TA Hosts Inaugural Rise Up Women’s Symposium to Improve Women’s Equality in Utah

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Utah, we refuse to lose again. 

For the third year in a row, Utah has ranked last for women’s equality in the U.S.* As a community, it’s in our hands to rise up and build a better future for ourselves and for our children — especially our daughters.

Join us on June 19th for the Utah event for women’s equality: Rise Up Women’s Symposium. This all-day virtual conference is for Utah women and the men who support them. Whether you’re a student, stay-at-home mother, or senior partner, this conference is not just about climbing the corporate ladder. It’s about changing the narrative for what’s possible for women in Utah today and what will be available for women in Utah tomorrow. It’s about creating a successful and meaningful life on your terms. It’s about connection, optimism, and clear action — from bold, local women like you.

Click here to register and donate on our GoFundMe page.

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tickets: Suggested $20 donation. 100% of donations** go to Women of the World


  • Welcome and Opening Remarks by Pat Jones, CEO of Women’s Leadership Institute
  • An Unexpected Path to Success in a STEM Career by Jennifer Smith, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer of Zions Bancorporation
  • The State of Women’s Equality in Utah by Gabriella Archuleta, Public Policy Analyst of the YWCA Utah
  • The Grit and Grace of Entrepreneurship by Leta Greene, Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author, and Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate
  • Creating Confidence in Your Personal Finances by Catherine Arik, Senior Vice President and Regional Lending Manager at Zions Bank 
  • Success Principles of an Entrepreneur by Niya Boyakin, Founder and CEO of NIYA Management 
  • Navigate Your Career with Purpose by Courtney Brand, Founder and CEO of thelighthouse
  • Real Women Run (for Office) by Erin C. Rider, JD/MBA, Associate at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Real Women Run® Organizing Committee 
  • Communication: Building Relationships and Influence by Mary Beth Lacki, Senior Account Manager, Co-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, and Event Director of Rise Up Women’s Symposium at ThomasARTS 


  • Learn more about out Speakers here.
  • View the schedule of workshops and descriptions here

8 speakers. 8 workshops. 1 state ready to rise up: Utah

We can’t wait to see you there!

100% of Symposium Proceeds to Support Local Refugees

ThomasARTS selected Women of the World to be the recipient of its GoFundMe efforts. Founded in 2010, Women of the World is a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit that empowers women from all nations to achieve independence, economic success, and a voice in the community.

In the video below, you’ll meet Samira Harnish, founder, and CEO of Women of the World. Samira was recognized by the United Nations and selected as a finalist for the 2018 UNHRC Nansen Refugee Award. Click on the video below to learn why empowering women refugees is so meaningful, necessary, and life-changing.

Women’s Clothing Drive to Support Women in the Community

In tandem with the Rise Up Women’s Symposium, ThomasARTS is hosting a women’s clothing drive in each of its Farmington (UT), DC, and NYC offices. All donations will stay local, benefitting and supporting women in each city.

*Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality. McCann, Adam (WalletHub), August 2020
**Donations made to GoFundMe charity fundraisers are guaranteed to be tax-deductible and will receive tax receipts automatically through the PayPal Giving Fund.

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June 16, 2021by TA

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