“A Bolder Way Forward” Launch Event

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“A Bolder Way Forward” Launch Event

Join us for the formal launch of Utah’s “A Bolder Way Forward”, which focuses on making Utah a place where more girls and women can thrive.

By Utah Women & Leadership Project

When and where

Date and time

Friday, June 9 · 9am - 1pm MDT


Zions Technology Campus 7860 South Bingham Junction Blvd Midvale, UT 84047

About this event

  • 4 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

This event is the formal launch of Utah’s “A Bolder Way Forward” (BWF), which focuses on making Utah a place where more girls and women can thrive in any setting (e.g., home, workplace, congregation, and community). This initiative focuses on creating change in Utah faster, better, and more effectively.

National and statewide studies continue to show that women and girls in Utah are not thriving in critical areas. Year after year, Utah continues to have high levels of domestic violence, sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and gender-based discrimination, while also ranking as the worst state for women’s equality and having low levels of women’s leadership representation in nearly all domains, including politics and business. Although the needle has moved slightly in a few areas, with its current trajectory it will take two, three, or even four decades to make notable progress. It is time for Utah to embrace a BWF, because when we lift Utah girls and women, we lift all Utahns!

The BWF is framed around systems thinking, which is that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In Utah, we have been working on related efforts for too long using the “parts” strategy; we need to shift and move together as a system. If we are serious about ensuring that Utah women and girls thrive, we need to create change by 2030, with a check point in 2026. See utwomen.org (“A Bolder Way Forward” in the top navigation) for more details.

This event, hosted at Zions Bank Technology Campus, will discuss the BWF and provide time for leaders of 18 “spoke” areas to briefly describe their area of focus, bold goals, measurable outcomes, and how to get engaged. Areas include childcare, child sexual abuse, domestic violence, entrepreneurship, finances, gender pay gap, health across the lifespan, higher education attainment, home and family, Pre-K-12 initiatives, leadership development, organizational strategies and workplace culture, political and civic representation, poverty and homelessness, sexual assault, sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination, STEM fields, and workforce development. Overarching “rim” areas (e.g., identity, confidence) will also be introduced.

Come and join us for this gathering to learn more and then dig in during the working lunch to dialogue about how to move forward and identify critical next steps. Be part of the solution!

Sponsors: The Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah State University, Zions Bank, & Campbell Companies


9:00 Networking

9:30 Welcome Remarks – Sui Lang L. Panoke, Senior Vice President, DEI, Zions Bank

Opening Remarks – Scott Anderson, President and CEO, Zions Bank & Jennifer Smith, Executive Vice President, Zions Bancorporation

9:45 A Bolder Way Forward – Dr. Susan Madsen, Founding Director, UWLP

10:00 Introduction to 18 Areas of Focus - Spoke Leaders (5 minutes ea.)

11:45 Next Steps – Dr. Susan Madsen (Introduce Lunch Working Meetings)

11:55 Closing Remarks – Sui Lang L. Panoke, Senior Vice President, DEI, Zions Bank

12:00 Working Lunch in Areas of Focus (rooms booked until 2pm, as needed)

About the organizer

The mission of the Utah Women & Leadership Project is to strengthen the impact of Utah girls and women. We serve Utah and its residents by 1) producing relevant, trustworthy, and applicable research; 2) creating and gathering valuable resources; and 3) convening trainings and events that inform, inspire, and ignite growth and change for all Utahns. The Project is located in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.

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