On Thursday, September 21, 2023, Equinox HIT's Shannon Mauler and Sarah Flicker had the privilege of attending the 2023 Annual Luncheon hosted by the Women's Foundation of Colorado- an event that left attendees deeply inspired, brimming with innovative ideas, and resolute in their determination to enact lasting change. The Women's Foundation of Colorado's Annual Luncheon holds a distinguished position as the state's largest fundraiser and community-building gathering dedicated to uplifting and empowering women in Colorado.
The roster of esteemed speakers featured prominent women affiliated with the Women's Foundation of Colorado, including Lauren Y. Casteel (President and CEO), Renee Furrifino (VP of Development), Louise Myrland (VP of Programs), Dottie Lamm (Former First Lady of Colorado and First WFCO Board Chair), and Tania Zeigler (Current Board Chair). Ayan Husein, the recipient of the 2023 Dottie Lamm Award, shared her remarkable journey and aspirational goals.
The highlight of the event unquestionably centered on the presence of Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO and co-founder of Ellevest. As a luminary in the financial industry, Krawcheck has devoted her career to economically empowering women. Her keynote address was enlightening and motivating, underscoring her resolute mission: to empower women financially and narrow the gender wealth gap. Krawcheck's now-famous words, "Nothing bad happens when women have more money," encapsulate the transformative potential of financial independence for women. Following her speech, the event culminated in a captivating conversation between Sallie and Danielle Shoots, a dedicated WFCO trustee and a dynamic entrepreneur leading several thriving financial ventures.
Upon leaving the Women's Foundation of Colorado's 2023 Annual Luncheon, we departed with a renewed sense of purpose and an unwavering commitment to effecting positive change in the lives of Colorado women. Sallie Krawcheck's passion and the collective determination of those in attendance served as a wellspring of inspiration.
This Annual Luncheon transcends being a mere event; it is a catalytic force for change, and we eagerly anticipate its continued impact on our community. Indeed, when women are financially empowered, society as a whole reaps the benefits. We wholeheartedly encourage everyone to champion the mission of the Women's Foundation of Colorado and engage in the crucial work of closing the gender wealth gap—it is a cause well worth supporting.