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Beaver Creek: Luncheon discusses women’s voices in politics

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado” The Women’s Foundation of Colorado will discuss opportunities open to women who want to have a voice in policy decisions at a luncheon next Thursday.

The Women’s Foundation luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m., Aug. 21 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa to discuss the many opportunities available to women interested in influencing public policy.

The luncheon will feature political pundit and journalist Patrick Haggerty as keynote speaker and moderator for a panel of local and regional guests who will focus on Eagle County and Colorado issues facing women.

As a journalist, Haggerty covers Congress, the White House and the federal agencies. He has served as press secretary for three members of Congress, an advisor to four presidential campaigns and is CEO of a trade association. Haggerty has also worked as the Washington, D.C. political news consultant to ABC’s Good Morning America and appeared as “manners coach” in the Borat movie.

According to the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, women are underrepresented in the decision-making process in every sector of our society.

Women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, yet only 16 percent of the U.S. Senate and 16.8 percent of the House of Representatives. In the private sector, according to the most recent census, men in Eagle County had a median income of $37, 603 versus $30,579 for women.

“(This) is an effort to ensure that the women of Eagle County have this information and feel empowered to speak up and get involved at the local, county, state, national or international level,” said Pam Smith, Eagle County resident and member of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

The panel includes Polly Baca, president and CEO of The Latin American Research and Service Agency; Lauren Casteel, vice president of the Philanthropic Partnerships of The Denver Foundation; Eagle County Commissioner Sara Fisher; author Amie Nelson; and Faith Winter, national field director of The White House Project and a Westminster city councilwoman.

Tickets cost $50 per person. For tickets, please contact The Women’s Foundation of Colorado directly by calling Roweena Naidoo at 303-285-2971 or by registering online at

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