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!
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.