Better Because of Her Luncheon
Better Because of Her Luncheon
We are truly without words after the amazing generosity of this community at our 2023 Better Because of Her Luncheon. Thanks to each and every one of you, we raised more than $137,500 during the Paddle Raiser Auction! Thanks to your incredible support:
- Parents and families can depend on affordable, high-quality child care at Persimmon Early Learning.
- Youth and girls of color will forge new paths for their future in STEM careers starting with our STEM E3 program.
- Latina high school students can depend on additional support and guidance to navigate their academic plans and achieve their dreams.
- Thousands of elementary students will discuss bullying and racism in their classrooms, and their parents will learn how to talk to their kids about racism, with Reading to End Racism.
- We will continue to grow our Racial Justice & Equity Education programs to help our community learn and grow towards a more just and equitable future for all.
- Through our Advocacy efforts, we will continue to fight for the rights of women, girls and people of color.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. We could not do the critical work we do without your generous support!
Our outstanding awardees!
Better Because of Her Award: Jane Miller
Energizing the Future Award: Shannon Peterson
Active Ally Award: Congressman Joe Neguse
Jane Miller is a CPG industry professional with three decades of experience in the corporate world in executive positions with companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She is once again the CEO of Rudi’s Rocky Mountain Bakery and previously held CEO positions with Lily’s Sweets, HannahMax Cookie Chips, ProYo and Charter Baking Company (Rudi’s Organic Bakery). Prior to Charter, Jane had 25 years of experience in large consumer product companies. She was part of an executive team that brought Hostess out of bankruptcy. She worked for H. J. Heinz as the Chief Growth Officer and then President of the UK & Ireland Division, and also ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking (now Bimbo Bakeries). The first 14 years of her career were at PepsiCo, where she became the President of the Central division of Frito-Lay. Jane’s passion is mentoring the next generation of leaders. She is the founder of a career advice website, Janeknows.com, and the author of a sassy business book, “Sleep Your Way to the Top: and other myths about business success.” In 2021, she co-founded Haevn, a start-up focused on early career development. Jane has a Russian Studies degree from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Shannon Peterson is a Manufacturing Engineer II at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, and a motivational speaker and mentor for indigenous students wanting to pursue higher education and careers in the STEM fields. A Native American who grew up on the Navajo reservation in northwestern New Mexico, Shannon moved to Colorado during her sophomore year of high school and experienced the culture shock of going from being surrounded by Native Americans to being the only one in her school. When a physics teacher noted her aptitude for math and recommended the program, Shannon applied for a summer internship with the Colorado School of Mines Engineering Program, which changed her life. After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Shannon joined Ball Aerospace and now works as the Lead Manufacturing Engineer for a National Defense Program. Shannon has also helped establish the first employee resource group for Native Americans, the Indigenous Peoples Ball Network Employee Resource Group, which launched in March 2022, and acts as an Intern Coordinator/Mentor. Shannon uses short-form media content on TikTok @sunwise_direction to reach out to indigenous people and to share her experience as a first-generation Native American college student in the corporate world.
Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first Black Member of Congress in Colorado history. In December 2022, Rep. Neguse was elected by his colleagues to serve as Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC), becoming the first Coloradan to serve in a senior elected leadership role in the House in over 85 years. Over 40 years ago, Rep. Neguse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea. As hardworking immigrants and naturalized citizens, they never forgot nor took for granted the freedom and opportunities the United States gave them and their children. Their experience motivated Rep. Neguse to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. Rep. Neguse’s public service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Americans, and he has spent his career doing the same. He received his B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude, and received his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law.
Enjoy the beautiful rhythmic movement of the North Indian classical dance “Kathak” (dancing a story) with folk and modern elements and drumming from the Mudra Dance Studio and the musical performance of Wellington Bullings who adds a soulful touch to everything she sings. Her music is a balance of classic soul, R&B, and Jazz.
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*New* Sponsorship Showcase: Take advantage of a tabling space in the Boulder JCC’s lobby when doors open at 10:00 a.m. to connect with our audience of 300 guests from diverse industries and business audiences. Together we will support our local community and businesses dedicated to the YWCA’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women!
Frequently Asked Questions
What to Expect
- An inspiring showcase of YWCA’s programs and impact on today’s pressing issues and longtime community needs
- Networking with other supporters, community leaders and business leaders passionate about taking action to make a difference in our community.
- Honor the recipients of our Better Because of Her Award, Energizing the Future Award and Active Ally Award
- An exciting Paddle Raiser Auction to fuel our important work to eliminate racism and empower women led by Auctioneer Chelley Canales from The Gala Team
- A Sponsor Showcase to learn more about local businesses dedicated to the YWCA’s mission
What is a Paddle Raiser?
Auctioneer Chelley Canales will take us through different donation levels and guests will “raise their paddles” to contribute money.
How do I bid in the Paddle Raiser?
Get ready for the fun part of the event! Join our Paddle Raiser auction to donate to YWCA Boulder County and help us reach our fundraising goal for the evening. Your support is what fuels our programs and services, and we could never do what we do without your help!
Your paddle raiser donation is eligible for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit, which can significantly lower the net cost of your donation.
The Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit, commonly referred to as the 5C tax credit, was established to encourage greater private support of Colorado child care programs, like those provided by YWCA Boulder County. Because monetary contributions to YWCA Boulder County qualify for this tax credit, you may be able to decrease the after-tax cost of your gifts by more than 50%.
You should always consult with your tax adviser to determine how the credit will affect you. Please contact Linda Siptroth at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about this tax credit.
When you purchased your table, you should have automatically received two emails – an email receipt and an email like the photo above, with a link to update your guests’ info. Find this second email (pictured above) and forward it to your guests so they can enter their info to receive important pre-event info and instructions.
There will be no silent or live auction. | Join us for a celebration of the incredible women and allies in our lives, an awards ceremony, special guest performances and a paddle raiser auction.