2019 International Women's Day

What is the International Women's Day?

Each year on March 8th, countries around the world lift up the achievements of women leaders in their societies to recognize and celebrate the leadership role that women play in business, academia, government, community-building, and families. Started by women in Europe just after the turn of the 20th Century, International Women’s Day had its roots in the labor movement and quickly embraced universal suffrage as well.  Modern celebrations of International Women’s Day are as varied as the cultures of the world; in many countries, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.    

What is the WorldDenver International Women's Day celebration going to look like?

WorldDenver’s event is Colorado’s premier celebration of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is Women in Technology: Building Our Global Future

The Big Pitch Competition
If you are a young women between 18-25 with a great idea of how to solve a global problem with technology, we’d love for you to participate in our Big Pitch competition!  Click here to learn more
Registration deadline for the Big Pitch is January 31, 2019.

Morning Program (free to the public)

The morning program this year will consist of a finalist pitch competition geared to young women ages 18 -30 with ventures in tech. (The“Big Pitch” competition will be held on February 23rd.)  Following the pitch competition, women experts will discuss the status of women in technology and offer hints and tips for career success in the field. We will be announcing our pitch competition judges and panelists in January 2019.

Luncheon & Keynote

The luncheon portion of the day is a fundraiser for WorldDenver’s community programs. This year's event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Denver from 9:00AM-1:30 PM. The keynote luncheon speaker is Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization devoted to empowering, educating and engaging women in the tech industry across 60 chapters in 36 countries. Adriana will also be joining our top sponsors for a VIP reception on the evening of March 7th.

How can I participate?

We are currently accepting corporate sponsors for the luncheon and the pitch competition. If your company is interested in a sponsorship, please contact:

Melissa Traynham
Director of Development & Communications

Full sponsorship details can be found here.

$25,000 Platinum Sponsor

$15,000 Titanium Sponsor

$10,000 Gold Sponsor

$5,000 Silver Sponsor

$2,500 Bronze Sponsor

$500 Tech Girl Sponsor

$7,500 Presenting Sponsor for Morning Program

$500 Exhibitor

$250 Non-Profit Exhibitor


WorldDenver Member: $100

Non-Member: $150

Individual tickets will go on sale late January

WorldDenver Themes and Honorees

WorldDenver recognizes women who have done remarkable work across nations, and each year, we select one or more women to honor at our annual celebration. 


2019: Women in Tech

Keynote: Adriana Gasciogne
Founder, CEO of Girls In Tech

Honorees: Jill Tietjen
STEM Champion, Women's Advocate, Author and Speaker

2018: Women in Space

Keynote: Dr. Mae Jemison
Astronaut, Scientist, Doctor

Honorees: Cynda Collins Arsenault, 2018 Pathfinder Award Winner
Co-founder, Board Chair and President of Secure World Foundation

Dr. Mae Jemison, 2018 Trailblazer Award Winner
Astronaut, Scientist, Doctor

2017: Women in Global Health

Keynote: Sheryl WuDunn
Pulitzer Prize Winner 

Honorees: Dr. Neena Jain
Founder, emBOLDen Alliances 

Ann Moore
Inventor, The Snugli Baby Carrier 

2016: Women in Entrepreneurship

Keynote: Nancy Phillips
President, CEO, and co-founder of ViaWest Inc.

Honoree: Patricia Foley Hinnen
Founder & CEO, Capital Sisters International

2015: Women Leading Change Around the World

Keynote: Lieutenant General Michelle D. Johnson
Superintendent, US Air Force Academy

Honoree: Terry Odendahl
CEO, GlobalGreengrants Fund

2014: Promoting Global Women's Issues

Keynote: Jacqueline Hinman
President & CEO, CH2M Hill

2013: International Women'sDay Luncheon

Keynote: Deedee Corradini
President, International Women's Forum