University of Colorado Regent Heidi Ganahl will deliver the keynote speech at the 5th Annual Jeffco International Women’s Day on Friday, March 6, 2020. Ganahl, who is featured in the current issue of Where Women Work magazine is the founder of the successful franchise “Camp Bow Wow.”
The title sponsor of the event is SCL Health’s Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Additional sponsors include the City of Golden, the Genesee Mountain Foundation, and IX Power Clean Water. The corporate contributor sponsor is Coach Stacy’s Healthy U. Proceeds from the event will go to PorchLight – the new family justice center for Jefferson & Gilpin Counties, and the Jefferson County Library Foundation. The event will be held at Baldoria on the Water from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. Tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite.com. More information about the event can be found at JeffcoWomen2020.com. Reduced early-bird prices on tickets and corporate tables are available until February 8.
The event will include a special presentation from a Denver FBI agent on safety and cyber security for women today, a “Meet & Greet” of elected officials and candidates for office, a marketplace of select vendors, the annual“Unsung Heroine” and “Shattered Glass” awards, a delicious lunch, door prizes, and networking opportunities.
“We are looking forward to this event and to hearing from the inspiring Heidi Ganahl,” said Deborah Deal, chair/founder of Jeffco International Women’s Day. “In addition, this is a rare chance to meet an unsung heroine – a woman who is working daily on the front lines of the FBI to keep our community safe, We are looking forward to also hearing how real life in the FBI compares to what we see on TV shows. With Ms. Ganahl and our FBI agent, plus our meet and greet with elected officials and candidates, it should be a very interesting day.”
Heidi Ganahl dealt with adversity early in her life when she lost her husband in a plane crash, but her entrepreneurial spirit helped her pick herself up and found Camp Bow Wow, a $100 million leader in the pet and franchise industry hitting the Inc 500/5000 list 5 years in a row. For this effort, she has received many accolades including Fortune Magazine’s Top 10 Most Promising Entrepreneurs, and the 2016 Colorado Brave Leader Award.
After selling Camp Bow Wow a few years ago, Heidi dedicated herself to “giving back.” She was elected in a state-wide race to the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado and is on several other boards focusing on entrepreneurship and education. She also founded the Fight Back Foundation, an incubator built to support social entrepreneurs that want to tackle the most pressing societal issues confronting kids today, and just launched her new lifestyle brand for millennial and Gen Z women, the SheFactor. Heidi is married to one of the top BBQ cooks in the country and has four children ranging in age from 7 to 24.
The JeffCo International Women’s Day celebration is an official International Women’s Day event and can be found on the international website at: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/Events. Past featured speakers at the event include: Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera; Tracy Camp the Department Head of Computer Science at Colorado School of Mines; Dr. Amber Fontenot Ferriss; Attorney Colleen Calandra, Ramos Law; Director of the Golden History Museum Nathan Richie; Brynn Watson, Lockheed Martin; Marjorie Sloan, Mayor of Golden; Candace Coolidge, Deputy District Attorney – First Judicial District and Coordinator for the new Family Justice Center; and Kristi Pollard, President & CEO, Jefferson County Economic Development Commission.
This is the fifth year that International Women’s Day has been celebrated in Jefferson County, Colorado. In many countries around the world, this is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political. International Women's Day first emerged at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. The first time it was observed nationally in the U.S. was in 1909. The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men.
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