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Silhouette of woman with megaphoneAugust 5, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

Calling All White Women:

Real talk about equity, justice, inclusion, and accountability

Facilitated by Simone Ross and Virginia “Ginna” Santy

Join The Women’s Foundation of Colorado for a special Chat4Change on August 5, "Calling All White Women." We’ll go deep on what it looks like to show up together for all women all day, every day.

At this time last summer you may have read, listened, or marched to call out racism in our systems. In alignment with our updated strategic framework, we’ll chat about how white women can use their privilege and power to champion gender, racial, and economic equity every day.

In a fresh, welcoming, and conversational virtual session, Simone and Ginna will help you: 

    • Approach difficult conversations with courage
    • Acknowledge oppressive structures
    • Understand power and privilege

We have the power to build strong alliances, and can only do so if we take action. The time is NOW!


*The event is geared toward the mobilization and education of white women, but all women are welcome


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“I attended Simone and Ginna’s ‘Calling All White Women’ presentation earlier in 2021. I appreciated suggestions on how to be more active in my allyship of women of color, and have even been able to put some of those strategies to work. I will 100 percent do the workshop again and invite all my friends.” - Lisa Christie, Vice President of Communications, WFCO


Meet The Facilitators

Simone Ross headshot Virginia “Ginna” Santy headshot
Simone Ross Virginia “Ginna” Santy, Ph.D.

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Simone is passionate about integrating inclusivity and equity into the workplace ecosystem. This is accomplished through placing an interdisciplinary lens in crystalizing operational, cultural, and ideological shifts in the enterprise. Simone believes the core of sustainability is inclusivity, which must be operationalized through personnel strategies, effective systems, efficient organizational structure, learning and education, and strategic communications.


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A social scientist in approach and practice, Ginna uses data to influence systems change. She conducts research on complex systems and intervention points within those systems. Everyday she thinks about how to make a contribution in the lives of women and girls and is committed to doing so via an intersectional and antiracist lens.


Past events

The Resounding Impacts of Domestic Violence

Thursday, October 22 | Virtual

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

Wednesday, June 24 | 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

Thursday, May 21 | 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

Wednesday, February 5 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Posner Center for International Development

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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