Investor, writer, speaker and champion for financial equity, Jacki Zehner, will keynote the 2023 Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon, the Salt Lake Chamber announced today.
“Jacki Zehner has dedicated her life to advancing women’s financial wellbeing,” said Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “As the founder of SheMoney and ShePlace, Jacki brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our community that can only elevate the conversation even further. We look forward to sharing the message of how supporting women’s financial education, agency and wellness is good for everyone.”
The 47th Annual Women & Business Conference and ATHENA Awards Luncheon on November 2, 2023, at the Grand America Hotel. The Conference is the primary fundraiser for the Women’s Business Center of Utah, and 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.
This year’s conference is sponsored by Dominion Energy and WCF Insurance. Wells Fargo is hosting the ATHENA Awards Luncheon. BW Productions, Comcast Business, JP Morgan Chase, Mountain America Credit Union, SelectHealth and Target River are breakout sponsors, and the exhibit hall sponsor is CHG Healthcare. Gift sponsor is Holland & Hart, and the supporting sponsors are Boart Longyear, CBRE, Deseret Digital Media, Deseret Management Corporation, Intermountain Health, The Larry H. Miller Company, O.C. Tanner Company, PCF Insurance Services, Rio Tinto Kennecott, Rocky Mountain Power, University of Utah and Zions Bank. Sponsorship opportunities are still available and added weekly until sold out.
Jacki Zehner describes herself as a financial feminist. The latest Global Gender Gap Report states that at the current rate of change, it will take over 131 years to reach gender parity, and for Zehner, that’s completely unacceptable. As the founder of ShePlace and SheMoney, her plan is to bring all of her decades of experience championing for the advancement of women and girls under these new umbrellas. Jacki learned quite a lot about finance while working at Goldman Sachs where, at the age of 32, she became the youngest woman and first female trader to make partner. After leaving Goldman in 2002, Jacki spent almost a decade absorbing as much as she could about the wealth management industry, before diving into philanthropy full force, serving on many women focused non-profit boards, giving through her family foundation, and co-founding a global philanthropic network called Women Moving Millions, through which members have collectively given over one billion dollars with a gender lens. Jacki is an active investor and champion of gender-lens investing more broadly. She began writing about women and money in 2009 on her personal blog and other platforms and now primarily publishes regular content on LinkedIn where she has 775,000 followers. She is the recipient of numerous awards including being named by The Economist Magazine as one of the TOP 50 Public Figures in Diversity globally. Find more details about Jacki on her personal website.