AAUW of Utah Annual Convention


Cottonwood Club, 1780 E. Lakewood Dr. Holladay

April 29, 2017, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM

Three Stimulating Panels Discussing Current Vital Topics

Women Unlimited: OVERCOMING BARRIERS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT                      10:00 AM

Women Unlimited: OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO WORKPLACE SUCCESS                1:00 PM


The Outstanding panelists will inspire you, enlighten you, and engage you in the work of WOMEN UNLIMITED.  What can we do to continue the work?  Find out from:

 Sexual Assault:  Sheila McCann, SL Tribune lead editor-Pulitzer Prize winning campus sexual assault reporting; Julie Valentine BYU, PhD, RN-led rape kit fight; Deborah Dilley, trauma consultant, formerly with UCASSA; Morgan Klinkowski, assault survivor, Utah State University student.

Workplace Success: Ann Burkholder, CEO, YWCA;  Col. Kristen Struekens, Commander 151st Air Refueling Wing, USAF; Brenda Bowen, Director, Global Change & Sustainability Center, Univ. of Utah.

Political Empowerment: Jani Iwamoto, Utah State Senator & AAUW member; Sheryl Allen, former Utah State Rep.; Ann MacKin, Real Women Run Chair; Tim Fitzpatrick, SL Tribune Editorial Page.

Students and guests, please join us for the panel discussions and the buffet lunch at 11:30 AM.

Price:  AAUW members and guests for buffet lunch and panels–$50.  Student special price–$10.

8:30 AM: AAUW of Utah Annual business meeting.   9:00 AM: AAUW annual video presented by Janet Bunger.  Branch Distinguished Women honored at lunch. Branch Poster sessions throughout.

AAUW of Utah Board Meeting & dinner: Friday April 28th, 4:00-7:30 PM at the Cottonwood Club.

Info & questions:  Marilyn Shearer, mjshearer1@aol.com, Georgette Kapos, gskapos@gmail.com,

Please fill out the convention registration form and return by April 22 

2017 Convention Registration Form

Some of our recent Activities and Events include:


Our Steam Panel L to R :  Angela Darrell, Education coordinator, Utah Museum of Natural History; Stacy Firth, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Associate Instructor, U. of U.; Kassandra Verbrugghen, MPA, Executive Director, Spyhop (youth digital media); Maggie Cummings, Ph.D., Dept. of Mathematics, U. of U.

Our AAUW of Utah 2016 Convention featured STEAM:  STEM + the Arts = STEAM

Our panel focused on the ways that STEM and the ARTS work together to educate and enrich the lives of Women and Girls. Story boards showed activities of AAUW of Utah and the branches illustrating the work being done.  We honored our branch Distinguished Women.   AAUW of Utah’s activities were documented in a power point presentation to the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference hosted in July in Albuquerque by AAUW of New Mexico.  There is a link to this presentation here—enjoy our year with us.  


Karyl Lynne, NM, with Catherine Hill

The Recent Rocky Mountain Regional Conference featured Catherine Hill, VP for Research at AAUW.  She shared information from the newest report “Barriers and Bias: The status of Women in Leadership” which examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

Rocky Mountain Regional Conference Event

Barriers and Bias :The Status of Women in Leadership

Utah Women Artists Exhibition (UWAE), a biennial event featuring Utah Women Artists, was held in March-April at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. 
The 2016 juried exhibition presented 76 entries from 52 artists and awarded $9,600 in cash prizes to exceptional Utah women artists.  The funding for these awards comes from AAUW of Utah members’ donations, the generosity of family trusts and other donors from the community, as well as funding from a Zoo Arts and Parks grant and a grant from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.   All funds are raised by the Trustees of the UWAE Trust.  Please view the exhibition on this website at http://aauw-ut.aauw.net/artshow or our Facebook page, which contains a gallery of entries from this and past exhibitions.

Our Utah branches raise funds to benefit the AAUW Fund and to support Utah women and girls with scholarships, STEM camps and other educational activities.


Wasatch Branch of Salt Lake County held its traditional fall fundraiser to benefit the AAUW fund in October of 2016. “A Passport to Sicilian Food and Wine” was a great success. Read more about this event, featuring Marguerite Henderson, Salt Lake City Chef, and Sheral Showe, of the Wasatch Academy of Wine, in the article on our events page.

Salt Lake City Branch’s traditional Spring Fundraiser held in April 2016, featured Pat Jones of The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), an organization that teaches women to be leaders in business, industry and in political Action. The event was held at the Towne Club and was well attended, raising funds for the AAUW Fund and for a local scholarship.

St., George Branch: The branch holds many fundraising activities throughout the year to provide scholarships, education and training to benefit women and girls.  http://aauw-stgeorge.org/about-us/

Brigham City Branch collaborates with other local women’s groups to raise funds for a scholarship which is awarded to a woman returning to school. The scholarship is awarded at a luncheon honoring the recipient and other women who contribute to the local community.

Two of our long-standing branches in Logan and Ogden are reorganizing and coming back:  Do you Identify with the AAUW mission?. Would you like to meet and work with likeminded women in the Logan or Ogden area? Please contact Marilyn Shearer, Membership Chair of AAUW of Utah.  mjshearer1@aol.com]