2016 Women & Business Conference

The Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Center’s American Express Women & Business Conference and Wells Fargo ATHENA Awards Luncheon is the primary fundraiser for the Women’s Business Center.  A full day of informative breakout sessions and inspirational speakers that recognize the accomplishments of those helping make a difference here in our local community.

During the Conference, the Salt Lake Chamber hosts the ATHENA Awards Luncheon.  The ATHENA Leadership Award® is presented annually by chambers of commerce, women’s organizations and universities. The award is established through local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA International’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors.

Since the inception of the ATHENA Leadership Award® in 1982, more than 6,700 exemplary leaders in over 500 communities have received the prestigious ATHENA Award in the United States, Bermuda, Canada, China, Greece, India, Russia, Unite Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

Although the ATHENA International Award was created nationally in 1982, the Salt Lake Chamber’s presented its first ATHENA Award in 1984 to Phyllis Steorts.  Since that time, may prominent community leaders have received the award.  The ATHENA Leadership Award® Recipients are individuals who:

  • Have achieved the highest level of professional excellence.
  • Contribute time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
  • Actively assist others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, four other women will receive the Pathfinder Award. The Pathfinder Award is given to community leaders who “create new paths” and promote the development and recognition of women in business.

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2016 ATHENA: Lori Chillingworth, Chief Credit Administrator, Zions Bancorporation

Lori was appointed Chief Credit Administrator of Small Business for Zions Bancorporation in April 2016. While her primary responsibilities are credit risk management for small business, she is also overseeing project management for process improvement of small business loans throughout the enterprise.

Prior to this position Chillingworth served as Executive Vice President of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division. Chillingworth has been a small business advocate her entire career. In 1997, Chillingworth was hired at Zions Bank to be the founding manager of the Zions Bank Women’s Financial Group.

Under her leadership, Zions Bank’s Women’s Financial Group was honored to receive the 1998 Advisory Council Award from the SBA for its contributions to women business owners and the agency’s 2001 Women in Business Advocate of the Year Award.

Known throughout the industry for her experience in the small business, Chillingworth was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Government from 2007-2013, and has participated in roundtables hosted by the SBA Administrator and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner in 2011 and 2010, respectively.

An active community volunteer, she is the past chair of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She previously served as a board member and chair for the Salt Lake Community College Foundation, Family Counseling Center, Pete Suazo Business Center, and as a member of the Junior League of Salt Lake’s community advisory council.

Chillingworth launched the Women’s Leadership Institute in January 2015. The Women’s Leadership Institute elevates the stature of women’ leadership by improving society’s understanding of the value of diversity in leadership roles, training women in leadership skills, and conveying the positive impact women leaders have on economic development, vitality, and the overall health of business and politics. In October of 2015, Chillingworth received the “Community Impact” award by U.S. Banker Magazine.

Chillingworth has been recognized five times in U.S. Banker magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking” issue, ranking among its “25 Women to Watch” list. Chillingworth was also honored as a member of Zions’ “Top Team” of women senior leaders six times.

Chillingworth is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, American Institute of Banking and the Northwestern Bank Leadership Program. As a recipient of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation 2014-2015 Fellows Program scholarship, she attended the Harvard Business School and INSEAD, Business School for the World, in Paris for advanced studies in global leadership.

Pathfinder Honorees:

Maura Carabello
Maura CarabelloPresident, The Exoro Group
Dr. Ivy Estabrooke
Dr. Ivy EstabrookePresident, USTAR
Laura Kaiser
Laura KaiserExecutive Vice President and COO, Intermountain Healthcare
Kathy Luke
Kathy LukeVice President of Center for Community Development, American Express



Breakout Session Sponsor – (6 available): $5,000

  • Ten tickets to the conference and luncheon
  • Mention in press releases and PSAs
  • Keynote sponsorship identification in all promotions, direct mail and Chamber website
  • Priority seating during the Athena Award Luncheon
  • Sponsor recognition in program with Track description
  • Three minute welcome in track room and speaker introduction
  • Easel with sponsor logo at track room entrance

Supporting Sponsor: $2,500

  • Ten tickets to the conference and luncheon
  • Mention in press releases and PSAs
  • Sponsorship identification in all promotions, direct mail and Chamber website
  • Priority seating during the Athena Award Luncheon
  • Easel with sponsor identification at exhibit hall entrances

Luncheon Table Sponsor: $1,500

  • Ten tickets to the conference and luncheons
  • Priority seating behind event sponsors
  • Corporate display sign recognition at every table

Exhibitor Table: $350** 

  • Two tickets to the conference and luncheons
  • Listing on exhibitor hall easels
  • Skirted six foot table, two chairs
    Please be set up by 7:30 a.m.  Take down NO EARLIER than 1:45 p.m.

Individual Luncheon Tickets: $75

  • Complimentary ticket to the conference
  • Continental breakfast
  • Assigned seating during the ATHENA Award Luncheon

Individual Conference Only Tickets: $0 – FREE
(suggested donation: $30)

  • Ticket to the conference
    • Opening and Closing Session
    • Morning Breakout session
    • Afternoon Breakout session
  • Continental breakfast

*PLEASE NOTE:  Lunch not included.

**Currently only available to Salt Lake Chamber members or Women’s Business Center Clients

For additional sponsorship information please contact:
Jackie Sexton  (801) 328-5053 | email jsexton@slchamber.com


The Women’s Business Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization within the Salt Lake Chamber and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Your contributions less any goods or services provided are tax deductible, as permitted by law.