SALT LAKE CITY (May 20, 2019) Today, 33 businesses and organizations accepted the ElevateHer Challenge to elevate women in business, bringing the total number of businesses taking the corporate challenge sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) to 229.

“Diversity is fundamental to the success of Western Governors University,” says Bonnie Pattee, Vice President, People & Talent at WGU.  “We are committed to hiring, developing, mentoring, and recognizing women who are leaders across the university—in fact, over 60 percent of our leadership positions are filled by women, including over 40 percent of senior leaders.”

WGU is one of 33 new companies joining the ElevateHER Challenge in 2019.

“Our leadership as a transformational institution allows us to continue to elevate women in higher education across the nation,” said Pattee. “Taking the ElevateHER Challenge helps foster that.”

The ElevateHER Challenge was started by WLI in 2015 as a way to proactively engage organizations and businesses to focus on one or more of six key areas: women in senior leadership, adding women to boards, retention rates of women, monitoring the gender pay gap, mentorship programs and encouraging women to run for political office.

“The EleveateHER Challenge is ideal because it’s research-based and non-prescriptive,” said Patricia Jones, CEO of WLI. “The Challenge is very adaptable among a variety of company cultures. This lends well to success. We’ve seen how implementing this challenge can attract and retain talent and enhance return on investment.”

Utah businesses and organizations new to the ElevateHER Challenge include:

  • Adobe
  • Congressman Ben McAdams
  • Extra Space Storage
  • FranklinCovey
  • Khalm (TM)
  • Laura MIlliken Gray, P.C.
  • LDS Business College
  • LendingClub
  • Maverik, Inc.
  • Myriad Genetics
  • Nav
  • Nelson Labs
  • NetDocuments
  • O.C. Tanner
  • Orrin G. Hatch Foundation
  • Parr Brown Gee & Loveless
  • PolarityTE, Inc.
  • Progrexion
  • Rebirth Obgyn
  • Rocky Mountain Power
  • Squire and Company, PC
  • Struck Inc.
  • Summit Vista
  • Teriyaki Grill
  • Utah Clean Air Partnership UCAIR
  • Villa Leadership Group
  • Waterford School
  • Wealth Management CPAs
  • Weave
  • Western Governors University
  • Wheeler Machinery Company
  • Wylder Co.
  • Young Living

For a complete list of all 229 organizations and businesses as well as past participants, 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.