A day to acknowledge wonderful women

Jeffco International Women’s Day to recognize, celebrate women’s accomplishments

Posted 2/19/19

Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo believes women can do anything they want. “Whether it is staying home and raising your children or being the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The world is …

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A day to acknowledge wonderful women

Jeffco International Women’s Day to recognize, celebrate women’s accomplishments

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Jefferson County Commissioner Libby Szabo believes women can do anything they want.

“Whether it is staying home and raising your children or being the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The world is your oyster,” Szabo said. “We have incredibly talented women who are improving the world through their efforts every single day, and that should be recognized and celebrated.”

Since the early 1900s, on March 8 each year, International Women’s Day has provided an outlet to do just that — celebrate and recognize women’s accomplishments.

Locally, the fourth annual Jeffco International Women’s Day takes place from 8:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. March 8 at Baldoria on the Water, 146 Van Gordon St., in Lakewood.

“This event brings together local women from different political viewpoints, backgrounds and professions,” said Golden City Councilor Laura Weinberg. “The time together reinforces our vibrant, strong community and network by supporting one another and celebrating together the amazing achievements of women in Jeffco.”

Each year, a different theme for the event is introduced. The past has included human trafficking, higher education for women and women and STEM. This year’s theme is women’s health and wellness.

Two health and wellness seminars are offered. One is titled Women’s Health in the News, and it will be presented by Dr. Amber Fontenot-Ferris, an OB/GYN with Westside Women’s Care. The other seminar will be presented by Colleen T. Calandra, the director of the employment division at Ramos Law. Her talk is titled What to do when it’s “Me Too” - Sexual Harassment & Bias in the Workplace.

In addition, two healthy lifestyle tips sessions will be offered. One is Own Your Health: Your Life Depends on It, delivered by Stacy Fowler, former president of the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness. The other is titled Kickstart Your Day!, and it will be presented by Lorraine DAversa, President and CEO of Attain Your Vision Lifestyle Strategies.

“Jeffco International Women’s Day is a time when we can pause to look around us, at the women who live in our own community, and acknowledge them for what they contribute back to all of us,” said Jo Schantz, executive director of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. “I’m so glad we have this opportunity to recognize and applaud their efforts here in Jefferson County.”

The event will also feature two awards presentations — Shattered Glass and Unsung Heroine awards.

“There’s amazing women out there doing some amazing things and not getting recognized for it,” said Deborah Deal-Blackwell, the founder and chair of Jeffco International Women’s Day. “We try to fill that gap. Women do so much to make the world go `round. We bring women together to celebrate all that they do.”

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