Track: Economic Opportunity

Maximum Participants: 30

Format: Study Tour

Spotlight on Colorado Workshop 

The Women’s Bean Project believes all women have the power to transform their lives through employment. It hires women who are chronically unemployed to make nourishing products that are sold across the U.S. at some of the country’s largest retailers. Through their work at the Bean Project, the women can break the cycle of poverty because when you change a woman’s life, you change her family’s life.

The organization offers a transitional job in gourmet food manufacturing and immediate income, support services to overcome barriers to employment, and job readiness and life skill building needed to get and keep a job.

Our community is enriched when we reduce chronic unemployment and dependence on assistance, and equip women to lead productive, self-sufficient lives.

The Women’s Bean Project:

  • Meets basic needs and removes barriers to employment by paying a wage and facilitating support services
  • Offers life skills that enhance a woman’s ability to govern her own life
  • Provides classes that increase employability such as adult education, basic computer skills, professional development, resume development and interview skills
  • Provides hands-on training in the fundamental job readiness skills required by entry-level employers

With this stepping stone toward success, the women will be able to support themselves and their families and overcome barriers to employment; creating a new future—for themselves, their families, our community and our economy.  

Learning Objectives

  • The constant tension between operating a social enterprise and supporting the mission
  • The split of earned revenues and contributed revenues
  • How the demographic we served has changed over the last four to five years
  • How the booming economy in Denver adds to the struggles and barriers women face
  • The vision of Women's Bean Project  

Tour Guide:

  • Luanne Hill, director of development, Women's Bean Project (@WomensBean) 

Luanne Hill
Director of Development
Women's Bean Project

Luanne oversees fundraising, corporate giving, workplace giving, and the Bean Project’s volunteer program to include donor centric communications and databases, as well as cultivation with current and prospective donors. She manages our volunteer base and oversees fundraising and community events, as well as assists the marketing department with newsletters, reports and other communications.