Pioneering into the Future

Insights and Tools for a Reimagined Future

September 22 – 24, 2021
JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek | Denver, Colorado

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It’s time to break out of our homes, reunite in-person, and prepare for our futures!

Join us onsite at the International Women’s Forum of Colorado’s Conference in partnership with our neighboring states of Arizona, Kansas, Missouri & New Mexico for all IWF members around the world, to hear from leaders who are recognized experts on innovation, new ideas, and breakthroughs that will drive prosperity into our futures through health, water & energy, technology, and funding.

Taking place at the beautiful JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek surrounded by world-class dining and premier shopping boutiques and destinations, the conference will open with a Colorado welcome on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 7:00 PM.  Please contact the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek directly for hotel room reservations.

On Thursday, after an information-packed morning of educational sessions, we will head out to enjoy thematic sights of Colorado focused on the State’s Economic Development and Health sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Office.

Choose from either option that includes transportation needs and entry fees:

Economic Development

See and explore the new Olympic Museum (OEDIT’s Regional Tourism Act Project) and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Health

Take a mental health break while enjoying the Denver Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in Denver.

Optional Denver-area Dine Arounds will be hosted on Thursday evening for interested attendees for an additional charge.

On Friday, plan to pick up where we left off with educational sessions that will challenge your thinking and add to your toolkit of information for a sustainable and prosperous future, before heading out for the airport, Cherry Creek shopping, or your getaway weekend.

We look forward to seeing you in Colorado this fall!

Wednesday

7:00 PM

Welcome – Dessert, Coffee, and Sharing & Pairing

Join your fellow IWF members for a kick-off evening dessert reception to reconnect with your friends while making new ones. Hear from your IWF Colorado hosts and get answers to your questions regarding the conference. We’ll mix and mingle through the interactive Sharing & Pairing event that features you sharing & acquiring information on your recommendations, thoughts, and intel on topics that include:

Travel Gems: Where to go now that we can!
Foodie Finds: Favorite restaurants, dishes, wine, and/or recipes.
Dream Big: Now that you can go and do just about anything, what have you dreamt of doing? Learn from each other on those that have already done it, investigated it, or also want to do it?
Tales from the Extraordinary: Miracles, amazing people or places, or whatever else you have experienced that is beyond the ordinary.

Thursday

7:00 AM

FLX – Rethink the Way You Stretch!

Please join Aleksandra Efimova, CEO of FLX Stretch Training and IWF Chicago member for a 30 min morning class sharing practical and simple stretches. These stretches are geared to help you increase flexibility, range of motion, improve posture, release muscle tension from “tech neck & wrists,” calm your mind and much more. As a Fitness and Dance Entrepreneur, she is passionate about sharing benefits of stretching to bring more energy, health and wellness to people’s lives!
8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome

8:40 AM – 9:20 AM

Sustainability & Prosperity through the Public Sector

Under the leadership of Governor Jared Polis, Colorado has continued to grow economically even during 2020 and the global pandemic. Hear from the Governor and his Cabinet of women leaders on where they have been investing in the state and how they plan to move forward to manage for its projected growth into the decade.

Panelists include: Lauren Larson, Director of the Office of State Planning and Budgeting | Shoshana Lew, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation | Angie Paccione, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education

Moderated by Colorado Governor Jared Polis
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM

The Current and Future Status of Water

Water is vital to life, and yet in the western U.S. we continue to see and grapple with troubling shortages. Learn from our leading experts on the role of complex state water contracts, innovations, and other ways that state leaders are rethinking water use and distribution to help maintain lifestyles and economic prosperity.

Panelists include: Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People | Jennifer Gimbel, Interim Director of Colorado Water Center | Lauren Ris, Deputy Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board

Moderated by Anne McCarthy – Partner at 6×6; Founder of Westmeath Global Communications
10:20 AM – 11:00 AM

The Status of Mental Health Today and Trends for the Future

From depression and anxiety to shootings and suicides, the needs for mental health support have never been greater. In this panel presentation hear from mental health leaders who are working to address mental illness from a variety of ways, and how they see the future of mental health in America.

Panelists include: Michelle Barnes, Executive Director of Colorado Department of Human Services | Christin Crampton Day, Executive Director of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts | Deborah Jordy, Executive Director of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District

Moderated by Yolanda Webb – Director of Colorado Department of Human Services; Principal of WEBB Advisory Group
11:10 AM – 11:50 AM

Conversation with Technology Leaders: Powering Up the New Economy through Technology and Inclusivity

The current and projected incorporation of technology is unceasing, and yet across our United States, there remain disparities in access. Hear from organizational leaders in how they are specifically working to close the gap to facilitate equitable learning, economic prosperity, and growth.

Panelists include: Dr. Janet Kavandi, EVP of Sierra Space | Dr. Theresa Szczurek, CEO of Technology and Management Solutions; Former state CIO

Moderated by Jill S. Tietjen, P.E. – President & CEO of Technically Speaking
12:15 PM

Buses Depart for In the Field Excursions sponsored by the Colorado Tourism Office

Choose from either option:

Economic Development
See and explore the new Olympic Museum (OEDIT’s Regional Tourism Act Project) and Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.

Health
Take a mental health break while enjoying the Denver Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in Denver.

Boxed lunches will be provided.
5:00 PM

Buses Return to Hotel

6:30 PM

Buses Depart for Dine Arounds (optional)

9:30 PM

Buses Return to Hotel

Friday

7:00 AM

FLX – Rethink the Way You Stretch!

Please join Aleksandra Efimova, CEO of FLX Stretch Training and IWF Chicago member for a 30 min morning class sharing practical and simple stretches. These stretches are geared to help you increase flexibility, range of motion, improve posture, release muscle tension from “tech neck & wrists,” calm your mind and much more. As a Fitness and Dance Entrepreneur, she is passionate about sharing benefits of stretching to bring more energy, health and wellness to people’s lives!
8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome

8:40 AM – 9:20 AM

It’s All About the Money: The Role of Private Sector Funders & Foundations in our Modern Society

The global pandemic exposed issues of job and economic inequity, food shortages, homelessness, and new opportunities for products and services. Learn from organizational leaders on their work to make strategic investments for our new post-COVID world.

Panelists include: Akasha Absher, President of Syntrinsic Investment Counsel | Valeria Alberola, CEO of ZOMALAB | Lauren Y. Casteel, President & CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

Moderated by Alison Griffin – Senior VP at Whiteboard Advisors 
9:30 AM – 10:10 AM

Healthcare in the 21st Century

The global pandemic has forever changed healthcare in the U.S. Hear from our leading industry experts and leaders of some of our largest organizations to learn what healthcare in the 21st century now looks like and their perspectives into the future.

Panelists include: Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, President & CEO of Craig Hospital | Elizabeth Concordia, CEO of UCHealth | Lisa Latts, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Rocky Mountain Health Plans

Moderated by Kay Cowling – Principal of Cowling Advisory Services
10:20 AM – 11:00 AM

Evolutions in Traditional & Renewable Energy Sources

America’s need for increasingly levels of energy remains unabated. And as we turn our focus to renewable energy source production, hear from leaders and experts on traditional and renewable sources of energy on what their organizations are doing to ensure that the U.S. can benefit from their work into the future.

Panelists include: Rep. Adrienne Benavidez who is carrying a new bill re: alternative energy | Susan Bender, Founder, President & CEO of Linc Energy Systems | Jan Kulmann, Director of Well Construction at Whiting Petroleum Corporation & Mayor, City of Thornton

Moderated by Tamra Ward – Principal of Taloma Partners
11:10 AM – 12:15 PM

Make Your Opinion & Contributions Matter – Interactive conclusion to the Conference

Join us for an exciting conference conclusion through your evaluation and votes during a nonprofit Pitch Session hosted by CTEK, a global technology collaborative, with a $10,000 award provided by the Colorado Tourism Office. Your feedback and votes will make a difference to all session providers when they learn what matters to you and your fellow IWF members as together we provide the $10,000 award.

The Pitch Session will feature nonprofit organizations with Colorado ties and their initiatives that empower girls and women. Each group will have 5 minutes to pitch. And the organizations are:
– Capital Sisters
– Girl Scouts of Colorado
– STEM Generation
– SPEAK
– Women’s Bean Project

As we tally up the votes, there will be 15-30 minutes of time for attendees to say their last good-byes to each other, and then we will announce the winner of the session at no later than 12:30 PM, and the Conference will conclude.

 

Attendees can make their reservations directly by contacting the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek.

Members are able to register multiple guests at this time. If you need assistance registering more than one guest, please email admin@iwfcolorado.org.

With the ever-changing impact of COVID and now the recent impact of the Delta variant, please know that we are focused on keeping all IWF members and leaders safe and healthy as we come together at the JW Marriott in Denver. We are closely monitoring Federal, State and City COVID information and will keep you updated as we approach September 22 so that we can all be informed of any protocols that will be in place during the Conference for your safety:
Federal CDC information, State of Colorado COVID information; and City of Denver COVID information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email admin@iwfcolorado.org.

If there are pandemic issues that prevent us from coming together as planned, registration fees will be refunded.