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The third talk in this series of Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Fireside Chats featured Inductees Lt. Gen (Ret.) Susan Helms and Jo Ann Cram Joselyn, PhD


“Girls In Space”

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About Gen (Ret.) Susan Helms

Susan Helms is an explorer and risk-taker with a lifetime of first accomplishments for women. A retired Air Force lieutenant general (LTG) and astronaut, Helms was the first military woman in space,  first woman to serve on the International Space Station, and holds the world record for the longest spacewalk (eight hours, 56 minutes). She was a member of the first Air Force Academy class which included women (Class of 1980).

LTG Helms graduated from the Air Force Academy with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. She earned her MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in 1985, and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Test Pilot School.

In 2011 Helms was inducted into the Astronauts Hall of Fame. and also serves as a role model for students pursuing a STEM education.

Jo Ann Cram Joselyn, PhD

About Jo Ann Cram Joselyn, PhD

Dr. Jo Ann Cram Joselyn is the first woman and the first American to serve as Secretary General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) and the first woman to serve as Secretary General of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (IAGA). She managed the scientific and administrative affairs of the IUGG. This non-governmental organization promotes the scientific endeavors of seven associations that include the disciplines of geodesy, seismology and physics, volcanology, geomagnetism, aeronomy, meteorological and atmospheric sciences, hydrology, and physics of the oceans.
Before retiring in 1999, Joselyn was a senior space scientist and reserve space weather forecaster with the Space Environment Center of NOAA’s Environmental Research Laboratories and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction. Her published works include papers on solar, ionospheric, and magnetospheric physics.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor for Fireside Chat Series 2021

Grit & Grace Sponsor for next two Fireside events

Sponsoring Leadership in a Multicultural World June 10, & Girls in Space October 20, 2021

Denver7 - Media Sponsor

Trinity Partners - Grit & Grace Sponsor

Sponsor for Fireside Chat #2:  “Leadership in a Multi-Cultural World”
June 10, 2021

Boettcher Foundation - Grit & Grace Sponsor

Sponsor for Fireside Chat#1:
“A new Era of Politics”
March 11, 2021

Alpine Bank - Grit & Grace Sponsor

Sponsor for Fireside Chat#2:
“Leadership in a Multi-Cultural World” 
June 10, 2021

Mint Financial Strategies - Friends of the Hall Sponsor

These sponsorships covers the Entire Fireside Chat Series for 2021

Janus Henderson Investors - Friends of the Hall Sponsor

For Fireside Chat #1 March 11
“A New Era of Politics”

The second talk in this series of Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Fireside Chats featured Inductees Juana Bordas, and Lily Nie with introduction by Lauren Casteel

“Leadership in a Multicultural World” 

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About Juana Bordas

Juana Bordas immigrated to the US from Nicaragua on a banana boat. The first in her family to complete college, she joined the Peace Corps and worked in Santiago, Chile. Juana later received the US Peace Corps’ Franklin Williams Award for her life-long commitment to advancing communities of color. Juana is a founding President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute and the first Latina faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership.  She served as a trustee for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, the International Leadership Association, and Union University.

In 2009 the Denver Post and Colorado Women’s Foundation named her Colorado Unique Woman of the Year. The Power of Latino Leadership won the prestigious 2013 Nautilus Prize for best multicultural book and the International Latino Book Award for best leadership book. Juana’s first book Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age is considered seminal work on multicultural leadership

Lily Nie

About Lily Nie

Lily Nie created the Chinese Children Charity Fund in 1995 to raise money to feed and care for the children in Chinese orphanages. The charity opened 11 model orphanages in China called Lily Orphan Care Centers and established a training program for orphanage care workers. When Chinese policy changed to make foster care possible, the charity pioneered a foster care program to train families and place hundreds of children out of orphanages and into loving foster homes in China. 

In 1996, Nie opened the Joyous Chinese Cultural School in Littleton to teach adopted children their native language and culture. The school has become a national model for cultural education. She helped to create the Red Thread Counseling Center, the first in the U.S. to provide emotional support to adopted children and their families. Nie’s China Roots program sponsors heritage tours to China for adoptive families and children.
Lily Nie’s groundbreaking work in adoption in Colorado paved the way for a national movement that has brought more than 
80,000 adopted Chinese children to new lives in the United States. 

Lauren Young Casteel

About Lauren Casteel

Lauren Y. Casteel is president and CEO of The Women’s Foundation of Colorado (WFCO), the only statewide community foundation focused on economic security of women and their families. She is known nationally for her leadership in and dedication to excellence and inclusivity in philanthropy

Prior to joining WFCO in 2015, Lauren served at The Denver Foundation for 16 years as vice president of philanthropic partnerships and vice president of donor services. Many civil rights, business, government, and media entities have recognized Lauren’s career contributions, including the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region, League of Women Voters, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Girl Scouts, AAUW, the Denver Mayor, the Mountain Region Black Economic Summit, and Denver Urban Spectrum.

Lauren is a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist.


Gale Schoettler & Judy Wagner were featured in our first Fireside Chat
“A New Era of Politics” March 11, 2021

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Dottie Lamm

About Gail Schoettler

Gail Schoettler, a tireless advocate for women, is the first woman to serve as both Colorado’s State Treasurer (1987-1995) and Lieutenant Governor (1995-1999).  As Lieutenant Governor, she negotiated the clean-up agreements for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Facility, saving billions of dollars.  Graduating with honors from Stanford University with a BA in economics, she earned MA and PhD degrees in African History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  An avid hiker, she conquered her fear of heights to climb all 54 of Colorado’s 14’ers and Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  She is passionate about helping women run for political office and be successful in whatever they want to do.
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About Judi Wagner

Wagner was one of the founders of the Women’s Bank of Denver, opening in 1978; and she hired the first woman President and CEO of a bank in Colorado.  Following this lead, other banks promoted women to management positions, where historically 80% of bank employees were women and less than 3% were in management. Wagner also elevated the status of women in politics by providing financial support and the strategic advice they needed to be successful.  She co-founded Electing Women to support women running for political office.  Six other states have adopted this program that raises funds for women running for Governor or U.S. Senate seats. In addition, Wagner co-founded the first center for women’s health research at a university in the US, The Center for Women’s Health Research, at the University of Colorado.

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Gail and Judi have worked together for 45 years on many projects to help women. They started Electing Women Alliance in 2000 to raise money for pro-choice women running for high public office. Their partnership continues to elevate the status of women in Colorado and nationally

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Presenting Sponsor $7,500

Grit & Grace Sponsor $1,500

Friends of the Hall $500

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