WorldDenver’s International Women’s Day


International Women’s Day 2021: Women in National Security

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March 8, 2021 ~ 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. MST

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

Lauren Bean Buitta
Lauren Buitta is 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

Expert panelists:
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

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We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.