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Utah Wonder Women Summit

Friday, November 10th
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
University of Utah, Officers Club

Since starting UWW three years ago, we have held numerous events to bring together inspiring women to connect with each other and impact the next generation of leaders. This summit will be the largest event in our history, providing a unique opportunity to assemble today’s accomplished women and tomorrow’s ambitious leaders for a day of discussion, learning and inspiration.

Programming will cover key topics that matter to the UWW community, including the future of work and raising visibility of female leadership in Utah.

Featured Speakers

9:00am - 10:00am  Registration and breakfast

10:00am – 10:10am  UWW Board welcome and introduction of the day

Jennifer Danielson, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Advocacy at Cambia Health Solutions
Geralyn Dreyfous, Founder & Board Chair of the Utah Film Center
David Parkinson, Co-Founder & CEO of Method Communications
Jacki Zehner, President of Women Moving Millions

10:10am - 10:15am  Zions Bank Welcome

Heidi Prokop - Senior Vice President, Zions Bank

10:15am - 11:00am  Leadership in Practice

Rosie Rios - Former U.S. Treasurer & Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Who better to talk about leadership than the woman who's been there and has risen to the top? From leading the efforts to Treasury’s annual Women in Finance Symposiums to its first-ever Nursing Lounge to the redesign of the nation’s currency to place a woman on the front for the first time in our nation’s history, hear how she successfully challenged and influenced her colleagues and eventually the nation.

11:00am – 11:45am  Inequality in Media

Dr. Stacy Smith - Founder and director of the Media, Diversity, and Social Change Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC

Less than one-third of speaking characters in film are female—a figure that has not changed in close to a decade. As the leading expert on inequality in media, Dr. Stacy Smith explores the inclusion crisis facing girls and women in film both in front of and behind the camera. With evidence from multiple studies, Dr. Smith convincingly demonstrates how movies perpetuate a picture of the world that lacks a female focus. Dr. Smith also presents practical, innovative solutions that can create gender parity in an industry that for years has created a reality in which straight, white, male characters are the norm.

 11:45am – 12:30pm  Lunch

 12:30pm – 12:35pm  Cathrin Stickney, MHA - Founder & CEO, Parity.org

 12:35pm – 1:05pm  Our Brains on Race and Gender

Alexis McGill Johnson - Executive Director and Co-Founder, Perception Institute

Recent Research in social psychology and neuroscience has made huge strides in understanding how automatic processes in the brain shape our perceptions, our actions, and our decision-making.  Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director, Perception Institute will take us deep into the concepts around bias, give us insight into how we can override our biases and disrupt commonly held assumptions about race and gender that limit us.

 1:10pm – 1:55pm  The Future of Work Panel

Today’s workplace looks very different from days of old, from open floorplans to working from home. We skype, we facetime, and we outsource.  But the people and technology in these offices look different too – more women, more ethnicities, more millennials, robots, automation and artificial intelligence  - more diversity all around.  What is the future of work when we are not only changing our physical environment, but the people, tech and voices in them?

- Heather Zynczak, CMO at Pluralsight
- Cathy Donahoe, VP of Human Resources at Domo
- Misty Frost, SVP Marketing at Instructure
- Moderator: Sarah Burney, JP Morgan

1:55pm – 2:10pm  Short break

2:15pm – 2:45pm  Let’s talk about Bias

Robin Hauser - Director and Producer, Finish Line Features, LLC

To be human is to be biased.  With clips from an upcoming documentary film entitled BIAS, we will explore unconscious bias and how it affects the way we hire, promote and fund.   Bias explores the brain science behind implicit bias and how “following our gut” can impede diversity and stymie creativity.  

2:45pm – 3:30pm  Developing Talent, Developing a Team Panel

Building a good team is critical to any company’s success. But if we cannot recognize our own biases, we may end up crafting a team that is a representation of our unconscious perspectives.  How do we ensure we don’t get in our own way? What are the tools needed to hire the best team, then develop and hone their strengths both individually and collectively? Hear from a panel of Utah’s best leaders on strategies and practices around recruiting, retention and promotion who have tackled the talent challenge. 

- Robin Hauser, Director and Producer at Finish Line Features, LLC
Jennifer Danielson, Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategic Advocacy at Cambia Health Solutions
- Leslie Snavely, SVP of Marketing and Business Development at CHG Healthcare Services
- Crystal Maggelet, CEO and President of FJ Management Inc.
- Moderator: Geralyn Dreyfous, Founder & Board Chair of the Utah Film Center

3:30pm – 3:45pm  Short break

3:45pm – 4:30pm  What the world needs now.  Transformative Leadership.

Pat Mitchell - Media Executive, Producer, and Curator

The conversation around women’s leadership had been centered on numbers. More women leaders. While that is movement in the right direction what will truly accelerate positive change will be women leaders who commit be the values of transformative leadership. Fresh from a global gathering of 29 women leaders at Rockefeller’s Bellagio Conference Center in Italy, M. Mitchell will share both the values and the call to action.

4:30pm – 4:55pm  SUREFIRE Girls Discussion

4:55pm – 5:10pm  Closing 

5:15pm – 6:15pm  Cocktail Hour in the Douglas Ballroom


SUREFIRE Utah

Saturday, November 11th
8:15 am - 5:00 p.m.
University of Utah, Guest House

Along with our one-day summit, we are proud to partner with SUREFIRE, a unique conference for girls, by girls (ages 15-18). Teen girl ambassadors pick the topics for the event workshops and are matched to experts and organizations.  We will be creating a local, lasting ecosystem of connections and resources for girls. Combining SUREFIRE with UWW represents an unprecedented intergenerational investment in female leadership, aligning with our mission to support and champion each other--and the next generation.


Thanks to our generous sponsors