Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landmark Title IX legislation

Featuring barrier-breaking New Hampshire athletes:

Penny Pitou
Penny Pitou

Two-time Olympic Silver Medalist and first American skier to win a medal in the Olympic downhill event

CeCé Telfer
CeCé Telfer

NCAA National Champion in 400-meter hurdles and first openly transgender woman to win a NCAA national title

Two-time Olympic Silver Medalist Penny Pitou, is the first American skier to win a medal in the Olympic downhill event.

Penny Pitou moved to Gilford, New Hampshire with her parents when she was seven. In 1955, at age sixteen, Penny astonished the ski world by winning the slalom, downhill and alpine combined championships at the Junior Alpine Championships at Whitefish, Montana. The next year Penny was named to the U.S. Ski Team for the Winter Olympics at Cortina d’ Ampezzo, Italy.

After several successful seasons with the U.S. ski team, Penny Pitou competed at the 1956 Winter Olympics, but with little success. She continued to ski the European circuit, however, and by 1958 had gained a reputation as one of the world’s top skiers. Her European experience also included becoming fluent in several languages and climbing the Matterhorn – without a guide. In 1959 Penny Pitou began to win downhills and giant slaloms with frequency and was a gold medal favorite at Squaw Valley in 1960, where she just missed the gold in two races.

After retiring from competition, Penny Pitou began to run ski schools in New England. She also served as a fashion consultant to the ski industry and a participant in ski shows and ski promotions. She started Penny Pitou Travel, one of the largest travel agencies in New England, which specialized in arranging ski trips and tours to Europe.


CeCé Telfer is a Jamaican-American elite athlete who moved to New Hampshire in high school. In June 2019, she became the first openly transgender woman to win a NCAA national title. Telfer became a NCAA National Champion in the 400-meter hurdles which put her on the trajectory of becoming a U.S. Olympic hopeful for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paris Olympics in 2024. Telfer gained wide recognition after being publicly attacked by Donald Trump Jr. who quoted an article title referring to Telfer as a “biological male,” calling her recent competition wins a “grave injustice” against “young women.” Telfer also competes in the 60M, 100M and 200M. In June 2021, Telfer qualified for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Trials | Track & Field in the 100M & 400-meter hurdles.

Following her victory in the 400-meter hurdles, Telfer appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on June 13, 2019. CeCe has appeared on multiple national and international media outlets and campaigns capturing global attention in Olympic sports, the LGBTQ+ community, along with world-renowned professional athletes and Olympians. 

With special guests including Title IX expert Sharyn J. Potter, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of the Prevention Innovations Research Center and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, UNH.


OCT 27, 2022

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9:30 AM
Women in the #603
11:00 AM
Registration Opens
Grantee Showcase Opens
12:00 PM
Luncheon Begins



Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Geoffrey & Martha Fuller Clark



OCT 27, 2022

9:30 AM – 11 AM

Back by popular demand! Before the luncheon, huddle up for a preview of our soon-to-be released 2022 Status of Women in New Hampshire publication, along with a panel discussion.

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