This Women’s History Month we’re sitting down with female leaders from around the state to talk about their path to success, what inspires them and how others could follow in their footsteps. In this episode of Building Utah we sit down with Virginia Pearce, director of the Utah Film Commission.

With 20 years of experience in the film industry, Virginia Pearce has been the film commissioner for the state of Utah since 2014. Working closely with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Office of Tourism, Pearce has grown the state’s reputation as a leading filmmaking destination. She came to the film commission with a goal of increasing production, specifically bringing television series to the state to ensure sustainable growth for Utah’s industry. Under her leadership, major networks, including ABC, HBO, Disney Channel and Paramount, have brought TV series to Utah, creating an economic impact of almost $100 million.

A little bit about Women’s History Month:
The national celebration began in 1981, when Congress authorized the President of the United States to proclaim the week beginning in March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” After turning it into a full month in 1987, in 1988 Congress passed additional resolutions giving the power to the President to sign off on every March being designated as “Women’s History Month.”