//2018 Elevate U Women’s Symposium

2018 Elevate U Women’s Symposium

Join the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business top faculty and some of Utah’s most influential women for a day of research-driven content and engaging dialogue. Academic sessions will be combined with thoughtful panel discussions and a powerful keynote address. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to energize your career and network with inspirational women who are making a difference and shaping Utah’s business landscape.



Thank you to all our 2018 sponsors and attendees. Read a summary of the symposium: 5 Key Takeaways from the Elevate U Women’s Symposium.

Information regarding the 2019 event will be available soon.

2018 Event Sponsor

Larry H & Gail Miller Family Foundation

Executive Education wishes to thank the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation for sponsoring this event.

2018 Premier Sponsors

University of Utah Health                            Marriott Daughters Foundation   

2018 Table Sponsors

Adobe     Beddy's bed ease     Clearlink     L3 Communications     Maverick Adventure's First Stop

Overstock Women's Network    SkyWest Airlines  Stryker   StubHub   

Harvest Moon Events 

SHRM Recertification Provider 2017

Eccles Executive Education is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRMSCP professional development credits (PDCs). This program is valid for 9 PDCs. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit shrmcertification.org.

2018 Speakers

Gail Miller

Keynote: Gail Miller

Gail Miller is owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies and Chair of the Board of Directors of Larry H. Miller Management Corporation. Gail presides over the Larry H. Miller Education Foundation and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation, which support a wide range of charitable, educational and humanitarian causes. She serves on the National Advisory Council at the University of Utah and the President’s Leadership Council at Brigham Young University. Gail also serves on the Shelter the Homeless Board and the Board of Trustees of Intermountain Healthcare and the Zions Bank Advisory Board.

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Ruth Watkins

Dr. Ruth Watkins

Ruth Watkins is the President Elect of the University of Utah and will be the first woman to lead the university. Watkins currently is Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the U, a position she assumed in August 2013. Ruth came to Utah from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she spent 20 years in leadership and faculty roles, including Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, Vice Provost and Chief of Staff, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ruth graduated with highest honors from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. She earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in child language at the University of Kansas.

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Beatrix Dart

Dr. Beatrix Dart

Beatrix Dart is a Professor of Strategy and the Executive Director of the Initiative for Women in Business at the University of Toronto. Beatrix teaches courses in Management Consulting and Corporate Strategy, in particular the development of growth strategies for international companies. She joined Rotman in 2000 following a successful career with McKinsey & Company, and served as the Academic Director and Associate Dean for Executive Degree Programs until 2015. In addition, she is a corporate director for EllisDon, and chairs the steering committee for The 30% Club in Canada.

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Dr. Jennifer Cummings

Dr. Jennifer Cummings is an Associate Professor (Lecturer) in the Management Department at the David Eccles School of Business and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of  Communication at the University of Utah. Her research and teaching areas include interpersonal and professional communication, conflict management, leadership, emotional intelligence, public speaking, self-presentation and image management, and teams relations.

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Dr. Laura Wellman

Dr. Laura Wellman is an Assistant Professor of Accounting. Prior to joining the David Eccles School of Business, Professor Wellman was a lecturer at the University of Illinois – Chicago and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Her current research interests are in the area of political information, whether firms are able to gain differential access to political information, and the benefits that they enjoy from differential access to political information.

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Andrea Thomas

Andrea B. Thomas is a Professor (Lecturer) of Marketing, Director of the Marketing Lab and Director of Business Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. She recently joined the university after a 23-year career in brand management, retail marketing, innovation, and sustainability. Previous positions include Senior Vice President of Marketing at Walmart and Vice President of Global Chocolate for the Hershey Company as well as 13 years in brand management at PepsiCo.

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  1. Katrina Vastag

    “Wonderful! Empowering! Smart! All of the speakers were well thought out and topics that were needed for “today’s woman.””

  2. Katrina Vastag

    “The Elevate U event provided me with a day to reflect on my personal brand – what it is now and what I want it to be. The presenters gave me the tools and confidence to work towards bettering myself. It was also great to be in a room of working women, most who were mothers, and share our ideas throughout the day. I’ll definitely attend again!”

  3. Katrina Vastag

    “Very well planned. I would come next year.”

  4. Katrina Vastag

    “It was a wonderful and inspirational day.”

  5. Katrina Vastag

    “It was such an honor to be in a room full of such amazing women. It really awakened my desire to bring these messages into the workplace and start conversations. There is still so much opportunity for growth in our organization and I want to be part of that change.”

  6. Katrina Vastag

    “I felt validated in the personal struggles I have as a working woman but left with a feeling of hope and direction in how to further my career.”

  7. Katrina Vastag

    “When I signed up this class, I was little hesitant thinking this is another intra-campus mingle event among women. I did it anyway just to give a try. The program surprised me in many great ways.”

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