Women’s History Month2024-04-01T09:08:17-06:00

Every March the United States celebrates Women’s History Month (WHM) – an annual month declared worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. This year, the Salt Lake Chamber is honoring the extraordinary accomplishments, determination and tenacity of women. Against social convention and often legal restraints, women have created a legacy that expands the frontiers of possibility for generations to come.

Throughout the month of March, the Salt Lake Chamber highlighted women who are making a difference in Utah business and the local community. Learn more about them below.

2024 WHM Features

Kathy Roberts is the CEO of Switch Reward Card. She was a pioneer in the consumer credit card industry with Discover Card and served as President and Chief Operations Officer of Discover Bank from 2000 to 2006. Ms. Roberts now applies those same skills and work ethic to the emerging digital currency market. She also proudly serves on the Board of Directors of many companies such as Galvan, the blockchain healthcare company.

Sally co-founded Hale Centre Theatre in 1985 with her husband, Mark, and Ruth and Nathan Hale. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech and Theatre Education from Brigham Young University and taught high school for two of Utah’s school districts. In addition to being a featured actress, her broad-based expertise includes the direction of many comedies and musicals. She has also choreographed and done musical direction for a plethora of productions at HCT. Sally has written six full-scale musicals – all of which have been produced at Hale Centre Theatre as well as other theaters throughout the country. Under her artistic direction, HCT has become one of the highest attended regional theaters in the nation with almost 600,000 patrons annually. In May 2019, Sally was awarded a Sego Award for first place in the Community and Culture category. Also in 2019, Sally and her husband, Mark were awarded Utah’s Pioneer of Progress Award for the Arts. Sally and Mark are parents of 4 children and many grandchildren. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.

Brooke Johnson manages Ivanti’s global legal department and advises the company on a wide range of legal and business affairs. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Ivanti breaks down barriers between IT and security so that Everywhere Work can thrive. Ivanti has created the first purpose-built technology platform for CIOs and CISOs – giving IT and security teams comprehensive software solutions that scale with their organizations’ needs to enable, secure and elevate employees’ experiences. Over 40,000 customers, including 85 of the Fortune 100, have chosen Ivanti to meet challenges head-on with its end-to-end solutions. As Ivanti has grown and expanded globally through acquisitions, Brooke’s role has been critical, providing guidance with various countries’ regulations as well as negotiating contracts.

Makaila Kelso is a Utah native and graduate of Utah State University. She currently is the Branch Manager at Spherion, where she leverages her interpersonal skills and innovative thinking to cultivate strategic partnerships and create cutting-edge staffing solutions. Makaila is driven by her deep-seated commitment to employee advocacy, equity, positive company cultures, upward mobility, and eliminating barriers to workforce entry.

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