For the 2013 event – please click here. The concept for our inaugural women-focused event started with a simple question: “How are women and girls reshaping the future?” In the past couple of decades, there has been an influx of fascinating data about the power of women and girls in every sector—from education to business to social development.  Research conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, entitled “Girls Grow: A Vital Force in Rural Economies,” documents the importance of women in rural society.  The study clearly demonstrates that when women are educated and given tools to succeed, they radically transform communities and are powerful agents to spur economic growth, improve public health, and increase the social stability of a nation.  In the developing world, a single microloan to a woman can have a positive and powerful impact on an entire community.  In the Western World, generations of educated women have already transformed nations (and continue to do so) through work in the arts, business, sciences, and politics.  Undoubtedly, women are change agents, intellectual innovators, and idea champions. With this in mind, TEDxMileHighWomen invites both women and men to explore the following questions in depth: Who are the women leading the change? What ideas are they championing? How are women reshaping the future?  TEDxMileHighWomen will focus on how women think and work, communicate and collaborate, learn and lead, and what it all means to our society. Both men and women will share their ideas in classic TED format, creating a surprising and inspiring program that seeks to engage and activate the community in thinking about the importance, and celebrating the accomplishments, of women and girls in our society. The team at TEDxMileHigh is excited about TEDxMileHighWomen and look forward to including the the greater community in this undeniably important and fascinating conversation. Mark your calendar for December 1, 2012, so you too can join in on the conversation! Click here to nominate a speaker for the event. Note: We wish to thank TED for its guidance around this planned initiative and credit it for much of the content above.