The IX Power Foundation's mission is WOMEN and WATER

The state of a nation's women, defines the state of the entire nation.

-- Deborah Deal-Blackwell, APR, Executive Director, IX Power Foundation

Women hold the world together! They not only produce every generation, they often raise their children by themselves. Frequently, they handle the 24/7 duties of child-rearing while becoming judges, running farms, and finding the next cure for our worst diseases. Yet, millions of women are stuck in a daily search for clean water for their families, and this keeps them at a standstill from progress! The hours spent every day (sometimes 8 hours or more) trudging down dusty, dangerous paths to fetch water  - water that is contaminated by domestic and wild animals -  is time that could be used for education, farming, and gainful employment. They not only risk the health of their bodies, however; on these dailly trekks they risk having their very lives taken by bandits and warmongers. This situation is one of the IX Power Foundation's greatest concerns and that is why we are teamed with the nonprofit SSAAP and Rotary International's District 5450 W.A.S.H. group to build wells close to villages in rual Africa and elsewhere. 

The IX Power Foundation is also working to raise funds to ship new and used books to build (currently 3 are proposed) libraries in Africa.

This effort is called Pages for the Planet.




Learn more about our efforts and how you can help!

2023 Colorado Women’s Day™ Poster Contest

Jpegs of submissions for the 2023 Colorado Women's Day “Poster Contest” will be accepted beginning October 1. The last day to submit an entry is October 31, 2022. Work can be submitted from anywhere on the planet.


The winning design will be presented at the main Colorado Women’s Day event on March 10, 2023.


Click HERE for more information.

The IX Power Foundation, supported by IX Power Clean Water, is proud to be the founding and coordinating organization for Colorado Women's Day which is held in concert every year with International Women's Day.  



The 7th Annual



Wednesday, March 9, Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11, 2022

The theme for this year's event was "Women Take the Reins!"  Colorado women have, and continue to take the reins and lead the way in their homelife, careers and public service. This is particularly true of the last two years in which women have tackled the challenge of balancing work, family life, the education of their children, a worldwide pandemic, and their own wellbeing.  Well done, Colorado women!  You take the reins!

The women who took the top spots in their categories at the 2022 Colorado Women's Day Awards include:



Andria Schmid, P.E.

Shattered Glass Award


Dr. Sarah Werner

Unsung Heroine Award


Diana Rogozyan

Outstanding Young Woman in STEM — High School


Anika Garigen

Outstanding Young Woman in STEM — Junior High School


Taryn Tucker

Outstanding Young Woman in STEM — University


Addrienne Amato & Kelly Cope Russack

Women’s Caucus for Art

“Wonderful Woman in the Arts” Award


Fatou Doumbia

Women in Sustainability’s

“Woman Who C.A.R.E.’s” Award


Virginia Chau

Good Business Colorado’s

Outstanding Woman in Business Award


Svitlana Pylypenko

NREL Foundation

“Outstanding Woman in STEM” Award


Emma Seneshen

Leap Award


CJ Brafford

Spirit Award


Heather Cumming

LOVE Award



See WHO was nominated for WHAT in the Colorado Women's Day 2022 Awards! Click Here!


2022 is the 7th year that Colorado Women's Day has joined in the global celebration of International Women's Day for six years.  Learn what other groups around the world are doing by visiting the IWD website.

Courtney Knapp, Co-Owner CoCreative Coaching LLC


Courtney was our Keynote Speaker during the awards presentation on Friday, March 11.


Courtney’s coaching focuses on presentation delivery and message development. She coaches clients to clarify their main objective, hone their message, and align the elements of their presentation to achieve their goal. By coaching clients toward empathy of an audience’s point of view, clients learn to connect with and inspire their audience. Courtney embodies a strength-based coaching philosophy encouraging clients to bring their uniqueness to their presentations.

Working with political leaders, candidates, and business executives, Courtney coaches her clients to be authentic, identify their values and vision, and inspire their audience to action. As a yoga teacher and practitioner, she understands the tools to achieve Presence; to regulate self to impact an audience. Whether preparing media interviews, presentations, or panel discussions, Courtney empowers speakers to harness their physical and spatial presence along with their message, command the room and ultimately connect with their listeners.

Save the Date!  

The 2023 Colorado Women's Day will event will be held on Friday, March 10.

Grants from the IX Power Foundation



With every industrial water treatment project that IX Power Clean Water completes, the IX Power Foundation will help bring clean water to an in-need ommunity without charge.


For more information about this program, email: Deborah Deal,


Why the IX Power Foundation & IX Power Clean Water are involved in

Colorado & International Women's Day


Water and the treatment of Women (and other disadvantaged peoples) - they are at the intersection of the world's most pressing issues.  The IX Power companies have dedicated their corporate missions to helping improve the future of both.


Here's one part of the situation to start putting the whole picture in perspective!


In 80% of households without close access to water, the responsibility falls on women and girls to fetch and carry it. Around the world, females spend 200 million hours per day getting and water for their households. In poorer nations, they walk an average of nearly four miles per day for it. The time and energy used to access clean water perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Hours spent retrieving water means hours not working or studying. 


A further concern is the danger involved. In areas like Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and the border between Afghanistan and Iran, water is not only a source of discord, it is dangerous for women to make the trek to water sources each day. In addition to potential conflict between factions, there are risks of physical or sexual assault. Fetching water may, in fact, be truly dangerous. There is also the physical toll of carrying water. Jerry cans are used, each of which holds an average of five gallons and weighs 40 pounds. Women most often carry those containers on their heads, leading to serious injury to neck and spine, made worse when carried by young girls.

Schedule for 

Colorado Women's Day 2022

Click Here for more detailed info.


Event # 5

Become a Famous Artist: Ready, Set, Go!

with art coach Kathy Beekman


Event # 1

Our first female trailblazers -Colorado's Ute Indian People

A presentation by CJ Brafford


Event # 2

Running for public office Workshop:

Colorado Women!  Does the Community Know Your Name?

Hosted by Joni Inman and Sheryl Fernandez


Event # 3

Self-improvement Workshop:

Dream Big Live Big: Tips to Design Your Bright Future

Hosted by Betsy Wiersma and Christy Belz


Event # 4 - the MAIN EVENT

Panel Discussions:

  • Women's Health Update by SCL Health Lutheran Hospital with Dr. Julie Carlson;
  • What Does Sustainability Mean to Your Family, Your Business, Your Bottom Line;
  • Tips for Business Success. 
  • Reception with Elected Officials & Candidates for Public Office,
  • Awards Luncheon w/Keynote (invited) Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland
  • Door prizes & Silent Auction wrap-up


For the entire schedule with dates and times, click HERE.


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