Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015 

Time: 8:00am to 3:00pm
Location: City and County of Denver Building, 1437 Bannock St, Denver, CO

Co-hosted by the Office of Women and Families at the City and County of Denver, The Blossom Project & The Women's Lobby of Colorado

Female high school and college students from the Denver region are welcome to attend. Breakfast & lunch will be provided.  Free for both high school & college students!! 

Workshops & Panels 

The conference will feature a day full of opportunities to engage with other young women about current and pressing public policy issues and problems. Students will gain insight on ways to become more active leaders in their communities. Workshops will include sessions on sexual assault, paid leave, minimum wage and voting.

  • How far we’ve come: Voting in Colorado    
  • Taking care of our own: Is paid leave a pipe dream or political reality? 
  • The rising voice of student activists: Addressing sexual assault on college campus 
  • So you’ve decided to run… Now what? 
  • Raising change: Fundraising for social change 
  • Portrayal of power: Women, politics, and the media 
  • #Selfie promotion: Using social media to fuel your success 
  • Influence through storytelling: How to craft stories that will propel your career forward 

Conference Sponsors:

Cynda Collins Arsenault - Pioneer Sponsor


Would you like to sponsor young women to attend the conference? If so click here to contribute, or contact Roweena Naidoo at roweena@igniteco.org   to learn more.

$5,000: Sponsors 50 young women to attend the conference.  

$2,500: Sponsors 25 young women to attend the conference. 

$1,000: Sponsors 10 young women to attend the conference.














Keynote Speaker: Lauren Casteel


President and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Lauren directs The Foundation’s research agenda, community partnerships, and lobbying efforts and is responsible for a $20 million endowment. Prior to her appointment at The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Lauren served at The Denver Foundation for 16 years, most recently as Vice President of Philanthropic Partnerships, the first person to serve in this role. She also instituted The Denver Foundation’s Nonprofit Internship Program, intending to inspire college students to choose a career in the nonprofit sector. Lauren started her career in media and communications as a producer and on-air host for Denver commercial and public television. She also served as Senior Communications Advisor to Mayor Federico Peña as in 1984. Lauren’s current and past community leadership initiatives include serving as board members of the Association of Black Foundation Executives and the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundations Leadership Team. In 2014, Lauren was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame. She has been named as a “Timeless Legend” by Denver’s Urban Spectrum Newspaper; received the “Trailblazer Award” from the American Association of University Women, Denver Branch; and received the Girl Scout’s “Woman of Distinction” award. 

Roundtable Lunch with Elected Officials (list in formation)

  • Kerry Donovan, CO State Senator
  • Crisanta Duran, CO State Representative
  • Emma Pinter, Westminster City Council Member
  • Shakti, Lakewood City Council
Candidates for Elected Office:
  • Rochelle Galindo, Greeley City Council
  • Paola Urgiles, Adams county School Board
  • Jordan Sauers, Northglenn City Council
  • Erin Bennett, CO Senate
  • Dafna Michaelson Jenet, CO House District 30