November 29, 2010

Women in Law, Politics, and Media

Brenda Stewwart
303-893-4363, ext. 130
Local leaders share personal journeys with Girls Inc. girls:
"Women in Law, Politics, and Media Event"

DENVER, CO – Monday, November 29, 2010 – Approximately 40 girls between the ages of 9-18 will have the chance to meet some of the most impressive leaders in the Denver community during the "Women in Law, Politics, and Media" event. The event incorporates the Girls Inc. curriculum Building Better Citizens focusing on Government, Community Action/Leadership, as well as the She Votes course which helps girls identify women in politics and the explain the legislative and voting process. The line up of guest speakers and local leaders is impressive:

- Judge Ann Frick, Denver District Court
- Beth McCann, State Representative
- Crisanta Duran, State Representative
- Tina Griego, Award Winning Writer from the Denver Post
- TaRhonda Thomas, 9News Denver
- Aristea Brady, anchors 9News Saturday and Sunday Mornings

Each speaker will discuss their background and career path, how stereotypes and gender may have contributed to adversity in their professions at some point, and how they successfully overcame those issues. GIMD is honored to share such a terrific leadership opportunity with the impressive group of girls who attend programs at the Girls Inc. Center on West Colfax.

"It is truly an honor for Girls Inc. to be able to share such an experience with our girls," said Carol Bowar, President & CEO of GIMD. "I believe that the best way to become a leader is to know a leader, and to combine this connection with a strong education and belief in yourself. This program can help our girls realize what strong leadership potential they already have, and to utilize the skills GIMD helps provide."

DATE: Monday, November 29, 2010
TIME: 4:30-5:30 PM
LOCATION: Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, 1499 Julian Street, Denver, CO 80204

Girls Inc. would like the thank Reeves Whalen, Attorney at Law at Burg Simpson for developing and coordinating this event. It is with community support that GIMD is able to reach over 2,000 girls annually with life-changing programs.
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About Girls Inc.
The core mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM As an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization Girls Inc., whose research-based programs and expertise on girls' issues date back to 1864, GIMD offers a variety of educational, enrichment and empowerment programs for girls ages 6 to 19 who are mostly from high-risk, underserved areas. GIMD programs, grounded in research and tested in the field, address educational, societal, and economic barriers girls continue to face. These programs encourage girls to master challenges, build self-esteem, and achieve confident and responsible adulthood. For more information, please visit

About the Features Guests
Judge Ann Frick, well-known Denver litigator and founding partner of Jacobs Chase Frick Kleinkopf & Kelley. Judge Frick was appointed to the bench by Governor Bill Ritter in April 2010 and replaced retired Judge Larry Naves on Denver's 2nd Judicial District bench.

Beth McCann, State Representative House District 8. Rep. McCann is Deputy Attorney General in charge of civil litigation and employment law at the Colorado Attorney General's office. A former Denver prosecutor, she was Denver's first Manager of Safety in the early 1990s under Mayor Wellington Webb. Rep. McCann began her legal career as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Sherman G. Finesilver. She then served almost eight years as Deputy and then Chief Deputy District Attorney in Denver, prosecuting hundreds of cases, including child abuse and murder. As a prosecutor, she enforced the state's criminal and sentencing laws. She continued her career in private practice for seven years with the Denver law firm of Cooper & Kelley, P.C., earning a partnership in that firm in 1985.

Crisanta Duran, State Represenative House District 5. Ms. Duran earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law after graduating from the University of Denver. In 2004, she assisted in now Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar's U.S. Senate campaign, and was Political Director for Senator Mark Udall in his 2008 U.S. Senate campaign. Ms. Duran was elected to serve as President of the Colorado Young Democrats and has served as a Democratic National Convention Delegate.

Tina Griego, Denver Post Columnist. Ms. Griego is a native New Mexican and has been a Denver resident since 1998. She was a reporter for 13 years, most of that for the Los Angeles Times and the Albuquerque Tribune. After two years as a project reporter for the Rocky, she became a columnist for the Denver Post in 2000. She won the National Headliner Award in 1998 for a project on the battle to legalize casino gambling on New Mexico's American Indian reservations.

TaRhonda Thomas, Reporter 9News. Ms. Thomas joined the 9NEWS Team in July of 2007, after working as an anchor and reporter for NBC12 in Richmond, Virginia. In 2008, Ms. Thomas was selected by Colorado Association of Black Journalists as a finalist for the Association's Broadcast Journalist of the Year honor.

Aristea Brady, a Denver native, anchors 9News Saturday and Sunday mornings alongside Eric Kahnert. You can also catch her reporting on the evening news during the week. Before moving back home, Aristea served as the morning anchor and reporter at the ABC affiliate in Salt Lake City. Aristea graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Illinois with majors in broadcast journalism, legal studies, and a minor in business institutions.
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Reeves Whalen, - "Women in Law, Politics & Media" Event Organizer -
Burg Simpson Attorney. Mr. Whalen has served as a volunteer in Haiti with Center of Hope, a youth mentor with Save Our Youth, and participates annually in the Denver Bar Association's Guest Teacher program in cooperation with the Denver Public Schools. Mr.Whalen has served on symposiums to lecture and discuss immigration and education reform in Colorado. In 2010, Mr. Whalen was selected by Colorado Law Week as a Finalist for "The Complete Lawyer" and was recently designated as a Finalist for the Colorado Bar Association's 2010 "Young Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award."
The mission of Girls Inc. of Metro Denver (GIMD) is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.SM GIMD delivers gender-specific programs to over 2,200 girls each year from across the Denver metro area. These programs equip girls ages 6 to 18 to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. The organization is an affiliate of the national nonprofit Girls Incorporated, whose research-based programs and expertise on girls’ issues date back to 1864. For more information, go to
The vision of Girls Incorporated is empowered girls and an equitable society. We believe that girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender-stereotypes, to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm, to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success, to accept and appreciate their bodies, to have confidence in themselves, to be safe in the world and to be prepared for interesting work and economic independence.

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