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A Dinner with Damien Mander and Vimbai Kumire

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Join us for a special Women & Impact Series event where men are welcome too! Join us for an intimate gathering with Damien Mander and Vimbai Kumire. Come and hear Damien’s fascinating journey, from the self-described “ultimate boys club” of special forces to conservation, and the inspiring women of Akashinga he has trained to protect Africa’s ecosystem’s for future generations. Special guest Vimbai Kumire, Squad Leader of Akashinga, will also be joining us!


6 pm - 8pm Dinner and discussion with Damien and Vimbai.


DAMIEN MANDER

Please join us as Damien Mander discusses his journey from the self-described “ultimate boys club” of special forces to conservation, and the inspiring women of Akashinga he has trained to protect Africa’s ecosystem’s for future generations.

Former Australian navy clearance diver, special ops sniper, and Iraq war veteran Damien Mander founded IAPF in 2009, utilizing his military background to train rangers to protect Africa’s wildlife. IAPF is a multi-national not-for-profit conservation organization working to protect the dwindling elephant and rhino populations due to the poaching crisis.

In 2017, IAPF launched an all-female anti poaching unit called ‘AKASHINGA’, meaning ‘The Brave Ones’ in Shona, the native language of Zimbabwe. Akashinga is a new and innovative conservation model in an industry dominated by men. The Nature Conservancy states “that empowering women is the single biggest force for positive change in the world today.”

As seen on the BBC:

https://youtu.be/HAmQLQwF_BE

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VIMBAI KUMIRE

In 2017 Vimbai Kumire heard that the IAPF was recruiting women to be rangers. With her brother’s encouragement she applied and was deployed as a ranger in the pioneering Akashinga team.

Since becoming a ranger, she has consistently demonstrated her grit, discipline and leadership, resulting in her promotion to Sergeant and Squad Leader of Akashinga Ranger Team One. As a single mother of two, she can now afford a home, support her mother and send her children to school.

“If you do something wrong to my animals, I will catch you.” -Vimbai Kumire

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All proceeds to benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, a US registered 501c3.

To learn more go to IAPF.org

100% of ticket sales will benefit the International Anti-Poaching Foundation, a US registered 501c3.

To learn more go to IAPF.org

Join us in supporting the work of IAPF and the empowerment of the Akashinga women.

6 pm Dinner and Drinks will be provided! Networking time with Damien before and after his talk.

6:30 pm Presentation followed by Q&A

Recent media on IAPF and the Akashinga program you will hear about during Damien's visit:

BBC video on IAPF and the Akashinga program - Viewed 15 million times on social media:

CBS News USA - January 2019

60 Minutes piece on Akashinga - 2018

This BBC piece provides great insight into the program

Our monthly speaker series currently alternates between Denver and Boulder and generally consists of two speakers each month, one that represents the philanthropy side of impact and the other that represents the finance/investment side of impact. The 2019 series is sponsored by BSW Wealth Partners, Social Venture Circle, and the Next Wave Foundation.

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