About the Summit

The Utah’s Business Diversity Summit, part of the One Utah Summit Series, will engage business and community leaders in efforts to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces. The Summit will feature several significant keynote speakers, substantive breakout sessions, numerous networking opportunities, and insightful resources. Presentations are targeted toward businesses with well-developed Diversity and Inclusion programs, as well as those businesses without current efforts but who want to engage.

Join us to hear from diversity professionals and learn about ways to address diversity and inclusion in Utah businesses.

Utah’s Business Diversity Summit
Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Salt Palace Convention Center
100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Ticket Price: $120

AGENDA

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

Welcome & Morning Keynote
Grand Ballroom

The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion
Dr. Tony Byers

Boldly challenging the status quo and decades of diversity and inclusion practices, Dr. Tony Byers is transforming D&I from “the right thing to do” to the business imperative of our time. His presentations provide the perfect balance of “why now” and “how to” that will take your thinking on inclusion — and your organization — to the next level. Along the way, you’ll learn from the success stories of companies that have evolved beyond “doing diversity well” to leveraging inclusion as a powerful business advantage. These inclusive cultures are increasing employee creativity and productivity, developing new products and product categories, and far outpacing their peers in innovation, marketplace growth and business performance. Dr. Byers shows you how to build an inclusive culture through a breakthrough behavioral approach that overcomes biases and creates buy-in. You’ll also learn how to set in motion a multiplier effect of inclusion that more than doubles employee productivity while positively impacting every aspect of your organization.

Best Practices for Closing the Gender Wage Gap
Grand Ballroom

Utah has the second-largest gender pay gap in the nation, with men earning 30% more money than women. There are many reasons for pay disparities: lack of equal access to funding for female-owned businesses, corporate cultures that favor men, unequal hiring practices, Utah culture’s traditional family work structure, and lack of legislation protecting women from discrimination. This panel, led by the Women’s Leadership Institute, will dig in deeper on these issues and discuss opportunities for business leaders to overcome these disparities.

Panel:

  • Victor Ingalls, Senior Vice President & General Manager: Operations, LendingClub
  • Kerry Norman, SVP, People & Operations, CHG Healthcare
  • Nubia Peña, Senior Advisor – Equity and Opportunity to Governor Cox
  • Jeff Weber, EVP People and Places, Instructure, Inc.

Moderator:

  • Nicole Carpenter, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute

A Conversation with Governor Spencer J. Cox on Diversity & Inclusion in Utah
Grand Ballroom

Governor Spencer J. Cox and Salt Lake Chamber Diversity Co-Chair Shawn Newell of Industrial Supply Company will have conversation on diversity and inclusion in the state.

Breakout Session #1 – Education & Learning Worlds of Differences

Facilitating Compassionate Conversations in the Workplace Through a Mental Illness Lens
Breakout Room F

Many employers struggle to organically and sensitively incorporate issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the workplace, particularly when social justice-related stressors from the local community and world influence the life of employees. Join The Black Clinicians for a model compassionate conversation. By the end of the session, participants will have an awareness of their organization’s ability to facilitate conversations about cultural differences.

  • The Black Clinicians
    • Dr. Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD
    • Melanie Davis, MS, LCMHC, NBCC
    • Jameson Holman, LMFT;
    • J. Tekulvē Jackson-Vann, LMFT, CFLE
    • Dr. LaShawn Williams, LCSW, EdD

The Power of Place: Equity Through Utah’s Educational, Cultural and Environmental Resources
Breakout Room D

As leadership, equity, and wellness serve as the anchoring theme of Westminster’s sesquicentennial in 2025, this panel conversation will discuss the successes and challenges in embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion in the college’s operational infrastructure. As an institution of higher learning, this real-time reflection of productive growing pains will serve as a source of encouragement for other organizations at every stage of development in their diversity and inclusion programs.

  • Dr. Bethami Dobkin, president, Westminster College
  • Dr. Dax Jacobson, Dean, Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business, Westminster College
  • Jenessa Jimoh, Executive Director, Diversity Inclusion Values Action
  • Moderator: Dr. Tamara Stevenson, VP, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College

How Businesses Can Recruit and Develop More Young Diverse Employees and Talent
Breakout Room H

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Black cultural centers at predominately white institutions like the University of Utah offer thorough education and rich history, and promote a culture of diversity by recruiting and filling employment opportunities on campus. Learn how to recruit Black talent both out of state and instate, retain people of color longer, and grow workforce pipelines to students of color.

  • Meligha Garfield (he/him), Director, Black Cultural Center at the University of Utah

Authenticity and Inclusiveness in the Workplace: Embracing Unbiased Standards and Professionalism
Breakout Room B

Many organizations strive to create an environment where employees can bring their “whole self” to work. This means bringing all aspects of what makes the employee who they are to the workplace, including natural hairstyles and headdress historically associated with race, culture, and religion. Workplace biases and corporate grooming policies often unfairly impact people of certain races and/or ethnic identities. Among other things, we will explore the “CROWN Act” and related legislation aimed at combating bias standards of professionalism and prohibiting discrimination based on hairstyles/headdress, and provide a lens into DE’s efforts to be a more inclusive workplace.

  • Latoya C. Asia, Director, Talent Acquisition & Workforce Planning, Dominion Energy
  • Brandon J. Smith, Supervisor of Electric Distribution Design – Power Delivery, Dominion Energy Virginia
  • Maria Pia Tamburri, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Employee Engagement, Dominion Energy
  • Moderated by: Trina Limpert, CEO, Founder, RizeNext

Breakout Session #2 – Organization Diversity

Agility & Leadership of Diverse Teams in Challenging Times
Breakout Room F

COVID-19, social injustice, civil unrest and natural disasters are examples of unexpected events that affect a society and its citizens. In today’s workplace, a leader can and will encounter a number of events that can impact productivity and employees’ emotional and physical wellbeing. An effective leader will be agile in managing diverse teams during uncertain or stressful situations.

  • Earl Benson, Director, Mission Assurance, Propulsion Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Tamara Humphrey, Vice President, Aerospace Structures, Northrop Grumman
  • Jim Lupica, Site Director Mission Systems, Salt Lake City, Northrop Grumman
  • C. Katie Qian, Director, Air Force Programs, Space Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Moderator: Kerri Harris, Manager, Human Resources Business Partner, Northrop Grumman

A Framework for Change
Breakout Room H

This year, the San Francisco Fed launched its Framework for Change, a public commitment to taking action towards greater racial and ethnic equity in its organization and the communities it serves. In this session, Becky Potts will share the Fed’s macro research on the economic costs of inequities, as well as the successes and challenges of implementing this new Framework.

  • Becky Potts, Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Salt Lake City Branch

Leading DEI with a Unified Voice and Purpose
Breakout Room D

More executive leaders are rising to the challenge of integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into their core business strategy. Unity feels increasingly hard to achieve right now, but with alignment on mission and vision, leaders can achieve remarkable transformation. Sara Jones will share case studies on how executives are approaching and using transformative strategies to achieve a unified approach to DEI.

  • Sara Jones, President, InclusionPro

Unleashing the Potential of Women Employees: Shifting Organizational Cultures
Breakout Room B

To hire, retain, and promote women within our organizations today, all employees need to be able to thrive. This is not always the case, as many Utah women continue to report ongoing challenges including sexism, micro-inequities, lack of equal developmental opportunities, use of gendered language, invisible masculine cultures, and other types of barriers with their workplace environments. This breakout session will discuss some of the most common challenges for women and ways that organizations can shift their cultures to unleash the potential of women employees. Dr. Madsen will share tools, frameworks, and strategies that can help managers and leaders create cultures where women can better thrive.

  • Dr. Susan Madsen, Inaugural Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership & Director, Utah Women’s Leadership Project

Networking Lunch.

The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion
Grand Ballroom

During this session, our speakers will discuss why diversity and inclusion programs are critical to an organization’s and community’s success.

Speakers:

  • Derrick Johnson, President & CEO, NAACP
  • Scott Anderson, President & CEO, Zions Bank

Utah’s Approach to Equity: Data Informed, Opportunity Driven, People Inspired.
Grand Ballroom

As Utah becomes more diverse, the Cox/ Henderson administration is strategically working to ensure that Utah is a state where all have access to opportunities, no matter their gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. This panel will discuss the lessons learned during the past year that have informed Utah’s approach to equity and the multi-partner initiatives launched that elevated the needs of the most vulnerable and systematically marginalized communities to state leaders. Participants will also learn about the value of allies across sectors in order to truly promote and expand opportunities for all and create welcoming environments that are equipped to engage with our quickly diversifying population.

Moderator:

  • Nubia Peña, Senior Advisor – Equity and Opportunity to Governor Cox

Panel:

  • Ben Hart, Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
  • Byron Russell, Founder and Principal Managing Partner, Byron Russell LLC
  • Ze Min Xiao, Director, Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging

Breakout Session #3 – Community, Diversity and Governance 

Equity in Care: Addressing Clinical Inequalities
Breakout Room B

From pregnancy to strokes, disparities in healthcare are surfacing across the nation. Intermountain is tackling the challenge head on to identify the inequities and put processes in place to ensure everyone receives the highest quality care. Dr Mike Woodruff and Dr Megan Donohue will share learnings from the national health equity discussions and how Intermountain is working to identify and address clinical inequities.

  • Dr. Megan Donohue, Medical Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Intermountain Medical Center
  • Dr. José Enriquez, CEO, Latinos in Action
  • Dr. Mike Woodruff, Chief Patient Experience Officer, Intermountain Healthcare

A Conversation for Growth with Senior Level Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leaders
Breakout Room H

Leaders are being challenged to show up to lead and navigate through uncomfortable conversations and situations.  Learn the ways you can engage in and host productive conversations centered on difficult and complex topics about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Objectives include:

  1. Explore the keys to developing trust in the workplace
  2. Characteristics of inclusive leaders
  3. Learning how to be a vulnerable leader
  4. Keys to facilitating an uncomfortable conversation

Panel:

  • Talia Brookshire (she, her, hers), Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Western Governors University
  • Neelam Chand, Founder & CEO, Shift SLC
  • Ross Romero, CEO, Inclusion Strategies
  • Mary Ann Villarreal, Vice President for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Utah

Building Public-Private Partnerships to Support Diverse Businesses and Communities
Breakout Room F

Salt Lake County’s Economic Inclusion Community Assist Program is designed to listen, learn and address the major issues faced by diverse businesses in Salt Lake County. This session will feature a panel of experts that will discuss how they are working to overcome barriers (trust, inclusion, other issues), assist existing relationships with community-based organizations, and develop the cultural awareness necessary to effectively assist small businesses.

  • Luna Banuri, Executive Director, Utah Muslim Civic League
  • Tracey Dean, Chairwoman of the Board, Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
  • Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou, CEO, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR)
  • Daniel Tuutau, Membership & Resources Liaison, Pacific Island Business Alliance
  • Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College
  • Moderator: Jevon Gibb, Economic Development Director, Salt Lake County

Building Your Community with Supplier Diversity
Breakout Room D

Supplier diversity brings economic value by encouraging the growth of diverse businesses, uplifting the communities where they reside, fostering job creation, and increasing wages and revenue for the state and region. The end result: a “win-win” for you, the state, the local economy and our broader region. Learn how your company can make this type of impact with a supplier diversity program.

  • James Jackson III, Founder & Executive Director, Utah Black Chamber

Breakout Session #4 – Identity & Belonging

Utilizing Individuals with Disabilities: What do Supervisors Need to Know?
Breakout Room D

Disability and Employment 101. This session will cover the basic information on the ADA, how it applies to recruiting, hiring and retaining individuals with disabilities, disability etiquette, available resources and how to connect for more support.

  • Leah Lobato, Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
  • Jake Marino, Business Relations Supervisor, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation

Building Economic Inclusion by Investing in Social Capital
Breakout Room F

There is a specific role that banks and financial institutions play in the bigger picture of achieving true equality in America and that is Economic Inclusion.  Zions Bank is committed to Building Economic Inclusion by opening opportunities, increasing access, and investing our capital. When we say capital, we mean 3 things: our HUMAN capital (our people), SOCIAL capital (our relationships/trust), and FINANCIAL capital (our monetary investments).

Recognizing where we are today as a nation, a state, and as a community, there are a multitude of relationships that need healing. Join us for a conversation on how we can individually and collectively work together to heal relationships, restore faith, and ultimately strengthen our economy by building and investing our social capital.

  • Moderator: Sui Lang L. Panoke, Senior Vice President, Diversity. Equity. Inclusion., Zions Bank
  • Robert Bischoff, EVP, Commercial Banking, Zions Bank
  • Sandra Hollins, Program Manager, Community Engagement and Responsibility, Zions Bank
  • Robert Rendon, Director, Community Engagement and Responsibility, Zions Bank

LGBT-Inclusive Culture at Work: Why Does it Matter?
Breakout Room B

The newest Gallup poll indicates a rise in LGBT identifying individuals, with 1 in 6 adults in Generation Z identifying as something other than heterosexual. Making LGBT inclusion a priority goes beyond the fact that it’s “the right thing to do,” several companies that have instituted changes and are being more intentional about inclusivity have the following rationale:

  1. Attract job candidates
  2. Higher employee retention and satisfaction/engagement-Pride ERG groups
  3. Improve a brand in a particular segment
  4. Match industry competitors that have LGBT-inclusive policies- The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber (NGLCC) did a study and $1.7 trillion dollars is spent with LGBT businesses
  5. Recognition from external sources-HRC corporate equality index, NGLCC certified business-PR is good for business!

This session will bring the nuances of the LGBTQ community to Utah’s local business owners and share how to assist businesses in creating a more welcoming workplace for LGBT individuals.

  • Tracey Dean, Chairwoman of the Board, Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce
  • Olivia Jaramillo, DEI & Outreach Manager, Equality Utah

Immigrants Powering Utah’s Business Economy
Breakout Room H

Immigrants make up 9% of Utah’s population. In 2019, they provided 48% of the state’s population growth.  In this session, we will discuss the value and importance of immigrants and a strong immigration system to support business success. With a low unemployment rate of 2.6%, businesses from various industries—including hospitality, construction, agriculture and tech—are still struggling to find workers. We will have subject-matter experts, business professionals and policymakers share their unique perspectives on why immigration is important to the economy and opportunities that come from building a diverse workforce.

  • Silvia Castro, Executive Director, Suazo Business Center
  • Nathalia Choairy, Activation Manager, Neighbor
  • Dan Wallace, Deputy Director, New American Economy
  • Tiffeny Yen-Louie, CMO, Managing Director of Partnerships, World Trade Center Utah

*Breaks: 10:20-10:30 a.m., 11:15-11:30 a.m., 12:15-12:30 p.m., 2:30-2:45 p.m., and 3:30-3:45 p.m. 

SPEAKER INFORMATION

Gov. Spencer J. Cox

A sixth-generation Utahn, Gov. Spencer J. Cox was born and raised in Fairview, a town of 1,247 residents located about two hours south of Salt Lake City. He graduated from Snow College, Utah State University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Cox met Abby Palmer at age 16 and they have been smitten with each other ever since. After Spencer’s service as a missionary in Mexico, the couple married and moved away to continue their education. Gov. Cox launched his career as an attorney clerking for U.S. District Judge Ted Stewart and began building a successful law practice at a Salt Lake City firm, Fabian & Clendenin. He returned to Fairview to join the family business, CentraCom, as vice president and general counsel.

In Fairview, Gov. Cox served as a city councilman, mayor, county commissioner and state legislator before being appointed to serve as Utah’s lieutenant governor in 2013.

Gov. Cox has spoken out and led out on some of the state’s most daunting challenges including the current coronavirus crisis, homelessness, suicide prevention and bullying. His efforts contributed to Utah’s unprecedented prosperity while fulfilling his constitutional mandate to ensure free and fair elections as the state’s chief election officer. Cox is a vocal advocate for civility in politics, and he’s committed to improving education, strengthening the economy, bolstering Utah’s rural communities, supporting public health, and ensuring opportunity for all Utahns.

Gov. Cox and wife Abby are proud parents of four children: Gavin, Kaleb, Adam and EmmaKate. He and his family enjoy spending time in Utah’s amazing backcountry. He also plays the bass guitar with his brother in a local rock band.

Dr. Tony Byers

Boldly challenging the status quo and decades of diversity and inclusion practices, Dr. Tony Byers is transforming D&I from “the right thing to do” to the business imperative of our time. His presentations provide the perfect balance of “why now” and “how to” that will take your thinking on inclusion — and your organization — to the next level. Along the way, you’ll learn from the success stories of companies that have evolved beyond “doing diversity well” to leveraging inclusion as a powerful business advantage. These inclusive cultures are increasing employee creativity and productivity, developing new products and product categories, and far outpacing their peers in innovation, marketplace growth and business performance. Dr. Byers shows you how to build an inclusive culture through a breakthrough behavioral approach that overcomes biases and creates buy-in. You’ll also learn how to set in motion a multiplier effect of inclusion that more than doubles employee productivity while positively impacting every aspect of your organization.

The author of The Multiplier Effect of Inclusion: How Diversity & Inclusion Advances Innovation and Drives Growth, Dr. Byers is best known for leading and revitalizing Starbucks’ highly respected and successful D&I function and programming. As Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Byers developed and lead the company’s strategic direction to drive engagement, innovation and business growth. Prior to Starbucks, his impressive track record in large matrix multinational organizations included Cargill, where he led diversity programs throughout North America and a pioneering role as a transformational D&I leader at H.J. Heinz. At Heinz, he created the company’s global diversity and inclusion function from the ground up, creating and building model programs and practices. With 20+ years working in the field, Dr. Byers brings a diverse set of experiences and thinking to his D&I practice, including work in the nonprofit and education sector, as an organizational management consultant and as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, Metropolitan State University and the University of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development and a M.A. in Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. His doctoral thesis focused on effective strategies for building support for diversity programs among senior leaders.

As Dr. Byers has observed, “We’ve been working on diversity and inclusion for 50 years and we’re really not happy with where we’re at. That means we’re either not doing something right, or we need to do something different.” His thought-provoking presentations challenge old mindsets and inspire both individuals and organizations to stretch their imaginations and move beyond awareness of our differences and towards utilization that fosters innovation and growth. With a call to look within and leverage our cultural insights and diversity, Dr. Byers provides key strategies to increase personal, professional and organizational success. Whether you’re a D&I professional, an affinity group, or any organization looking to build a better culture while boosting the bottom line, you’ll leave inspired, empowered, and seeing diversity and inclusion in a fresh new light.

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson serves as President and CEO of the NAACP, a title he has held since October of 2017. President Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors, as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. A longstanding member and leader of the NAACP, Mr. Johnson has helped guide the Association through a period of re-envisioning and reinvigoration.

Under President Johnson’s leadership, the NAACP has undertaken such efforts as the 2018 “Log Out” Facebook Campaign, pressuring Facebook after reports of Russian hackers targeting African Americans, the Jamestown to Jamestown Partnership, marking the 400th year enslaved Africans first touched the shores of America, and the 2020 We are Done Dying Campaign, exposing the inequities embedded into the American healthcare system and the country at large.

As the Biden Administration took office in 2021, President Johnson led the charge in calling for a Cabinet-level position focused squarely on advancing our nation’s longstanding issue of racial justice. President Biden signed an Executive Order establishing an interagency effort to eliminate systemic racial barriers and ensuring federal policies are rooted in equity, optimizing the well-being of all in public policies.

President Johnson also continues to be on the frontlines on some of the most pressing civil rights issues of our time, calling out Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for his use of Blackface, condemning the burning of Black churches in Tennessee and Louisiana, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in opposition to Attorney General William Barr’s nomination, and overseeing the NAACP’s vote to impeach President Donald J. Trump at the 110th National Convention in Detroit.

President Johnson elevated the Association’s visibility and voice as we called for a national response to the coronavirus pandemic that was informed by existing racial disparities in health care outcomes, access, coverage and services, as well as the disparate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and other people of color.

Recognizing the critical importance of quality health care, he has long advocated for expanded Medicaid eligibility, affordable health insurance options, and investment in community-based health care infrastructure through a strong network of equitably-located, well-resourced community health centers.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Johnson attended Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS. He then received his JD from the South Texas College of Law in Houston, TX. Mr. Johnson has also furthered his training through fellowships with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the George Washington University School of Political Management, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has served as an annual guest lecturer at Harvard Law School, lending his expertise to Professor Lani Guinier’s course on social movements, and as an adjunct professor at Tougaloo College.

Mr. Johnson is a veteran activist who has dedicated his career to defending the rights and improving the lives of Mississippians. As State President of the NAACP Mississippi State Conference, he led critical campaigns for voting rights and equitable education. He successfully managed two bond referendum campaigns in Jackson, MS that brought $150 million in school building improvements and $65 million towards the construction of a new convention center, respectively. As a regional organizer at the Jackson-based non-profit, Southern Echo, Inc., Mr. Johnson provided legal, technical, and training support for communities across the South.

President Johnson is frequently featured on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC and many others, advocating on behalf of the Black community and all those who are affected by systemic oppression and prejudice.

A. Scott Anderson

A. Scott Anderson is president and chief executive officer of Zions Bank. Zions Bank is Utah’s oldest financial institution and is the only local bank with a statewide distribution of local branches.

Zions Bank operates locations in communities throughout Utah and Idaho. In addition to a wide range of traditional banking services, Zions offers a comprehensive array of investment, mortgage, and insurance services and has a network of loan origination offices for small businesses nationwide. Founded in 1873, Zions Bank has been serving the communities of the Intermountain West for more than 140 years.

A native of Salt Lake City, Anderson joined Zions Bank in December of 1990.

Anderson received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics from Columbia University in New York. He also received a master’s degree in economics and international studies from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Active in community affairs, Anderson currently serves on a number of business and nonprofit boards.

Dr. Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD

Kimberly Applewhite, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and program coordinator of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy team at the Utah Center for Evidence Based Treatment (Salt Lake City, UT). She is a graduate of NYU and Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology (Yeshiva University) and former postdoctoral fellow of Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute. She is a published author and speaker on issues of racial trauma, LGBTQ+ populations, and intersectionality of faith identity.

Latoya Asia

Latoya Asia is responsible for leading and developing strategic talent acquisition and workforce planning initiatives to promote a diverse and inclusive work culture that attracts and retains the best and brightest to work at Dominion Energy.  Prior to this role, Latoya served as a key and trusted advisor on labor & employment matters impacting the Company.  Among other things, she handled complex legal matters and managed internal resources to ensure the most efficient and satisfactory delivery of labor & employment legal services to the Company.

Before joining Dominion Energy, Latoya served as head of inclusion, diversity & belonging at a global risk assessment company where she partnered with executive and business leaders on strategy and programs to accelerate efforts to recruit, develop, and retain a diverse workforce.  Prior to that role, Latoya served as Director, Associate General Counsel at a financial services company where she provided day-to-day and strategic legal counsel on a range of matters impacting the company across the globe. Latoya also served as a Human Resources/Labor Relations Manager at a global petroleum manufacturing company where she provided strategic human resources leadership and support to senior leaders in various business units and managed labor relations activities at the company’s U.S. plants. Earlier in her career, Latoya worked as a labor & employment litigation attorney at an international law firm and taught at a K-12 school in Niamey, Niger.

Latoya is active in her community on issues relating to human rights and diversity & inclusion and serves in a leadership capacity on several boards.  She also serves as adjunct faculty at George Mason University’s School of Business, teaching a course on managing diversity in the workplace.

Latoya earned a J.D. from William & Mary School of Law in Williamsburg, VA and studied international law at La Universidad de San Pablo in Madrid, Spain.  She also earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Luna Banuri

Luna Banuri is the Executive Director at Utah Muslim Civic League and a seasoned consultant with 25 years of experience in non-profit and for-profit sectors in strategy, community and organizational development An articulate communicator, recognized for advocating and fostering social justice policies based on diversity and inclusion. Luna evolved her legal education background and expertise into a distinguished consulting practice. She has held leadership roles managing corporate multi-cultural/inclusion initiatives, complemented by experience as an entrepreneur. She is founder and director of TeleTaleem, a non-profit enterprise focusing on helping leverage the power of technology, innovative approaches, and partnerships to solve the toughest global development challenges in Education.

Earl Benson

Earl Benson has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been with Northrop Grumman since 2005. 

Earl’s career has included positions as a design engineer, project engineer, quality engineering manager, design engineering manager, process engineering director, and finally as the director for mission assurance. In this current position he is responsible for leading an organization of ~170 engineers and inspectors dedicated to ensuring the delivery of compliant hardware to Propulsion Systems customers.

In addition to Earl’s primary responsibilities, he is also on the board of director’s for the United Way of Northern Utah, and has twice been honored as a Modern Day Technology Leader by the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA).

Robert Bischoff

Robert Bischoff is the executive vice president of Zions Bank’s Northern Utah/Idaho Commercial Banking Group.  He leads the bank’s commercial banking efforts from Davis County to the Northern Idaho border. Bischoff began his banking career with Zions Bank in 1989 as a part-time teller while attending Weber State University in Ogden. Over the past 30 years at Zions Bank, he has held a variety of positions, including loan officer, commercial loan officer, commercial relationship manager, and regional director for commercial banking.

Bischoff holds an MBA from Brigham Young University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Weber State University. He is also a graduate of the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking held at the University of Pennsylvania.

Active in community affairs, Bischoff is a past president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weber-Davis and chairperson of the Weber Housing Authority. He has also served on the Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors and the Davis Chamber of Commerce Leadership Development Executive Committee.

Talia Brookshire

Former sports marketing executive of nearly 15 years, Brookshire recently took on the role of Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the nation’s largest online, non-profit university, Western Governors University (WGU) to expand their national diversity platform for the university’s 7,500 employees and over 130,000 active students. Brookshire has a wide range of experience in diversity, community outreach and multicultural marketing on the international and domestic levels.

Brookshire is responsible for the oversight of WGU’s employee facing diversity programs, including growing the reach of its employee resource groups, managing the Advance Equity speaker series and other education programs, and maximizing the program’s internal and external messaging to realize WGU’s vision to become the world’s most inclusive university.

Developing and managing multicultural marketing campaigns for NASCAR, Ford Racing, USA Swimming and USA Track & Field have provided Brookshire with a unique portfolio. In past roles, Brookshire oversaw marketing, public relations, social media, special events, communications, partner relations and sales

Brookshire, a graduate of Central Michigan University, is the proud mom of four daughters and lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Dustin Brookshire.

Nicole Carpenter

Nicole Carpenter has been a part of the Women’s Leadership Institute since its inception in 2015 as a member of the Advisory Board. In 2017, Nicole began serving as the communications and operations manager, handling most of the day-to-day operations.

In addition to the Women’s Leadership Institute, Nicole continues to advocate for women as an author, speaker and founder of MOMentity.com, an online community for overwhelmed moms. Nicole was a syndicated columnist for 5 years and is the author of “52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-minute messages” (Cedar Fort 2015).

Nicole also serves on the Board of Directors for Reading Horizons since 2017.

Nicole has a bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations from Weber State University and has been running the communications show for her own brand and past clients since 2008. She also has experience in human resources, employee management, training, sales, marketing, and customer services.

She and her husband Marty Carpenter spend most of their free time raising four amazing kids. Which means she really spends time shuttling around kids, folding laundry and dancing to Imagine Dragons songs in the kitchen.

Silvia Castro

Silvia Castro is the Executive Director of the Suazo Business Center. A Utah non-profit focused on economic mobility for the minority community. She has more than 20 years’ experience working with non-profit, government and for-profit organizations. Her past experience includes working with executives and business owners from Fortune 500 companies, the State of Utah, Salt Lake city, Salt Lake county and forward-looking non-profits such as the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, the Austin Project, in Austin, TX, and the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business Program.

Her love for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship began in 1999 when she worked as the Assistant Director at the Women’s Business Center of Utah. Silvia received an International Fellowship through which she completed her MBA with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Utah. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Westminster College, where she graduated with honors. She is certified in Cultural Intelligence through the CII and certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Salt Lake Community College, Executive Committee of Envision Utah, Senior Advisor to the Kem C Gardner Institute, Wasatch Front Regional Council’s Economic Development District and the MOFI Small Business Advisory Board. She served as Co-Chair of the Salt Lake City Mayor Mendenhall’s Economic Development Transition Committee, the Utah Governor’s COVID Economic Taskforce and the Governor’s COVID Multicultural Taskforce.  Silvia is also the recipient of the 2020 Pathfinder Award from the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Neelam Chand

Neelam Chand is the CEO and founder of Shift SLC, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm located in Salt Lake City, Utah. With over a decade of D&I experience, Neelam has worked with several industries ranging from higher education to financial services and tech startups to break down systemic barriers and design a more equitable workplace environment for historically excluded identities.

She has offered thought leadership insights through various platforms including Forbes, Bloomberg Law, Medium, Utah Business Magazine, Utah Bankers Association, and Silicon Slopes, for her expertise around anti-racism, intersectionality, tokenism, microaggressions, and women of color in the workplace.

Neelam was most recently recognized as 30 Women to Watch by Utah Business in 2021.

Nathalia Choairy

Nathalia Choairy leads the residential sales team at Neighbor, a marketplace that helps thousands of users make passive income by renting out extra space. She was born and raised in Brazil, where she lived until coming to BYU. Upon graduation, she worked in Corporate Strategy in North Carolina and Barcelona, Spain. Nathalia is passionate about community building and empowering individuals at all levels of development.

Melanie D. Davis, LCMHC NCC

Melanie Davis, LCMHC, NBCC, owner of Planted Healing and Founding member of The Black Clinicians, practitioner group is a highly regarded speaker, educator, child advocate and psychotherapist. In addition to being an experienced child and family therapist and presenter, she frequently appears on local media as an expert on children and family issues, cultural topics and transracial adoption related topics. Melanie’s interventions have been published in the Attachment Centered Play Therapy, Play Therapy : Proven Strategies for Childhood Disorders.

Tracey Dean

Tracey S. Dean (SHE|HER) is a door opener, community engager, and passionate golfer.  She is an insurance and financial advisor by trade but spends significant time championing rights for diversity and inclusion within the LGBTQ+ and other underserved communities in Utah. She is the chairwoman of the board of directors for the Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Living Color Utah group of diversity Chambers.

Tracey’s journey began after nearly losing her life in a severe car accident. This caused her to take a deep, introspective look at her own path and to make a conscious change to help others. Tracey is proud to be a first-generation college graduate, attaining her bachelor’s degree in Business with a concentration in Finance from Westminster College. It is from this college internship and her experience with insurance and money that her passion for financial services began over a decade ago. Currently, she runs a successful firm, Tracey Dean Financial in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Through her 3 years of work with new and established LGBT and Ally businesses with the Chamber, the membership has grown over 100%. In 2017 Tracey received “Ambassador of the Year” award for her time as a director with the Utah Women’s Networking Group and is the proud recipient of 3 FABBY awards for “best financial advisor” in 2018 and 2019 and for “Best LGBT group” in 2019 from Q Salt Lake Magazine.

Tracey resides in Millcreek with her partner Sherri and their dachshund Laci. If you cannot find them at home, or vacationing somewhere warm, look at the nearest golf course!

 

Pres. Bethami Dobkin

Dr. Bethami Dobkin was appointed as 19th President of Westminster College effective July 1, 2018. During her first three years, Westminster College achieved national recognition for work on sustainability and support for first-generation students and as a leader in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Dobkin has raised over $10M for capital projects; led successful, rapid institutional responses to the Covid-19 pandemic; and launched an ambitious strategic positioning plan, Westminster at 150. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Development Corporation of Utah and the Salt Lake Chamber, the Board of Governors and as Chair of the Nominations and Governance Committee for the SLC-UT Committee for the Games, and as member of the International Women’s Forum. Dobkin’s publications span academic journals, widely used textbooks, and popular editorials on politics, journalism, and communication. Prior to her presidency, Dr. Dobkin served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Mary’s College of California and as a teacher and administrator at the University of San Diego. She holds a PhD and MA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a BA from Humboldt State University.

Megan Donohue, MD

Megan Donohue is the Medical Director for the Comprehensive Stroke Center at Intermountain Medical Center which is the only Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the state of Utah, treating the most complex stroke patients in the region.  She works as a vascular neurologist at Intermountain Medical Center and serves as the Chair of the Department of Neurology.

Dr. José Enriquez

Growing up in Los Angeles, José began to recognize in high school that very few of his Latino peers participated in rigorous coursework, extracurricular activities, and community service. With the support of his mother, whom he credits for his passion and drive, José received a wrestling scholarship to Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Spanish, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and finally a PhD in Educational Leadership.

As a teacher, and later an administrator, José saw again what he’d started to notice as a student in Los Angeles: Latino youth were disengaged and disenfranchised at school. In addition, they often shunned their cultural heritage, which he believes is at the heart of every Latino youth’s drive to excel. This gap kept students, who could offer the classroom and community a wealth of knowledge, experience, and unique perspectives, from graduating high school and college. In effect, this phenomenon kept students from reaching their potential.

José recognized the barriers these young Latinos faced within their own homes and communities. He saw himself in these students and reflected on the opportunities, experiences, and mentors that had allowed him— a low-income, non-English-speaking immigrant— to succeed.

The combination of these experiences and reflections led José to begin the Latinos in Action program.

Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou

Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou is the CEO of PIK2AR, Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR), a 6 year ethnic community based non profit. One program of PIK2AR’s is the Pacific Island Business Alliance (PIBA) the Pacific Island Chamber of Commerce, with a chapter in Salt Lake County, Utah County and Arizona.

The mission of the Pacific Island Business Alliance (PIBA) is to increase income into Pacific Islander and other minoritized community households through business creation and sustainability with culturally relevant business education, resources, support and opportunities.

Susi is a serial entrepreneur, a mentor and on this years Forbes Magazines 50 over 50 Impact list and a recipient of the the FBI Directors Community Leadership Award for the State of Utah.

Meligha Garfield

Meligha Garfield (he/him) is the inaugural director for the Black Cultural Center (BCC) at the University of Utah—a center that works to holistically enrich, educate, and advocate for students, faculty, staff and the broader Salt Lake community through Black centered programming, culturally affirming educational initiatives, and retention strategies. Hailing from Rochester, New York, Garfield holds a B.A. in Government, with a minor in colonial Latin American history and Africana studies and a Master of Public Administration from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in which his concentration was public policy and race & politics. Previously he was a community engagement coordinator/intern for the city of Las cruces, New Mexico. In that position he was tasked with communicating materials reporting program trends, new developments, escalated issues, and key measurement data in regards to community and diverse community engagement. He was also previously the programs coordinator for the Black Programs Department at (NMSU) . He has implemented outreach and retention services, served as coordinator and advisor in Black programs, and managed numerous departmental programming and events while at NMSU – many of which he hopes to start at the University of Utah and is currently implementing as he has been in the position for almost three years in Utah. He is a part of several organizations such as: Curly Me!, Utah Black Chamber of commerce, and the Utah Black Roundtable. In under three years he has made impactful partnerships with  Utah division of Multicultural affairs, Utah business Mag, Lucid, Domo, Utah museum of fine arts, Neighborhood works, UVU, Weber State, Utah System of Higher Education. He is also a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, an historically Black fraternity.

Jevon Gibb

Jevon Gibb is Economic Development Director for Salt Lake County, where he launched a new portfolio for Economic Opportunity after joining the County in December 2020. This portfolio includes the Economic Inclusion Community Assistance Program (EICAP). He came to Salt Lake County from MetroHartford Alliance, an economic development organization in Hartford, Connecticut.

Jevon began his career in international development and law before pivoting into US-based regional economic development via short stops in consulting and start-ups. He has worked as an officer and attorney in the US Navy, a management consultant, and a kindergarten teacher. He is passionate about economic opportunity, helping people achieve their potential, and building social impact programs.

Ben Hart

Benjamin Hart is deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah). He oversees the Utah Economic Opportunity Commission, corporate recruitment, and the targeted industries program. Mr. Hart also oversees state-wide partnerships with the Economic Development Corporation of Utah and Talent Ready Utah.

Prior to his position at Go Utah, Mr. Hart served as the director of employer initiatives for the Department of Workforce Services. Hart has also worked for Zions Bank in business underwriting and Layton City, where he was the economic development and community development block grant administrator. 

Hart serves on several boards including the Inland Port Board, the Military Installation Development Authority, the Commission on Housing Affordability and others. He has also been active member in several national associations affiliated with education and industry trade associations, including the National Association for Career and Technical Education, the Air Force Association and others.

Mr. Hart completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Utah, where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.

Kerri Harris

Kerri Harris is the Manager, Human Resources Business Partner supporting the Salt Lake City, Utah and the Apopka, Florida facilities for Mission Systems. She joined Northrop Grumman in March of 2020 and brought with her over 25 years of experience in a variety of areas in Human Resources including talent management, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement & recognition, compensation & performance management, HR systems, and change management. Her industry expertise includes aerospace/ defense, engineering, technology and medical device. She earned a Master of Industrial Labor Relations from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She has also achieved the designations of SHRM – Senior Certified Professional, Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute and is Six Sigma Greenbelt certified.

Rep. Sandra Hollins

Sandra Hollins currently serves as Senior Program Manager, Community Engagement and Responsibility at Zions Bank.  She was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and she has been a resident of Salt Lake City for the past 30 years. Sandra and her husband David currently reside in Fair Park and have two daughters, Jaynell and Canice, who are currently attending college in Texas.  

Sandra is a licensed clinical social worker, and the primary focus of her career has been on substance abuse treatment and advocacy services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population. Sandra received her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.

Sandra is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., is a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute, and has served on numerous boards and councils, including the University of Utah Neighbor Partnership Board, the Fair Park Community Council, and the Salt Lake City Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure board. In addition, Sandra has also worked as an advocate for Hurricane Katrina evacuees and refugee children within the public school system.  

Sandra was elected to Utah House of Representatives on behalf of District 23, and she plans to use her skills, experience, and dedication in order to advocate for her community on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

Jameson Holman, LMFT

Jameson Holman, LMFT, founding member of The Black Clinicians, has a great deal of experience working with couples, adolescents, and families using expressive arts to help clients work through their feelings and issues. A graduate of Mississippi State University and Argosy University, Jameson has received training in (EFT) Emotional Focused Therapy, (DBT) Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and (RODBT) Radically Open Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. He has over 10 years of experience and training in inpatient and outpatient settings. Jameson is currently practising in a residential treatment centre in Murray as well as a private practice in Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City.

Tamara Humphrey

Tamara Humphrey is the vice president of Aerospace Structures business unit at Northrop Grumman, Aeronautics Systems, a premier provider of military aircraft, autonomous systems, aerospace structures and next-generation solutions.  In this role, she leads a world class team doing some of the most advanced aerospace composites manufacturing in the world.  The ASBU is proud to provide products and services to our military as well as commercial and launch-missile customers.  

Tamara’s previous role was as sector vice president and chief information officer (CIO) at Northrop Grumman.  In this role, Humphrey led all aspects of implementing innovative IT solutions that deliver value and enable Aeronautics Systems strategic business initiatives, including digital transformation and supporting smart factories of the future. In addition, Humphrey has in coordination with Enterprise Services’ (ES) service families — been accountable at Aeronautics Systems for all services that ES provides, including Service Center Operations, Information Security and Security. 

Since joining Northrop Grumman in 2003, Humphrey has held technical, business development and program leadership positions while supporting various Information technology and aircraft programs. Most recently she served as director of the Live and Synthetic Air Domain operating unit in the Mission Systems sector, where she led multiple programs and business development opportunities including international business. 

Other assignments have included programs with the Department of Homeland Security and Virginia Information Technology Agency, director of Enterprise Services for Melbourne and St. Augustine, Fla., and the Strike Division supporting the heritage Aerospace Systems sector.

Humphrey earned her bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, and her master’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on strategic management, from American Intercontinental University, Washington, D.C.

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in aeronautics, space, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services.

Victor Ingalls

Victor Ingalls is the Senior Vice President of Operations, and head of the Lehi office at LendingClub. Headquartered in San Francisco, LendingClub was founded to transform the banking system to make credit more affordable and investing more rewarding. Today, LendingClub’s online credit marketplace connects borrowers and investors to deliver more efficient and affordable access to credit. Victor joined the company in early 2017 as a strategic executive to transform LendingClub’s operations culture and business processes to better support growth and improved customer experience. By implementing improved metrics, data analysis, strategic partnerships, and a strong servicing ethos known as Lending Care, Victor improved the value of operations to the company as a whole and LendingClub members overall. He also facilitated the opening of a new office, in Lehi, Utah in early 2019, with now more than 500 employees. LendingClub was recognized as the 2019 top place to work in Utah for mid-sized companies by the Salt Lake Tribune.

Prior to joining LendingClub, Victor spent nearly 20 years at American Express, where he held numerous roles overseeing servicing operations for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer customers, both domestically and internationally. Most recently, he was General Manager and Vice President, for the World Service team in Utah, where he provided strategic leadership to approximately 1600 employees in Salt Lake City. In 2013, Victor took on expanded responsibilities, reshaping and providing strategic direction to approximately 700 virtual  employees located across 47 states and Canada. Victor joined American Express in 1997 as a participant in the Leadership Orientation Program – a program designed to attract and develop leaders from outside the organization to encourage new and innovative perspectives into our business model.  He spent the next several years in roles of increasing responsibility and leadership. In 2009, Victor relocated to Sydney, Australia where he led employees throughout Japan, the Asian Pacific, and Australia.

Victor is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Institute board. He also supports the community through various other organization Park City Foundation and National Ability Center.  In 2011, he was recognized with a Global Leadership Award for exceptional and inspiring leadership.

Victor and his wife, Lisa, reside in Heber, Utah, where they enjoy both the scenery and the year-round recreation opportunities such as skiing and golfing.

James Jackson III

James Jackson, III serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager as Zions Bancorporation, where he is responsible for building relationships with capable diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. Mr. Jackson has worked in various areas of the financial industry for almost 20 years, and found his passion serving and building his community. In conjunction with his role at the bank, Mr. Jackson serves on several boards of directors, and is the founder of the Utah Black Chamber. Since its inception in 2009, the Chamber has grown to not only serve black-owned small businesses in Utah but has become the premier organization connecting and engaging Utah’s Black community and building bridges for inclusion. From the Chamber, James started or helped start several other programs to elevate Utah’s diverse community, including Living Color Utah and the Utah Diversity Career Fair. Mr. Jackson is often sought after by various communities, government, and corporations for guidance related to topics of diversity & inclusion. Such inquiries prompted Mr. Jackson to start his own business focused on providing coaching, training, teaching leadership, and organizational development. At the end of 2020, Mr. Jackson, along with 24 other authors around the world, published the book, “Leading Through the Pandemic: Unconventional Wisdom From Heartfelt Leaders.” As a native Utahan, Mr. James Jackson, III is committed to the social and economic growth of the black and overall diverse community. His goal is to further promote Utah diversity with the hopes of it becoming a more attractive destination for people of color.

 

J. Tekulvē Jackson-Vann, LMFT, CFLE

J. Tekulvē Jackson-Vann, LMFT, CFLE is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Family Life Educator based in Orem and Spanish Fork, Utah. A graduate of BYU’s School of Family Life and Valdosta State University, he has been practicing for nearly 15 years. His clinical focus included adolescents, divorce recovery, substance abuse, and reconciling sexuality and spirituality. He is currently in practice in a residential treatment center as well as the Northern Utah Center for Couples and Families.

Dean Dax Jacobson

Dax Jacobson, PhD, is Dean of the Bill & Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College and an Associate Professor of Management. Dax’s teaching and research interests include management, leadership, entrepreneurship, and strategy and he has expertise developing, teaching, and leading face-to-face, competency-based, online, and experiential learning courses and programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels. He regularly advises and consults for businesses big and small, rural and urban, private and non-profit. He has a particular passion for rural entrepreneurs and rural small businesses in the American West and is involved in several research projects related to rural business. As Dean of the business school his goal is to creatively reach more students, engage more stakeholders, and positively impact more communities.

Olivia Jamarillo

Olivia Jaramillo was born and raised in Mexico. She immigrated when she was 14. During her 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, she served tours in Iraq and humanitarian missions to Nigeria, South Africa, and Mozambique. In 2016, Olivia was one of the first transgender women nationwide to officially change her name and gender marker while on Active Duty status.

She currently Chairs the North Davis Communities that Care Coalition, has created a Veterans Benefits Fair in Davis County, in conjunction with Davis County Commissioners, founded and leads the Davis County Multicultural Committee; and is currently working with Davis County Sheriffs and all 15 Davis County City Mayors and City Councils on reforming their first responder training to include Implicit bias/race relations sensitivity education. She was recently nominated to be the State’s PTA Diversity & Inclusion Board Specialist.  She aspires to bring change to Utah by empowering minorities towards positive lives.

 

Jenessa Jimoh

Jenessa Jimoh is the executive director of non-profit Diversity Inclusion Values Action (or D.I.V.A. for short). She is a fourth-year honor student at Westminster College studying Economics Pre-Law with a minor in Global Studies. Jenessa holds human interaction very close to her heart and is an advocate for all people. She plans to use the skills she’s developed as a community organizer to continue to educate and uplift the voices of those who have unequal access and fewer opportunities. With her education and life experiences, she plans to make real, legislative change.

Sara Jones

As CEO of InclusionPro (www.inclusionpro.com), Sara Jones works with companies and leaders to create and implement transformative strategies for diversity, inclusion and equity.  She specializes in organizational change management and DEI strategy integration across a wide range of industries – technology, engineering, health care, manufacturing, financial services, legal services, e-commerce, distribution and non-profit organizations.

Sara co-founded Women Tech Council (WTC), established in 2007, a national organization focused on the economic impact of women in driving high growth for the technology sector. She also serves on the Utah State Workforce Development Board, Board of Trustees for Intermountain Healthcare Salt Lake Valley Hospitals and the Executive Board of Silicon Slopes.

Trina Limpert

Trina Limpert is the CEO & Founder of RizeNext Corporation, a business strategy and education consulting company assisting organizations to successfully execute equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Trina is a passionate leader and her company offers a unique blend of experience in driving engagement and operational execution to meet diversity & inclusion objectives. Her prior corporate technology career spans across multiple industries and businesses at Novell, eBay and lastly at Oracle as the Senior Director of CX Consulting. In her prior role as President of Women in IT at eBay she lead an organization of 1500 members across 17 countries. In 2020 Trina co-founded Tech-Moms.org an organization that educates and assists women re-entering or transitioning their careers into the technology industry.
Trina is a lifelong learner and higher education advocate. She attended Weber State University receiving an associate degree in Computer Science, bachelor’s degree in Business and Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, an Executive MBA at the University of Utah, and certificate in Driving Corporate Strategy from Harvard University.

Trina currently serves on the Women’s Success Center Board of Advisors at Utah Valley University, Board of Advisors for Weber State University School of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, and on the National Advisory Committee at Weber State University, and the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.

Leah Lobato

Leah Lobato is the Director of the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Business Relations with the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation a division of the Department of Workforce Services (DWS).  The mission of this position is to help promote the employment and retention of individuals with disabilities in competitive employment by promoting public and private partnerships and efforts. She networks, connects with and trains state, regional and national employers.  She has a BS degree from the University of Utah and is a Certified Public Manager. Leah coordinates with the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), etc. on various projects supporting employment of individuals with disabilities.  Leah has worked with individuals with disabilities in varying areas of services.  She has worked with adolescents with mental health issues and she has also acted as the coordinator for house affairs for disabled adults in independent living environments. She is on the board of Utah’s Chapter of Job Placement and Development, a member of the National Rehabilitation Association, Utah Rehabilitation Association, Utah Diversity Connections, Salt Lake Chamber Diversity Council and the Disability:IN Utah Steering Committee.

Jim Lupica

As manufacturing director, Jim Lupica leads an organization of more than 600 employees in their production of navigation systems and sensors. Lupica also serves as the Salt Lake City site director, providing general oversight and leadership of the campus.

Lupica has more than 30 years of management experience. Previously, from 2009 to 2012, he was senior manufacturing manager at Northrop Grumman’s Salt Lake City site. He improved manufacturing efficiency and facilitated product line growth, completing a Lean Conversion effort on a navigation systems production line that resulted in a 120 percent increase in output. 

Prior to that, Lupica was director of manufacturing for Northrop Grumman in Tempe, Arizona, where he led the manufacturing of electro-optical systems from 2004 to 2009. Under his leadership, the site delivered up to 5,000 image intensifier tubes and 3,000 night vision systems per month. He was part of a management turnaround team that increased annual sales by 107 percent within four years. During his tenure, Lupica established critical manufacturing programs, including Six Sigma, Lean initiatives and process cell teams. 

Lupica has also worked for Northrop Grumman Xetron in Cincinnati, Ohio. As director of operations, Lupica was responsible for all manufacturing, materials, subcontracts management, production and facilities for classified military communications equipment. 

Prior to that, Lupica served as operations manager and then plant manager for Northrop Grumman Electronicos Inc. (Productos Electronicos Ind.) in Puerto Rico. As plant manager, he was directly responsible for profit and loss at the electronics and system integration facility. As operations manager, Lupica was responsible for a $5 million facility upgrade and the startup of a $20 million military contract.

Lupica began his career as an engineer at Westinghouse Electronics, which was later acquired by Northrop Grumman, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lupica earned bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from Clarkson University and Allegheny College, respectively. He is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Dr. Susan Madsen

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Inaugural Karen Haight Huntsman Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. She is also the Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project, which focuses on strengthening the impact of Utah girls and women. Through the years, Professor Madsen has written a host of Utah research and policy briefs and snapshots, reports, and op-eds. She is also a well-known global scholar, publishing six books and hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. Madsen’s research has been featured in the U.S. News and World Report, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes. She speaks globally, and in the past few years did keynotes in the United Arab Emirates, the UK, Lithuania, Germany, and Denmark. She serves on or advises many nonprofit, community, and education boards and committees, including Silicon Slopes, Envision Utah, the Utah Governor’s One Utah Roadmap, Real Women Run, United Way of Utah County, South Davis County Communities that Care, Utah Financial Empowerment Coalition, KUER Radio, and more. Madsen received a bachelor’s degree from BYU, masters from Portland State University, and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota.

Jake Marino

Jake is a Business Relations Supervisor with the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. He has been withnUSOR since 2011, working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Supervisor. He has a Master’s of Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master’s in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University, as well as Bachelors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Utah. He is passionate about not just helping people with disabilities get into suitable employment but helping companies get the best employees for their business.

Derek Miller

Derek Miller is the president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber and Downtown Alliance.  The Chamber is the state’s oldest business association that “stands as the voice of business.” In this role, Derek leads the business community in advocating and leading Utah’s continued economic prosperity.

Previously, Derek served as the president and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah, helping to “Promote prosperity across the state by attracting investment and increasing exports.” He also served as Chief of Staff to Gov. Herbert and as Managing Director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for Gov. Huntsman.

Recognizing his leadership, Gov. Herbert lauded Derek as, “an architect of economic opportunity and innovation,” and “instrumental in transforming Utah into one of the most competitive and fastest growing economies in the country.”

Derek began his career in Washington, D.C. as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and as legal counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and holds a Master of Public Administration from the Romney Institute of Public Management at Brigham Young University.

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is the General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, and owner of both Mark Miller Subaru stores which are located in the Salt Lake Valley. Jeff is a 4th Generation Car Dealer who officially began his career in his family’s business in 2003. Jeff received his MBA from the University of Utah in 2010 and his bachelor’s in business from the University of Southern California in 2002. Jeff has served, or is currently serving, as a member of various prestigious corporate boards including Subaru of America’s National Retailer Advisory Board, Subaru of America’s Regional Dealer Advisory Board, the Cox Automotive National Advisory Board, Google’s National Dealer Council, and the National Roadster Advisory Board. Jeff is also very involved with the community and currently serves on the charitable boards of the Community Foundation of Utah and Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. His volunteer work and his generous philanthropic investments underscore Jeff’s tireless efforts to ensure that the Mark Miller Subaru positively impacts the lives of others in our community. In fact, Mark Miller Subaru, under Jeff’s leadership, has donated nearly $3,000,000.00 to local charity since 2010. In his free time, Jeff enjoys golfing, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife, Deanna, and their three children, Natalie, Caden, and Miles.

Shawn Newell

Shawn is the Vice President of Business Development at Industrial Supply Company where he has worked for the past 35 years.  He serves as a community integrator working as the vice president of the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP, a former Commissioner on the Governor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission and is on the executive Board of the Utah Black Round Table.  He heads the Utah Multicultural Civic Council, serves on the Board of the Utah Non-Profit Association and is a member of the Utah Manufacturer’s Association Board. Mr. Newell formerly served as Chair of the Workforce and Economic Development Advisory Board at Salt Lake Community College where he served as the Alumni Council President and a Trustee for the College.  Shawn is a Civility Ambassador for World Civility through iChange Nations and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion task force for the Industrial Supply Association.  Additionally, he serves on the Utah 3rd district Court Committee for Self-Represented Parties, Council on Diversity Affairs (CODA), as a former member of the Utah State Board of Education, a President’s Ambassador for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Co-chair on the Salt lake Chamber Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force, Utah State Department of Workforce Services Board, recently joined the Board of the The Road home, Friends For Sight, The Utah State Bar Commission Board, the newly formed Utah Office of Innovation Task Force and currently on the Utah System of Higher Education Board.

Shawn is a graduate of the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College and has a Masters of Management degree from the University of Phoenix. He holds an Executive leadership certification from the University of Utah School of Business and a Diversity and Inclusion certificate from Cornell University and a Leading with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Certificate from the University of Utah..

 In Shawn’s spare time he officiates youth sports and BBQs great grub.  Mr. Newell is married, the father of three and has six grandchildren.

Kerry Norman

Kerry Norman,SVP, People & Operations,  CHG Healthcare

More information to come.

Sui Lang L. Panoke

Sui Lang L. Panoke is a visionary leader, social entrepreneur and international trainer and facilitator with a passion for empowering today’s leaders to rethink. create. and innovate. She has recently been named, Senior Vice President of Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. for Zions Bank. In this role, she is responsible for directing the bank’s strategic vision, developing a comprehensive DEI strategy, and delivering on a plan of action to promote diversity, equity and inclusion across the bank and the communities that it serves.

Sui Lang is also the founder of Rethink International, a global social enterprise and international training organization designed to challenge people to rethink how and what they think.  She has trained thousands of leaders around the world leading in politics, business, government, higher education, nonprofits, international NGO’s, and the media on a wide range of leadership and communications topics. Areas of expertise include global leadership, personal empowerment, developing women leaders, diversity, equity, inclusion, unconscious bias, strategic communications, power speaking, branding, civil discourse, and building cultures of inclusion in the workplace. 

Sui Lang also founded the Rethink Tank, a social think tank that hosts power conversations bringing together people with diverse points of view for the purpose of building bridges across social, cultural, racial, and political differences. She also founded Women Politics Media, a global leadership, and media training organization that seeks to democratize the media landscape by training women, people of color, and emerging young leaders to use the media as a vehicle to impact public policy.  

Sui Lang currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association 2016-21, Advisory Board of YWCA Utah’s Real Women Run 2018-21, is an Ambassador for the Utah Women & Leadership Project 2017-21, and is a member of the Ken Garff Foundation’s Success In Education: Women Who Succeed Mentoring Program 2021.  She earned her MPA from American University with a Certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership, and was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Women & Politics Institute upon graduation. She received her BS in Political Science from the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics after completing her first year of undergrad at Brigham Young University’s Hawaii campus. 

Sui Lang is the proud mother of an intellecutally curious teenage daughter who is taller, smarter, and much more mature than she is. After living on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC for 13 years, they have moved back to Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood in Salt Lake City, Utah where they reside together with their red toy poodle, Rue.

Nubia Peña

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 is immensely grateful for the extensive experience acquired during the past 15 years working as a community organizer, advocate, and ally for systematically marginalized populations. She has the great opportunity to facilitate dialogues amongst local and national leaders on complex topics of inclusion and racial justice working to create equitable access in services and resources for historically disenfranchised communities.

Ms. Peña also designs and implements various workshops on creating culturally relevant, and gender-specific programming, specifically when working with youth and adolescents. Ms. Peña is a proud former member of the zealous team at the Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys where she advocated for youth rights during detention and delinquency proceedings. She is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center as a Juvenile Training Immersion Program facilitator. In addition, Ms. Peña is a national consultant dedicated to bringing awareness to intersections of trauma and the School-to-Prison Pipeline, an epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth by streamlining them into the juvenile justice system. She also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Ms. Peña has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her professional endeavors and personal faith-based initiatives. She has a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Since 2007, Ms. Peña has served as the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed trainings on Youth Advocacy for Trafficked Survivors, Social Justice in Prevention Efforts, and Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era.

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 recently awarded the Utah Business Magazine’s Living Color recognition for service in driving equity and inclusion in the state.

Preferred Pronouns: She, her, hers 

Becky Potts

In her role as Regional Executive, Ms. Potts is responsible for working with members of the business and banking sectors across Utah and Idaho as part of the Bank’s commitment to understanding and engaging with the communities it serves. She provides leadership and guidance to the branch, while representing the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in the region and overseeing the work of the Salt Lake City Board of Directors.

Ms. Potts joined the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in 2019. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Potts served as a vice president for Sorenson Media, where she was responsible for all customer relationships for national television broadcasters and as Frontier Communication’s regional President and Chief Customer Officer. Ms. Potts also previously served in various executive capacities in several corporations, including AT&T and Xerox Corporation.

Ms. Potts received a bachelor of arts in journalism and speech communications from the University of Southern California.

C. Katie Qian

 In April 2020, Katie Qian was named director of Air Force Programs, Propulsion Systems and she now serves as senior director. In this role, she is responsible for program execution of the Rocket Systems Launch Program (RSLP), the Propulsion Sub-system Support Contract (PSSC) and the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program within propulsion systems. 

Qian was previously the senior manager of strategy integration and business development at Northrop Grumman responsible for strategic alignment across civil, commercial and military business lanes at propulsion systems. In 2019, she was selected to serve as deputy lead for Northrop Grumman’s OmegA™ advocacy campaign and represents the corporation at congressional, executive and Pentagon engagements in this capacity. Prior to this, Qian served as capture manager for the U.S. Air Force’s GBSD missile propulsion elements and business development manager for propulsion systems commercial and missile defense market business. Her portfolio included Orion and CASTOR® rocket motors for various Northrop Grumman interceptor and space launch vehicles as well as Graphite Epoxy Motor (GEM) rocket motors for United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V and Vulcan launch vehicles. 

During Northrop Grumman’s acquisition of Orbital ATK, Qian led the integration of business development operations and established guidance for the transition of Orbital ATK’s corporate business development framework into the Innovation Systems Sector. 

Before joining business development, Qian was a senior principal systems engineer responsible for the technical architecture, development, testing and compliance of six new launch systems with applications ranging from NASA human space exploration to commercial space launch. Qian also led and managed a team of project and chief engineers for the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile program supporting Trident II D-5 fleet readiness and sustainment. 

Katie holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois and a systems engineering certificate and executive MBA from the University of Utah. 

Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of our customers worldwide. Our 97,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products and services. 

Robert Rendon

Robert Rendon is the Senior Vice President and Community Development Director for Zions Bank. He graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in business administration and is actively involved in numerous community programs focused on minority owned businesses, housing, and child services. Mr. Rendon and his wife, Wendy, have two grown sons, Jonathan and Robert.

Ross Romero

Prior to starting his own Government Relations and Diversity & Inclusion consulting firm, Ross was a senior advisor at Michael Best Strategies. Before that he was a vice president in the Community Development Group for Zions Bank. In that role, he assisted local and state government and corporate accounts with banking and business operation needs, working with elected and appointed officials in Utah and Idaho, and advocated with Utah’s U.S. Congressional members.

Previously, he was a shareholder with a full service law firm in Salt Lake City, where his legal practice focused in federal and state courts as trial counsel.

Byron Russell

Byron Russell founded Byron Russell LLC based on his years of experience in academics, national and international politics, journalism, fundraising, finance, economic development, higher education, public relations, philanthropy and social advocacy and enterprise. With a wide network in varied sectors, Byron Russell LLC was formed based on a need of facilitating corporations, foundations, and individuals to connect, hence the brand ideas. connections. results. which has been a standard of performance for well over a decade.

Byron’s political career began in Washington, D.C. with the USA Foundation to design, create and plan an international youth conference in South Africa. His next international political experience was as Personal Assistant to British Member of Parliament David Atkinson. Assignments in the House of Commons included constituent engagement, research, speaking and a special designation to facilitate South West Africa’s independence as Namibia. His work in the international arena specialized in international human rights. His journalism career began as a writer at the Washington Post Style Section, then as a political reporter for the Washington Times where he covered the U.S. Congress and Executive Branch. His career in Utah began with the Utah Symphony in Development and managing the Zoo Arts and Parks Campaign. After working at Zions Bank as Vice President for Private Banking, Byron was a Zions Bank loaned executive to the Salt Lake Chamber, creating new programs and launching the Salt Lake Cultural District Development. Byron worked as Vice President of Development for Western Governors University, then in Public Relations at Method Communications. The culmination of past experiences abroad, nationally, and in Utah compelled Byron to establish Byron Russell LLC, which has created value for a wide range of companies in and out of Utah, including the University of Canterbury in Christchurch New Zealand.

Byron currently serves on many boards and commissions, such as co-chair of the Utah Multicultural Commission; co-chair of the Utah Multicultural Committee to the COVID-19 Response, Utah Film Center, PBS Utah, Salt Lake Education Foundation, Encircle, Westminster College Emeritus, Governor’s Mansion Foundation Board, Christian Center of Park City Board, co-chair Christian Center of Park City National Advisory Board, and Utah Economic Response Taskforce.

Byron is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park in Government Politics, Journalism and French. Byron also treasures his enrollment in a culinary program at London’s Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine. Born in Washington, DC, Byron now regards Utah as home.

Brandon J. Smith

Brandon J. Smith is an electric distribution design supervisor at Dominion Energy.  

He joined Dominion Energy in 2011 as an electric distribution project designer in Alexandria, VA.  In 2015, he was promoted to key account manager in Herndon, VA where he managed a portfolio of 4,000+ accounts with an annual revenue exceeding $170 M.  In September 2019, he returned to Springfield, VA to assume his current role. 

Prior to joining Dominion Energy, Smith was a long-term substitute teacher at Sutherland Middle School in Charlottesville, VA.  He was able to fulfill his passion for promoting S.T.E.M. through teaching technology, keyboarding, and entrepreneurship courses to sixth, seventh and eighth graders.  

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia. While an undergraduate, he served as a mentor for the Peer Advisor Program, nationally recognized for exemplary practice in achieving campus diversity.

He is a member of Dominion Energy’s African American Resource Group (AARG) leadership team and he served as the inaugural chair for the Northern Virginia chapter in 2018.

Dr. Tamara Stevenson

Tamara N. Stevenson, EdD, is Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In this role, she provides direct oversight of DEI and leadership toward strengthening and sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion in the College’s operational infrastructure, inclusive of its policies, practices, and procedures. She most recently served as an associate professor in the college’s Communication program. As an administrator-scholar, Dr. Stevenson’s research and practice explore the rhetorical activities of educational institutions as organizational sites of power through a critical race lens. A first-generation college student from Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Stevenson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s degree in organizational communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She worked in corporate communication in various organizations and industries in the metropolitan Detroit area for more than a decade, including print and broadcast journalism, automotive, health care, and K-12/higher education. Dr. Stevenson later returned to school to earn a specialist of arts degree and a doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration on community college leadership from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Dr. Stevenson is the first African American hired into the college’s Communication Program, the first to earn multi-year faculty contracts, and the first to advance in academic rank to associate professor. In 2020, Utah Business Magazine selected Dr. Stevenson as an honoree of the publication’s ‘30 Women to Watch” and she was chosen as one of seven candidates to join Cohort 7 of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s (NADOHE) 2020-2021 Chief Diversity Officer Fellows Program.

Maria Pia Tamburri

Maria Pia Tamburri is responsible for leading Dominion Energy’s diversity & inclusion and employee engagement programs. She supports and leads employee focused initiatives to foster an  engaged, diverse, respectful, and inclusive workplace where all employees have opportunity to thrive. Leads the development, distribution, and analysis of the company’s biennial employee engagement survey, exit surveys, various pulse surveys, and focus groups. Previously, Maria was senior community engagement policy director. In this role, she led the company’s community engagement efforts across Dominion Energy’s footprint.  

Before joining Dominion Energy, Maria led global public affairs and crisis management for Allegion, plc. In Carmel, Indiana. Prior to this role, Maria lived in Stuttgart, Germany where she served as the Chief of Strategic  Outreach Initiatives for U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Department of Defense. From 2001 until  2008, Maria held a variety of roles as a political appointee in the administration of President  George W. Bush. Her time in the administration provided her with the opportunity to work as  Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State’s Bureau  of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Director of Specialty Media and Hispanic spokesperson  in the White House Office of Media Affairs. She also served in the Department of Housing  and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier in her career,  Maria worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Judiciary Committee and House  Government Reform Committee.  

Maria currently serves as a board member for the New College Institute and Richmond  Habitat for Humanity. She also serves as member of The Presidential Precinct Global  Advisory Council and member-at-large of The NAWBO Richmond Foundation. She is a  graduate of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her  bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Maria also studied Latin American politics at the  Universidad de Belgrano in her native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tara Thue

Tara Thue is AT&T’s President of the Mountain West States for external and legislative affairs. In this role, Tara leads all external, governmental and community affairs for AT&T in Idaho, Montana and Utah. Tara previously served as AT&T’s Director for external and legislative affairs, covering the same region.

Prior to joining AT&T, she served in the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, overseeing the State’s efforts to improve broadband access and advising the Governor’s office on communications related policy issues. Tara 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 (known today as the Utah Broadband Outreach Center). She also worked on federal technology and communications public policy matters at Comcast Corporation in Washington, D.C., before moving back to her home state of Utah.

Tara graduated from Utah State University with a dual major in political science and economics.

She currently serves on the Salt Lake Chamber, Economic Development Corporation of Utah and Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors; Make-A-Wish Utah’s board as chair; the Utah Multicultural Advisory Committee to the COVID-19 Response; and the Behavioral Health Crisis Response Commission. Tara was also recently appointed to Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission by Governor Spencer J. Cox, a volunteer board seat that she will serve on through 2024.

When not traveling with her husband (Matt), daughter (Quinn) and son (Ivan), you will probably find Tara golfing or hiking with her blind rescue dog, Bubbles.

Daniel Tuutau

Daniel Tuutau is originally from Los Angeles, California. He holds BA & MM degrees in music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Utah in Vocal Performance. His work experience spans the gamut. He has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Utah, an Intake Specialist for a divorce attorney, a call-center-based security system salesperson, a Seminary teacher for high school religious instruction, a residential solar salesman, and he currently is a chorus member with Utah Opera, a Librarian with the Salt Lake City Public Library, an entrepreneur running a photography/videography company, and also the Membership and Resource Liaison for the Pacific Island Business Alliance working to better the lives of those in the Pacific Islander Community. He lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Brandy, and their four children.

Mary Ann Villarreal

Dr. Mary Ann Villarreal is fueled by an unwavering commitment to ensure the doors to receiving a degree remain open and the table is set for everyone to participate. As the inaugural vice president for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Utah, she provides leadership and strategic oversight of diversity and inclusion initiatives across the University’s academic and health sciences campuses. This opportunity unites her extensive experience in higher education and her passion for social justice in leading the University on its journey to becoming an anti-racist community.

Since her arrival in 2019, Villarreal has been steadfast in growing the EDI division to meet the needs of the University through innovative and impactful programs.  She quickly established One U Thriving as a platform that unites the division’s work across the campus and the EDI Strategy Council that will ensure alignment with the University’s strategic plan.

Resolute in providing a space for difficult and meaningful conversations amongst people with diverse lived experiences and perspectives, Villarreal established two robust programs, Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education to bridge the national conversation with the state of Utah and the Reframing the Conversation panel series to increase dialogue amongst students, faculty, trainees, and staff.

Villarreal aims to foster a shared commitment to cultural transformation in practice, policy, and processes at the U and in higher education through the University’s recent acquisition of the New Leadership Academy Fellows Program, which has developed a nationally recognized curriculum with the explicit goal of educating the next leaders of higher education through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion.  In support of this commitment, she also serves on the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Board of Directors, TIAA Inclusion Council, and the executive committee of the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities’ Commission on Access, Diversity and Excellence.

As part of the critical efforts that help to improve the lives of students, Villarreal has transformed the work of campus student centers with an increased focused on closing the equity gaps for historically marginalized students.  This work is advancing through the evolution of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA), now known as the Center for Equity and Student Belonging (CESB) and the establishment of the George Floyd Memorial Fund which sponsors Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S. in the Black Cultural Center, launching this fall to develop the next generation of Black leaders.

Prior to her current role, Villarreal served as the associate vice president of strategic initiatives at California State University, Fullerton; the associate dean at Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver; an assistant professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and an instructor as well as an assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Utah. She has authored articles and book chapters, and her book Listening to Rosita: The Business of Tejana Music and Culture, 1930 – 1955, which won the South Texas College Américo Paredes Book Award.

Adopted and raised by her grandparents in a small Texas town, Villarreal’s grandmother and sister worked extra jobs so that she could participate in extracurricular activities — a practice that made her a strong believer in creating equity in access to high-impact practices. Villarreal served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and became the first member of her family to earn a degree. She holds a bachelor’s in women’s studies from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University.

When not working, Villarreal enjoys the quiet moments outdoors with her partner and the laughter of their two children and her grandmother when they play board games. She starts each day knowing she stands on the shoulders of brave and courageous mentors who set her on the path to learning and growing in social justice work and the field of oral history; this path has taught her to enter spaces with a responsibility to make room for others. She believes education can change the trajectory of a life — since it remarkably changed hers.

Dan Wallace

Dan Wallace is Deputy Managing Director at New American Economy, a research and advocacy organization that fights for smart, pro-immigrant federal, state and local policies that will strengthen the U.S. economy and create jobs for all Americans. Prior to joining NAE, Dan served as a policy advisor on immigration in the New York City Mayor’s Office, as a project consultant at the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany, and as a graduate assistant at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. Dan holds a M.Ed. in Community Development and a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Jeff Weber

Jeff Weber is currently the SVP People and Places at Instructure, a rapidly growing provider of the Canvas and Bridge learning management platforms focused on transforming online learning. Instucture has over 850 employees in multiple locations around the globe.

Prior to Instructure, Jeff led the growth of the people function for Ancestry.com, an online subscription based business where he helped build the employee base to over 1,300 employees in 10 locations.

Before joining Ancestry, Jeff led the HR outsourcing practice for the Russell Group, a benefits and HR consulting firm where he managed the Human Resource function for fast growing companies. Jeff also gained experience as an HR Business Partner with Shell Oil Company and a Compensation Analyst for Novell.

Jeff brings significant background in implementing a comprehensive talent strategy in multiple companies including talent acquisition, engagement, development, and rewards and recognition programs. Jeff has served in multiple voluntary positions including; Co-chair of the HR Executive committee for the Utah Technology Council, a board member of the U of U HR Executive Roundtable and several leadership positions in the Utah SHRM organization.

Jeff holds an MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

Dr. LaShawn C Williams, LCSW

Dr. LaShawn C Williams, LCSW is a Relational Change Strategist based in Orem, Utah. She owns Relational Spaces where she works as a therapist, educator & consultant to create change across difference where connection matters most.

Mike Woodruff, MD

An emergency medicine physician by training, Mike Woodruff is the chief patient experience officer for Intermountain Healthcare in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. Mike leads the office of patient experience, which combines the functions of safety, quality, and experience of care for an integrated health system with 24 hospitals, 225 clinics, and more than over 40,000 employees. The team supports excellence in patient safety, clinical risk management, patient experience, quality measurement, antibiotic stewardship, infection prevention, and survey readiness across the continuum of care.

Tiffeny Yen Louie

Tiffeny Yen-Louie has spent a career building brands and creating public-private partnerships to support clients in the nonprofit, social cause, political, telecommunication and transportation sectors. She joined World Trade Center Utah in October 2021 after 14 years at R&R Partners, a regional advertising and government affairs agency.

Ze Min Xiao

Ze Min Xiao directs a newly launched Center for Economic Opportunity and Belonging at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.  The Center serves as the private sector commitment to work alongside government and communities of color to advance the principles outlined in the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The Center will focus on advancing economic equity and strengthening community cohesiveness by fostering an environment of belonging for all Utahns. 

Ze had a 13-year career with Salt Lake County. As the Mayor’s Office for New American director, Ms. Xiao guided immigrant and refugee integration strategies on the local, state, and national levels. Under her leadership, Salt Lake County became the first county in the nation to achieve Welcoming Certification and was selected as one of four communities to participate in the Welcoming Transatlantic Exchange Program to share best practices with cities in Germany. Her work has been featured in national and international publications including, Bloomberg Associates, Boell Foundation, and Artplace of America. 

Ze holds a Master of Art in Community Leadership from Westminster College. She is a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network.  In her free time, she loves to garden, fishing, and spending time with her husband, two teenage boys, four dogs, and five chickens.