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...

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 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a global faith with more than 16 million members. Her portfolio includes enterprise identity strategy and messaging for diverse administrative, humanitarian…

Lori Chillingworth

Lori Chillingworth

Executive Vice President, 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…

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…

Katherina Holzhauser

Katherina Holzhauser

Chief of Staff, Intermountain Healthcare

Katherina Holzhauser is Chief of Staff, Office of the President and CEO, where she helps accelerate the execution of Intermountain’s strategy and operations working closely with Intermountain’s Executive Leadership Team.  She joined Intermountain Healthcare in 2013 to lead Information Systems Strategy…

Victor Ingalls

Senior Vice President & General Manager: Operations

Bio coming soon…

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…

Leslie Snavely

Leslie Snavely

Chief Digital Officer, CHG Healthcare

Leslie Snavely was named CHG Healthcare’s chief digital officer in 2018. In this new position, Leslie guides the company’s digital strategy as CHG continues to develop platforms and tools to help its growing customer base, which includes medical providers in more than 100 specialties and healthcare facilities across…

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…

Linda Wardell

Linda Wardell

General Manager, 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…

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 …

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…

Ben Capell

Ben Capell

Managing Director, Peterson Ventures

Ben Capell is the Managing Director at Peterson Ventures. He has been with Peterson Ventures since inception, raising over $90 million in capital, and investing in over 70 deals in his nearly 10 years of experience. Prior to joining Peterson Ventures, Ben was the first employee hired at an enterprise tech startup based in…

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

Executive Vice President, Communications & Government Affairs, Larry H. Miller Management Corporation

Amanda Covington has more than 20 years of experience leading corporate communications and government relations strategies impacting financial communications, crisis communications, domestic and international media/public relations, corporate branding and advertising, digital media, employee relations…

Sophia DiCaro

Sophia DiCaro

CCO, 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…
Cathy Donahoe

Cathy Donahoe

Chief of Team, Talent and Culture, Venafi

Cathy Donahoe has been a leader in the human resources field for more than 25 years with a passion for all things people and places. Her experience extends to recruiting, retaining and rewarding some of the top talent in the tech industry through building teams, creative programs and strong cultures…

Deneece Huftalin, PhD

Deneece Huftalin, PhD

President, Salt Lake Community College

Dr. Deneece G. Huftalin was named the eighth President of Salt Lake Community College in September 2014 and feels privileged to have served SLCC students, faculty, and staff for more than two decades. In her tenure as President, Dr. Huftalin has launched a Collegewide strategic planning cycle which has produced a new vision, mission…

Cathy Donahoe

Cathy Donahoe

Chief of Team, Talent and Culture, Venafi

Cathy Donahoe has been a leader in the human resources field for more than 25 years with a passion for all things people and places. Her experience extends to recruiting, retaining and rewarding some of the top talent in the tech industry through building teams, creative programs and strong cultures…

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 as well as the advertising and PR of WCF. Peggy has been with WCF for the past 20 years where she has been with WCF for the past 20 years where she has…

Kathy Luke

Kathy Luke

VP, Member Services, Ancestry

Kathy Luke is the VP 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…

Becky Marquette

Becky Marquette

Director University Development, Western Governors University

Becky is currently leading university development initiatives at WGU with the belief that education provides individuals and families with one of the surest pathways to a better life because every individual has the capacity for learning and attainment. Most recently Becky was Director of Operations for L3 Technologies where…

Aubrey Robison

Aubrey Robison

VP, People, Young Living

Aubrey (Robison) Bates,VP, People at Young Living, is recognized, not only as a champion of workplace diversity but also as a pragmatic strategist that coaches others on how to hire and retain talent. Her passion, drive, and a keen awareness of cultural and societal undercurrents are a unique blend which keeps her fresh in her field and in tune with the larger dynamics of…

Bryan Scott

Bryan Scott

CEO, Loyal Perch Media

Bryan Scott currently serves as the CEO of Loyal Perch Media, a local newspaper publishing company that currently operates 13 newspapers in the Salt Lake Valley. The City Journals have been published in the area for over 26 years. Since Bryan was named CEO in 2014, he and his team have grown the number of community…

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…