DENVER, May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In the first meeting of its kind in the United States, the It's Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit, scheduled for May 31, will bring together city mayors and managers, and community leaders to develop specific policy recommendations for advancing gender equity in workplace settings.
Hosted by It's Time Network (ITN), Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock's Office, Denver's Office on Women and Families and the Denver Women's Commission, attendees will include members of the Metro Mayors Caucus and leaders, and grassroots participants from the public, private, nonprofit and community sectors. Using a unique conference technology and format, known as America Speaks, participants will be able to see common themes and opinions displayed in real time and vote on a set of actionable priorities on each topic electronically, for immediate and transparent results.
Summit outcomes will be used to drive legislation and other actions to support gender equity in the community as well as to inform a local agenda for ITN's Network City Program. Launching in Denver simultaneously with the summit, the Network City Program is a national, cross-sector, inclusive network for individuals and organizations to work together on collective impact projects that protect and advance the rights of women and girls in their cities and beyond.
"Denver has a powerful level of women's leadership and a social and political environment that recognizes and promotes gender equity" says It's Time Network founder and CEO Betsy McKinney. "The increased interest and engagement following the Women's Marches around the country in January means that a new level of collaborative impact is possible right now. At It's Time Network we are building long term infrastructure to advance progress for women and girls at the local level."
About It's Time Network
It's Time Network is an inclusive community of people and organizations working collaboratively to accelerate the full empowerment of women and girls in order to achieve gender equity, evolve democracy and build fair economies that regenerate the Earth. Through its Network City Program, ITN works to engage individuals and leaders at the local level, with the goal of achieving gender equity, one city at a time.
About Denver's Office on Women and Families
Denver's Office on Women and Families works toward enhancing the quality of life for women and families through collaboration and community and civic engagement. The office advocates for equity, inclusivity and opportunity for women by partnering with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies and community-based organizations in Denver to address issues affecting women and families.
About Denver Women's Commission
Denver Women's Commission (DWC) works for women's equity in Denver in order to promote the social, economic and political quality of life in the city, by advocating for and empowering women, and monitoring and recommending legislation and proposed policy changes affecting women.
About the Conference Format
The Denver Gender Equity Summit will be conducted as a 21st Century Town Meeting™, originally developed by America Speaks, which has been used for more than 20 years around the US and the world to successfully engage citizen and key stakeholders in deliberations on a wide range of issues such as:
- How to rebuild the World Trade Center site in New York City
- Establishing priorities for rebuilding New Orleans post-Katrina
- Guiding the transitions of incoming mayors in New York and Washington DC
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SOURCE It's Time Network