Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Yoga Social and Announcements

Yoga Social
What: Please join us for a 30 minute relaxing yoga practice taught by Women of Water Treasurer, Lizel Allen.  Yoga mats are available for use or bring your own mat. This will be a low key practice. Lizel plans on teaching in her work clothes.
Where: 2001 S State Street, Room S4-600. The studio is on the fourth floor of the South Building in the Salt Lake County Government Center.
When: November 13, 2017 11:15-11:45
Additional Information: This is a free event for members. Women of Water will provide granola bars.  We also invite you to stay after the yoga practice to eat lunch, network and socialize. There is a cafeteria on the first floor of the South Building to purchase your lunch or bring your own lunch.  We will eat together in the South Building Atrium.
Utah Women and Leadership Announcements
  • The 11th Utah Women Stats research snapshot was released recently, titled “Utah Women and Mental Health,” with authors Robbyn T. Scribner, Susan R. Madsen, and Elyse Barnes (see related infographic as well). See this and other briefs and snapshots here
  • Real Women Run is hosting its first-ever training in Logan for women in northern Utah and surrounding communities who want to get involved in politics or other public leadership roles. 
    • Former Utah State Representative Ronda Rudd Menlove will keynote the event on Saturday, November 4th at 9:00am-2:00pm in the Huntsman Hall Perry Pavilion on the USU Campus. 
    • Also, Real Women Run’s annual fall social will be held Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30-7:30pm at Log Haven. This year’s discussion will be with Senator Deirdre Henderson (District 7) and Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera, and hosted by Laura Jones, KRCL Executive Producer and Host of RadioActive. 
    • More info and online registration for both events is at www.realwomenrun.org/events.
  • If you know a woman who you want to encourage to return to college and graduate—check out our “5 Steps to Finish Your College Degree.” This project features 5-minute videos from 5 women who have talked about how they have made it work in their lives. Thanks to UEN for their partnership on this project. See other resources herefor helping girls/women get to (or back to) college. Also, check out the new blog, “Why Not Me?,” and other recent women and leadership blogs here.
  • Finally, as we approach the holiday season and are thinking of gifts for women in our lives—consider sharing some resources. For example, if you know women who are struggling with the basic skills and resources to get back into the workforce, here are some ideas you can pass along.


Monday, October 9, 2017

October Tour of City Creek Water Treatment Plant


  • Wednesday, October 18 at 12:15 PM
  • City Creek CanyonLunch at picnic tables north of the gate, tour to follow
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Cost: $5 members and $10 nonmembers, includes lunch.
RSVP: on Evite or to womenofwater@gmail.com
Parking/Directions: Carpool if you can!  Take care when driving up the canyon as the road is closed for cars and open to bikers and walkers.  To access the gate at City Creek Canyon, which is where we’ll meet, take “B”  Street in the Avenues north. B Street will turn into Bonneville Blvd after 11th Avenue. The entrance to City Creek Canyon is at the top of Bonnevillle Blvd at the curve before the road turns back to the south. Bonneville Blvd is one-way, so you won’t be leaving this same way.

October Utah Women and Leadership Announcements

  • 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). 
    • These include Jenny Oaks Baker (Grammy Nominated Violinist), Shannon Hale (Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author), Brooke Walker (Host & Executive Producer of "Studio 5 with Brooke Walker" at KSL TV), Vanessa Quigley (Co-founder of Chatbooks.com), and Deidre Henderson (Utah State Senator). More details are on the event flyer, and you can RSVP ONLINE HERE. Allison Lew (founder of Women Who Build and Business Development Coordinator, Provo Mayor’s Office of Economic Development) and Dr. Susan Madsen will be facilitating that evening.

  • A new video series will be launched titled “5 Steps to Finish Your College Degree.” 
  • Utah Women’s Walk. You can see an amazing new women’s sculpture in the Ashton Gardens at Thanksgiving Point, and you can sit on benches nearby to hear the stories of 120 women in Utah (historical and present day). The purpose of the Walk is to recognize and show gratitude for the lives of notable women who have made significant contributions to life in the state of Utah over the past 150 years. Its goal is to educate the public about the remarkable lives of Utah women and to uplift, inspire, and motivate other women to reach their highest potential. You can also read stories, watch videos, and listen to recordings of many women throughout the state at www.Utahwomenswalk.org.
  • The UWLP and YWCA Utah have also released the Access to Healthcare Impact Recommendations from a recent gathering of healthcare experts. It highlights the current resources/strengths, gaps/challenges, and also recommendations for potential interventions that may move things forward in Utah on this issue. 
  • Here are the links to videos of the sessions from the September 14th community event. 
  • Action Utah and Real Women Run are hosting an evening of community and conversation on Wednesday, October 187:00-8:30pm in the Thanksgiving Point area. It will focus on “How Our Political System Works and How to Engage It.” Also, don’t miss the Real Women Run Fall Social on November 14th (5:30-7:30pm) with details here.
  • Utah Wonder Women is partnering to bring SUREFIRE to Salt Lake. SUREFIRE is an innovative event that brings together the resources of a local community for one special day - to offer skills, interactive workshops and learning activities for teenage girls.
    • This is for teen girls ages 15-18 from various high schools and backgrounds (parents & caregivers track also available). It provides innovative and hands-on learning workshops taught by industry leaders and influential women in the community. It will be held November 11, 2017 at the University of Utah. Teenage girls can register for the event online. The hosts are looking for a diverse group of attendees and hope you will distribute this to young women in different parts of the city and state.

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 http://www.women-who-build.com/
  • 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 (Amber.Thackeray@uvu.edu). In addition, if you are interested in volunteering at events or in other ways, contact Deirdre Miller (DeirdreM@uvu.edu). Also, contact Deirdre if you want to add your event to the Utah event calendar: http://www.uvu.edu/uwlp/events/ .
  • 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.