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L to R: Cindra Thompson (WB), Ceyl Prinster (Colorado Enterprise Fund), Fran Jefferson (WB), Joan Smith and Colleen Jorgensen (Red Rocks), Tucker Hart Adams (Adams Group) and Dr. John Trefny (Colorado School of Mines).
L to R: Cindra Thompson (WB), Ceyl Prinster (Colorado Enterprise Fund), Fran Jefferson (WB), Joan Smith and Colleen Jorgensen (Red Rocks), Tucker Hart Adams (Adams Group) and Dr. John Trefny (Colorado School of Mines). Click on image for larger view.

ECONOMIC RECOVERY:
WHAT WOMEN NEED TO KNOW

On November 3, 2009, Frances E. Jefferson, regional administrator for the Region VIII Women’s Bureau welcomed more than 140 women to the Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO for the first of three Economic Recovery Forums: What Women Need to Know.

The Colorado forum was designed to give straight answers concerning the current and future state of Colorado’s economic health. A highly respected team of experts outlined the trends that affect working women and women owned businesses in the areas of public policy, global energy, higher education, workforce development and financial industries.

The Key note speaker was nationally known Tucker Hart Adams, CEO for the Adams Group who provided an overview of Colorado’s economy and forecasts of its economic health. Other experts were Linda Meric, National Director of 9 to 5 who addressed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, new changes in Colorado laws, and how stimulus funds have expanded protections of unemployment benefits, health insurance and safety net services; Dr. John Trefy, Former President of the Colorado School of Mines discussed global energy and its impact on the energy needs of Colorado; Colleen Jorgensen, Vice President of Instruction at Red Rocks Community College, discussed preparing Colorado’s workforce for the new energy economy; Dr. Paula Gomez Farrell, Director of the Division of Workforce Development for the City of Denver, discussed workforce development trends and resources for businesses and job seekers and Ceyl Printer, President and CEO of the Colorado Enterprise Fund, discussed the financial industry’s role in Colorado’s economic recovery.