SWE GSL Newsletter December 2017

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Volunteer Opportunity FIRST Tech Challenge @ Weber State

FIRST Robotics is looking for volunteers for the upcoming competition on February 10th. If you are interested in helping, register in the FIRST system at this link:  https://my.firstinspires.org/Dashboard//
FIRST Tech Challenge Utah State Championship
Weber State University Swenson Gym
Saturday, Feb. 10th, 2018
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Maker Space – Salt Lake Center for Science Education

The Salt Lake Center for Science Education (SLCSE) is creating a girls maker space run by women volunteers from the school and community.  Girls maker space will be on Friday’s from 1:30 to 3:30 starting the beginning of November. They are looking for women engineers who would be interested in volunteering their time and experience to encourage girls in the field of engineering and the rewards of choosing it as a career path. The space consists of two art rooms. One is the 2D room that also has a laser cutter. The other room is the 3D room and is a fully functional ceramics lab. We will soon be ordering two 3D printers that will be available as well. More information about SLCSE is at www.slcse.org. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering and we will get you in contact with the organizers!

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Utah Women & Leadership Announcements (September)


The Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) has seven women and leadership announcements for this month:

First, we are releasing our 10th research and policy brief today; it is titled “The Status of Women Leaders in Utah Education: A 2017 Update,” with co-authors Elizabeth Goryunova and Ashlie Hew-Len. It looks at the progress since 2014 for women and leadership in both K-12 and higher education settings. There are some interesting findings!

Second, this is the last call for the UWLP free community event on September 14, 2017 (6:30- 8:30PM); we will have an evening event titled, “Strengthening the Impact of Girls & Women: Resilience, Social Media, and Unconscious Bias.” The keynote will be by Elaine Dalton (well-known author and speaker), and then attendees will choose from one of three workshops:

  1. Building Resilience in Girls and Young Women (Dr. Matthew J. Swenson, MD, Pediatric Psychiatrist, IHC) [for parents, educators, and other influencers]
  2. Rethinking Social Media: Finding Your Voice and Identity as Young Women (Sui Lang Panoke, MPA, Founder of Women Politics Media) [for middle/high school and college students]
  3. Making the Glass Ceiling Visible: Unconscious Bias and Advancing Opportunities for Women (Dr. Kyle Reyes, PhD, Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion & Assistant Professor of Education) [for anyone interested in understanding their own bias more deeply]

The event is designed for women (12 years and older), and influencers (including men) are welcome to join us too! RSVP Online Now. More details on the Utah Women & Leadership Project homepage. We plan to live stream/Facebook live the sessions.

Third, the second Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series event for this academic year is scheduled for November 2, 2017 (6:30-8:30pm) at Utah Valley University. It is the second annual “She Talks Utah” event and will feature five engaged, accomplished, and entertaining Utah women who will share their personal stories, ideas, and passions about finding both their voices and the courage to use them in influential ways (15-minutes each; like Ted Talks). Although we are still confirming three of the presenters this upcoming week, we wanted to announce thatJenny Oaks Baker (Grammy Nominated Violinist, Billboard No. 1 Performer and Recording Artist) and Shannon Hale (Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author) will be speaking. RSVP ONLINE HERE.

Fourth, we are a co-sponsor for the second annual Women Who Build summit that will be held on September 22, 2017. Attendees will work with a team to build a business in 3 hoursWomen Who Build will be a great opportunity to pick up skills to help you start or build something and to get to know awesome women in our community in meaningful ways. At the end of the summit, each team will pitch their businesses to a panel of local entrepreneurs, followed by a keynote address by Chatbooks co-founder Vanessa Quigley. See http://www.women-who-build.com/

Fifth, check out the Utah Women and Leadership blog, including the latest posts titled Investing in Women is Investing in the Economy and Equal Means Equal: Closing Your Own Gender Pay Gap. If you are interested in contributing to this blog, contact Amber Thackeray (Amber.Thackeray@uvu.edu). In addition, if you are interested in volunteering at events or in other ways, contact Deirdre Miller (DeirdreM@uvu.edu). Also, contact Deirdre if you want to add your event to the Utah event calendar: http://www.uvu.edu/uwlp/events/ .

Sixth, the UWLP and YWCA Utah has also released the Impact Recommendations from a recent gathering of gender wage gap experts. It highlights the current resources/strengths, gaps/challenges, and also recommendations for potential interventions that may move things forward in Utah on the issue of the gender wage gap.

Finally, don’t miss the 29th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 11:30am-2:00pm at The Grand America Hotel. Details here.

Enjoy September!


Dr. Susan R. Madsen

Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics

Utah Valley University, Woodbury School of Business

(801) 863-6176



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Officer Elections Slate 2017

Greater Salt Lake Section Members —

On behalf of the Nominating Committee, I am pleased to announce the slate of Officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

President: Rachel Oberg

VP Professional Development: Shandra Corbit

VP Outreach: Melinda Downs

Secretary: Christina Garrett

Treasurer: Felicia Marshall

Section Rep: Wendy Merkley

Alt Section Rep: Natalie Little

Per the Section Bylaws:

  1. Additional candidates may be nominated by petition, provided that:
  2. The member is eligible for the position;
  3. The member has given written consent to being placed on the ballot;
  4. A minimum of two percent or five of the voting members of the section, whichever is greater, have signed a petition or endorsed an email to place the candidate’s name on the ballot; and
  5. The petition, together with the written consent, is submitted to the chair of the nominating committee by April 30 or fifteen days after the slate is announced to the members of the section, whichever is later.

Should you have any questions about the slate or the process to petition to be included on the ballot, please contact me.


SWE GSL Nominating Committee Chair


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