africa.  Sharlene has also worked in the socially responsible investment (SRI) marketplace as a business development manager for Domini Social Investments as research associate for the Social Investment Forum. She brings more than 10 years of experience in the social investment and micro finance sectors to her position as National Director.  She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

Lisa Johnson
Executive director of Girls on the Run of the Rockies, a non-profit organization that uses the power of running to change the way girls ages 8 – 14 see themselves and their opportunities.  Girls on the Run of the Rockies serves approximately 4,000 girls each year along the Front Range. 
Lisa found the power of running at a young age and uses this power, today, to help young girls learn to honor their voices, embrace their gifts and celebrate their bodies.  Lisa lives in Denver with her husband and two children, Hailey (12) and Henry (10) and shares her love for running with them and their dog, Finn.

Melissa Marts, Executive Director,
Women's Resource Agency 

Melissa has an established history of community engagement. From her early roots as a special education teacher who rallied for the first unified soccer team with her students, to her work on local and healthy food access, to her job leading the Women’s Resource Agency, Melissa appreciates being a part of such great changes that improve the quality of life for women and girls in Colorado Springs.  Melissa has a Masters in Special Education and spent the last ten years cultivating her leadership in the non-profit sector.

“It is the best reward ever to witness the transition of a friend from defeat to success.  The Women’s Resource Agency plays a critical role in these life experiences daily.”

Regina A. Lewis, Ph.D.
Director of Women's Forum and assistant dean in the Division of Communications, Humanities and Technical Studies.  Dr. Lewis is an alum of PPCC. She has a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy; a master's degree in Communication; and a bachelor's degree in Psychology - all from the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs. She is a single parent who has worked her way out of poverty through education, while raising her son who is currently attending college as a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. She says, "I am passionate about my work because I have been there and understand the challenges that women face, especially while trying to reach higher levels of education."

Alcira Estevez
Middle school educator.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Bilingual Education from Arizona State University in 2001.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2005.  She had the opportunity to visit classrooms in Peru and China.  Alcira has served as a volunteer and worked for organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Dream Academy Parent Education Program, Valley Interfaith Project, and High Plains Church.  Alcira comes from a large Mexican family of 9 children with whom she keeps close contact.  Alcira will talk about inspiring change in ourselves as we move forward to meet the challenges of life.  She will also discuss educating young girls in a way that empowers them to fulfill their dreams and potential. 


Saturday Morning
March 7, 2015
9:00 Check-in
9:30 Brunch
10:00-Noon Program

The Pinery at the Hill
775 West Bijou Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
$30 registration
$10 for students

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.   
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Soroptimist International of Colorado Springs
Soroptimist's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. 

Women's Resource Agency
Empowering women and girls to attain and maintain personal self-sufficiency and economic independence.

World Affairs Council
To create and sustain study, discussion, and public participation in international relations—in essence, non-partisan, grassroots education on world affairs.

Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area
Zonta seeks to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

The Planning Committee for the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day Celebration
is a collaborative effort of several local women’s organizations including the Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area, American Association of University Women - Colorado Springs Branch,  Soroptimists International of Colorado Springs, and the Women's Resource Agency.
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