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Meet Jade Marquez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jade Marquez.

Hi Jade, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers.
The 2016 election galvanized many organizers and we were no different. The first Womxn’s March Denver took place on January 21, 2017, and was the kick-off of our organization.

From then on we have continued to grow and expand our leadership and continue to passionately work on creating more opportunities for future leaders and volunteers to join us in highlighting the work that is being done in our communities.

We plan to keep marching on until all marginalized voices are heard, and organizations that are doing the work to support those voices are lifted up.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The Womxn’s March Denver did not avoid the fallout of COVID-19 and like everything else we were forced to go virtual because the health and safety of our community is priority number 1 we decided not to host the march in 2020 or 2021. The fallout was not limited to the physical march but also the mental health and burnout of organizers and volunteers.

Understandably, many people needed to step away in order to protect their mental health and work/life balance and because of this 2022 has been another year of board expansion. As an all-volunteer board, it has been challenging to keep up with the blows to reproductive justice and keep up with the outrage and needs of our community while working your 9 to 5.

Prioritization and expectation management have been key to our sanity and the strength that we find in each other has kept us going when the world has us feeling more hopeless than hopeful. Fundraising has been an increasing struggle since 2020 as COVID-19, inflation, and housing costs tighten everyone’s wallet.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am the Chair of the Womxn’s March Denver Board of Directors which is a collective of womxn committed to amplifying marginalized voices in the movement to end sexism, oppression, and injustice. Through community engagement, protest, education, and leadership the Womxn’s March Denver leverage their platform to ignite action.

The Womxn’s March Denver helps elevate non-profits and grassroots organizations that serve the community by focusing on reproductive rights, climate change, gun safety, immigration, voter registration, domestic violence/sexual assault assistance resources, and arts activism.

I was elected to the Womxn’s March Denver Board of Directors in 2019 and nominated and elected Chair of the Board in January of 2022. Within the first four months of leadership, I was able to expand the board and double the number of board members while adding to the diversity and skill set of its members.

Since then I have spoken to a crowd of 6000+ at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain’s Bans Off Our Bodies Rally, accepted a seat on Planned Parenthood’s Rapid Response Committee, and lead the Womxn’s March Denver as 2022’s Pride Parade Co-Grand Marshals an incredible honor bestowed by The Center On Colfax.

I strive to continue to develop the foundation of this non-profit and redefine its strategy to make maximum impact and progress equality in meaningful ways. In my efforts to find personal success, promotion, and equity in business I simultaneously worked towards ensuring that the women around me had equitable access to the tools they needed to grow in their business, career, and confidence to take on their career challenges.

I am a forever curious learner, research conductor, and root cause detective who is driven by a passion for people, authentic relationships, and positive experiences. I strive to be a thoughtful listener, critical thinker, and learning moment enthusiast who advocates for gender parity through professional and personal endeavors.

A customer success activist and a proactive-minded problem-solving collaborator who is eager to get into the details and outsmart, outperform and delight. For me, passion, persistence, and integrity are all equally necessary in innovating, and understand that community engagement is essential for success.

I am very proud to have played an instrumental role in the creation of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA), Young Professionals (YoPro) Board. I led YoPro Board diversity and recruitment efforts and developed the foundation and strategy to include thought leadership and speaking opportunities. This board supports and creates programming for young professionals in the tech industry and is focused on developing the next generations of leaders as they navigate their careers and businesses.

Through professional development and social opportunities, this advisory group contributes to the fulfillment of CTA’s mission to advance Colorado’s tech ecosystem through talent, advocacy, economic development, and community. My efforts to highlight the work of CTA and women in technology contributed to the organization winning the CWCC’s 2019 Champion of Change Mission Minded award.

This award is presented to businesses that actively and strategically advance women in business and leadership positions. Through strategies that focus on engaging and supporting women to grow, I assisted CTA in creating opportunities for pipeline advancement, recruitment, and the advancement of inclusive workplaces

As the CWCC 2019 Signature Events Chair, I helped change the statistics and build a pipeline of women in non-traditional careers by leading her committee in spearheading the Girls Rising: Building a Pipeline of Women Leaders breakfast and scholarship program.

At this event participants from the business community and students going into non-traditional careers hear from government, non-profit, and for-profit business leaders; all addressing what is being done and what still needs to be done to change the perceived career options for women.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts, or blogs that help you do your best?
Books: The Turnaway Study by Diana Greene Foster Ph.D.
The Biopolitics of Feeling by Kyla Schuller.

Calma and Audible

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