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  • published Denver Chapter in Network City Program 2017-04-24 15:16:41 -0700

  • published It’s Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit in Events 2017-01-23 15:19:50 -0800

    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

    [email protected]


  • published Join the Network in Get Involved 2017-01-20 18:20:22 -0800

    The Network City Program is the first national cross-sector network to bring individuals and organizations together to accelerate progress for women and girls in the long-term. We launched the first chapter in San Francisco in 2016 and will launch in Denver this spring, with plans to continue to expand quickly to meet the demand for women who want to engage in sustained action in their communities.

    Here's how the Network City Program works:


    Evaluate Gender Equality in Each City

    In each city, a Local Advisory Council comprised of local leaders and engaged individuals will develop a Women's Well-Being Index, which is a baseline report that evaluates the status of women and girls across a number of key issue areas, and gives the city a score in each area.


    Design Collective Impact Projects

    Each Local Advisory Council will use the Women's Well-Being Index for their city to determine which key issue areas to address first, and design collective impact projects that they will pursue to help improve the city's most pressing issues.


    Make a Collective Impact to Accelerate Progress

    The Local Advisory Council will invite a set of individuals and organizations to engage in in the collective impact project they have chosen, by contributing their time, skills or financial support, depending on what the project needs.





  • published Building Fair Economies in Key Issue Areas 2016-08-17 16:19:36 -0700

  • published Mayors Guide 2016-05-17 11:15:37 -0700

    Mayors Guide: Accelerating Gender Equality

    MG_landing_intropic.jpgIt’s Time Network’s Mayors Guide: Accelerating Gender Equality is the first comprehensive guide for accelerating gender equality at the local level. The guide provides mayors with a “toolkit” of readily accessible resources, model programs, and checklists for supporting the advancement of women and girls in their communities.

    The Mayors Guide emerged from a dynamic roundtable of mayors, activists and women leaders on the eve of the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in June 2015. Sponsored by It’s Time Network in partnership with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the roundtable forum engaged approximately 150 experts across a variety of sectors related to the empowerment of women and girls.

    The result of their work, as well as subsequent interviews with experts and model practitioners, is this first-of-its-kind “how-to” guide specifically for mayors.


    Access the Mayors Guide


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    Browse the Mayors Guide

    The Mayors Guide: Accelerating Gender Equality is not an academic treatment, nor is it an exhaustive account of all available resources. Rather, it is meant to be a “living” document that will support a continued sharing of best practices and feedback from mayors and communities nationwide.

    The guide starts with a set of general recommendations for mayoral leadership to create the structural support needed to address the complexities around the issues that affect women and girls. The second part of the guide offers a toolkit of recommendations in 11 key issue areas that include models and resources that will help guide implementation. Learn more by browsing the guide by chapter:

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  • published Media in About 2016-03-02 20:43:41 -0800

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  • published Rachel Harding Launches "Remnants" in Baltimore in Blog 2015-05-13 20:37:50 -0700

    Rachel Harding Launches "Remnants" in Baltimore


    Today we feature a guest post by Rachel Harding, about the launch of Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering. Harding worked on the book with her mother, Rosemarie Freeney Harding, for a decade and then finished it following her death in 2004.

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