Leslie Foster: 2018 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, President of the Gathering Place – 043

Leslie Foster: 2018 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, President of the Gathering Place – 043

Today’s Extraordinary Women Radio Interview is with Leslie Foster, a 2018 Inductee into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and the President of a Denver non-profit, The Gathering Place. As you know, I have a passion for women helping women. For the changemakers. For women who reach out a hand and lift another up. This certainly describes Leslie.

Leslie has been helping women get off the streets of Denver for 30 years. She has passionately worked to influence local decision-makers’ conversations about the homeless population in Denver and how organizations provide services to women and children experiencing poverty or homelessness. Leslie is being inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame this year and for good reason.

In this interview, we talk about the strength of women – and how our strength multiplies exponentially – one women is strong… two women is like three … three women are like nine. Yes, we are strong and so much better when we work together.

We talk about women in the homeless population and how we can best lend a hand to make a difference.

Leslie was named the 2010 Community Leader of the Year by Community Shares of Colorado, and in 2008, she received the Swanee Hunt Individual Leadership Award from The Denver Foundation and Hunt Alternatives Fund. She has also received the “Woman of the Year” award from the Colorado Business and Professional Women, and the “Foremother of the Year” award from the Colorado Women’s Agenda. Leslie currently serves on Denver’s Mayor Hancock’s Commission to Address Homelessness and was the chair of the Committee on Youth and Families.

Acknowledge the existence of a fellow person on the planet. Acknowledge someone and say hello. If you can remember someone’s name – it’s a big deal. ~Leslie Foster

To learn more about Leslie’s good work helping women visit The Gathering Place or on Facebook or Twitter. In the interview, we talk about the gift cards and art created by the women of the Gathering Place, and it is available for purchase at www.artrestart.org.

Let’s meet the extraordinary Leslie Foster of the Gathering Place.

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The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women. To achieve this, the Hall educates the people of Colorado about the stories of the women who shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting. I invite you to join us at the March 28, 2018 Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Gala by purchasing your ticket here.

Check out some of the other 2018 Inductee Hall of Famers:

  • Gerie Grimes – Early Childhood Education activist/Non Profit leader The Hope Center – Listen
  • Susan J. Helms – Astronaut and  Lieutenant General of USAF – Listen
  • Dorothy Horrell – Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Denver – Listen
  • Faye Matsukage – Activist for Women and Asians in the Legal Profession – Listen
  • Gail Schoettler – Banking, Government and Women’s Activist – Coming Soon

Listen to other Colorado Women Hall of Fame inductee interviews from prior years.

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[…] Leslie Foster has been the President of The Gathering Place for 28 years. The Gathering Place is the only daytime drop-in center in metropolitan Denver that serves women, their children, and transgender individuals who are experiencing poverty, many of whom are also experiencing homelessness. The center serves thousands of individuals every year by offering meals, medical screenings, classes and so much more. Listen to Leslie Foster speak here. […]

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