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5th Annual Woman-to-Woman Dialogue Series:
Women’s Authored Lives

A half-day event featuring sessions by published women authors on topics that drive women’s lives, as well as workshops on writing, publishing, blogging, and genealogical research.

Presented by:
The Matrix Center and AAUW (American Association of University Women)

Saturday, October 16, 2010
General Info
Location: University Center, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus - view map
  • $20.00 – lunch included
  • $15.00 – student rate – lunch included
  • $5.00 – no lunch included

Scholarships Available – email dmiller4@uccs.edu for information
Advanced Registration Required - REGISTER NOW!
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12pm. - After this day/time, Onsite registration ONLY PLEASE.
Every participant will receive a 1-year, complimentary, subscription to Colorado View Magazine

8:30am- Welcome, Pamela Shockley-Zalabak, Chancellor, UCCS
Keynote: 9:00-10:00am (30min talk with time for Q&A), Latoya Lucas
Session I from 10:15-11:15am
Session II from 11:30am-12:30pm
12:30pm-1:00pm lunch (included in registration rate), book sales & book signing
1:00pm-2:30pm – Optional workshops on writing, blogging, publishing, and genealogical research.

Keynote Speaker – Latoya Lucas

Latoya Lucas


Latoya has always recognized that there is pride and honor in helping and improving the lives of others. Whether serving as a soldier in the United States Army, or by providing her time and expertise by working with various organizations and corporations. Latoya truly believes in "Service above Self""

In 2003, just one month after the initial invasion, Latoya deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was severely wounded carrying out a supply mission in Iraq. The wounds that she suffered earned her the Purple Heart Medal. After enduring a four month hospitalization, and a subsequent two year rehabilitation, Latoya emerged even stronger and more determined to help and inspire the lives of others.

Latoya has become an often sought after national motivational and inspirational speaker. She is the recipient of the Tony Snow Public Service award, named in honor of former White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. Latoya is also the recipient of various other awards and commendations. Latoya will surely encourage your audience and will have your attendees feeling transformed and inspired! Latoya lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. She is the author of the award-winning book, "The Immeasurable Spirit".

"I remember Latoya's smile lighting up the room...Her book will light up your life"
-Bo Derek, Actress and model

"We are lucky to have people like you who care so much about inspiring others and bettering the community."
-Bill Ritter Jr., Governor of Colorado

"She has inspired so many others to draw strength from her adversity...Latoya has become a leader and a source of strength for fellow citizens..."
-Mark Udall, U.S. Senator

"The Immeasurable Spirit is a challenging read. It challenges you to make a commitment to service and to others in a compelling and heart-touching way. Latoya Lucas' story inspires at a time when we need selfless inspiration. Thank you, Latoya"
-Rear Admiral Janice Hamby, Director of Command Control Systems NORAD and U.S. Northern Command

"Latoya, you are a wonderful role model for our young people"
-Rep. Jo Bonner, 1st Congressional District, Alabama


Afternoon Workshops following author presentations:

  • Writing – facilitated by Andrea Herrera and Aditi Mitra
  • Blogging – facilitated by Abby Ferber and Jody Alyn
  • Publishing – facilitated by Ellen Gray (Colorado View Magazine) and Nancy Sharp
  • Genealogical Research – Caron Allen

In addition the following authors will facilitate dialogue about their personal journeys and inspirational work:

Andrea Herrera
The Pearl of Antilles
Chronicles the lives of more than three generations of Cuban women.

Dottie Lamm
Daddy On Board: Parenting Roles for the 21st Century
An in-depth look at how today’s couples share parenting roles

Cynthia Nimerichter
Related by Marriage: Delicious Domestic Daze
A selection of humorous reflections on domestic life, originally published in The Philadelphia Bulletin.

Mary Saracino
The Singing of Swans
This story takes Italian American protagonist Madelene Ross on a multi-century journey back and forth through time to reclaim her soul and her very contemporary American life.

Nancy Sharp
Freelance writer with rich life experience who enjoys writing personal essays, health, wellness, and general interest features about courageous people. Work has appeared in national and regional magazines, newspapers, online and in custom publications. Over the years, I’ve also written speeches for CEOs, celebrities and ordinary people. Work in progress includes a memoir with my husband, Steve Saunders, about living and loving after loss and a series of children’s books.

Jill Tietjen
Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America
This vivid visual timeline profiles more than 850 women throughout U.S. history from 1587 to the present, many of whom might be women like you.

Jacqueline Tobin
Hidden in Plain View - A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

The fascinating story of a friendship, a lost tradition, and an incredible discovery, revealing how enslaved men and women made encoded quilts and then used them to navigate their escape on the Underground Railroad.


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Lhthouse Writers Joan Mikow

Colorado View Magazine

Support the Dialogue – Become a Sponsor

Donations accepted at the event and could be matched $1:$1 by the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado.

Table/Exhibit space for organizations to distribute resources and information. Email Daryl Miller, dmiller4@uccs.edu to request a space.

For more information, please contact Daryl Miller at 719-255-4764 or via email, dmiller4@uccs.edu.


About the Woman to Woman Dialogue Series

There are few opportunities available for us to take time to listen and learn from each other, across our differences, about the issues, experiences, and struggles we share. The Matrix Center and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) have teamed together to present an annual half-day program for women to talk about the issues that most concern them. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for dialogue among women across generations, cultures, backgrounds, and professions to learn from and with each other. Partnering with local organizations to focus on a specific theme each year, attendees are afforded educational and networking opportunities that empower growth. Past years’ themes have been Women’s Experiences: Surviving and Thriving (2009) and Empowering Women: Image, Self & Society (2008).