It’s Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit

Thank you to all who joined us for It’s Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit! It was an honor to convene with women and allies who are working for change, in Denver and beyond.

Special thank you to our co-hosts and partners, the Denver Office on Women & Families and the Denver Women’s Commission! We look forward to continuing our work together.

An initial report on summit outcomes is available for download here: 

Download the Summit Report



About the Summit Outcomes & Impact Host & Sponsors Event Details Contact

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. 



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.



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.



Host Committee and Sponsors



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Founding Circle 

Cynda Collins Arsenault

Cynthia Beard

Barbara Bridges


Melanie Pease Davidson


Rhondda Grant

Rep. Leslie Herod

Joanne Posner Mayer

Betsy McKinney

Posner Center



Athena Project

Karen Ashworth - Macfarlane

Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development

Colorado Women's College at University of Denver

Difference Works, LLC.

Kaiser Permanente

Colleen LaFontaine

Heather MacKenzie

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Women's Collaborative for Colorado



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 


8:00 Registration

9:00 Framing the summit: Why Equity and Inclusion?

9:30 Stage-setting for the day

10:30 Focus Area #1:  Career Advancement

12:50 Special Lunch Session: Employer Perspectives-Gender Pay Equity Analysis

1:30 Focus Area #2: Family Friendly Policies

3:10 Focus Area #3:  Creating an Inclusive Culture

4:50 Advocacy for the Future:  Action Planning and Wrap-up

5:30 Closing Remarks-Final Report/Evaluation

*subject to change

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. 

Download the Participants Guide Here


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


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

[email protected]


Mary E. Ricketson

Chair, Denver Women’s Commission (Mayoral Appointed) 

[email protected]


It's Time Network

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