Utah Wonder Women was founded by Jennifer Danielson, President of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, Geralyn Dreyfous, Chair of the Utah Film Center, Jacki Zehner, CoFounder of Women Moving Millions Inc., and David Parkinson, CEO of Method Communications.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
president, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
Jennifer is president of Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah. Throughout her career, she’s built broad and deep expertise within the health care segment, first with the U.S. Public Health Service, then with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Attorney General’s Office Health Division. As Utah Market President, Jennifer is responsible for strategy development and execution for the company’s operations in the state, which serve a customer base of nearly a half million people. In addition to guiding market performance of the pioneering health insurer, Jennifer also represents and promotes Regence in business and civic arenas throughout the state. She is a trustee of the University of Utah Hospital Foundation, and serves on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business National Advisory Board and the Cambia Health Foundation. Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a law degree from the University of Utah.
CoFounder, Women Moving Millions inc.
Jacki Zehner dedicates her time and resources towards the advancement of women and girls. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, Jacki funds a wide variety of projects and organizations, with a particular focus on women's rights, women's foundations, movement building, and media. She is also the cofounder of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a community of over 270 members who have collectively given over $1 billion to organizations and programs that focus on females. Prior to her philanthropic focus, Jacki was a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where she was the youngest woman and first female trader to make partner. Seeing investing as an expression of her values, she is an active angel investor focusing solely on female founded companies. Jacki serves on a number of boards and advisory committees, and is an active writer, speaker, and consultant on topics relating to women and wealth, philanthropy, and leadership. She has been recognized for her leadership with many awards, including being named to the 2015 and 2016 Economist’s Global Diversity List as a top 50 diversity figure in public life, being profiled for MAKERS, and has been named as one of the top 50 most powerful women in US philanthropy. Find her on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Chair, Utah Film Center
Geralyn has a wide background in the arts, long experience in consulting in the philanthropic sector and is active on many boards and initiatives. She worked at the Philanthropic Initiative in Boston, which guides families of wealth in strategic giving opportunities and also taught Documentary and Narrative Writing with Dr. Robert Coles at Harvard University. Geralyn is the co-founder of Impact Partners, the founder and board chair of the Utah Film Center and a charter member of the Utah Coalition for Film and Media. Geralyn's executive producing and producing credits include the Academy Award winning Born Into Brothels; Emmy nominated The Day My God Died; and multiple film festival winners such as Kick Like a Girl, In A Dream, Dhamma Brothers, Project Kashmir, Miss Representation, Connected and The Invisible War.
Under David's guidance, Method has quickly becomes the top technology public relations agency in North America and was recognized as such by The Holmes Report in 2016. He is involved in the strategic direction of a number of Method's key clients, including several of the agency's billion-dollar startups and publicly traded companies.
Prior to launching Method, David served for eight years as the vice president of communications for the billionaire Sorenson family and their 30-plus companies, where he orchestrated several successful public relations campaigns for new companies, product launches and company acquisitions. Before Sorenson, David worked in Silicon Valley and held positions at Keynote Systems, Adobe and Edelman Public Relations Worldwide.
David has received a number of awards for his leadership. He was named by Utah Business magazine as a "40 Under 40" in 2008 and "CEO of the Year" in 2015, and was recognized as a finalist in the 2015 EY Entrepreneur of the Year award program. David holds a bachelor's degree in political science.