How We Became Sisters

Born of the recognition of the universal experience of being a woman, 7Sisters Global has been passionately committed to the promotion of women and girls for over 3 years.  What started as a summer book club, blossomed into a call for action within our community and the greater world.  Our gatherings to discuss the book, Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, in the summer of 2010 became filled with discussions about global injustices, the sharing of personal stories and growing acrimony at the treatment of women in the modern world.

An auspicious encounter with a retired firefighter gave our little group an outlet for our passionate commitment: the building of a domestic violence shelter.  The firefighter and his wife allowed us to become involved with their small non-profit that was addressing the issue of domestic violence in Mexico by building a shelter for women and children in a small beach town in Mexico.  We fell in love with Mexico, the culture, the people, and the ocean on our first trip. Subsequent trips have grown that love and forged our commitment to the women of Mexico and spreading awareness of their plight back in the United States.

Since the time of our first book club meeting, 7Sisters Global has been very fortunate to be involved with many, many wonderful groups and projects working to promote and advance women and girls.  We are grassroots, we are committed, we are tenacious, we are intelligent and we are sisters with ALL women.  Our commitment to women and girls globally and locally continues to grow and is made tangible through the many areas our members serve.  We are dedicated to providing hope, peace and prosperity one sister at a time.

Tina Benner


I am a wife and mother of three daughters. I grew up in Connecticut, lived in three states before settling with my family in Colorado. I became friends with these amazing women who make up 7Sisters Global because we share the same passion to make the world a better place, one sister at a time, no matter what socio or economic background they come from.

Tammy Atchinson


I am a southern girl at heart, wife, mother of two, safety professional. I joined this group on this journey to fulfill my passion of providing women and girls the encouragement, faith, opportunity and hope to accomplish their dreams of a better life. I am a firm believer your past does not determine your future! Sometimes it takes just one person to be the catalyst of a new beginning. I want to be that person!

Sue Hahn


I am a native Coloradan with a wonderful husband and two amazing college-aged boys. Having spent many years working in Elementary Education, I am now fortunate to spend my days working with preschool children. I became a member of this humanitarian group after having the opportunity to go on a mission trip with them to Mexico. I feel passionate about being of service to others, particularly, helping women utilize resources to transition from challenging life circumstances to a richer fuller life.

Melinda Cudney Howard


I am a wife, mother of two, paralegal and native Coloradan. As a child my mother often told me “to whom much is given, much will be expected” and I have tried to honor that philosophy. I have been given much in my life and I believe I need to pass on this blessing through my service in 7Sisters Global. I pray every woman- young and old that comes in contact with us comes to know the sisterhood of our community.