2019 Annual Luncheon

Many stories, two voices, one vision.

  • 2019 Annual Luncheon

    Join Us!

    Friday, October 11, 2019
    11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Colorado Convention Center
    Mile High Ballroom

    In a new TED Talk-style format and joint interview, WFCO’s 2019 Annual Luncheon will spotlight two dynamic women, Noor Tagouri and Maysoon Zayid, whose poignant storytelling captivates, motivates, and connects diverse communities.

    Sponsorships & tickets on sale now. Contact Kristina Vaio at kristinav@wfco.org or at 303-285-2967 to purchase your tickets.

  • Individual Tickets

    Purchase Your Tickets Today!

    Join WFCO and nearly 2,600 other champions for women’s advancement at the 2019 Annual Luncheon on Oct. 11!

    Premier, individual, and young professional tickets are available now.

    Contact Kristina Vaio at kristinav@wfco.org or at 303-285-2967 to purchase your tickets.

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    1. You will demonstrate community leadership and commitment to building a brighter future for Colorado

    2. You will be in good company among Colorado's community, business, and philanthropy leaders working to create equitable opportunities for Colorado women and their families.

    3. You are helping to build opportunities and dismantle barriers so that women and their families can reach their full potential.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions


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2019 Annual Luncheon special guests: Noor Tagouri and Maysoon Zayid

 Noor Tagouri             

Noor Tagouri is a prominent Muslim-American woman, blazing a trail across mainstream media. In 2018, Noor released the documentary "Sold in America," investigating the sex trade in the U.S., with a podcast spinoff climbing to #8 on Apple's Podcast Charts. In 2017, Noor released her Hulu series "A Woman's Job," highlighting badass women in male-dominated careers.

Noor has been featured at SXSW, TEDx, Create & Cultivate, and New York Fashion Week. Noor's influence can be summed-up in two words: innovative storytelling. Noor Tagouri is, quite literally, changing the face of journalism - one story at a time.


 Maysoon Zayid             

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. She is a guest comedian in residence at Arizona State University and the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was on-air contributor to "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and a columnist for The Daily Beast, appearing on Oprah Winfrey Network's "In Deep Shift," "60 Minutes," and ABC News.

Maysoon had the number one TED Talk of 2014. She walked in New York Fashion Week and is an ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Maysoon is currently developing a comedy series called "If I Cancan."


Noor Tagouri is a prominent Muslim-American journalist and documentarian and Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate.

Their inclusive heartfelt and humorous stories will inspire and ignite a shared commitment to The Foundation’s vision of a future where women and girls of every background and identity prosper.

2019 Co-chairs

 Julie Groves Headshot  Laura Apodaca Headshot

 Julie Groves            

A Denver native, Julie Groves feels privileged to be a part of The Women's Foundation of Colorado. Like many of you, Julie's interest in WFCO piqued after attending a luncheon over a decade ago. Since that time, Julie became a PEP member and is a current member of the WFCO grant making committee. She firmly believes that we absolutely have the ability to help women and girls in our great state achieve economic security.

Professionally, Julie and her husband of 25 years, Matt Groves, opened their own law firm, Groves Law, LLC, nearly nine years ago. Julie's practice focuses on educating women about the power of planning. Because women live longer, earn less, and are more inclined to be caregivers for young children and aging family members, Julie understands that women sometimes need convincing to also take care of themselves. Julie's practice emphasizes estate, trust, tax planning, probate, and business law as well as litigation in each of those areas.

Having lost her first and oldest friend to domestic violence, and having survived breast cancer, Julie understands some of the challenges facing women. She believes that her partnership with The Women's Foundation of Colorado offers the most valuable alliance to ensure that those who lack needed services will find they support they need through WFCO's amazing grantees.


 Laura Apodaca            

Laura has been a leader across a few different industries; but her career focus has been in real estate for the past 14 years. She is accomplished as an individual producer, but her talents as a coach and mentor have left a mark with her previous team. During Laura’s tenure with New Era Group @ Your Castle Real Estate, she played a key role in growing the team from 17 to 70 agents. While seamlessly handling the company’s operations, Laura was able to lead by example and set a standard of excellence.

Laura’s approach to real estate is focused on getting to know her clients as real people, enjoying their company and taking care of them from beginning to end. Her management approach is similar in that she believes that helping agents achieve their potential is extremely rewarding. She sets a high professional standard for herself and freely shares her knowledge and expertise with team members to help them take their careers to the next level.

Beyond Laura’s career success, she is a native of Denver and grew up in the Sunnyside Neighborhood of Northwest Denver. She has a large family of whom she is very proud of and spends a lot of time with. Laura’s known to be a natural matriarch and makes her co-workers feel like family.


2019 Honorary Chairs

Akasha Absher

Jeanne & Dick Saunders

Jamey Seely

Fred Taylor & Claudia Garza

Michelle Sie Whitten

Questions? Read our FAQs or contact Kristina Vaio, development officer and events manager, at kristinav@wfco.org.


2018 Annual Luncheon Photos

Some of our generous
2019 Annual Luncheon sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

Xcel Energy SCL Health

Gold Sponsors

Molson Coors logo First Bank CBS4
 Anna & John J. Sie Foundation logo Comcast  

Silver Sponsors

Gates Corp Mary & George Sissel

Bronze Sponsors

The Colorado Health Foundation MarkWest Energy logo Barbara Bridges black & white logo
Lewis Brisbois color logo Judi Wagner OptumCare color logo
Noble Energy color logo CoBank color logo  Arlene & Barry Hirschfeld

Friend Sponsors

Arrow Electronics
Betsy Wagner
BOK Financial
BNY Mellon
Delta Dental
Fred Taylor & Claudia Garza
Friedman Family Foundation
IHS Markit
Jeanne & Dick Saunders
MDC Richmond American Foundation
Merle Chambers Fund
Rose Andom
Saunders Construction
Summit Materials
University of Colorado

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