Every March the United States celebrates Women’s History Month – an annual month declared worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. This year the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.
Throughout the month of March, the Salt Lake Chamber is highlighting women who are making a difference in Utah business and the local community.
2018 Women’s History Month Features
This page will be updated throughout the month of March with Women’s History Month Features. Check back for updates.
General Manager, Boeing Salt Lake
Laura Bogusch was named general manager of Boeing Salt Lake in May 2017. Boeing Salt Lake is a part of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ Fabrication organization, employing more than 720 employees and spanning over 1.2M square feet of manufacturing floor space across three facilities in Salt Lake County, Utah. The team’s manufacturing capabilities include fabrication, assembly and integration of metal and composite airplane components for all commercial airplane models. Bogusch also represents Boeing to local government and community agencies and has oversight responsibilities for maintaining Boeing Fabrication’s partnership with Mubadala Development Company in the United Arab Emirates.
Bogusch earned a Bachelor and Masters of Science degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois, and is a graduate of the Leaders for Manufacturing program at MIT.
In addition to her passions for airplanes, composite structures, operations, math, and Boeing, Laura enjoys photography, traveling, yoga, and adventures with her friends and family.
President & CEO, Banyan
Carine Clark is a three-time president and CEO of high-growth tech companies, specializing in helping companies scale from $10 million to $100 million or more. Her reputation as a data-driven marketing executive at Novell, Altiris and Symantec opened doors to lead Allegiance, MartizCX and Banyan as president and CEO. She attributes her success to building an abundant team of teams culture, demonstrating that companies accelerate their growth when they multiply their people.
As a cancer survivor, Clark channels her deep appreciation for life and relationships into advocating that tech professionals pay it forward by mentoring young people. In addition, Clark serves on the executive boards of GOED (The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development) and Silicon Slopes, a non-profit helping Utah’s tech community thrive. She has received numerous awards including the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Utah Region and Utah Business Magazine’s CEO of the Year. Clark earned a bachelor?s degree in organizational communications and an MBA from Brigham Young University and enjoys traveling, exploring and doing hard things with her family.
Director of Institutional Messaging, Communication Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ally Isom is the Director of Institutional Messaging, Communication Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a global faith with more than 16 million members. Her portfolio includes enterprise identity strategy and messaging for diverse administrative, humanitarian and ministerial organizations. She has also been an LDS Church spokesperson.
Ally is a community leader and expert where policy, communication, and public engagement intersect. She previously served as Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Communications Director and spokesperson, following several years in state agency administration and extensive experience as a political and campaign consultant. With an inclusive and affirming leadership style, Ally is uniquely skilled at fostering gender intelligent teams and building capacity in future leaders.
Mayor Michelle Kaufusi
Born in 1966 in Provo, Utah, Michelle Kaufusi has grown up following her mother’s life example. She works hard, listens to others, believes in getting things done and champions the value of education. The sixth of seven children raised by a single mother — who worked graveyard shifts as a nurse to provide for her family — and the Provo “village” of neighbors, family and friends, Kaufusi relied on the things she’s learned from her mother and from being a mother herself to guide her path and her decisions.
Kaufusi is a lifelong Provo resident who was a student at Wasatch Elementary, Dixon Middle School, and Provo High School before she graduated and went to Brigham Young University on an academic scholarship. She intended to major in elementary education and psychology. She ended up with a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Studies and local government because she realized she wanted the service opportunities that could come with adjusting her choices.
Better Days 2020
Neylan is co-founder and CEO of Better Days 2020, which celebrates the 150th anniversary of women first voting in Utah (the first women to vote in the modern nation) and the centennial of the 19th Amendment. Neylan hails originally from the East Coast where she was raised in New York City and attended Yale University. A move west resulted in a career as a digital marketer at the largest (Walmart.com) and smallest (Tea Collection) retailers in Silicon Valley. Neylan’s past positions also include CMO for Brain Chase Productions, an educational technology startup, and brand strategist for Bonneville Communications, an LDS Church-owned advertising agency responsible for Mormon.org and the I’m A Mormon campaign.
Neylan has been an important voice in Mormon and Utah women’s advocacy for nearly a decade. Neylan is the founder of the Mormon Women Project, a non-profit dedicated to mobilizing Mormon women by telling their stories and exploring opportunities for increasing their voice within the church institution. Neylan’s book Women at Church, which explores possibilities for increased female participation in LDS administration, has been called “a monumental piece of work,” “pivotal,” and “a remarkable resource that belongs in every Latter-day Saint home.” Her work has been anthologized in The Essential Writings of Mormon Feminism, and several other compilations. She is the mother of three daughters and lives in Salt Lake City.
Tara Thue is AT&T’s director for external affairs, covering Idaho, Montana and Utah.
Prior to this role, she served in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), where she led the State’s broadband initiative and advised the Governor on communications-related policies. Ms. Thue led Utah’s broadband office, from the ground up, developing a comprehensive broadband availability map and addressing issues related to broadband adoption and deployment under the Utah Broadband Project. Before coming to GOED, Ms. Thue worked on federal technology and communications public policy matters at Comcast Corporation in Washington, DC.
Thue earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. She operates from AT&T’s Salt Lake City office.
Young Living Essential Oils
Lauren came to Young Living with more than 25 years of experience in project management, manufacturing, and supply chain. She has worked for a number of high-profile international companies in the consumer packaged goods industry, where she pioneered innovative supply and production strategies in roles from engineer to Chief Supply Officer.
Lauren brings with her an exceptional level of experience and passion to her new position, in which she will oversee our entire global supply chain and ensure that it runs smoothly from start to finish. Her impressive work in globally aligned systems will help Young Living implement operations across all markets, with the goal of ensuring a constant supply of high quality products for our members.
In addition to her extensive experience, Lauren serves on several boards of directors, has been a keynote speaker for the American Manufacturing Strategies Summit and Front End Innovations Conference, is a Lean Six Sigma Project Champion, and is Green Belt certified. Lauren holds a degree in engineering from Union College in New York.
Dr. Ruth Watkins
University of Utah President Elect
Dr. Ruth V. Watkins has served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Utah since August 2013. Dr. Watkins provides leadership for the university’s academic mission, guiding the campus on matters related to faculty, staff and students. She works closely with President David W. Pershing and others to set the university’s strategic direction and align the U’s resources with its academic priorities. As senior vice president, she has been an advocate for advancing the success and impact of the U as a top-tier research university, including enhancing student success through degree completion and expanding research and creative activity.
Dr. Watkins came to Utah from the University of Illinois, where she spent 20 years in leadership and faculty roles, including associate provost for undergraduate education, vice provost and chief of staff, and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Recent Blog Posts
This Women's History Month we're sitting down with female leaders from around the state to talk about their path to success, what inspires them and how others could follow in their footsteps. In this episode of Building Utah we sit down with Tara Thue, director of external affairs for Idaho, [...]