About the Conference

Join the Salt Lake Chamber and Women’s Business Center of Utah this fall for the annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon.

The past year has shown us that we can survive almost anything with a little grit and grace. That through trials and tribulations we can grow into the people we were meant to be. Come join us and hear from inspirational speakers who know this firsthand, learn valuable business insights to further your professional growth, foster relationships with other businesswomen in the community, and more.

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

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

2021 Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 19, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grand America Hotel
555 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Conference & Luncheon: Member $85 | Non-Member $100
Luncheon Only: Members $65 | Non-Members $75

Agenda information coming soon.

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ATHENA Leadership Award

Natalie Gochnour
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah

Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business and director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. She also serves as the chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber. In these roles, she provides policy leadership that helps Utah prosper.

Gochnour’s experience includes a diverse mix of public service and business experience. During her public service, she advised Utah governors Norm Bangerter, Mike Leavitt, and Olene Walker. She also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration, serving as an associate administrator at the EPA and counselor to the secretary at Health and Human Services. For seven years she led the public policy business priorities of the Salt Lake Chamber.

Gochnour has authored over 250 published columns in Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News and co-hosts the weekly public radio program Both Sides of the Aisle on KCPW.

She has been recognized by the Downtown Alliance, YWCA of Salt Lake City, South Valley Chamber, Friends for Sight, Girl Scouts of Utah, and other community-focused organizations for her service and example in the community. Gochnour also serves the community by serving on the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, Utah Transportation Commission, O.C. Tanner, Altabank, and Primary Children’s Hospital boards. She is also vice-chair of Envision Utah and World Trade Center Utah.

Gochnour has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and specializes in and teaches public finance.

Pathfinder Awards

Beth Colosimo

Beth Colosimo
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Beth Colosimo is the Executive Director of The Mill and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB). The Mill is an entrepreneurship center at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) that offers numerous programs and assistance for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Mill includes the Small Business Development Center, the co-working and incubator space, the Everyday Entrepreneur Program, Veteran Business Resource Center, Global Business Center and many other services and programs. The Mill and GS10KSB serve thousands of small business owners with the mission to educate, provide resources and access to capital.

Prior to joining SLCC, Beth owned and operated her own small business, Wasatch Home Furnishings. Her professional career also includes working for EDCUtah and various multinational corporations. Beth is a graduate of the University of Utah and received her MBA from Westminster College. Beth works with numerous non-profit boards and community partners in the spirit of collaboration and promoting Utah’s small businesses.

Beth is passionate about working with entrepreneurs and small business owners and those looking to make a difference in their businesses and communities. She is equally passionate about family, travel, golf and India.

Ibi Guevara

Ibi Guevara
Hunt Electric

Ibi Guevara is a shareholder and the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at Hunt Electric, where she has played a significant role in driving the company’s consistent growth over the past 16 years. Ibi’s passion for cultivating mutually beneficial relationships based on connecting, taking the initiative to give support, and mentoring those who need it has played a prominent part in her contributions to Hunt Electric’s growth. She is a member of the ULI Utah, Salt Lake Chamber, EDCUtah, UMA, Truss, Downtown Alliance, and IFMA. She currently serves as chair of the ULI Utah District.

Rep Sandra Hollins

Rep. Sandra Hollins
Zions Bank

Representative Sandra Hollins was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and has been a Salt Lake City resident for the past 30 years. She and her husband David currently reside in Fair Park and have two daughters, Jaynell and Canice.

Rep. Hollins 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.

As the first Black American woman elected to the Utah House of Representatives Sandra proudly serves District 23. She serves as a member of the Social Services Appropriations Committee, the Health and Human Services Standing Committee, the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee, and the Child Welfare Legislative Oversight Panel. Notably, she sponsored H.J.R 8/Amendment C on the 2020 ballot to remove the exception for slavery from Utah’s constitution, and in 2016 sponsored HB460, a School to Prison Pipeline bill which requires cultural training for student resource officers.

Sandra is a member of the graduate chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., is a graduate of the Westside Leadership Institute, and has served on numerous boards and councils.

Aubriana Martindale

Aubriana Martindale
Smith’s Food & Drug

Aubriana Martindale is the Division Corporate Affairs Manager for Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division for the Kroger Co. She oversees 141 Smith’s Food & Drug Stores throughout seven states of operation in media, external communications, philanthropy and community relations. Utah Business Magazine recently named Martindale a 40 under 40 influential business leader and Progressive Grocer awarded her as one of the Top Women in Grocery for her continued achievements as an influential female in the North American retail food industry.

Brittany Westover

Brittany Westover
JP Morgan Chase

Brittany Westover leads the Utah/Idaho Middle Market Commercial Banking team for JP Morgan Chase. Brittany has held numerous roles at National, Regional and Local levels over a 22 year career with Chase and predecessors. Born and raised in Salt Lake, she graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Westminster College.

Brittany is an active member in the Utah community. She served on the Board for the Women’s Business Center of Utah for over 10 years and was Chair from 2017-2019. She Chaired the UBA’s Women in Banking Conference in 2020 and served 6 years on the Board of Directors for the South Valley Chamber. She is currently an Executive Committee Board Member for the Utah Bankers Association and active on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors.

When she isn’t working or serving the community, she enjoys spending time with her large blended family, running, exercising, and traveling.

Lori Bonham Williams

Lori B. Williams
University of Utah Health

Lori B. Williams, MPA, is an associate director of marketing for University of Utah Health. For the past 15 years, she has worked in marketing and communications in the health care and education industries. She has created and lead successful marketing and communications campaigns, which include the rebrand initiative for U of U Health, Breast Assured, Vas Madness and #UtahCares. Lori, a Cali girl, is a transplant to Utah. She began and built her career foundation at Salt Lake Community College. You can find her on the ski slopes in the winter and spending quality time with her husband and lively two sons, which are her pride and joy. She is a fro-yo fanatic, adventure seeker and enjoys helping and learning from others.