First Utah Women’s Policy Conference seeks to create a better Utah for all women and girls


YWCA Utah will host the first-ever Utah Women’s Policy Conference at the Thomson S. Monson Center on Thursday, August 23, 8 AM – 5 PM and Friday, August 24, 8 AM – 12 PM.

This conference is a unique opportunity to overcome divisiveness, develop shared understanding, and elevate the conversation around critical issues impacting our state.

“The Utah Women’s Policy Conference is s an opportunity for policy and issue experts to be in a different kind of conversation with community members about how we can advance all women in our state. At the YWCA, we believe that when all Utah women are thriving in the ways that they choose, our entire state benefits. This conference sets the stage for creating the kind of Utah where that is possible.” – YWCA Director of Public Policy Erin Jemison

Highlights include:

Thursday, August 23, 9-9:45 AM
Keynote Address: 2018 Report on the Well-Being of Women in Utah
Presented by Chandra Childers, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), Washington D.C.

A follow up to the YWCA’s 2014 report, also published in conjunction with IWPR, Dr. Childers will highlight the gains Utah women and girls have seen in the past four years, as well as areas where they continue to struggle or have lost ground.

Thursday, August 23, 12-1 PM
YWCA Public Official of the Year Awards Luncheon
Serving 10 years each in the Utah House of Representatives, Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Becky Edwards have been committed to strengthening the lives of Utah women and their families.

Throughout the conference, there will be working sessions in YWCA’s three priority areas: Empowerment & Economic Advancement for Women and Girls, Racial Justice & Civil Rights for Women and Girls of Color, and Health & Safety for Women and Girls.

There also will be a special Pre-Conference Session with Martín Carcasson, PhD, Director, Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University on Wednesday, August 22, 8 AM – 5 PM at the Thomas S. Monson Center. Dr. Carcasson will teach a hands-on training to build concrete skills for leading and participating in effective policy-making processes, especially as they relate to the YWCA’s policy priorities.

Utah Women’s Policy Conference August 23—24: $50 registration ($45 for YWCA members)

Pre-Conference Session August 22: $35 registration ($25 for YWCA members)

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