The Ludeman Family Center for Women's Health Research Annual Community Event has served as the Ludeman Center's signature educational and fundraising event for 19 years. It began as a small gathering in the basement of the Tattered Cover and has grown to an 800 person sold out event. Attendees and sponsors appreciate the unique evidence-based research and scientists consistently featured at the event. This event focuses on educating the community about important health issues and highlighting women's health and sex differences research.

Join us September 28, 2023

Seawell Ballroom at the Denver Center for Performing Arts

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Shankar Vedantam

Featuring Shankar Vedantam

Creator, Host and Executive Editor of the Hidden Brain podcast and radio show and the CEO of Hidden Brain Media.

Shankar Vedantam is the host and executive editor of the Hidden Brain podcast and radio show, as well as the CEO of Hidden Brain Media.   

From 2011 to 2020, Vedantam was a social science correspondent for NPR. Before joining NPR, Vedantam spent 10 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. From 2007 to 2009, he was also a columnist, and wrote the Department of Human Behavior column for the Post. 


Vedantam is the author of the book The Hidden Brain: How our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives. He is also the co-author, along with Bill Mesler, of Useful Delusions: The Power and Paradox of the Self-Deceiving Brain. Vedantam has served as a lecturer at many academic institutions, including Harvard University and Columbia University. 


Questions? Email or call 303-724-9179.

Thank you to our 2023 Annual Community Event Benefactors!




Richard N. Brown Family
Catherine & Ray Petros
Betsy & Peter Mangone
Judith B. Wagner
Cathy & Graham Hollis
Sharon & Lanny Martin




Margaret & Steven Bathgate      Patti Klinge & Connie McArthur

Cathy and Graham Hollis      Jim & Patience Linfield

Nan & Spike Eklund       Sharon & Lanny Martin

Nancy Tankersley       John Daily

Betsy Wagner       Maureen & Alan Bird

Brenda & Don Lewis       Nan & Hugh Williamson

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Betty & David Arkell       Bill Ernstrom & Janie Hanson-Ernstrom

Carol Frank       Olivia Thompson

CU Department of Medicine       CU Department of Pediatrics

Jan & John Meck       Judy Regensteiner & Ken Schneider

CU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cathy & Mark Hart       Eileen Honnen McDonald

Wendy Kohrt       University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Jane & Jay Reusch

ArrowMark Partners       Plante Moran       


CU Department of Psychiatry       Toni Cohig

Laura& Stephen Brown       Laura Brown

Katie MacWilliams       CU Division of General Internal Medicine

Hathor Blue - Jill & Jeff Montera     Wellborn, Sullivan, Meck, Tooley, P.C.

The Engleby Family

LutheranHealthMinistry       Welborn_Logo_RGB 




Peter Culshaw       Margot Gilbert

Jane Rosenbaum       Brown & Company

COPIC Insurance Company       Mary Noonan & Ray Garver

Agneta Albinsson       Mary Stuart

Delta Dental of Colorado

Past Luncheon Keynote Speakers



2022 Annual Community Event - Lisa Genova, PhD

2021 Annual Community Event - Jennifer Mieres, MD

2020 Annual Community Event - Laurie Santos, PhD

2019 Annual Community Luncheon  - Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD

2018 Annual Community Luncheon - First Lady Laura Bush and Marjorie Jenkins, MD

2017 Annual Community Luncheon - C. Neill Epperson, MD

2016 Annual Community Luncheon - Larry Cahill, PhD

2015 Annual Community Luncheon - JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH

2014 Annual Community Luncheon - Noel Bairey Merz, MD, FACC, FAHA

2013 Annual Community Luncheon - Eve Van Cauter, PhD

2012 Annual Community Luncheon - Alice Waters

2011 Annual Community Luncheon - Mother Love

2010 Annual Community Luncheon - Patrick Schamasch, MD

2009 Annual Community Luncheon - I-Min Lee, MD

2008 Annual Community Luncheon - Nanette Kass Wenger, MD

2007 Annual Community Luncheon - Ginger L. Graham

2006 Annual Community Luncheon - Francine R. Kaufman, MD

2005 Annual Community Luncheon - JoAnn Lindenfeld, MD

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