YWCA Boulder County to Honor Congressman Joe Neguse, Jane Miller & Shannon Peterson at Upcoming Luncheon
YWCA Boulder County is hosting its Better Because of Her Luncheon on Thursday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Boulder JCC. At the event, we’ll be
YWCA Boulder County is hosting its Better Because of Her Luncheon on Thursday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Boulder JCC. At the event, we’ll be honoring Congressman Joe Neguse, Shannon Peterson, and Jane Miller. (Please see their bios below for additional info and let me know if you’d like to speak with them.)
Members of the Boulder County business community and the community at large are encouraged to join us to celebrate the incredible allies who have made a difference in our lives.
To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.ywcaboulder.org/luncheon/
Individual ticket – $65
Table of 10 – $650
10:00 a.m. | Doors open, networking & sponsor showcase booths
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Lunch & program
Founded in 1922, YWCA Boulder County has helped women and children of all ages and backgrounds thrive. Originally founded as a Christian organization, YWCA Boulder County has evolved into the non-sectarian social justice organization it is today. Our child care facility, Persimmon Early Learning, offers high-quality, affordable child care. Other core programs/services include Advocacy, Latina Achievement Support, Racial Justice & Equity Education, Reading to End Racism, and STEM E3.
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.
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.
Shannon Peterson is a Manufacturing Engineer II at Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado, and a motivational speaker 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 her sophomore year of high school, where she 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 forever. 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, leading five other engineers and one planner. During her time there, 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. 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.
(Thursday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm