SALT LAKE CITY, UT (October 10, 2018) – Today the Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-standing statewide business association, announced Courtney Brown, CEO and founder of Cents of Style, as the keynote speaker for the 2018 Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon taking place on November 16, 2018 at the Grand America Hotel.

Featured on and the TODAY Show, Courtney Brown is the CEO and founder of Cents of Style, a multi-million dollar fashion company based in Bluffdale, UT. The company was recently ranked the 18th fastest growing company in the state by Mountain West Capital. With a vision of empowering women to live bold and full lives, Brown started Cents of Style in spring 2007. Her company’s mission is to teach millions of women that when they look good, they feel good and then they have the power to do good. As a mother, wife and CEO, Courtney is living proof that women don’t have to choose between any of those titles to lead an empowered and full life.

“We believe a community’s future is determined by the quality of its public and private leadership, Courtney Brown is one of those leaders. As a local business owner her experience is vital. She will share insights on actionable decision making and how it helped to get her company to where it is today,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber.  “This event is definitely one of our most popular and impactful; it sells out every year.”

The Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon is attended by over 1,000 businesswomen from across the state. The conference provides attendees with inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and valuable business insights, as well as recognizes the accomplishments of those helping to make a difference in our community.

The conference will also feature four breakout sessions:

  • Marketing with Confidence: Navigating Today’s Fragmented Market Place with Judy Copier, iHeartMedia

  • Show Up & Shine! with Katie Holland, Illuminate

  • Moving from Limited to Limitless with Dr. Donna Milavetz, OnSite Care

  • My Personal Recipe of Success with Shauna Smith, Four Food Groups

The 2018 Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon takes place on November 16, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Grand America Hotel.

This year’s ‘Conference Sponsors’ are: Dominion Energy and WCF Insurance; ‘Luncheon Sponsor’ is: Wells Fargo; ‘Event Sponsor’ is: Larry H. Miller Group of Companies; ‘Breakout Session Sponsors’ are: American Express and JP Morgan Chase; and ‘Supporting Sponsors’ are: Ancestry, BW Productions, CBRE, CenturyLink, doTERRA, Fidelity Investments, Intermountain Healthcare, O.C. Tanner, Real Salt Lake Foundation, Inc., Rio Tinto Kennecott, Rocky Mountain Power, and The Enterprise Business Journal.

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The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents the broad interests of the state’s 63,000-plus employers, which employ more than 1.4 million Utahns. This includes thousands of Chamber members and their employees. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champion’s community prosperity.


The ATHENA Leadership Award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, 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.

Established in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan, the ATHENA Award ®Program is now administered from its Chicago, Illinois headquarters and boasts over 300 active communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. More than 5,000 individuals representing a wide variety of professions and businesses have received the ATHENA Award. Presented by local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors the award practically demonstrates the quote from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient.