When: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM Where: Provo City Council Chambers (Mezzanine Level) 351 W Center St, Provo, UT 84601
Join us for a free breakfast and lecture series featuring some of Provo’s most established influencers, academics, social advocates, philanthropists, and thinkers. You’ll meet women who are changing the face of Provo with their passion and personal and professional projects. Bring your daughters, sisters, mothers, neighbors and friends!
Breakfast with Mayor John Curtis! 9:00 AM Enjoy a free breakfast and kick off Provo Women's Day with Mayor John Curtis!
Everyday Strong: Mental Wellness for our Provo Female Populations and How You Can Help Michaelann Bradley 9:30 AM Michaelann Bradley is a nonprofit nerd and community organizer. Since 2012 she has run marketing and fundraising projects for United Way of Utah County around childhood literacy, Sub for Santa, homelessness, and more. In her private life, she has enjoyed volunteering as board chair of LDS Earth Stewardship, as a spiritual care volunteer at Intermountain Healthcare UVRMC, and at the Utah County suicide crisis line. She is married to Mormon historian and researcher Don Bradley.
Why We See Differences in Work & Pay Between Men & Women Jocelyn Wikle 9:40 AM Jocelyn holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in labor economics and public finance. Her vast research on gender and labor has been published in Journal of Research on Women and Gender. Currently, Jocelyn teaches at BYU in the Department of Economics and grew up here in Provo.
Provo's Native American Community: How Outreach is Increasing & Raising Awareness Meredith Lam 10:00 AM Meredith Lam grew up in Page, Arizona, and is also from the Navajo tribe. She has a Bachelors in English and two minors in History and Native American Studies from Brigham Young University. Meredith currently serves as the director of American Indian Education for Provo City School District. As the director for American Indian Education, she is in charge of overseeing the education and cultural preservation of over 160 American Indian students in Provo, grades Kindergarten through 12th grades. Meredith has extensive experience in leadership and cultural enrichment and is currently embarking on a project for the school district that will give the Provo community, Utah County, and state of Utah their first ever educational Powwow. The hope being that more people in the state of Utah will come to learn more about and appreciate the American Indian and Alaskan Native cultures. She is happy to reside in Provo and work at the school district level and is a proud member of the Provo community. Counting her years at BYU, Meredith will have lived in Provo for over 12 years.
Encircle Together: The Story of How a House Inspired a Community Stephanie Larsen 10:20 AM Executive Director for Encircle LGBTQ Family & Youth Resource Center, Stephenie studied Family Sciences as an undergraduate at BYU. She then received a law degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School. She is a member of both the Utah State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. While living in Washington, D.C. Stephenie was an attorney for abused and neglected inner-city children. She worked on Capitol Hill for both the House Committee for Children, Youth & Family and Utah Congressman Bill Orton. In Washington, D.C. she also worked for the lobbying rm MacAndrew and Forbes. Stephenie has done clerkships with Parsons, Behle and Latimer, Justice Stirba, Senator Orin Hatch and Utah County Guardian ad Litems. Stephenie loves nothing more than spending time with her husband, Mitch, and their six children. They love Utah County and have chosen to call Provo home.
On Being a Student, Progressive & Woman of Color in Provo Deidrene Crisanto 10:40 AM Deidrene Crisanto is a senior at Brigham Young University where she will be receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities, Media Arts Emphasis, in April. She is the assistant producer of The Apple Seed: Tellers and Stories on BYUradio, a daily, hour-long radio program devoted to the art of storytelling. She is a second-generation daughter of Filipino-American immigrants and was the first woman in her family to be born in the United States, where her family has lived in Oregon ever since. Deidrene is no stranger to difference and discrimination, but the virtues of a diverse community outweigh the comfort of conformity. A Provo resident of 5 years, Deidrene has learned that a home can be a fickle thing.
How to Start an Empire in Provo Alison Faulkner Robertson 11:00 AM Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show has made a career doing whatever she feels like doing. But it always involves finding ways to feel awesome and help others feel awesome too. Alison is a branding and events expert with a highly engaged online community. She hosts all-female dance parties, writes, speaks to large groups, teaches workshops and online courses. Alison also runs a digital download and party swag shop called Party with Alison and hosts a podcast with her music producer hubby called Awesome with Alison. She believes in love, dancing inappropriately, and putting your own name in lights.