Vice President of Programs & Events, Salt Lake Chamber
What is your title and what is your role at the Chamber?
I am the Vice President of Programs & Events. I coordinate opportunities for members of the Chamber to connect and learn from each other.
What is your favorite part of the job?
While I work on over 100 events a year, and love them all, one of my favorite programs is the Salt Lake Chamber’s Leadership Utah class. It is a 10-month long program where business leaders from a wide variety of businesses get together to learn about a different topic each month. I have been coordinating this program for 12 years and I love learning something new every month. As well as, getting to know some of the most amazing people in our community.
Why should people get involved with the Chamber?
The Chamber is the perfect place to learn something new, connect with other Chamber members and find ways to give back to our community. The easiest way to get involved is to attend a Business After Hours. I’ve met some of the most amazing people at these events and enjoy visiting with the hosts and helping them showcase their offices.
What boards do you serve on?
I serve on the Friends for Sight and Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum Boards. Both of these boards are near and dear to my heart. Both of my daughters wear corrective eyewear because someone took the time to test them at their school. Friends for Sight provides screenings and education saving sight and changing lives. Discovery Gateway is an amazing gift to our state providing opportunities for children and the young at heart to play and learn about the arts, humanities and the sciences.
In what other ways are you involved in the community?
Because I serve as the staff liaison for the Salt Lake Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee I have had the privilege of working with many members of the local reserve and guard units. I’ve been working with the Military Employment Coalition to help veterans find jobs and the Veterans Business Partnership to raise awareness of different resources and funding available veteran owned businesses.
Tell us your most rewarding professional experience.
Every year, as the Board of Governor’s sees fit, the Chamber recognizes a Giant in our City. I have had the distinct pleasure of working with many of them to celebrate their successes. Each year I can’t imagine recognizing anyone who deserves it more, but, I’ve learned there are so many amazing people in our community who are deserving of this award. There is no shortage of Giants in our city. Each one has an amazing story of hard work, dedication and humility. They inspire me and encourage me to take my own “Giant” steps toward success.
What do you see as the biggest challenge women face in business today? What is your recommendation to resolve that issue?
I think both women and men struggle to find a balance between home and work but society still views the women as the primary caregiver in the home. My husband and I found that the stereotypical roles didn’t work for us and that we had to be creative in order to make both work and home succeed. My 12 year old gets calendar invites and reminders to practice piano, my husband’s a good sport and drives car pool when I have early morning meetings and my 17 year old, well, let’s be honest I never see her. I feel balanced when I’m both a softball mom and working mom. We’ve learned when enough is enough and what’s really important. I would feel remiss if I didn’t thank the Chamber and my family for giving me an opportunity to succeed in the office and in the stands.
What motivates you?
Change. If something isn’t working I actually enjoy digging in to fix it or scrapping it and finding a better way. I’m also motivated by businesses in our community who find innovative ways to reinvent themselves. The medical field fascinates me. During our Leadership Utah class we tour ARUP every year. The new machines they use to handle the samples and the advancements in the types of scientific studies they have been conducting are fascinating to watch as they exponentially change year after year. I also love to watch as young minds view the world around them. When they hit a wall, they don’t see it as a dead end they see it as an object to jump over or break down. They motivate me to keep learning and asking questions.
What pearl of wisdom or tip would you share with young female professionals?
Be honest, be true and be happy! Sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do, but you do them because you know it’s the right thing to do. Which is very different than doing something you shouldn’t be doing. Finally, be patient and don’t worry, one day very soon you’ll be asked to give advice to the next generation, who I’m sure will be calling themselves Gen A for “Awesome,” and you’ll be shocked to realize how far you’ve come.