When choosing which speakers would grace the floor, Melody and I wanted to find women who not only have rising-from-the-ashes stories, but women who aren't afraid to stand in the middle of a room and get vulnerable and real about their failures and losses and how they came out shining. It's these settings that allow other women the permission to open up, get inspired, and get to the heart of what they really need and deserve.
We're confident that the six influential women that will be speaking on June 3 will light fires in your hearts and spark some serious story sizzle. No canned speech power points and no fear of imperfection. Just real stories from incredibly strong women. Let's meet them.
Sarah is an inspirational speaker, certified yoga instructor, optimal wellness counselor, author, and advocate for several nonprofits. She has appeared on Katie Couric, NPR, MSNBC, ABC World News, and NBC Nightly News, and been featured in Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, and ORIGIN, just to name a few. Need we say more?
Through hard work and various transitional programs, Gloria has since enrolled in college (and will soon be getting a degree in education), been working full-time for Kentwood City Properties for 11 years, purchased a beautiful home, gotten her sons back and is even working on business plans for two nonprofits: Angel House (transitional housing for women) and a day care center. After telling her story for the first time at the Women's Bean Project 25th Anniversary luncheon on May 8, she received a standing ovation from more than 800 people.
In 2013, they provided assistance to more children than ever before. Statewide, toys were provided to more than 4,200 children: their annual toy shop provided assistance to 3,150 children (21,337 toys, stocking stuffers and more), and the other 1,050 children were served through nonprofit partnerships. To this day, Jessica's efforts have impacted more than 15,000 children in Colorado and counting.
After growing to 27 cities in 18 months and securing $150K in funding, Ashley sold the business and spent the summer with her kids. Through her business ventures, she experienced two miscarriages and two high risk pregnancies, but today, has two amazing children. She deals with depression and panic disorder on a daily basis. That's only half of her story. And she was told she'd never go to college...
Today, she's the CEO of Environmental Consulting Services, a three-year-old stormwater consulting firm. She's a recognized leader in the construction industry, active member of the Hispanic Contractors of Colorado, participates with JE Dunn's Minority Contractor Business Development Program, Circle of Latina Leadership Program, on the board of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and more. She's currently partnering with RTD's Workforce Initiative Now program to provide employment opportunities, and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock appointed her as commissioner for the Denver Women's Commission in 2013. She's also the award recipient of the Denver Business Journal's Class of 2014 40 Under 40. (Those are justsome of her accomplishments.)
She's now a bestselling author, book publisher, TEDx speaker, radio show host with a master's in counseling, founder of the Transformation Foundation (a nonprofit that provides scholarships for transformational education opportunities), and will soon be featured on A&E's "Tiny House Nation," where Kristen and her husband will return to their fire-ravaged land to live in a tiny home with their two big dogs and ornery cat. Her latest book is What Are You Waiting For? How to Rise to the Occasion of Your Life.
While it's nearly impossible to sum up the strength and character of these fire-starting women, we hope you've gotten a good glimpse of who will be standing before you when we gather 'round on June 3. Please join us for this inspiring, intimate evening as we set the world on fire!
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