International Women's Day 2023 Celebration!

Event Details
775 W. Bijou St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80905
United States
Pricing/Ticket Info
$25 Students $50 General
Event Dates and Times
Time Zone (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)
“Gender Equality Today For A Sustainable Tomorrow”

Join us to learn about how gender equality impacts our ability to have a sustainable world. Hear about "The Great Shesesson," what's happening in the most polluted zip code in the nation (and it's in CO!) and more!
Brunch and camaraderie will be followed by our dynamic speakers to include: Lucy Molina, Environmental Advocate, TedX Presenter, speaker for Environmental Equality & Environmental Activist; Allison Staley, MD, MPH, Gynecologic Oncologist; Special Guest Ashley Cornelius, Pikes Peak Poet Laureate & Counselor; Simone D. Ross, CEO, CO Women’s Chamber of Commerce; and Annie Snead, storyteller for Ent Credit Union’s Internal Communications Department and former journalist is our emcee.

Our delicious gourmet Brunch from The Pinery will feature:

Fresh seasonal fruit served with Granola, Local Honey and Vanilla Yogurt, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Cream Cheese Blintzes with a fresh compote, Smoked Salmon Board, Three Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Coffee and Hot Tea


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.

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IWD COS Planning Committee

The Planning Committee for the Colorado Springs International Women’s Day Celebration is a collaborative effort of several local organizations including Zonta Club of the Pikes Peak Area, American Association of University Women - Colorado Springs Branch, Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce, Woman's Educational Society of Colorado College, League of Women Voters - Pikes Peak Region, Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute and the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Annie Snead (emcee) is a storyteller for Ent Credit Union’s Internal Communications Department. A former journalist, she uses her love of storytelling to further her passion about helping improve people’s quality of life. 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.

Artist/Copyright: Estelle Carol/ CWLU Herstory Project
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