Salt Lake City, UT — October 16— Pat Jones, a prominent advocate for gender diversity and women in leadership, has been recognized as the Business Women of the Year by Utah Business Magazine. This prestigious award acknowledges her outstanding contributions to the business community and her unwavering commitment to advancing women’s roles in leadership positions.  Utah Business Magazine is a leading publication that covers business news and recognizes outstanding achievements in the Utah business community. The

With a decades-long career, Pat Jones has dedicated her life to fostering gender diversity and empowering women in leadership. She has served as a trailblazer in the business world and left an indelible mark on Utah‘s political landscape, having held positions in the Utah House and Senate.

Jones is founded the Women’s Leadership Institute in 2015, an organization committed to accelerating the advancement of women in leadership roles. Under her guidance, the institute has become a catalyst for change, providing invaluable resources, mentorship, and advocacy for women seeking to break through the glass ceiling. WLI’s alumni number over 700 women who have undergone leadership development programs with Jones. Also, through the ElevateHER corporate challenge, WLI has enlisted hundreds of companies statewide to increase gender diversity on their teams and create a plan to affect company change.

 Her remarkable journey, filled with advocacy, mentorship, and public service, has inspired countless individuals across the state and beyond. In a heartfelt endorsement, her nominator noted, “It was an endeavor and quite a task to ‘sum up’ Pat Jones in just a few paragraphs for this nomination. I hope that I did her justice and that you get to see and feel the women and leader I work with daily and who has inspired many in our communities and state.”

Pat Jones was celebrated at a special awards ceremony hosted by Utah Business Magazine on October 10, 2023 at The Grand America. Her accomplishments will be featured in the magazine‘s [Oct/2023] issue.