Fall 2017 - UWW First Annual Women's Summit

UWW founders Jennifer Danielson, Geralyn Dreyfous and Jacki Zehner

UWW founders Jennifer Danielson, Geralyn Dreyfous and Jacki Zehner

As 2017 comes to an end, we wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for what turned out to be the most exciting year with Utah Wonder Women yet! This year we had the pleasure of hosting some wonderful speakers like women’s leadership expert Tiffany Dufu, celebrating what it means to be a Wonder Woman with a screening of the blockbuster film, and to top it all off, we hosted our first ever Utah Wonder Women Summit, our largest event to date.

The UWW Summit gave everyone a chance to come together with old friends, meet new people and dive deep into some of the most pressing issues facing our society today. With what seems like a never-ending stream of negative news, coming together to discuss solutions was a much-needed uplifting and motivational experience.

We heard Rosie Rios, former U.S. Treasurer & visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, talk about the historical representation of women in politics. We listened as Dr. Stacy Smith, founder and director of the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC, delved into inequality in media and solutions to work toward gender parity. And we learned from Alexis McGill Johnson, executive director and co-founder of the Perception Institute, about how to overcome our own biases.  

We also heard from many of our local female leaders including Heather Zynczak, CMO at Pluralsight; Cathy Donahoe, vice president of human resources at Domo; Leslie Snavely, SVP of marketing and business development at CHG Healthcare Services, and many more. These women discussed topics like the future of work and building teams without prejudice.

Panelists form left to right: Sarah Burney, Heather Zynczak, Misty Frost and Cathy Donahoe

Panelists form left to right: Sarah Burney, Heather Zynczak, Misty Frost and Cathy Donahoe

The event closed with an inspiring presentation by media executive Pat Mitchell, who discussed how female leaders can overcome their unconscious fear and truly commit to inciting real change, leaving everyone with a major call to action.

A truly incredible day was followed by the SUREFIRE Girls Conference, where we used the lessons we’ve learned and our experiences to help inspire the next generation of female leaders. With many of our members and attendees volunteering to be mentors, we look forward to helping many of these girls for years to come.

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As we look to the future, there is still much work to be done to ensure that not only women, but also people from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to be leaders. Utah Wonder Women will continue to help and support women in their journeys to lead.