Through The Years

In 2011 Celeste Gleave, a military veteran, had a dream to recognize the women fighting for our country’s freedom and sacrificing lives, family and mental health. She did something even the White House had never done--honored women veterans with a Salute to Women Warriors.

Shortly thereafter, Bridget Cook-Burch and Celeste met as two women CEOs in normally male-dominated industries. Both strong women had survived and thrived beyond trauma. More needed to be done for their sisters, and that historic meeting changed their world, and their community. Celeste and Bridget quickly met with an extraordinary group of women business leaders: Rene Johnson, Pamela Okumura, Becky Swanson, and Micaela Choo alongside Celeste and Bridget. Too many women were suffering, too few were speaking out, and they knew they had to make it cool to RISE.

These women formulated Sheroes United, a non-profit organization under the Utah Community Foundation while they set about getting their 501(c)3.  More Salutes to Women Warriors were organized, and the group began working with media, producers, and creating events to bring speakers, awards and especially awareness and education. From KUED’s Women & Girls to One Billion Rising, including important advocacy for the safety of girls, women and families, at the Utah State Capitol, these fiery, passionate women who were not afraid to speak the unspoken created a stir!

Sheroes Timeline

November 2011Our First Event

Our first event – Sheroes’ Salute to Women Warriors

March 2012Miss Representation

Miss Representation

SHEROES Sponsored this event with NAWBO, The Utah Film Center

April 2012Women Overcoming Obstacles

Women Overcoming Obstacles

When Maya Angelou canceled her event due to illness, local women were still hungry for empowerment.  

May 2012Sheroes United’s first Articles and Bylaws

Sheroes United’s first Articles and Bylaws

Under Utah Community Foundation as our fiscal sponsor, we worked on full, governmental nonprofit status.

May 2012Collaboration Begins with KUED Women & Girls Lead

Collaboration Begins with KUED Women & Girls Lead

Begin planning and filming and preparing for live event for local girls from all backgrounds.

June 2012Getting Sassy & Organized

Getting Sassy & Organized

Sheroes United has first logo designed and first website appearance.

June 2012National Acclaim with Globe Magazine

National Acclaim with Globe Magazine

Rolanda Watts LA producer, actor radio, The Globe magazine.

June 2012Sheroes United Welcomes Ballard Spahr

Sheroes United Welcomes Ballard Spahr

Utah Community Foundation refers us to Ballard Spahr who generously donates time and talent to getting Sheroes United legally sound.

June 2012Sheroes United New Board Members Selected/Awards

Sheroes United New Board Members Selected/Awards

Committees begin looking for qualified candidates for awards and enhanced board.

July 2012Sheroes Sponsors First Community Awards

Sheroes Sponsors First Community Awards

Sheroes sponsors first awards in the community for Sheroes and Sheroes Heroes.

August 2012Begins Involvement with Statue of Responsibility

Begins Involvement with Statue of Responsibility

August 2012First Women of Worth Annual Kickoff

First Women of Worth Annual Kickoff

Sheroes begins supporting Women of Worth new trainees with yearly inspiring keynote.

August 2012Salt Lake Magazine Tribute

Salt Lake Magazine Tribute

Salt Lake Magazine features Sheroes Board with a wonderful article and photos about the organization and its goals for a bigger organization and brighter future.

August 2012Continuing Collaboration KUED Women & Girls Lead

Continuing Collaboration KUED Women & Girls Lead

August 2012Zion’s Bank Women’s Initiative

Zion’s Bank Women’s Initiative

Celeste and Bridget meet Geena Davis during Zion’s Bank women’s initiative during Sundance to discuss initiatives regarding women in film.

August 2012Sheroes Supports Half the Sky Screening & Initiative

Sheroes Supports Half the Sky Screening & Initiative

October 2012Sheroes Supports Kind-Hearted Woman Screening & Initiative

Sheroes Supports Kind-Hearted Woman Screening & Initiative

November 20122nd Annual Sheroes Salute to Women Veterans

2nd Annual Sheroes Salute to Women Veterans

Held at One Night Club & Event Center. Honoring our Women that have served their country and given so much.

November 2013Sheroes Collaborates with YWCA in One Billion Rising

Sheroes Collaborates with YWCA in One Billion Rising

Annual Event to Raise Awareness to the One Billion Women that have been raped, disfigured, harassed, or murdered.

February 2013State Capitol Rally, House Bill Regarding Domestic Violence

State Capitol Rally, House Bill Regarding Domestic Violence

Sheroes United’s large volunteer pool helped the homeless, taught in women’s shelters, collaborated in high-level meetings with law enforcement to halt human trafficking and bring technical support, advocated on Capitol Hill for vital, life-saving legislation regarding vulnerable demographics (including advocacy for limiting guns among abusers, enforcing stricter penalties and sentences for DV perpetrators, harsher penalties for pedophilia among polygamy and trying to enforce an ankle monitor for dangerous stalkers with technology that could alert a victim in advance of imminent, life-taking danger.

September 2013Sheroes Supports Rebecca Musser

Sheroes Supports Rebecca Musser

Dateline Watch Party & Book Launch – two hour interview of survivor of FLDS cult involved in human trafficking minors across state and international lines in the name of God.

September 2013Sheroes supports For the Silent

Sheroes supports For the Silent

September 2013Salute to Women Warriors & Women’s Awards

Salute to Women Warriors & Women’s Awards

February 2014One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising

Annual recognition of the rights of women around the world saying no to violence, parade and flash mob held at the Gateway in SLC.

October 2014Sheroes supports Makers: Women in War

Sheroes supports Makers: Women in War

 

We have been amazed through the years at the power of one woman to change the world.  We have been even more amazed when women set aside competition and come together to collaborate and celebrate and bring vital world change.

More volunteers and initiatives are needed. Advocates, trainers, leaders, volunteers, donators and sponsors . . .WE NEED YOU.  Sheroes United has been “boots on the ground” responding to the needs of women wherever and whenever we are called. We need more troops. Women and families need you. 

Come. Join us. Heal. Rise. Thrive!

 

 

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