Bree Shellito (emcee) is a Colorado Springs native committed to improving the lives of others in her community. She is the Sr. Manager of Community Impact at Ent Credit Union which gives her the opportunity to help Coloradans through community giving, activating volunteerism, and spreading financial literacy education. Bree has served as Past Chair for the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board, a member of Colorado Springs Rising Professionals, and is a Leadership Pikes Peak Alumni. She has been recognized as a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Star, an MWCUA Top 20 Under 40, and a Leadership Pikes Peak Emerging Leader. 

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Lucy Molina, Environmental Advocate, TedX Presenter, Commerce City, CO is a speaker for Environmental Equality - Environmental Activist Lucy grew up in the most polluted zip code in the nation and is now a single mother of two teens, Omar & Hannah. For years, she’s fought to protect her community from one of the worst cases of environmental racism in Colorado’s history. She recently ran for City Council in Commerce City to work for a Just Transition away from fossil fuels – one where we mitigate the climate crisis without leaving anyone behind. She says, “Justice is long overdue for frontline communities literally at their last breath. Justice is not charity.” Come hear the environmental challenges affecting women, especially in marginalized communities, and the strides being made to address gender inequities and promote sustainability in regards to environmental equality.

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​​2023 PLANNING COmmittee

Our 2023 Speaker lineup

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.

Colorado Springs

International Women's Day

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. 

“Gender Equality Today For A Sustainable Tomorrow”

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Special Guest - Ashley Cornelius, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate, Counselor wants to give a voice not only to her younger self, but also to anyone lacking a strong representation in their cities. The award-winning spoken word poet is the 2021 - 2023 Pikes Peak Poet Laureate. She said  her childhood has helped shape her writing, much of which focuses on her identity as a Black woman living in predominantly white spaces. ​Cornelius has performed her poetry at TEDx Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak Community College, the Colorado Springs Women's March, and the Denver Public Library. She was recognized by the Colorado Springs Business Journal as a Rising Star in 2021. She also uses the medium in her career, using poetry therapy for youth in her role as a counselor with Denver Health. 

Event Details

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

Allison Staley, MD, MPH, Gynecologic Oncologist,  is a board-certified, fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist affiliated with the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Swedish Medical Center . She earned her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina (UNC). She went on to complete her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, followed by fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the nationally recognized UNC Women's Hospital. She will speak to us about women’s health as it relates to her work and also share info on research that’s being done to address women’s health issues and what is being done to promote equality in healthcare for women. 

Simone D. Ross - CEO, CO Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Denver, CO, is an operations strategist, who takes a 360-degree approach to strategic operations, with a unique focus on operationalizing equity and inclusivity. As the CEO of the CO Women's Chamber of Commerce she is a speaker for Economic & Leadership Equality - focusing on socioeconomic and income disadvantages for women today. Simone will focus on what is “The Great Shesession” and how we can overcome the damage it’s done. Her insights about how to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in business, public and political life will be captivating.

The Planning Committee for the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day Celebration is a collaborative effort of several local organizations including: