WorldDenver's International Women's Day
International Women's Day 2021: Women in National Security
Live broadcast from the Denver Center for Performing Arts
International Women's Day (IWD) celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. March 8 has been the global date for IWD since 1914 when women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity. Since 2013, WorldDenver has hosted Denver's premier International Women's Day celebration. The event continues to expand, with over 800 people participating. Every year thousands of events are held to inspire women and celebrate their achievements, but also to highlight areas where work remains to be done in business, politics, education, health and combating gender-based violence.
2021 IWD Program
Featuring: Lauren Bean Buitta, founder and CEO of Girl Security. Lauren began her career in national security in Chicago, IL in2003 as a policy analyst with the National Strategy Forum, a nonpartisan national security think tank.
In 2009 while attending law school, Lauren launched her consulting firm, Stele Consulting, which advised clients on urban security and policy challenges. In 2016, Lauren recognized both the continued underrepresentation of women in national security and the need for a more intersectional approach to security. In response, she launched Girl Security - a first of its kind model designed to empower girls in national security through practitioner-designed learning, while cultivating a future workforce of women decisionmakers. Lauren is a former Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (2003), Truman National Security Project(2006), American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security (2012) and Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2017). She has authored articles, reports and book chapters on national security, foreign policy, and public policy. She is the mom of two amazing earthlings.
Honoring: Janine Davidson, Former Air Force pilot and Undersecretary of the Navy, Current MSU Denver President
Moderator: Barbara Faulkenberry, Major General (ret.), US Air Force
Susan Helms, Five Time Astronaut,
Lieutenant General (ret.), US Air Force
Kate Smith, Captain (ret.) U.S. AirForce, Attorney
Heather Ruhlman, Master Sergeant,
US Air Force
Opening by Native American Women Warriors
Learn more: https://worlddenver.org/our-events/iwd.html