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August 28, 2018
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO) plays an essential role at the Capitol as the only statewide community foundation focused on economic advancement for Colorado women and their families. Our team works with advocates, policy makers, and stakeholders to advance legislation that creates more pathways to women’s prosperity, while eradicating persistent barriers to women’s economic progress.
WomenGive’s annual grant to WFCO for our nonpartisan and data-driven policy advocacy work has fueled meaningful and long-term change for women in Larimer County and throughout the state. During the 2018 legislative session, the WomenGive and WFCO partnership resulted in several key wins for women in the workplace.
Six of the 11 bills that WFCO supported during the legislative session passed, including bills that increased access to job training and boosted the quality of child care while easing the cost burden of care for hardworking families. We are proud that our work with other advocates, policy makers and stakeholders also ensured continuation of the Colorado Civil Rights Division.
But Colorado missed on opportunities to boost equity and help women overcome barriers to workplace entry and stabilization. Measures that failed to pass would have supported and retained women in the workplace through a statewide, employee-paid family and medical leave insurance program, and also narrowed the pay gap for women by promoting pay transparency and preventing wage disparities.
The Colorado legislative session ended in May, but WomenGive and WFCO already are looking forward to driving important outcomes for women during the 2018 elections and the 2019 legislative session. WFCO is developing a nonpartisan voting guide for women based on our research and input from our statewide network. We look forward to sharing this resource with WomenGive supporters in September and continuing our decade-long partnership into 2019.
Lauren Y. Casteel is the President & CEO of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. She is the first person in Colorado to lead three foundations and possesses more than 20 years of philanthropic leadership as well as a career-long dedication to inclusiveness. Lauren is an experienced and recognized advocate for women, children, youth and families in Colorado. To learn more visit www.wfco.org.
One of the best ways Executive Directors can serve their organization, mission, Board, staff, volunteers, and customers is to be constantly challenging themselves and learning. To help do so, United Way of Larimer County is offering this low cost, high impact executive-level training and coaching this winter at The Community Impact Center.
Our trainer, Maro Zagoras, has trained some of the largest nonprofits in the country in her 30 years of professional experience. As a Fort Collins resident, she is excited about offering this premier training to organizational leaders making a difference in our community.
There are 25 spots for highly motivated nonprofit Executive Directors.
The total investment of 3 half-day trainings and peer support: $75 per E.D. to cover refreshments, lunch, and course materials. United Way of Larimer County is underwriting this training.
“I found myself looking at my calendar each month for when I got to go to the next training. The support for me personally was critical.” - Donna
"Maro translates complex theory down to practical, usable examples that are critically important to NPO leadership. She does it with humor, patience, and on neutral ground." - Cheryl
"This training program provided an incredible framework and support structure for better understanding my own leadership skills and potential. Maro's facilitation skills, sense of humor, and obvious depth of knowledge encouraged me to move forward with renewed enthusiasm and a strong sense of my abilities. What I learned from Maro, formally and informally, has aided me in both my work and career decisions. Thumbs up for Maro." - John
"'Working with Maro is an enriching, productive and fun experience. She is a true pro that keeps groups on task to achieve outcomes while creating space, energy and an atmosphere of inspiration and comfort that promotes growth. She has a real talent at making each and every person she works with feel important, worthy and talented and uses their strengths to help them find solutions." - Abbie
“When I was selected last year to be part of the Leaders Forum, I did not know what it was all about nor was I sure what benefit I would have from attending. Once selected, I got many surveys asking about what I knew and what I’d like to learn about. I met with Maro who is such a genuine person and showed true interest in helping not only my organization but myself as its leader. As the months went by, our group grew in knowledge and also a bond formed with the other attendees. Maro started empowering us to teach, share and practice within the safety of our group. Now a year later, I look back at the Leaders Forum as a huge success. I not only gained skills and knowledge but I gained friendship, accountability partners, other ED’s I can call on and call on me!” - Jon
“This training is incredibly valuable…
Add to that, I have made friends and become more open and comfortable where I wasn’t before. I remember looking around the room my first day and thinking, ‘I don’t belong here, all these folks have it together and I don’t have any idea what I am doing’ however, now I think ‘I have no idea what I’m doing, but at least no one else does either!’ Kidding aside, this will be one of the best personal and professional experiences you will ever have.” - Ashleigh
"Maro is always willing to better understand the needs and challenges that this community’s non-profit leaders have and she finds ways to help them! Maro's passion for what she does clearly shows in the quality of her work and in her efforts to help strengthen the local non- profit community and their leaders."- Kristi
“The incredible experience and expertise of Maro Zagoras in our meetings is beyond anything I could have expected. Maro is one of the most influential actors in my new career. Maro created a judgement-free zone where E.D.s can share their challenges and get support.” - David
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