Think big. Be bold. Stay focused. Accomplish more.by Alana Morris on 05/22/12
Thursday, November 3rd the streets of Denver appeared to be missing the women of the city as over 2,000 women were gathered at the Colorado Convention Center for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado Annual Luncheon. As it is every year, it was quite a sight to see so many women (and a handful of men, certainly) filling the Korbel Ballroom, the largest ballroom in the State. Our team at VOCA filled one of those tables, and we were lucky enough to share a meal, some conversation and hear the inspiring words of speaker, Martina Navratilova. Navratilova is a hugely accomplished tennis champion widely praised as the greatest player that has ever lived and still holds an all-time record for number of women’s double titles.
A Czech American, Navratilova spoke about how the mission of the WFCO relates to her personal and professional life, weaving the organization’s tagline and guiding principles, “Think big. Be bold. Stay focused. Accomplish more” into captivating stories about her life. From her childhood in Czechoslovakia, to her immense success, to the adversity she when she came out publicly as a lesbian, to her struggle with breast cancer, Navratilova engaged the audience with her experience, humor, open heart and wisdom.
It was touching to hear about her struggles and triumphs and the ladies at VOCA walked away realizing the ways that we can use a mission, like that of the Women’s Foundation, to better ourselves. We too want to think big and be bold—setting ambitious goals and remaining true to ourselves as Martina has. We want to stay focused and accomplish more—remaining steadfast in our work as the Women’s Foundation does each day.
This year’s luncheon raised more than $851,000 for the organization’s mission to help women and girls across the state achieve their full potential. We are so excited to have been a part of such an amazing event and to take Martina’s inspiring words with us everyday.