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.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Get Into the River Activity: Puncturvine, Pancakes, and Prizes

On September 9, 2017 at 9AM, we will be participating in the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and annual Get Into The River celebration of the Jordan River.

This will be a friendly Puncturevine-pulling competition between other community councils and community partners along the river. Our location is from 1700 S River Park to California Ave. (Meet and park at 1551 S Riverside Dr (1140 W) , shown on the map below):

All ages are invited (yes, bring your family!) After the Puncturevine Power Pull, at 12PM, all volunteers are invited to meet at Jordan Park (1000 South 900 West) for Pancakes and Prizes. One lucky participant will win a roundtrip AIRLINE TICKET from Delta Airlines! Sign up for the Utah Women of Water team here.

Please remember to wear closed toe shoes (no flip flops) and bring a pair of gloves, refillable water bottle and hat/sunscreen, if needed.  A crew member from the Jordan River Commission will be there to provide everything else.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Utah Women's Giving Circle Speaker Review

Utah Women of Water would like to give a big thank you to our speakers that were part of our Utah Women's Giving Circle sponsored series: Kyl Myers, Susan Marks, and Amy Gleason!

If you would like to view Amy's presentation, she has graciously shared it with us here.

We purchased 10 copies of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.  These copies will be given to the first 10 people that send a brief write-up (a few sentences is fine…it doesn’t need to be an essay) about the 3 speakers we had as part of the Utah Women’s Giving Circle grant.  The speakers were Kyl Myers on Unconscious Bias, Susan Marks on How to Get the Interview, and Amy Gleason on How to Get Negotiate.  We will use these write-ups in our communication back to the Utah Women’s Giving Circle about how their grant monies were used.  Feel free to remind those that attending any of the events about the opportunity for a free book! Please send your reviews to womenofwater{at}

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August Event

In August, we are thrilled to be hosting Part II of the Salary Negotiation Workshop Series. 

Who: UWOW members, colleagues, and friends
What: A luncheon and seminar by Amy Gleason, a University of Utah Career Coach. The seminar is titled "Negotiating Once You Get the Offer...Next Steps to Getting What You Want."

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Amy works in both Career Services and the Alumni Association, Amy feels fortunate to serve alumni of all ages and stages of career development. She has experience in a variety of settings: county social services, non-profit agencies, healthcare and education. She studied abroad in France and got her  TESOL training/certification in France. She has taught international students  in the English Language Institute and started an ESL business teaching English and career coaching students and professionals from all over the world.  Amy received her M.A. in Education Counseling from CSU San Bernardino and a B.A. in Social work, Minor in French from Purdue University.
Amy now coaches University of Utah Alumni professionals to gain the skills and confidence they need to find a new job after a forced transition, or to find their dream job in mid to late career stages. Amy’s message? It is NEVER too late to find the job that is your match - and regardless of your age or experience, you CAN do it! Change your job, change your life.
When: Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 12:00pm
Where: WesTech Engineering, 3665 S W Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84115

RSVP: Evite, or email us at 

Additional Details: This event is made possible by a grant from the Utah Women's Giving Circle. There will be no cost to attend, however an RSVP is necessary for planning and ordering food. Forms for membership renewal (2017-2018) will be available at the event - if you would like to renew before the event, please fill out this form.

We are also happy to share the presentation from Part I of the Salary Negotiation Series with Susan Marks.