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Past events

Affirming Healthcare is as American as Apple Pie with Dallas Ducar

June 26, 2024 | The Posner Center for International Development |   Watch The Recording

In this Chat4Change presented by WFCO and Caring for Denver Foundation, national thought leader and founding CEO of Transhealth, Dallas Ducar, presented her thoughts and information on affirming heathcare from a national lens. A panel of local changemakers working to expand connections to care that fit and honor the identity of our LGBTQ+ community followed the interview with Dallas Ducar and gave their experiences and perspectives.

A Mother's Day Conversation with Camille Dungy, Fort Collins author of "Soil: The Story of A Black Mother's Garden"

May 8, 2024 | The Museum for Black Girls |   Watch The Recording

In this Chat4Change our President & CEO, Lauren Y. Casteel, led an engaging interview with Fort Collins author Camille Dungy. Held at The Museum for Black Girls, Camille's insights on the possibility and wonder that grows from the earth, as detailed in her book, “Soil: The Story of A Black Mother’s Garden," inspired everyone in the room. She also illustrated how the diverse plants in her garden serve as a metaphor for the importance of cultivating diverse and intersectional language in our environmental discourse. 

Lessons From Club Q: Investing With Intention in the LGBTQ+ Community (Through A Trans Lens)

June 21, 2023 | Virtual |   Watch The Recording

In this Chat4Change community conversation, we were privileged to hear from three people who could uniquely provide insights and ideas about how philanthropy and community can most effectively support the LGBTQ+ community, and more specifically, the trans community: Z Williams - co-director of the Bread & Roses Legal Center, Charlene Slaugh - survivor of Club Q shooting, and Adriana Vance - mother of Club Q shooting victim, Raymond Green Vance.

Celebrating Colorado Mothers

May 12, 2023 | Virtual 

In this special Chat4Change we came together to celebrate and build the collective power of the mothers in our community. Guest speakers from 9to5, Okionu Birth Foundation, and Route 2 Root Wellness sharde their knowledge, experiences, and tips for Colorado mothers.

Making Mental Health Care Accessible for Colorado Women

January 19, 2023 | Virtual |   Watch The Recording

More Americans have sought mental health treatment since 2019, especially women and younger adults. Experts assume that the psychological effects of grief, loss, economic challenges, and substance abuse will affect our communities and increase the need for behavioral health care for years to come. Dr. Morgan Medlock, the state's first Behavioral Health Commissioner, shared how our state prioritizing mental health care accessibility for women, especially women of color. Patrece Hairston Peetz, PsyD with Authentic Mamas Project, Bridget Anshus, senior policy advocate with Mental Health Colorado., and Diana Pineda with Vuela for Health also shared their expertise and experiences within the mental health care field. 

Caring for Colorado's Care Workers

November 14, 2022 | Virtual |   Watch The Recording

Care work is the work that is done before any other work can be done. The economy doesn't grow or work without care, including for the work force entrusted with the people who matter most in our lives. In this Chat4Change we hosted renowned author and organizer Ai-jen Poo to hear what's happening nationally for care workers. Local leaders, including Bell Policy Center, Colorado Care Workers Unite and the Senior Hub, shared what's on the horizon in policy and technology for increasing investments in these essential workers who hold up our economy. 

Where Do We Go From Here? Using Your Time, Talent, Treasure & Testimony to Protect and Expand Abortion Care in Colorado

July 19, 2022 | Virtual |   Watch The Recording

In 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the precedent set by Roe v. Wade, in which women across the country had been protected in their decision to continue or end a pregnancy. Supporting the work of reproductive justice leaders in Colorado is more important than ever as they fight to protect and expand access to abortion care. WFCO, in partnership with ReproCollab, hosted leaders from Cobalt and COLOR to help our community learn what the ruling means for women in Colorado and beyond, how our state is expanding services to accommodate women seeking abortion care in Colorado, and how to support the reproductive justice movement with your resources now.

The Great Resignation: Why Work Isn’t Working for Women

November 30, 2021 | Virtual |   Watch The Recording

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado President and CEO Lauren Y. Casteel held a chat with Katica Roy, gender economist, CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, about the future of women’s participation in the workforce and what is truly needed for a full Shecovery for women of every background and identity.

Calling All White Women

August 5, 2021 | Virtual

In a fresh, welcoming, and conversational virtual session, Simone Ross and Virginia Santy gave community members the tools to approach difficult conversations about race with courage, acknowledge oppressive structures, and understand power and privilege. Strong alliances require action, and this Chat4Change was geared toward helping white women become action-oriented allies to women of color. 

The Resounding Impacts of Domestic Violence

October 22, 2020 | Virtual |   Watch The Recording

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and things have changes in 2020. On October 22, more than 60 people joined our latest Chat4Change, focusing on the resounding impacts of domestic violence. Experts from across the state participated in a virtual panel discussion led by WFCO Trustee Danielle Shoots. Panelists included Jenny Abbott, Advocates of Lake County; Angela Cesena, Latina SafeHouse; Ashlee Lewis, The Initiative; Amy Miller, Violence Free Colorado. Read our blog post with current resources.  

Women, Aging, and Economic Security

June 24, 2020 | Virtual 

Over the next decade, our state’s demography office predicts the number of Coloradans aged 65 and older will grow by more than 35 percent. WFCO brought together an esteemed panel of experts to discuss what Colorado needs to do to create opportunity through policy and programs for older adults to not merely survive, but to thrive. We addressed age friendly workplaces, eliminating ageism, how Black and Latino communities are impacted, and aging policies. Panelists included Janine Vanderburg, Changing the Narrative; Andrea Kuwik, Bell Policy Center; John Reid, Center for African American Health; Mike Cortes, Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, and Research Organization. Read our resources list and blog post. 

Centering Women in Colorado's Road to Recovery with Katica Roy

May 21, 2020 | Virtual

This illuminating conversation with Katica Roy, gender economist, CEO and founder of Denver-based Pipeline, and PEP member, focused on how best to position women in Colorado's COVID-19 recovery efforts. 

The Economic Status of Refugee & Immigrant Women in Colorado

February 5, 2020 | Posner Center for International Development |   Watch The Recording- Pt I. | Pt. II

The Women’s Foundation of Colorado's first Chat4Change focused on the economic status of refugee and immigrant women in Colorado. Colorado has a growing community of immigrants – making up nearly 10 percent of all residents – who face unique challenges in reaching economic security. Panelists included Susana Guardado, executive director, OneMorgan; Ndeye Ndao, asylee outreach coordinator, International Rescue Committee; Zahraa Otaifah, Colorado Refugee Speaker’s Bureau; and Kit Taintor, Senior Advisor to the Governor for New American Integration. Read the event recap on our blog



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