Thursday, April 22, 2021

April Event - Legislative Update - Presenter Bios

 Senator Curtis S. Bramble

Senator Curt Bramble was raised in Chicago. He attended the University of Notre Dame before transferring to Brigham Young University for their top-ranking accounting program. At BYU, Senator Bramble earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting.  After graduating, he founded Bramble & Company CPAs in 1986 and, in 2001, merged with Gilbert & Stewart CPAs in Provo, Utah. Curt is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Senator Curt Bramble began his service in the Utah State Senate in 2001. He represents the 16th Senate District serving Utah and Wasatch Counties. He initially served on the Business, Labor and Economic Development, and Revenue and Taxation Standing Committees, and on the Health and Human Services Joint Appropriation Committee. In 2004, Bramble became the Majority Leader of the Utah Senate for the 57th Utah Legislature and the Co-Chair of the Retirement and Independent Entities Joint Appropriation Committee. He also served on the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice, and Higher Education Joint Appropriations committees and Chaired the Retirement and Independent Entities Standing Committee. He also served on the Revenue and Taxation Committee and the Senate Business and Labor Committee.

Senator Bramble married his best friend Susan in 1978. They stay very busy not only serving their community, but raising 6 wonderful children and 6 even more wonderful grandchildren! He and his family are actively involved in scouting, hot air ballooning, scuba diving, motorcycle touring, running, backpacking, fishing, and hunting. They also enjoy family time together at Lake Powell.

 Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson has worked for the Utah Association of Special Districts as a lobbyist since 2012.  Her role with UASD expanded to Government Affairs Director in 2018, allowing her to help districts by offering public information, community outreach and media consulting and training.  

Ms. Anderson worked in the Washington D.C. area from 2016-2018 as the Programs Director for the National Crime Prevention Council.  From 2012-2016, Heather loved working for the Central Utah Water Conservancy District on water related issues and conservation education as Public Information Manager.  

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Psychology from Utah State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude, and second in her class, earning a Masters Degree from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

Heather is passionate about her family, the mountains and substance abuse prevention.  Heather has spoken to schools, churches, businesses, and community organizations across the nation about substance abuse prevention for over a decade. Heather won the Power of Prevention Award for the state of Utah. She has worked extensively with the Utah Council for Crime Prevention as an executive board member and is a spokesperson for D.A.R.E. Heather serves on the National Crime Prevention Association and the National McGruff Board. She was also appointed by the attorney general to serve on the Methamphetamine State Task Force. She served as the Honorary Membership Chair for the State of Utah PTA 2009-2011. She has been on the workgroup for Parents Empowered, USAAV and is a proud member of Rotary International.

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.