University of Utah Office for Equity and Diversity

Women's Week

This annual event focuses on issues related specifically to women in their professional, social, and personal lives. Next year's week of events will run from March 6-12, 2015.


Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture: Jeannie Kahwajy
"Drawing Out Other's Greatness"

Friday, March 6, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
Olpin Student Union Building, Union Ballroom

Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy’s research, teaching and practice focus on specific ways leaders interact. She will address how we can transform those interactions to bring out the best in both ourselves and in those with whom we interact. The most important application of this new skill will revolve around the shifting reception of and the connection to women—and how women can take action to initiate this powerful shift!

KEYNOTE: Judy Smith

Monday, March 9, 2015
12:00 - 1:30
Olpin Student Union Building, Union Ballroom

"Consider it handled." -- Olivia Pope

The real-life inspiration behind ABC’s hit political thriller series Scandal starring Kerry Washington, Judy Smith is the US’s premier crisis management expert. In her talk, she will draw on her work to discuss “Gender, Sexuality, and Scandal.”
Smith has worked with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, President Clinton’s scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, the Iran Contra investigation, the prosecution of former DC Mayor Marion Barry, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the congressional inquiry of Enron, and the United Nations’ and World Health Organization’s responses to the SARS epidemic.

Women's Leadership Summit

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Time: TBD
Olpin Student Union Building

The Women’s Leadership Summit aims for women students to feel more confident as leaders by helping them build valuable skills and support networks. The program will include a keynote speaker, program sessions, and mentor-led reflection. To register, please visit the Office of Orientation & Leadership Development’s website at

Honors College Creative Solutions Mentoring Luncheon

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
11:30 - 1:30 pm
Olpin Student Union Building, Saltair
Lunch Served

Meet local women leaders in business, non-profit, art, community leadership, and activism for small group discussions that will let you identify your passions, facilitate networking, and open opportunities. Lunch provided. Free event, pre-registration required. Contact

Start Smart Workshop

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
3:30-6:30 pm
Bill & Pat Child Family Community Hall
Dinner Served

"Do you want to approach the job market with the confidence and skills you need to negotiate your salary and benefits? Come join us at the $tart $mart Workshop for women. Learn how to develop a personal budget to find your salary needs, benchmark salary and benefits, and negotiate your first salary out of college, or for a promotion. We will help you do this in a safe environment that allows you to role play negotiating your pay and sell your worth."

MUSE: Rebecca Kling

Thursday, March 12, 2015
11:30-1:00 pm
Olpin Student Union Building, Union Den

No Gender Left Behind: Performance contemplating what we teach ourselves and our children about gender conformity, and being just a little bit different.

Rebecca Kling Workshop

Friday, March 13, 2015
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Being an Ally to the Transgender Community: Interactive workshop addressing how to integrate transgender members into our larger community, including through language, respectful interactions, and creating support systems.