Sunday, April 11, 2021

April Event

2021 Legislative Update

Thursday, April 22
12:00 PM MDT
Zoom (link will be sent out the day before to those who have RSVP'ed)

Join us for Women of Water’s virtual discussion on water and relevant issues during the 2021 legislative session.

We will have special guest speakers:
Heather Anderson, UASD
Curtis Bramble, Utah State Senator – District 16

Don’t forget to mark your calendars and RSVP to the Evite or via email (! We will send out more details as the date gets closer!

Monday, February 8, 2021

February Event

Virtual Book Club | Unapologetically Ambitious | Shellye Archambeau 

Join us for our second book club virtual event on February 24th at 12:00 PM.

What: Book Club  - Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau

When: Wednesday, February 24th at 12:00 PM

Where: Please RSVP to the Evite or  We will send an event link prior to the start of the event.

We will be discussing the book Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau. Shellye is one of Silicon Valley’s first female African American CEO’s, and her book is full of inspiring advice.

From the book blurb:

“Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.

Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively:

  • Dismantle impostor syndrome
  • Capitalize on the power of planning
  • Take risks
  • Developing financial literacy
  • Build your network
  • Establish your reputation
  • Take charge of your career
  •  Integrate work, marriage, parenthood, and self-care

Each chapter lays out key takeaways and actions to increase the odds of achieving your personal and professional goals. With relatable personal stories that ground her advice in the real world and a foreword by leading venture capitalist and New York Times bestselling author Ben Horowitz, Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to give themselves permission to strive for the top. Make no apologies for the height of your ambitions. Shellye Archambeau will show you how.”

The book can be found in hardcover, ebook, and audio formats wherever books are sold (check your local library too!).

We look forward to virtually “seeing” you and discussing this book.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Recommended Reading and Virtual Event

 When Women Don't Speak | Brittany Karford Rogers | BYU's Y Magazine

"Having a seat at the table DOES NOT mean having a voice."

We invite you to read this article that dives deep into gender dynamics that shape the rules of engagement for women and men in academic and professional group settings.  

And if you loved the article... Don't miss this FREE and ONLINE presentation from the very professors that conducted the research featuring in Y Magazine.  

From the event invitation:

The Utah Women & Leadership Project invites you to join us for our third Spring Women’s Leadership Forum.

Drs. Jessica Preece and Christopher Karpowitz will present on their groundbreaking research that shows what it takes for a woman to truly be heard. After years spent analyzing lab and real-life settings to determine what it takes for a woman to truly be perceived as competent and influential, they discovered that for women, having a seat at the table does not mean having a voice. They will discuss their research that has found that women are systematically seen as less authoritative and that their influence is systematically lower. And when they speak up, they are interrupted and not listened to as much. So, what can be done? This engaging presentation will provide tips and strategies that can help all women understand what it takes for women to be heard and viewed as influential. Women of all ages (and those who influence them) are welcome to listen, learn, and ask questions in the chat!

Sponsors: Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, Utah State University & the Utah Education Network (UEN)


Dr. Jessica Preece received her PhD from UCLA in 2010 and joined BYU's Political Science faculty that Fall. Her research is on candidate ambition, recruitment, and selection. She has special interests in gender and experiments. Her publications include pieces in The American Journal of Political Science, The Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Gender and Politics, among others.

Dr. Christopher F. Karpowitz is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University. In 2015, he received the Erik Erikson Award for early career achievement in the field of political psychology from the International Society of Political Psychology and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior Section of the American Political Science Association. His book, The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation, and Institutions (co-authored with Tali Mendelberg), received the Robert E. Lane Award for the best book in political psychology (APSA), the David O. Sears Award for the best book in mass politics (ISPP), and the APSA Experimental Research Section Best Book Award. Prior to arriving at BYU, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Democracy and Human Values at Princeton's University Center for Human Values.

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review | Melissa Noble | President

I want to take this opportunity to say, “Congratulations! We survived 2020!” This year was wrought with upheaval, lock downs, earthquakes, zoom meetings, social unrest, isolation, working from home, and the list continues. I am so grateful for the steadiness of the Women of Water board members. We jumped from planning in-person meetings (and tours and events) to figuring out how to host a webinar. At the same time, as individuals, we were learning how to work from home, home school our children/ survive without day care, and live through a pandemic. We did it, we are doing it. I want to say a special thank you to you, our members, for continuing to support Women of Water through this tumultuous year. 

We were lucky enough to have 2 in-person meetings early in 2020. In January we met at the Salt Lake County building and heard from Jason Allen about engaging Millennials. We discussed the variability in thought process and motivation of each generation of people, from Baby Boomers to Millennials. February, we met at the newly opened Tracy Aviary Jordan River Nature Center; in fact, we were the very first group to meet after their grand opening! In that beautiful space we heard from Ashley Kijowski a Wildlife Biologist that works for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. She spoke to us on Investigating the importance of the Great Salt Lake, its history, and wetlands.

In March, our plans were thwarted by the sudden lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet, she persisted! We would not let a measly pandemic stop us from engaging the women of water community. April 26, 2020, we held our first ever webinar meeting for Women of Water. Marie Owens, Director of the Utah Division of Drinking Water discussed emergency response and a legislative summary. This was one of our best attended events. Thank you for supporting us as we stepped into the unknown together.

We learned how to manage difficult people in May where Siobhan Locke walked us through conflict resolution. In June, we were excited to hear from Erica Gaddis, Director of the Utah Division of Water Quality, where we learned about water quality issues and the legislative summary.

Our July event pushed our zoom experiences to a new level when we used breakout rooms to create a more personal experience with our speed networking event. This year has been so isolating, it was nice to interact with each other. Another first occurred in August where we had a movie/book club event discussing the Hollywood blockbuster Dark Waters. I, for one, made changes in what materials I use in my home based on what I learned in the movie and our discussions at the event.

The panel discussion in September was a highlight of the year! We were so lucky to have these amazing leaders in the water industry share how they advocate for themselves, face discrimination, and excel in their careers. We were lucky enough to hear from Dr Erica Gaddis, Utah Division of Water Quality Director; Pam Gill, Kearns Improvement District General Manager; Candace Hassenyager, Utah Division of Water Resources Deputy Director; Christina Osborn, PE, J-U-B Engineers Project Manager; and Libbie Linton, WesTech Assistant Unit Leader/Senior Process Engineer.

In October, we enjoyed a fun filled social/cocktail hour playing games, laughing, and learning more about each other. We have such a great group of women that attend our events, thank you all for sharing who you are with us! We finished out 2020 with Career Coaching from Marissa Armitstead and Sophie Bassett from Utah State University, discussing the book “Designing Your Work Life.”

July was our election for Secretary and President of the Women of Water Board. Jamie Banh was re-elected secretary and I, Melissa Noble, was re-elected President. Both Jamie and I really enjoy the opportunity to work on the board and with everyone. Thank you for your continued support.

We have great plans for 2021, with hope (and conditional plans) that we can meet in person sometime this year. Please stay safe and healthy. I look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Lots of Love,

Melissa Noble

President of Women of Water