Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Utah Women and Leadership Announcements

A few announcements from Dr. Susan Madsen and the The Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP):

  • The 10th research and policy brief was recently released; it is titled “The Status of Women Leaders in Utah Education: A 2017 Update,” with co-authors Elizabeth Goryunova and Ashlie Hew-Len. It looks at the progress since 2014 for women and leadership in both K-12 and higher education settings.
  • Last call for the UWLP free community event on September 14, 2017 (6:30- 8:30PM); there will be an evening event titled, “Strengthening the Impact of Girls & Women: Resilience, Social Media, and Unconscious Bias.” The keynote will be by Elaine Dalton (well-known author and speaker), and then attendees will choose from one of three workshops:
    1. Building Resilience in Girls and Young Women (Dr. Matthew J. Swenson, MD, Pediatric Psychiatrist, IHC) [for parents, educators, and other influencers
    2. Rethinking Social Media: Finding Your Voice and Identity as Young Women (Sui Lang Panoke, MPA, Founder of Women Politics Media) [for middle/high school and college students
    3. Making the Glass Ceiling Visible: Unconscious Bias and Advancing Opportunities for Women (Dr. Kyle Reyes, PhD, Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion & Assistant Professor of Education) [for anyone interested in understanding their own bias more deeply]
  • The second Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series event for this academic year is scheduled for November 2, 2017 (6:30-8:30pm) at Utah Valley University. It is the second annual “She Talks Utah” event and will feature five engaged, accomplished, and entertaining Utah women who will share their personal stories, ideas, and passions about finding both their voices and the courage to use them in influential ways (15-minutes each; like Ted Talks). RSVP ONLINE HERE.
  • UWLP a co-sponsor for the second annual Women Who Build summit that will be held on September 22, 2017. Attendees will work with a team to build a business in 3 hours. Women Who Build will be a great opportunity to pick up skills to help you start or build something and to get to know awesome women in our community in meaningful ways. At the end of the summit, each team will pitch their businesses to a panel of local entrepreneurs, followed by a keynote address by Chatbooks co-founder Vanessa Quigley. See
  • Check out the Utah Women and Leadership blog, including the latest posts titled Investing in Women is Investing in the Economy and Equal Means Equal: Closing Your Own Gender Pay Gap. If you are interested in contributing to this blog, contact Amber Thackeray ( In addition, if you are interested in volunteering at events or in other ways, contact Deirdre Miller ( Also, contact Deirdre if you want to add your event to the Utah event calendar: .
  • The UWLP and YWCA Utah has also released the Impact Recommendations from a recent gathering of gender wage gap experts. It highlights the current resources/strengths, gaps/challenges, and also recommendations for potential interventions that may move things forward in Utah on the issue of the gender wage gap.
  • The 29th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon is on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 11:30am-2:00pm at The Grand America Hotel. Details here.

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