45th annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon

The Salt Lake Chamber will honor Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean in the David Eccles School of Business and Director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah, as the 2021 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient at this year’s Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November 19, 2021, at the Grand America Hotel.

In addition to the ATHENA Leadership Award, six women will receive Pathfinder Awards at the conference. The Pathfinder recipients this year include:

  • Beth Colosimo, Executive Director, The Mill & Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Salt Lake Community College
  • Ibi Guevara, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Hunt Electric
  • Representative Sandra Hollins, State of Utah and Program Administrator, Community Engagement and Responsibility, Zions Bank
  • Aubriana Martindale, Division Corporate Affairs Manager, Smith’s Food & Drug
  • Brittany Westover, Market Executive, JP Morgan Chase
  • Lori Bonham Williams, Associate Director of Marketing, University of Utah Health

The Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon features inspirational speakers, valuable business insights and networking opportunities, as well as recognizes the accomplishments of those helping to make a difference in our community. Breakout session 


  • Opening Session: Christine Cashen, National Speakers Association CPAEHall of Fame Speaker
  • Closing Session: Catherine Raney-Norman, Four-Time Olympian Speed Skater and Molly Mazzolini, Partner, Executive Director of Brand Integration, Infinite Scale
  • Breakout Sessions: 
    • Rilee Butters, CEO and Co-Founder, Donde
    • Amanda Covington, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies
    • President Beth Dobkin, Westminster College
    • Misty Frost, CEO and Founder, Carrus Leadening
    • Carly Hazen, Managing Director, Prince Perelson & Associates
    • Trina Limpert, CEO & Founder, RizeNext Corporation
    • Elizabeth McMillan, Director of Communications, Utah Department of Transportation
    • Kacie Malouf, Co-Founder, Malouf Companies and Board Chair, Malouf Foundation
    • Dr. Sara Reed, Associate Vice President, People and Workplace Culture, Salt Lake Community College
    • McKenzie Rockwood, Founder, Citrus Pear and Registered Dietitian
    • Dr. Tamara Stevenson, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Westminster College
    • Jennie Taylor, Civilian Aide, Secretary of the Army and Founder, Major Brent Taylor Foundation
    • Sunny Washington, CEO and Co-Founder, Because Learning
    • Sharlene Wells, SVP, Public Relations & Organizational Communications, Mountain America Credit Union


Grand America Hotel

555 South Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Friday, November 19, 2021

Women & Business Conference: 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

ATHENA Awards Program: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This year’s conference is sponsored by Dominion Energy and WCF Insurance. Wells Fargo is hosting the ATHENA Awards Luncheon. The event sponsor is the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation. Altabank, The Boeing Company, BW Productions, Chase, Mountain America Credit Union and Zions Bank are breakout sponsors, and the supporting sponsors are America First Credit Union, CBRE, Deseret Management Corporation, Mountain West Small Business Finance, Rio Tinto, Rocky Mountain Power, SelectHealth, Staker Parson Materials & Construction, and Target River. 

For more information: slchamber.com/events-programs/women-and-business-conference


The Salt Lake Chamber is Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association. A statewide chamber of commerce with members in all 29 Utah counties, the Chamber represents the broad interests of the state’s 63,000-plus employers, which employ more than 1.4 million Utahns. This includes thousands of Chamber members and their employees. With roots that date back to 1887, the Chamber stands as the voice of business, supports its members’ success and champions community prosperity.


The ATHENA Leadership Award is a prestigious national award presented annually to an active member of the Salt Lake Chamber who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in business, provides valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and assists women in reaching their full leadership potential.

Established in 1982 in Lansing, Michigan, the ATHENA Award ®Program is now administered from its Chicago, Illinois headquarters and boasts over 300 active communities in the United States, Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. More than 5,000 individuals representing a wide variety of professions and businesses have received the ATHENA Award. Presented by local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA’s national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors the award practically demonstrates the quote from Plato, “What is honored in a country will be cultivated there.” The award takes the form of a hand-cast bronze sculpture symbolizing the strength, courage and wisdom of the recipient.


The Pathfinder Awards are presented annually to community leaders who create new paths promoting the development and recognition of women in business.