On Thursday, 40 businesses and organizations accepted the ElevateHer challenge to elevate women in business, bringing the total number of business taking the challenge to 200 since the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) first created the challenge in 2015.
“We value diversity on our team and already know the value female perspectives bring to our leadership teams,” said Tyson Smith, CEO of Reading Horizons, a company in Kaysville, Utah, dedicated to perfecting a reading system for new and struggling readers. “We look forward to working with the Women’s Leadership Institute to make sure we continue to elevate women in areas in addition to senior leadership.”
The ElevateHER Challenge consists of six key areas of focus for businesses: including 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.
“We’ve made sure the EleveateHER Challenge is non-prescriptive and is adaptable among different company cultures,” says Patricia Jones, CEO of WLI. “With research behind these six areas, we’ve seen how implementing this challenge can attract and retain talent and even enhance ROI.”
Dr. Gary Lowder is director for admissions for the University of Utah School of Dentistry, which has participated in the ElevateHER Challenge since 2015. Over the past year alone, Dr. Lowder says the school has increased female admission by 30 percent, bringing their class of 2022 to 48 percent female – 24 of their 50 incoming students are women.
“We know that the future of dentistry can include strong women,” explained Dr. Lowder. “It’s exciting to see positive improvements in admissions. These changes start with recruiting and took a willing effort.”
Utah businesses and organizations new to the ElevateHER Challenge include:
Ballard Spahr LLP
Betterment Labs, LLC
Brand Aid, Inc.
Brier & Moss
Brigham Young University
Cents of Style, LLC
Congressman Jon Curtis
Davinci Virtual Office Solutions
Economic Development Corporation of Utah
Hale Centre Theatre
Jacques & Associates
Navitus Sustainable Industries
Park City Community Foundation
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
RS International Business Consulting, LLC
Sparkki Education Blockchain
Spherion Professional Services Group
The Blueberry Hill
The First Tee of Utah
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah Clean Energy
Utah Valley Chamber
Young Living Essential Oils
For a complete list of all 200 organizations and businesses as well as past participants, please visit www.wliut.com.