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It’s Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit will bring together thought leaders, decision makers, and engaged individuals to develop solutions that address systemic inequity in Denver. Focusing on cross-sector partnership and collaborative action, we’ll develop short-term plans and strategize around long-term infrastructures that protect and advance the rights of women and girls, starting at the local level. 


Event Details

Denver Gender Equity Summit

Date: May 31st, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm

Location: Auraria Campus-Tivoli Student Union: 890 Auraria Pkwy #410, Denver, CO 80204 

Please note that there are a limited number of tickets available, so we ask that you only register if you are committed to attending, and register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. 

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*For a sign language interpreter or CART services, please email us at;  For other disability accommodations, email Spanish translation will be available.





Summit Outcomes and Impact


    • We will create strategies to address gender equity in partnership with city government, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and community-based organizations in Denver.
    • We will compile key strategies (ordinances, policies, executive orders, and practices) from the Metro Mayors Caucus to support gender equity in city government. As a result of the summit, we will share these strategies, which will feature recommendations and best practices for mayors to ensure the highest level of support for the advancement of women and girls in Denver.
    • We will update It’s Time Network’s Mayors Guide: Accelerating Gender Equality, a unique resource serving city leaders that featuring resources, recommendations, and checklists for action to advance gender equality at the city level.

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A Unique Partnership


It’s Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit represents a first of it’s kind partnership between key stakeholders in the gender equity landscape who are collaborating to host the summit:




It’s Time Network is an inclusive community of people and organizations working collaboratively to accelerate the full empowerment of women and girls in order to achieve gender equity, evolve democracy and build fair economies that regenerate the Earth. Through its Network City Program, ITN works to engage individuals and leaders at the local level, with the goal of achieving gender equity, one city at a time. In addition to sponsoring the summit, ITN will launch a Network City Program chapter in Denver in 2017. 



Denver’s Office on Women and Families serves as a focal point for Denver women to attain equity, inclusivity, and opportunity by partnering with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and community-based organizations to address issues affecting women and families. The office works towards enhancing the quality of life for women and families through collaboration and community and civic engagement. Learn more about Denver Office on Women and Families.



Denver Women’s Commission (DWC) works for women’s equity in Denver in order to promote the social, economic and political quality of life in the city, by advocating for and empowering women, and monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting women.  Learn more about Denver Women’s Commission.



Host Committee and Sponsors





 Founding Circle 

Cynda Collins Arsenault

Cynthia Beard

Barbara Bridges

Melanie Pease Davidson

Rhondda Grant

Rep. Leslie Herod

Betsy McKinney

Joanne Posner Mayer



Karen Ashworth - Macfarlane

Colleen LaFontaine

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Heather MacKenzie

Women's Collaborative for Colorado


*Interested in joining the Summit Host committee and/or sponsoring the Summit? Click below for details. 






If you are interested in sponsoring It's Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit, please click through below for information about sponsorship levels: 



Kim Desmond

Director, Denver Office on Women & Families

Staff Liaison, Denver Women's Commission & African American Commission

Agency for Human Rights & Community Partnerships

720.913.8465 Phone

Mary E. Ricketson

Chair, Denver Women’s Commission (Mayoral Appointed)


Patricia Carroll

Senior Manager of Network Operations

It’s Time Network