Every March the United States celebrates Women’s History Month (WHM) – 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. View our Challenge Calendar below for ways your business can get involved and take part in celebrating Women’s History Month.
2023 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.
Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity to Governor Cox; Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
Ms. Nubia Peña is the Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity to Governor Cox and the Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs where their mission is to promote an inclusive climate for Utah’s growing diverse community through training, outreach and youth leadership development.
Ms. Peña received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. During that year, she was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. She was also selected as the recipient of the National Juvenile Justice Network 2019 Emerging Leader Award due to her longstanding commitment to youth rights, empowerment, and leadership development. Ms. Peña was named in Utah Business Magazine’s 2020 40 Under 40 award recipients, recognized among the 2020 Heroes for Utah Philanthropy Day, selected as Sundance Film Festival 2021 Women’s Leadership Celebration honorees and awarded the Utah Business Magazine’s Living Color recognition for service in driving equity and inclusion in the state. In 2022, she was named the recipient of the Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA) Jimi Mitsunaga Excellence in the Law Award for significantly contributing to and promoting the provision of legal services to underserved communities, excelling in the practice of law, and contributing to UMBA’s mission of inclusive social impact. Most recently, Ms. Peña was selected as a 2023 Presidential Leaders Scholars, a national development experience that hones leadership capabilities through interactions with former U.S. presidents, key administration officials, world-renowned academics, and business and civic leaders.
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Co-Founder and Partner of INDUSTRY
Ellen Winkler is a cultivator of possibility. As the Co-Founder and Partner of INDUSTRY, she is one of the most influential urban planners in America. Ellen heads up all design on each INDUSTRY property (with four nationwide and counting), offering a personalized approach to every venture that better understands local dynamics. Now she has entered the urban planning world and is leading the design of over 30 acres in downtown Salt Lake City.
As a community leader, her commitment to evolving people and places translates to an extensive resume of volunteering and nonprofit work, garnering her the 2019 Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado, the 2018 Downtown Denver Champion Award and the 2017 Urban Land Institute Impact Award.
SVP, Human Resources at Advantmed; Co-founder, Partner at RSG Performance
Monnica Manuel is a seasoned corporate leader with a strong background in sales and operations. As the Senior Vice President of Operations, she scaled sales operations to drive revenue from $300 million annually to more than $1 billion over three years, overseeing multiple departments.
Prior to her move into operations, Monnica served as the Head of Sales for the Professional Education Institute, where she successfully cultivated a large global client base. Monnica’s expertise in sales and operations has been honed over two decades of corporate leadership and coaching experience. She is also a trained mindfulness Coach through UCSD School of Medicine and Center for Mindfulness.
Monnica holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Economics from the University of Utah. With her deep knowledge of sales and operations and commitment to mindfulness, Monnica is passionate about developing the next generation of corporate leaders.
Week 1: March 1-5
- Learn more about the 2023 National Women’s History Month Theme: “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories”
- Attend the Utah Film Center’ Screening and Q&A of “BEBA,” directed by Rebeca Huntt on March 1
- Register for the WBC Utah and World Trade Center Utah International Women’s Day event on March 8 (free admission!)
- Read Susan Madsen, Founder and Director, Utah Women & Leadership Project and Inaugural Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership, Forbes piece, How Women Are Valued In The Workplace: Why What You Say Matters
Week 2: March 6-12
- Register for the Salt Lake Chamber’s Business Women’s Forum: How to Manifest Your Goals and Live the Life of Your Dreams
- Check out the Utah Women-Owned Business Directory
- Read Ann Marie Wallace and Derek Miller: Women-owned businesses are critical for Utah’s economic recovery
- Listen to A Conversation with 1987 ATHENA Pat Shoemaker-Glessner
Week 3: March 13-19
- Attend the Utah Film Center’s Screening and Q&A of “The Right to Read,” directed by Jenny Mackenzie on March 15
- Read Want to retain women? Be an ally
- Read 11 Bold Women Who Changed the World
- Attend the Utah Division of State History’s Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories event on March 18
Week 4: March 20-26
- Read Five Quick Tips to Support Local Women Running for Office
- Explore Salt Lake City’s suffrage sites on a self-guided tour
- Read The Importance of Supporting Women-Owned Businesses in Utah
- Read Community Conversations with Utah Women of Color
Week 5: March 27-31
- Take the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI)’s ElevateHER Challenge
- Read Women at Work in the Legal Field
- Read The Story of Utah Women’s Suffrage
- Shop at a women-owned business