ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon is hosted by the Salt Lake Chamber.

This event features inspirational speakers, valuable business insights and networking opportunities, as well as recognizes the accomplishments of those helping to make a difference in our community.

The ATHENA International Award is a prestigious national award presented to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrate creativity and initiative in business and provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.

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

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ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD

Linda Wardell, City Creek Center

Linda Wardell is the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 30 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, she oversees retail operations for the landmark shopping and dining destination in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Linda is involved in the community including being chair of the Salt Lake Chamber and serving on the current Board for the Downtown Alliance, Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Institute, Zions Bank Advisory Board and the Business Advisory Board for Westminster College.

PATHFINDERS

Theresa Foxley,
EDCUtah

Mikelle Moore,
Intermountain Healthcare

Christy Tribe,
JA of Utah

Melanie Vartabedian,
Ballard Spahr, LLP

Jennifer Williams,
Dental Select

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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STRONGER THAN YOU THINK
Nancy Kerrigan, Two-Time Olympic Medalist and U.S. National Champion

We face many hurdles as we go through life. Some are personal. Some are professional. Through it all we have choices. Some of the challenges can be intimidating and sometimes we have setbacks. The key is facing them head on and bouncing back with new insight and perspective. You will find out that you are stronger and more resilient than you think

About our Speaker

Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over 20 years.

Kerrigan’s rise to competing at a national level began when she placed 3rd at the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, allowing her to qualify for the 1991 World Championships where she won the bronze medal as part of an American sweep.

In 1992, she earned a bronze medal in the Albertville Winter Olympics and the silver medal at the 1992 World Championships.  In 1993 Kerrigan became the United States Ladies Champion and followed that up with her historic silver medal performance at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics.

Along the way, Kerrigan became known for her groundbreaking fashion on the ice teaming up with Vera Wang and others to create some of the most memorable skating outfits in the history of the sport.

In addition to her work on the ice, the two time Olympic medalist has regularly appeared on television and movies as an actor (Boy Meets World, Blades of Glory, Saturday Night Live, Skating with Celebrities, Fresh Off the Boat) or commentator (Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Lifetime Network, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, Inside Edition), and is well known for being instrumental in the creation of Halloween on Ice and other shows.

Nancy has been a product endorser (Revlon, Reebok, Seiko, Campbell’s Soup, Old Navy, Comcast Spotlight, Revise Energy), author (Artistry on Ice) and motivational speaker and advocate for issues related to infertility.

The Nancy Kerrigan Foundation has raised significant funds for the vision impaired in honor of her legally blind mother and she has been recognized for her excellence on and off the ice (US Figure Skating Hall of Fame, Mother’s Day Foundation Mother of the Year, New England Sports Hall of Fame, Fight for Sight Lifetime Achievement).

More recently, Kerrigan has focused on her family (three children age 10, 13 and 21), choreography (Halloween on Ice, SkateNiagara, Bryant Park Holiday Show) while also appearing on Dancing With the Stars in Season 24. Nancy is currently executive producing the upcoming documentary “Why Don’t You Lose 5 lbs” which will examine the silent epidemic of eating disorders in sports and is on the Advisory Board for the upcoming Aurora Games which will be a platform for women in sports and entertainment.

BUILDING A NATIONAL BRAND FROM SCRATCH
Julie Castle, Best Friends Animal Society

Learn how continuity of messaging, strategic use of media and ensuring the integrity of the brand powered a local, Southern Utah nonprofit to national prominence and the leadership of a movement.

Julie Castle was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. After graduating from Southern Utah University, she was headed to the University of Virginia School of Law when she encountered Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on a chance visit that changed her life. She changed plans, becoming employee #17 and eventually rising to the position of CEO of a 100MM organization. Castle is the acknowledged leader of the national no-kill movement.

THE LEADER’S MINDSET
Kristen Cox, Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget

Aim high, believe, commit and be willing to face uncertainty along with all of the obstacles that may make it difficult to achieve what you want to achieve. Kris Cox will share her personal and professional experiences along her life’s journey to reaching what some may have considered her unattainable goals.

GOMB’s mission is to create more value for every tax dollar invested. In 2017 and under Kris Cox’s leadership, Utah improved government performance by more than 27 percent, exceeding the 25 percent goal set by Governor Herbert. The work to improve is never over and Utah’s state agencies have been charged to improve performance by another 25 percent.

FIND YOUR VOICE AND TAKE UP SPACE
Representative Sandra Hollins, (D) District 23

Representative Sandra Hollins will share her experiences of finding her voice and making an impact as Utah’s first female African American legislator. She will discuss how being a woman, a person of color, or an introvert can be strengths, not barriers to getting things done.

Representative Sandra Hollins is a licensed clinical social worker focused on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for people experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been a Salt Lake City resident for 28 years.

DATA FOR GOOD
Nikki Walker, DOMO

Harnessing data to make a difference isn’t a new concept, but how many of us use it to effectively shape the world around us? Analytical, data-based decisions don’t have to exist sans intuition. This presentation will help bridge the gap between intuitive thought and analytical rationale so that data can work not only for the good of the company, but also for the good of your purpose.

Nikki Walker hails from the New York metro area where she cultivated a dynamic career in public relations and corporate communications. For more than two decades, she has developed and led transformative consumer-facing campaigns across brand categories. In her current role with Domo, she works with a team of professionals to elevate and amplify Domo’s brand through creating and driving PR programs and initiatives that focus on Diversity and Inclusion, workplace equity and belonging, community engagement and Domo for Good.

MASTERING THE TOOLS TO CLOSE THE GENDER WAGE GAP
Linda Wardell, City Creek Center – The Taubman Company

The gender pay gap has existed since women entered the workforce. This gap is a result of a unique set of cultural norms and business practices and policies. Any step we, as a state or business community, take will help to improve this standing which would have positive effects for Utah’s economy. Linda Wardell will identify what actions you can take to close the gender wage gap, and what policies to adopt to create a more fair and equitable pay environment.

Linda Wardell is the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 30 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, Wardell oversees retail operations for the landmark shopping and dining destination in the heart of Salt Lake City.

BUILDING A NATIONAL BRAND FROM SCRATCH
Julie Castle, Best Friends Animal Society

Learn how continuity of messaging, strategic use of media and ensuring the integrity of the brand powered a local, Southern Utah nonprofit to national prominence and the leadership of a movement.

Julie Castle was born and raised in Bountiful, Utah. After graduating from Southern Utah University, she was headed to the University of Virginia School of Law when she encountered Best Friends Animal Sanctuary on a chance visit that changed her life. She changed plans, becoming employee #17 and eventually rising to the position of CEO of a 100MM organization. Castle is the acknowledged leader of the national no-kill movement.

THE LEADER’S MINDSET
Kristen Cox, Utah Governor’s Office of Management and Budget

Aim high, believe, commit and be willing to face uncertainty along with all of the obstacles that may make it difficult to achieve what you want to achieve. Kris Cox will share her personal and professional experiences along her life’s journey to reaching what some may have considered her unattainable goals.

GOMB’s mission is to create more value for every tax dollar invested. In 2017 and under Kris Cox’s leadership, Utah improved government performance by more than 27 percent, exceeding the 25 percent goal set by Governor Herbert. The work to improve is never over and Utah’s state agencies have been charged to improve performance by another 25 percent.

FIND YOUR VOICE AND TAKE UP SPACE
Representative Sandra Hollins, (D) District 23

Representative Sandra Hollins will share her experiences of finding her voice and making an impact as Utah’s first female African American legislator. She will discuss how being a woman, a person of color, or an introvert can be strengths, not barriers to getting things done.

Representative Sandra Hollins is a licensed clinical social worker focused on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for people experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City. She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been a Salt Lake City resident for 28 years.

DATA FOR GOOD
Nikki Walker, DOMO

Harnessing data to make a difference isn’t a new concept, but how many of us use it to effectively shape the world around us? Analytical, data-based decisions don’t have to exist sans intuition. This presentation will help bridge the gap between intuitive thought and analytical rationale so that data can work not only for the good of the company, but also for the good of your purpose.

Nikki Walker hails from the New York metro area where she cultivated a dynamic career in public relations and corporate communications. For more than two decades, she has developed and led transformative consumer-facing campaigns across brand categories. In her current role with Domo, she works with a team of professionals to elevate and amplify Domo’s brand through creating and driving PR programs and initiatives that focus on Diversity and Inclusion, workplace equity and belonging, community engagement and Domo for Good.

MASTERING THE TOOLS TO CLOSE THE GENDER WAGE GAP
Linda Wardell, City Creek Center – The Taubman Company

The gender pay gap has existed since women entered the workforce. This gap is a result of a unique set of cultural norms and business practices and policies. Any step we, as a state or business community, take will help to improve this standing which would have positive effects for Utah’s economy. Linda Wardell will identify what actions you can take to close the gender wage gap, and what policies to adopt to create a more fair and equitable pay environment.

Linda Wardell is the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 30 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, Wardell oversees retail operations for the landmark shopping and dining destination in the heart of Salt Lake City.

Lunch served. 

STANDING UP FOR CIVILITY, RESPECT AND INCLUSION: IT TAKES THE HEAD AND THE HEART
Gail Miller, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
Theresa Martinez, University of Utah

University of Utah Professor Theresa Martinez gets up close and personal with Utah’s Gail Miller, past Salt Lake Chamber ATHENA and owner and chairman of Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. They will discuss how Utahns can approach critical issues using civility as a lens to ensure we rise above the discord and deliver meaningful change.

GAIL MILLER
Gail Miller is the owner and chairman of the board of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. She and her late husband, Larry, grew their business into one of the largest privately-owned companies in the United States.

Beginning with the purchase of Toyota of Murray (Utah) in 1979, the Larry H. Miller Group is now comprised of more than 80 businesses and properties operating in 46 states and employing more than 10,000 people.

She and Larry created a strong legacy of giving back to the communities in which they do business. They founded Larry H. Miller Charities, a nonprofit organization focused on health and education programs that support women and children’s issues. Miller also presides over the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, which supports religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational programs.

Miller has been recognized with many public honors including Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Weber State University. She is the recipient of the Salt Lake Chamber’s highest award “A Giant in Our City,” as well as the internationally-recognized ATHENA Award.

THERESA MARTINEZ
Theresa Martinez completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of New Mexico and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah. Professor Martinez has won several teaching awards including the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching— the highest teaching honor at the University of Utah. Professor Martinez currently serves on the board of the Salt Lake Legal Defenders and The Children’s Center as well as the Salt Lake Regional Advisory Board of Zions Bank. She has appeared in Time magazine, the Miami Herald, and the New York Times, as well as on National Public Radio and 20/20: News Magazine.

ATHENA AWARDS LUNCHEON PROGRAM

The Salt Lake Chamber’s annual Pathfinder Awards are given to a select number of community leaders who demonstrate a history of support for women and women’s issues, and who have worked to further the development and recognition of women.

2019 Pathfinders

  • Theresa Foxley, president & CEO, EDCUtah
  • Mikelle Moore, SVP, Chief Community Health Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Christy Tribe, president & CEO, Junior Achievement of Utah
  • Melanie Vartabedian, partner, Ballard Spahr
  • Jennifer Williams, Dental Select, Chief Brand Ambassador

The ATHENA Leadership Award was created to raise up one outstanding role model in our community each year and to put a familiar face and voice to the idea of leadership. After more than a quarter of a century of fierce advocacy on behalf of women leaders, ATHENA International celebrates a global reach as this message resonates around the world. By honoring exceptional leaders, others will be encouraged to excel.

2019 ATHENA Leadership Award

  • Linda Wardell, general manager, City Creek Center

BRAVE & BOLD ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS
Rebecca Dutson, The Children’s Center and Conference Chair
Marlise Fisher, Washington Federal and Conference Vice-Chair