Here are a number of announcements for February:
First, the next Utah Women’s Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series event is titled “Strengthening the Impact of Women: Body Image, Crucial Conversations, and Perfectionism” (March 7, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm, UVU). All sessions will live stream during the event for those in various parts of the state. RSVP here. President Matthew & Paige Holland of UVU will give a brief keynote and then we will have three breakout sessions (see flyer for full descriptions):
- Beauty Redefined: The Impact of Body Image on Girls and Women (Drs. Lexie and Lindsay Kite, co-directors of the Beauty Redefined Foundation)
- Crucial Conversations: Strengthening the Impact of Women (Dr. Emily Hoffman, Vice President at VitalSmarts, also an MD)
- The Impact of Perfectionism on the Wellbeing of Women (Dr. Kris Doty-Yells, professor of behavioral science and therapist)
Second, we are also releasing a new Utah Women Stats research snapshot titled “Domestic Violence Among Utah Women.” Co-authors include Tiffany Turley (Title IX Coordinator, Brigham Young University) and Robbyn T. Scribner (UWLP Research Fellow). See this and other briefs and snapshots at http://www.uvu.edu/uwlp/research/briefs.html.
Third, we are partners for two other upcoming events in Utah. First, a Provo Girls Summit is taking place at the Provo Library on March 8th. This is Provo’s first-ever professional summit for girls, ages 8-12. It will feature women from a variety of professional backgrounds—writers, scientists, artists, and business owners. Girls can register to attend here. Second, Utah CollegeCon is having their second annual event on March 18th at Davis High School in Kaysville. Utah CollegeCon is a wonderful event for parents to learn more about the higher education system, for students to learn how to become scholarship smart, and for businesses to improve their visibility with tomorrow’s workforce. You can learn more by visiting the Utah CollgeCon website.
Fourth, March 3rd is SheTech Explorer Day at UVU. This free, industry-led technology conference (for high school girls 9th-12th grade) allows students to interact with industry mentors and learn about STEM careers in a fun, no pressure interactive setting. If you know high school girls that would be inspired, invite them to register at www.shetechexplorer.com. If you would like to be an Explorer Days mentor and work one-on-one with girls at any of the three Utah locations, sign up here. If you would like to help for the day, sign up here. (You can even grab your department and co-workers to help give back to the community!) Another program, Expanding Your Horizons, also has conferences for girls, focused on STEM areas. Salt Lake Community College has one on March 11, 2017 and there are others in northern Utah (ATK) in the fall and at UVU in January 2018.
Finally, we restructured our Utah published reports page. You can go here to find all types of published reports coming from various agencies, nonprofits, and entities in the state and beyond. It is now arranged by topic (child care, education, employment & wage gap, leadership, violence, etc.).
Have a great February!
Dr. Susan R. Madsen
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Utah Valley University, Woodbury School of Business