SALT LAKE CITY (October 14, 2022) — Yesterday the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) honored A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO, Zions Bank, with the inaugural Women’s Leadership Institute A. Scott Anderson Ally Award, also naming the award after him. 

Anderson was unaware of the new award or that he was receiving it, attending the event as a panelist. While accepting the award, Anderson said, “the greatest untapped resource in the nation is Utah women.”

Future Women’s Leadership Institute A. Scott Anderson Ally Awards will be given by WLI to men or women who are exceptional allies in the efforts of supporting and promoting women in Utah.

In 2015, WLI, a 501(c)3, was founded by Anderson, with an intention to make Utah a better place for women. In the years since, Anderson has continued as a strong advocate and ally for women and WLI. Patricia Jones has been the CEO of WLI since 2015 when asked by Anderson to lead the organization.

At the same WLI event, over 60 businesses and organizations were also recognized and awarded a medal for their commitment to WLI’s cornerstone ElevateHER Challenge to elevate women in business and politics. These companies committed to one or more key areas of focus including more women in senior leadership, adding women to boards, increasing retention rates of women, monitoring the gender pay gap and supporting women who run for political office. 

“These companies and organizations are examples of the leaders in Utah, and even across the nation, who are committed to create change now and for the next generation,” said Patricia Jones, CEO of WLI. “We are honored to work with them and prove the business case for gender diversity.” 

  • Alphagraphics – South Ogden
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Analytic Orange
  • Associated Builders and Contractors Utah Chapter
  • Boncom
  • Bridge Source
  • Burnaby Velodrome Club (Canada)
  • Cache Valley Bank
  • Catholic Community Services of Utah
  • City of Logan
  • City of St George
  • Clozd
  • Creative Energies Solar
  • Department of Government Operations, State of Utah
  • DPS Skis
  • Elase Spas
  • Evans Companies
  • FUEL Marketing
  • Geneva Rock
  • Hippie Skin
  • HireVue
  • Hyve Homes
  • In-Group Hospitality/The Advenire, Autograph Collection
  • Intergalactic
  • Intermountain Precision Genomics
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Ken Garff Automotive
  • KLAS Research
  • Leavitt Group
  • Leavitt Partners
  • Liiingo, Inc
  • Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
  • Mountain America Credit Union
  • Myriad Genetics
  • National Institute of Medical Aesthetics
  • Outdoor Gear Exchange
  • Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
  • Pepsi-Cola
  • Prism Philosophy
  • Progressive Leasing
  • Real Salt Lake
  • Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Intermountain Area
  • SelectHealth
  • Service Robotics Technologies
  • SirsiDynix
  • SnugZ USA
  • Spectrum Recruiting Solutions
  • St George City
  • St George Police Department
  • Stapley Pharmacy & Compounding
  • Sunpro
  • Sunroc
  • Tech-Moms
  • The Community Foundation of Utah
  • The Wayne Brown Institute
  • Usana Health Sciences, Inc
  • Utah Jump$tart Coalition
  • UWM Men’s Shop
  • Vivint
  • Walker Edison
  • Wilson Electronics
  • World Trade Center Utah
  • WW Clyde
  • Xevant

This brings the total number of businesses committed to the ElevateHER Challenge since 2015 to 284. For a complete list of all participating organizations and businesses, please visit


The Women’s Leadership Institute was founded in 2015 under the direction of CEO Patricia Jones. Its mission is to elevate the stature of women’s leadership in Utah in both business and in politics. WLI began the ElevateHER Challenge in May of 2015. In addition, WLI conducts a Political Development Series and Career Development Series each year to further elevate women in both politics and in business.