46th Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon

The Salt Lake Chamber will honor Vicki Varela, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism, as the 2022 ATHENA Leadership Award recipient at this year’s Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November 14, 2022, 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:

  • Heather Doggett, COO, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
  • Marlise Fisher, Regional President, WaFd Bank
  • Natalie Kaddas, President/CEO, Kaddas Enterprises
  • Kacie Malouf, Co-Founder, Malouf Companies™ and Board Chair, Malouf Foundation™
  • Sui Lang L. Panoke, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Zions Bank
  • Dr. Astrid Tuminez, President, Utah Valley University

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. 


  • Opening Session: Vicki Hitzges, Motivational Speaker
  • Closing Session: Mary Crafts, Founder & CEO, Mary Crafts, Inc.
  • Breakout Sessions:
    • Kathryn Carlisle-Kesling, Of Counsel, Holland & Hart
    • Nicole Carpenter, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute
    • Julianna Christie, Chief Training Officer, Crafted Leadership
    • Melanie D. Davis, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor; Founder, Planted Healing; and Co-Founder, Continuum Mind + Body Collaborative
    • Aundrea DeMille, Author, The Wake Up Stories
    • Trina Eyring, Executive Vice President, Director of Recruiting, Zions Bancorporation
    • Ibi Guevara, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, Hunt Electric
    • Seraphine Kapsandoy-Jones, VP of Population Health Clinical Innovations and Programs, Centene Corporation
    • Angela Kesselman, Director of Finance, Principal, SunRidge Commercial Capital
    • Julie Kilgore, President, Wasatch Environmental
    • Trina Limpert, CEO, RizeNext Corp. and Co-Founder, Tech-Moms.org
    • Kacie Malouf, Co-Founder, Malouf Companies™ and Board Chair, Malouf Foundation™
    • Gloria H. Mensah, Executive Director, GK Folks Foundation
    • Jamie MoCrazy, Founder, MoCrazy Strong
    • Hoang Nguyen, Managing Partner, Sapa Investments and CEO, Holding Dragons
    • Antonella Packard, Economic Development Manager, Salt Lake County
    • Nubia Peña, Governor’s Senior Advisor – Equity and Opportunity and Division Director, Governor’s Office and Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs
    • Monica Rafferty, Senior Vice President, Internet Properties
    • Brooke Shankland, Economic Development Manager, Salt Lake County
    • Sidni L. Shorter, PsyD, President & CEO, Utah Black Chamber
    • Cydni Tetro, CEO, Brandless and Founder/President, Women Tech Council 
    • Jess Toolson, CEO and Founder, Mixhers
    • Nikki Walker, Director, Community Engagement and DEI, Domo
    • Connie Washington, Vice President of People & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Progessive Leasing
    • Theddi Wright Chappell, CEO, Sustainable Values, Inc.


Grand America Hotel

555 South Main Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84111


Monday, November 14, 2022

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

ATHENA Awards Program: 11:30 AM – 1:15 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. The Boeing Company, BW Productions, Chase, Mountain America Credit Union and SelectHealth are breakout sponsors, with the exhibit hall sponsor being City Creek Center. This year’s supporting sponsors are American Express, Boart Longyear, CBRE, Deseret Management Corporation, Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, Housing Assistance Management Enterprise, Holland & Hart, Intermountain Healthcare, Modern West, OC Tanner, Rio Tinto, Rocky Mountain Power, Staker Parson Materials & Construction, The Larry H. Miller Company, Utah Office of Tourism, and WaFd. 

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