If you were the kid in school who ran for student council, then you will be excited to learn that a venerable Colorado nonpartisan community event is celebrating its 25th anniversary this winter. The annual legislative breakfast on women’s issues is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014. The event will provide a format that brings together state legislators and the community to discuss legislative issues affecting women and their families. The legislative panel is scheduled to include Rep. Lois Landgraf, Rep. Brittany Pettersen, Rep. Rhonda Fields, Rep. Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff, Sen. Rachel Zenzinger and Rep. Polly Lawrence.
The keynote speaker is Carol Hedges, Executive Director of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute. Hedges has been an important part of the research, policy and advocacy community in Colorado for more than 15 years. She served as policy director for Governor Roy Romer in the late 1990s focusing on human service, education and budget policy. As program officer at the Piton Foundation in Denver, Carol directed the Denver Workforce Initiative, a project of the Annie E. Casey Jobs Initiative. While serving as a senior policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center, Carol authored Ten Years of TABOR, a comprehensive study of the effects of Colorado’s Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Most recently as the Director of the Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute, a project of the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, Hedges’ work focused on creating an adequate, sustainable and equitable revenue system in Colorado. As a recognized expert on the effects of Colorado’s TABOR amendment, Carol has been involved in education efforts on TABOR-like proposals across the country.
Hedges also served as a technical advisor to Gov. Bill Ritter’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel and is a member of the Steering Committee for Gov. John Hickenlooper’s statewide civic engagement project—TBD. A little known fact about Hedges is that she grew up in Topeka, Kansas.
According to one of the event original co-founders, Chaer Robert, coordinator of the Family Economic Security Program at the Colorado Center on Law & Policy,
“For 25 years, women’s organizations have pulled together to host this event, introducing women to civic engagement. This event, with its bipartisan legislative pane, models how effective women are when we work together.”
Purple Level Sponsors include:
- 9to5 Colorado
- AAUW Colorado
- Colorado Ceasefire
- Colorado Center on Law and Policy
- Colorado Fiscal Institute
- Colorado HealthOp
- Federally Employed Women - Colorado
- ONE Colorado
- Peer Assistance Services
- Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Other sponsors at the Pink Level include:
- Blackwell Communications LLC
- Colorado Coordinating Council of Women's Organizations
- Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition
- League of Women Voters of Colorado
- Mental Health America of Colorado
- National Council of Jewish Women
- Progressive Women of Colorado
- Project Safeguard
- Women's Collaborative for Colorado
- Women's Lobby of Colorado
- Zonta Club of Denver
- Alliance of Professional Women
Event tickets are $20.00 each. The price includes breakfast and informational materials. The breakfast will be held at the First Baptist Church (13th and Grant Streets) in Denver, and registration and breakfast begins at 7:00 am. If you require a scholarship application or more information, call 303-628-0925 or email Bridget Kaminetsky at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, go to www.cwlb.org.
To all the mothers out there, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring your daughter with you to downtown Denver. Spending a morning listening to these powerful women who comprise the panel of the Colorado legislative breakfast specifically focusing on women’s issues is always an occasion to remember.