SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (August 11, 2021) – The Salt Lake Chamber, Utah’s largest and longest-serving statewide business association, will host the Workforce Summit: Removing Barriers and Building Skills Together on August 12, 2021, at the Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

The number one economic issue coming out of the pandemic is a skilled and work-ready workforce. The workforce shortages across the state and nation are causing employers and business leaders to rethink hiring strategies.

The half-day Summit will look at removing barriers and allowing employees to enter the workforce seamlessly, as well as discuss creative skill development and the future infrastructure of the workforce. The event presents an unrivaled opportunity for attendees to discover unique solutions to their recruitment challenges.



Thursday, August 12, 2021

Program: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM


Salt Lake City Marriott Downtown at City Creek

75 South West Temple

Salt Lake City, UT 84101


  • Commissioner David R. Woolstenhulme, Keynote Presentation

  • Derek Miller, President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber

  • Margaret Busse, Executive Director, Utah Department of Commerce

  • Alana Dunagan, Director, Higher Education and Workforce Policy, Western Governors University

  • John Graham, CEO, 1-800 Contacts

  • Ben Hart, Deputy Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity

  • Steve King, Business Development, Apprenti

  • Trina Limpert, CEO and Founder, RizeNext

  • JoJo Liu, Director, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Initiatives and Director, Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council

  • Loggins Merrill, Workforce Development Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services

  • Carol Miller, Head of Employer Partnerships, Wonderschool

  • Aaron Osmund, US – Lead Education to Workforce Team, Amazon Web Services

  • Timothy Ruff, Co-Founder and CEO, Credential Master

  • Wes Smith, Senior Vice President Policy and Government Affairs, Western Governors University

  • Cyd Tetro, CEO, Brandless

  • Amanda Tullis, Director, Business and Economic Division, Davis Technical College and Chair, State Custom Fit Training

  • Linda Wardell, General Manager, City Creek Center


This year’s summit presenting sponsor is the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Merit Medical Systems and Western Governors University are major sponsors.

For more information on the Workforce Summit, click here.



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