The sixth annual Colorado Women’s Day, set for Friday, May 7, at Baldoria on the Water in Lakewood, Colorado, will feature keynote speaker Jo Packham. Ms. Packham has a been a leading innovator in the popular handmade publishing market for 35 years. She is probably best known for her magazines WHERE WOMEN CREATE — Inspiring Workspaces of Extraordinary Women; WHERE WOMEN COOK, The Heart & Soul of Cooking; WHERE WOMEN WORK, A Passion for Success; and her newest publication: WHAT WOMEN CREATE, Inspiration for Your Imagination. Ms. Packham will regale the audience with the inspiring story of her career and share advice that is applicable for artists and entrepreneurs pursuing success in any industry. To read a more complete bio, please visit the COLORADO WOMEN’S DAY website or the Where Women Create website. The IX Power Foundation, supported by IX Power Clean Water, is the founder and organizer of Colorado Women’s Day. Other key sponsors include the Bank of Colorado and the City of Golden.
The day-long event will also include the lunch where Ms. Packham will speak, the annual Women’s Day awards will be presented, plus a number of workshops, opportunities to network, creative activities, a marketplace where attendees can purchase original art, door prizes, swag bags and more. Betsy Wiersma, founder of the Camp Experience Network, will present “Notes from Life’s Road Trip: Create the Life you Love!” plus a unique afternoon activity “Make A Powerful Purpose Vision Board.” Ms. Wiersma will also head-up the “Purse Project” for providing homeless and other in-need women with important supplies. Ms. Wiersma is a serial social entrepreneur, artist and maker, marketing evangelist, podcaster, expert convener, author, community organizer, strategic philanthropist, and relentless cheerleader. Learn more about Betsy at the COLORADO WOMEN’S DAY website or the Camp Experience website.
Schedule for the day:
Luncheon keynote: Ms. Jo Packham, Creator & Editor-in-Chief of WHERE WOMEN magazines. "Shattered Glass" and "Unsung Heroine" awards presented. Please indicate on your ticket whether you would like the luncheon plate with CHICKEN or VEGETARIAN.
AM Seminar: "Environmental Advocacy: Because 'if we're not at the table, planet earth is on the menu.'" by Debra Brown, Executive Director, Good Business Colorado.
PM Seminar: (Purchase separate reservation in ticket dropdown on Eventbrite) "Make A Powerful Purpose Vision Board" at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm with Betsy Wiersma & CampExperience(TM) Network.
About COVID Precautions:
The Colorado Women's Day event is LIVE and will be following all state and municipal regulations in place at the time of the event. We hope you will have a chance to complete your vaccination. If not, please bring a mask. We will be practicing good social distancing but recommend a mask (except when eating).
Some may note that Colorado Women’s Day is later in the year for 2021. International Women’s Day is always March 8. However, in order to allow time for greater distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, the event has been moved this year to the Friday, May 7. “We will remain ready to take some or all components of Women’s Day ‘virtual’ if necessary,” said event founder and chair Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR. “However, we are hoping that by moving it – just for this year – to the Friday before Mother’s Day, we will be buying some time for more people to get one of the available vaccines so that attendees can enjoy getting together.
The Colorado Women’s Day celebration is an official International Women’s Day event and will be found on the international website at: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Events.
Colorado merchants either owned or operated by a woman, or featuring a product or service for women, also have the opportunity to participate in International Women’s Day in a variety of ways. They can insert an item representing their business in the swag bags, procure a table in the “Marketplace” to sell or market their goods or services, or for maximum exposure become a sponsor of the event. More information can be found at the COLORADO WOMEN’S DAY website.
This is the sixth year that International Women’s Day has been celebrated in Colorado. In many countries around the world, this is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. International Women's Day first emerged at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe and the first time it was observed nationally in the U.S. was in 1909. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. The United Nations’ theme for their women’s initiative is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality.” The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day event is “Let’s All Choose to Challenge.” #ChooseToChallenge