Past Speakers

June's Lunch Program: Denise Maes and the ACLU of Colorado

​DWBC will host programs throughout the summer, rather than taking our traditional break! In June, we will focus on protecting civil rights in Colorado. We will welcome Denise Maes, public policy director of theACLU of Colorado. Maes is a policy and litigation strategist, who has served as  General Counsel in the Office of Administration for President Barack Obama and directed budget and finance efforts for the Office of Vice President Joseph Biden. The event will also feature state legislators Steve Fenberg, Edie Hooton, and Jonathan Singer, who will explore the topics of civil rights and criminal justice.​

May's Lunch Program: Actions to Protect the Environment

This timely program helps us take a proactive stance against Trump’s cuts to environmental causes. We do not have to be victims of GOP ignorance and greed, since there are steps we can take on a state and local level to protect ourselves. This event offers insight from experts including Shaun McGrath, former EPA administrator; Elise Jones, Boulder County Commissioner; Becky Dickson, Sierra Club chair, Indian Peaks Group; Mike Foote, Colorado State Representative; and Matt Jones, Colorado State Senator.

April's Scott Wasserman, President of the Bell Policy Center

TAKING ACTION IN COLORADO and how we can RESIST Trump and the Republican Agenda at the State Level.

Scott Wasserman has served as president of the Bell Policy Center and the Bell Action Network since August 2016. Scott leads a veteran staff that has played a major role in fiscal reform, education policy, economic security and other key issues that affect the well-being of working families in Colorado. ​

Previously, Scott was deputy chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper and chief of staff to former Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and current Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne. He worked in the governor’s office from 2013 to 2016, advising on education policy, workforce development and health care initiatives.

Before that, Scott spent eight years in leadership positions at SEIU and Colorado WINS. He also has worked as a lobbyist and served four years as director of communications and press secretary for the Colorado House Minority Office. Scott graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies.

February's An Evening with Morgan Carroll!

​”How Can YOU Advocate in a Trump Presidency and GOP Controlled Congress?”

On the heels of the historic Women’s March, Morgan Carroll spoke to her upcoming guide on “How to Fight the Trumpocalypse”. A candidate for Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, Morgan represented Aurora in the Colorado State House and Senate, serving as Senate President in 2013 – 14 and Minority Leader in 2015. Most recently, Morgan was the 2016 Democratic nominee in Colorado’s 6th congressional district.

Morgan Carroll’s Presentations and Other Materials Shared:
Presentation: Click Here.
What you can do as an advocate on the Federal Level: Click here.
What you can do as an advocate on the State Level: Click here.
My Weekly Resistance: Click here.

March's Affordable Housing Discussion with Frank Alexander

Frank Alexander, director of the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services, has led a comprehensive system redesign process for Boulder County’s housing and human services system, which has included forging strong local and state partnerships, promoting cross-disciplinary systems integration, and developing award-winning and creative housing and human services programs.

January's Luncheon with Jean Dubofsky

Our January luncheon featured noted local judge, attorney, activist, philanthropist and dynamic speaker, Jean Dubofsky. Dubofsky broke through the glass ceiling when she became the first woman on the Colorado Supreme Court in 1979. She made history again when she argued and won the landmark gay rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Colorado’s Amendment 2, which prevented gays and lesbians from obtaining redress for discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Jean shared her perspectives about the ongoing fight for civil rights in the United States.