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Author of The Purpose of Power Headlines Summit Celebrating Inspirational Women

Bold Women. Change History. The Summit is a one-day gathering that highlights the power of women to create our future, lead our present, and shape our history

DENVER — April 4, 2023 — On April 22 the History Colorado Center is hosting Bold Women. Change History. The Summit, a one day gathering of female leaders who take risks, innovate, and show up to create, disrupt, and transform our communities. Presented in partnership with Rose Women’s Hospital at Rose Medical Center, Bold Women. Change History. The Summit features several energizing talks as well as a keynote speech and book signing from civil rights activist, author, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, Alicia Garza. 

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A believer that Black communities deserve to be powerful in all aspects of life, Garza has received numerous awards and recognitions for her tireless advocacy. These accolades include being featured on the cover of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World issue, inclusion in Fortune's 40 Under 40 list, the Sydney Peace Prize, and Glamour’s Women of the Year Award.

On top of her work with the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Garza is a co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism; the Strategy & Partnerships Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance; and the author of the critically acclaimed The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.  

Garza's keynote will focus on her book, The Purpose of Power, the possibilities that movements hold for our collective future, what she learned from years of bringing people together to effect change and how she created a paradigm for addressing inequities when established avenues fail.

Tickets for Garza’s keynote are included in admission to Bold Women. Change History. The Summit, but can also be purchased separately here. 

In addition to Garza, The Summit features a lineup full of inspirational women who display a powerful spectrum of leadership, exemplify the innovative spirit of Colorado, and actively break down barriers.

This includes presentations by: 

  • Kara Nicklas, chief administrative officer at Rose Women’s Hospital
  • Suzi Q. Smith, award-winning artist, organizer, and educator, on how storytelling, poetry, and literature can be used to understand ourselves and each other, connect communities, and drive social movements
  • Beverly Grant, life-long Denverite and serial entrepreneur, about the intersection of food, movement, and mindfulness
  • Dr. Kayla Griffith, Dr. Laxmi Kondapalli, and Dr. Sarah Payne from Rose Women’s Hospital who are leading the way with important innovations for women's health. This panel will be moderated by the Honorable Elbra Wedgworth
  • Dr. Joyce Tsai, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, who is the second director in the history of her institution and the winner of the Phillips Collection Book Prize
  • Laura Merage, accomplished artist and venture philanthropist, talking about the journey of moving from submissive to empowered
  • Patricia Barela Rivera, owner and president of PBR Solutions, a Denver-based consulting firm, and Board of Trustees member for the University of Northern Colorado

Running from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bold Women. Change History. The Summit also features a catered lunch and exclusive Happy Hour so participants can connect with other attendees before the evening keynote. Tickets are still available and range from $50 for History Colorado members and $75 for the general public with accessibility pricing available for students and those experiencing financial hardships.

About Bold Women. Change History.
We didn’t come this far only to go this far.  Bold Women. Change History. is a series of events and programs about what happens when women have a seat at the table—and when they lead. It is inspired by the ambitious, innovative spirit of Colorado, where voters were the first in the nation to eliminate gender discrimination at the ballot box, more than 25 years before the 19th Amendment. Back for a third season, Bold Women. Change History. features the resonant personal histories of women, past and present, who take risks, innovate in ways worth replicating, and demonstrate a powerful spectrum of leadership. 

Bold Women. Change History. is sponsored by the Josephine H. Miles Trust, in conjunction with Bank of America, Cathey and Dick Finlon, CBS Colorado, and Rose Women’s Hospital at Rose Medical Center.  Support also comes from the David & Laura Merage Foundation.

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About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 143-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation which provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and other access to archaeology and historic preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado.

History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving and sharing the places, stories, and material culture of Colorado through educational programs, historic preservation grants, collecting, outreach to Colorado communities, the History Colorado Center and Stephen H. Hart Research Center in Denver, and ten other museums and historic attractions statewide. History Colorado is one of only six Smithsonian Affiliates in Colorado. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information. #HistoryColorado