ST. GEORGE — Southern Utah University’s Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service, Utah Tech University, Utah Women Run and Women’s Leadership Institute are pleased to announce and invite women from across Southern Utah to attend two great events.

The campus of Utah Tech University is shown in St. George, Utah, July 14, 2023 | Photo by Haven Scott, St. George News

The series, titled “The Urgency of Women’s Leadership: Discover Your Why, Discover Your Way,” aims to inspire and empower women to take on leadership roles in their communities and beyond.

Building on last year’s sold-out event, which focused on highlighting the various pathways women can take to become leaders, this year’s series promises to be equally inspiring, according to a press release.

“The series offers a great chance for attendees to learn from leaders from diverse backgrounds how to use their individual skills and experiences to positively impact their communities,” said Nina Barnes with Utah Women Run.

The first event in the series will be a reception held on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6-8 p.m. The reception will feature a presentation by a leading expert on gender intelligence, Barbara Annis, who will share her research and perspective.

During the event, participants will explore the similarities and differences between men and women and how they each contribute uniquely to leadership in Southern Utah communities.

Southern Utah University President Mindy Benson welcomes graduates and others in attendance to commencement ceremony, Cedar City, Utah, April 28, 2023 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Additionally, there will be an interactive panel discussion with experts, including Barbara Annis, CEO of the Gender Intelligence Group; Jacki Zehner, CEO and Founder of ShePlace/SheMoney; Pat Jones, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and Nina Barnes, former Cedar City Councilwoman and Utah Women Run Board Member.

The second event in the series is on Friday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with lunch provided. The event focuses on exploring the many pathways to leadership that individuals can choose and embrace in a way that resonates with them.

The event will feature panel discussions, interactive audience conversations, and individual stories presented by speakers, including President Stacey Yardley McIff of Snow College and President Mindy Benson of Southern Utah University, Natalie Gochnor, Director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, Maile Wilson-Edwards, former Mayor of Cedar City and current corporate lawyer, and St. George Mayor Michelle Randall.

Both events take place on the campus of Utah Tech University in St. George. Registration is necessary to attend. To register, click here.

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