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.


List of Events

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!

Edie Kochenour Memorial Symposium: "Writing Your Own Story"

Friday, March 6, 2015
1:45 - 3:00 pm
Olpin Student Union Building

Participants will choose from a variety of breakout sessions focused on taking charge of their life and future.

For information and to register for the Symposium and/or Lecture click here!

"Handle Your Scandal: A Conversation with the Inspiration for the Hit TV Show, 'Scandal'"

Monday, March 9, 2015
12:00 - 1:30 pm
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.
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.

There will be an ASL interpreter at this event.

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Women's Leadership Summit

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
3:00 - 8:00 pm
Olpin Student Union Building, Union Ballroom
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, click here.

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. REGISTER HERE.

  • Sandi Pershing, Assistant Vice President
  • Danielle Hawkes, Defense Attorney/ Salt Lake Lawyers
  • Mimi Locher, Dept. Chair/ University of Utah School of Architecture
  • Lori McDonald, Dean of Students/ University of Utah
  • Erica Rojas, Advising Coordinator/ University of Utah Honors College
  • Kate Conyers, Public Defender/Salt Lake Legal Defender Association
  • Gloria Wilkinson, VP Community Relations/Zions Bank
  • Gretchen Dietrich, Executive Director/UMFA
  • Theresa Martinez, Associate Professor/ University of Utah Sociology Department
  • Patricia Jones, Senator/Utah State
  • Lori Feld, President/McCann Group
  • Kira Jones, Fine Arts Advisor/University of Utah
  • Lucy Andre, Director/Success in Education Foundation
  • Pam Perlich, Senior Research Economist/ University of Utah Bureau of Economic and Business Research
  • Kate Kopischke, Senior Mediator/Resolve
  • Sarah Projansky, Associate Dean/University of Utah College of Fine Arts
  • Liz Leckie, Dean/University of Utah College of Fine Arts
  • Nubia Pena, Training and Education Specialist/ Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Karla Motta, Program Manager/ Student Equity and Diversity University of Utah
  • Michelle Taliaferro, Senior Academic Advisor/ University of Utah Honors College

$tart $mart Workshop

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
3:00-6:00 pm
Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Bill & Pat Child Family Community Hall
Dinner Served at 6:00 pm, following the event

"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."

RSVP here for the workshop!

Social Justice Advocates Discussion
"Nurturing Relationships & Gender Formation"

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Peterson Heritage Center 1 A/B
Dinner Served

Mother-to-daughter, teacher-to-student: Join the Social Justice Advocates for a highly interactive discussion that challenges gender-normalization and our most nurturing relationships. Persons of all genders welcome.

MUSE: Rebecca Kling
"Being an Ally to the Trans Community"

Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:30-1:45 pm
Hinckley Institute of Politics, Orson Spencer Hall

A partnership study between the National Center for Transgender Equality and the Gay and Lesbian Task Force found that transgender individuals are at high risk of bullying, housing and job discrimination, suicidal tendencies, and more. This workshop specifically addresses how to integrate transgender members into a larger community, including appropriate language and definitions, respectful interactions, creating systems of support for transgender individuals, and beyond.

Rebecca Kling Workshop
"No Gender Left Behind"

Thursday, March 12, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Gould Auditorium, Marriott Library

In the Fall of 2010, Rebecca Kling was fired from a teaching position for being a transgender woman. The experience left her wondering what America is teaching its children – and its adults – about gender, conformity, and being just a little bit different.

NOTE: The “No Gender Left Behind” performance contains a scene in which Rebecca is topless.


Gender Studies Department, U of U
Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU)
Women in Medicine and Science, U of U

Edie Kochenour Memorial Sponsors:
Student Affairs, U of U
Health Sciences, U of U
Division of Human Resources, U of U
Office of Undergraduate Studies, U of U
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, U of U
Continuing Education, U of U
David Eccles School of Business, U of U
The Graduate School, U of U
Chartwells, U of U

Honors College Creative Solutions Mentoring Luncheon Sponsor:
Honors College

$tart $mart Sponsors:
Women in Business, David Eccles School of Business, U of U
The Personal Money Management Center

Social Justice Advocates Discussion Sponsor:
Social Justice Advocates

MUSE:Rebecca Kling Sponsors:
The MUSE Project
Hinckley Institute of Politics

Rebecca Kling Workshop Sponsors:
Gender Studies, U of U