WLI Mission

Our mission is to elevate the stature of women’s leadership in Utah by improving society’s understanding of the value of diversity in leadership roles, training women in leadership skills, and conveying the positive impact female leaders have on economic development, vitality, and the overall health of the state.

 

Executive Board

Patricia Jones

Patricia Jones

CEO, Women's Leadership Institute

Patricia Jones is the CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute. The mission of the institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership...

Linda Wardell

Linda Wardell

WLI Board Chair, General Manager for City Creek Center

Linda Wardell serves as chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute’s Executive Board. She is also the general manager of City Creek Center, the retail portion of City Creek, one of the largest mixed-use downtown redevelopment projects in the nation. With more than 25 years of experience managing and marketing shopping centers, Wardell oversees retail operations for the landmark shopping…

Lori Chillingworth

Lori Chillingworth

WLI Past Chair, Executive Vice President for Zions Bank

Lori Chillingworth has served as executive vice president of Zions Bank’s Small Business Division since June 2010. She overseas loan approval and management of the bank’s billion dollar portfolio of commercial loans under $750,000, including the US Small Business Administration (SBA) guaranteed loan program…

Katherina Holzhauser

Katherina Holzhauser

Chief of Staff, Intermountain Healthcare

Katherina Holzhauser is the Chief of Staff for the Office of the President and CEO, where she provides overall leadership for business development operations in support of Intermountain’s innovation and growth objectives.  She joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2013 leading Information Systems Strategy…
Ally Isom

Ally Isom

Director of Institutional Messaging, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A professional passionate about making a difference, Ally Isom is the Director of Institutional Messaging in the Office of Communication Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Her portfolio includes initiatives to strengthen the family, local interfaith relations…
Leslie Snavely

Leslie Snavely

Sr. VP Marketing and Business Development, CHG Healthcare

As senior vice president of marketing and business development for CHG Healthcare Services, Leslie Snavely leads a team of more than 80 marketing and sales professionals responsible for brand positioning, creative execution, communications planning, public relations and business development for…
Heidi Walker

Heidi Walker

COO, Salt Lake Chamber

Heidi Walker is a visionary team leader who brings more than 20 years of professional management experience to her role as COO of the Salt Lake Chamber. She is oversees a multi-million dollar operations budget and is responsible for the day-to-day administration and strategic planning for Utah’s largest and oldest business association…

Advisory Board

Angela Atkin

Angela Atkin

Attorney, Ray Quinney and Nebeker

Angela E. Atkin is a Shareholder and Chair of the Women Lawyers Group at Ray Quinney & Nebeker in Salt Lake City. She specializes in all aspects of estate, probate, and trust matters, and practiced as a certified public accountant prior to attending law school.
Ms. Atkin has been included on the list of…

Spencer Cox

Spencer Cox

Lt. Governor, State of Utah

Spencer J. Cox was appointed Utah’s eighth Lieutenant Governor on October 16, 2013.  At the time of his selection by Governor Gary R. Herbert, he was serving in the Utah Legislature and had previously served as a Sanpete County Commissioner and Mayor of Fairview, Utah.   He was the Vice President and General Counsel of CentraCom…

Amanda Covington

Amanda Covington

Senior Vice President, Vista Outdoor

Amanda is Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for Vista Outdoor Inc., a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products…

Sophia DiCaro

Sophia DiCaro

COO, The Cynosure Group

Sophia M. DiCaro is the chief compliance officer for The Cynosure Group, an investment advisory firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sophia’s professional career began in various roles at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, which later led to an opportunity in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development where she served as finance…
Paula Fryland

Paula Fryland

EVP and Director of Consumer and Business Banking, Zions Bank

Paula Fryland joined Zions Bank in August 2016 as Executive Vice President and Director of Consumer and Business Banking. In this role, she oversees retail and business banking in the bank’s Central Idaho, Northern Utah, Capital/South Davis, Cottonwood, Wasatch Back, and Southern Utah retail regions, a total of 63 branches…
Brandon Fugal

Brandon Fugal

Chairman Coldwell Banker Commercial Advisors

Brandon Fugal is a prominent business leader, recently recognized as the #1 Agent Globally with Coldwell Banker Commercial, and EY Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016 – Western Region. As co-founder and principal owner of CBC Advisors, his leadership has been critical to his firm being recognized for 13 years…

Daniel Gomez

Daniel Gomez

President, Gomez Corp

Daniel Gomez is a Financial Advisor with nearly 26 years of experience in the financial services industry. His preceding 18 years were spent in the telecommunications industry, while also attending the University of Utah during a portion of that time. Daniel is a Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow and a Certified…
Peggy Larsen

Peggy Larsen

Sr. VP, Workers Compensation Fund Insurance

Peggy is the Senior Vice President in charge of sales and marketing for the Workers Compensation Fund. Peggy is responsible for business retention, sales and development of both direct and agency business as well as the advertising and PR of WCF. Peggy has been with WCF for the past 20 years where she has been…
Kathy Luke

Kathy Luke

Sr. Director of Member Services, Ancestry

Kathy Luke is the Sr. Director of Member Services for Ancestry. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. In this role Kathy is responsible for…

Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams

Mayor, Salt Lake County

Ben McAdams was sworn into office as Salt Lake County Mayor on Jan. 7, 2013. Mayor McAdams pledged to work collaboratively, across party lines, to find efficiencies in County government and to be open and accountable to citizens. During his tenure as County Mayor, he has championed education, helping the county become…

Dee O'Donnell

Dee O'Donnell

Regional President Utah, Wells Fargo and Company

Mrs. O’Donnell has over 36 years in the financial services experience.  In 1987, she joined Wells Fargo, predecessor Wachovia as a store manager.   She has held leadership positions in Community Banking, Wealth Management and in Small Business Her working prior locations of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and…

Alex Shootman

Alex Shootman

President and CEO, Workfront

As President and CEO of Workfront, Alex drives the overall strategy, vision, and execution for the company, ensuring that Workfront is a dedicated partner in helping its customers transform the work experience. Shootman brings more than 25 years of experience in all areas of revenue and profit generation for technology organizations, with…

Davis Smith

Davis Smith

Founder and CEO, Cotopaxi

Davis Smith is the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear brand with a humanitarian mission. Smith is a serial entrepreneur who previously started Baby.com.br, Brazil’s Startup of the Year in 2012, and PoolTables.com, the largest retailer of pool tables in the US. Davis was Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s CEO of the Year…

Craig Wagstaff

Craig Wagstaff

President and CEO, Dominion Energy

Craig C. Wagstaff is president of Dominion Questar. Wagstaff joined Questar in 1984 and has held various leadership positions throughout his career. Prior to his current position, he was president of Questar Gas and executive vice president of Questar Corp. He serves on various industry and community boards, including…

Jeff Weber

Jeff Weber

SVP People and Places, Instructure

Jeff Weber is currently the SVP People and Places at Instructure, a rapidly growing provider of the Canvas and Bridge learning management platforms focused on transforming online learning. Instucture has over 850 employees in multiple locations around the globe. Prior to Instructure, Jeff led the growth of the people function for …
John H. "Jack" Zenger

John H. "Jack" Zenger

CEO, Zenger Folkman

John H. “Jack” Zenger is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Zenger Folkman, a firm focused on increasing the self-awareness and effectiveness of leaders.  Jack is considered a world expert in the field of leadership development, and is a highly respected and sought after speaker, consultant and executive coach. His career…

Bryan Scott

CEO, City Journals