ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

If this year has taught us anything, it is how we can all be resilient in the face of adversity. By working through challenges presented to us, we can come out stronger and with a renewed zest for life. Come join us and hear from inspirational speakers who understand this firsthand, learn valuable business insights to further your professional growth, foster relationships with other businesswomen in the community, and more.

During the luncheon, the Salt Lake Chamber will present the ATHENA International Award to an active member who demonstrates creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.

In addition to the ATHENA Award, the Chamber will also recognize community leaders with the Pathfinder Award for their work to “create new paths,” and promote the development and recognition of women in business.

ATHENA LEADERSHIP AWARD

“If Downtown Salt Lake City had a spokesperson, it would be Molly Mazzolini. Since moving here to support the 2002 Winter Olympics, Molly has championed our city and state like no one else, from advocating for our burgeoning nightlife and culture scene to assisting with the Downtown Alliance’s branding campaign. Molly firmly believes that businesses be involved within the community they reside, as such she has always given her time and support to lend a hand. For these reasons and so many more, we are pleased to present her with the ATHENA Leadership Award.”

Derek Miller, President & CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
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PATHFINDERS

Allyson Bell
Office of Sen. Mike Lee

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Silvia Castro
Suazo Business Center

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Darla Gill
Merit Medical Systems

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Beth Holbrook
Utah Transit Authority

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Abby Murtagh
Hilton Salt Lake City Center

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Heidi D. Ruster
American Red Cross Utah/Nevada Region

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AGENDA

7:30 – 8:00 AM
REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & EXHIBITOR DISPLAYS

8:00 – 9:15 AM
OPENING SESSION PANEL
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS ON INCLUSION & BELONGING
Panelists: Silvia Casto, Suazo Business Center; Tracey Dean, Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce; Emma Houston, University of Utah; Daela Taeoalli-Higgs, SelectHealth
Moderator: Sara Jones, InclusionPro

The opening session discussion is centered on “Courageous Conversations on Inclusion and Belonging.” This seasoned panel will share from their own expertise and experience about valuable leadership skills on this topic.

9:30 – 10:15 AM | 10:30 – 11:15 AM
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
UPSKILL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
Beth Colosimo, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

What have your career and life experiences taught you about upskilling as they relate to your core beliefs? Skills gaps can be found in the most unlikely places. Recognizing your talents and capitalizing on learning opportunities will set you up for what you define as success.

FINDING YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
Aimee Edwards, WGU; Ally Isom, ATTOSTAT

Leadership traits are skills that are developed through lifelong experiences and knowledge. Join us to discuss tools and resources business leaders Aimee Edwards and Ally Isom have developed and learned as they’ve accepted and been placed in various leadership roles throughout their lifetime.

WRITING YOUR OWN STORY
Amy Rees Anderson, REES Capital; Jane Ann Craig, Jane Ann Craig International; Peggy Larsen, WCF Insurance

What would the message of your book be? How do you want to be remembered? Each of us has a story to tell and the way we tell our story is different depending on who we are. Join us to hear from three local authors about their journey of self discovery.

SHOW UP YOUR BEST SELF: AT WORK & AT HOME
Julie Freed, Lagoon Amusement Park

Now, more than ever, your work-life and home-life are so intrinsically connected that it often leaves you feeling completely exhausted and depleted by the end of the day. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try you simply cannot pour from an empty cup. Now it’s time to refill your OWN cup so that you may better serve those around you. It starts with your mental, physical, and emotional HEALTH. Julie Freed will share the simple tools she has used in her holistic approach to wellness that has helped her show up the best version of herself, no matter the circumstance. Freed will teach you how to create healthy habits to improve your energy, creativity, focus, balance, and happiness. Give back to yourself and show up your BEST SELF!

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
LUNCH SERVED

12:00 – 1:30 PM
ATHENA AWARDS LUNCHEON PROGRAM
OUR METAMORPHOSIS: EMERGING FROM THE FOG
Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, EDA, Inc.

There is a saying by Chuang Tzu “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” For many, the events of 2020 and their impact on our businesses and our lives have felt, at least a little, like the world is ending. But there is more to come, better things, great things. If we only knew how to get out of the thick fog that we are in today, we might be able to get excited about the future.

Leadership Strategist and CEO of EDA, Bonnie Hagemann, is bringing a timely message of visionary leadership, inspiring stories, practical applications and hope for an exciting future that you will not want to miss.

ATHENA & PATHFINDER AWARD PRESENTATIONS

Pathfinders: Allyson Bell, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Mike Lee; Silvia Castro, Executive Director, Suazo Business Center; Darla Gill, Co-Founder and Ambassador, Merit Medical Systems; Beth Holbrook, Board of Trustees Member, Utah Transit Authority; Abby Murtagh, General Manager, Hilton Salt Lake City Center; Heidi D. Ruster, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Utah/Nevada Region

ATHENA: Molly Mazzolini, Partner and Director of Brand Integration, Infinite Scale

1:45 – 3:00 PM
CLOSING SESSION
RESILIENCE & RENEWAL ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS

You are invited to the Resilience & Renewal Roundtable Conversations led by Women & Business Conference Chair Marlise Fisher. This is your opportunity to network with fellow business and community leaders on a more personal level.

7:30 – 8:00 AM
NETWORKING & EXHIBITOR DISPLAYS

8:00 – 9:15 AM
OPENING SESSION PANEL (LIVE)
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS ON INCLUSION & BELONGING
Panelists: Silvia Castro, Suazo Business Center; Tracey Dean, Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce; Emma Houston, University of Utah; Daela Taeoalli-Higgs, SelectHealth
Moderator: Sara Jones, InclusionPro

The opening session discussion is centered on “Courageous Conversations on Inclusion and Belonging.” This seasoned panel will share from their own expertise and experience about valuable leadership skills on this topic.

9:20 – 9:55 AM
BREAKOUT SESSION ONE
UPSKILL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS
Beth Colosimo, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

What have your career and life experiences taught you about upskilling as they relate to your core beliefs? Skills gaps can be found in the most unlikely places. Recognizing your talents and capitalizing on learning opportunities will set you up for what you define as success.

10:00 – 10:35 AM
BREAKOUT SESSION TWO

FINDING YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL
Aimee Edwards, WGU; Ally Isom, ATTOSTAT

Leadership traits are skills that are developed through lifelong experiences and knowledge. Join us to discuss tools and resources business leaders Aimee Edwards and Ally Isom have developed and learned as they’ve accepted and been placed in various leadership roles throughout their lifetime.

10:40 – 11:15 AM
BREAKOUT SESSION THREE

WRITING YOUR OWN STORY
Amy Rees Anderson, REES Capital; Jane Ann Craig, Jane Ann Craig International; Peggy Larsen, WCF Insurance

What would the message of your book be? How do you want to be remembered? Each of us has a story to tell and the way we tell our story is different depending on who we are. Join us to hear from three local authors about their journey of self discovery.

11:20 – 11:55 AM
BREAKOUT SESSION FOUR

SHOW UP YOUR BEST SELF: AT WORK & AT HOME
Julie Freed, Lagoon Amusement Park

Now, more than ever, your work-life and home-life are so intrinsically connected that it often leaves you feeling completely exhausted and depleted by the end of the day. Unfortunately, no matter how hard you try you simply cannot pour from an empty cup. Now it’s time to refill your OWN cup so that you may better serve those around you. It starts with your mental, physical, and emotional HEALTH. Julie Freed will share the simple tools she has used in her holistic approach to wellness that has helped her show up the best version of herself, no matter the circumstance. Freed will teach you how to create healthy habits to improve your energy, creativity, focus, balance, and happiness. Give back to yourself and show up your BEST SELF!

11:55 AM – 12:00 PM
BREAK

12:00 – 1:30 PM
ATHENA AWARDS LUNCHEON PROGRAM (LIVE)
OUR METAMORPHOSIS: EMERGING FROM THE FOG
Bonnie Hagemann, CEO, EDA, Inc.

There is a saying by Chuang Tzu “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” For many, the events of 2020 and their impact on our businesses and our lives have felt, at least a little, like the world is ending. But there is more to come, better things, great things. If we only knew how to get out of the thick fog that we are in today, we might be able to get excited about the future.

Leadership Strategist and CEO of EDA, Bonnie Hagemann, is bringing a timely message of visionary leadership, inspiring stories, practical applications and hope for an exciting future that you will not want to miss.

ATHENA & PATHFINDER AWARD PRESENTATIONS

Pathfinders: Allyson Bell, Chief of Staff, Office of Senator Mike Lee; Silvia Castro, Executive Director, Suazo Business Center; Darla Gill, Co-Founder and Ambassador, Merit Medical Systems; Beth Holbrook, Board of Trustees Member, Utah Transit Authority; Abby Murtagh, General Manager, Hilton Salt Lake City Center; Heidi D. Ruster, Regional CEO, American Red Cross Utah/Nevada Region

ATHENA: Molly Mazzolini, Partner and Director of Brand Integration, Infinite Scale

1:45 – 3:00 PM
CLOSING SESSION (LIVE)
RESILIENCE & RENEWAL ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS

You are invited to the Resilience & Renewal Virtual Roundtable Conversations led by Women’s Business Center of Utah State Director Ann Marie Wallace. This is your opportunity to network with fellow business and community leaders on a more personal level.

SPEAKERS

Bonnie Hagemann
EDA, Inc.

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Amy Rees Anderson
REES Capital

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Silvia Castro
Suazo Business Center

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Beth Colosimo
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

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Jane Ann Craig
Jane Ann Craig International

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Tracey Dean
Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce

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Aimee Edwards
Western Governors University

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Julie Freed
Lagoon Amusement Park

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Emma Houston
University of Utah

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Ally Isom
ATTOSTAT

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Sara Jones
InclusionPro

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Peggy Larson
WCF Insurance

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Daela Taeoalli-Higgs
SelectHealth

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