Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 50 Women Leaders of Utah for 2023. Compared to the national average, Utah’s economy continues to perform strong largely due to its growing population. This year’s awardees are leading within some of the state's largest industries including financial services, healthcare, information technology, education, and more. We acknowledge these individuals for not only their professional achievements, but their personal strength, tenacity, and resilience.

This year’s awardees include Hannah Williams, Chief Operating Officer of Almora Advisors, whose background with Goldman Sachs, The New York Community Trust, and the David Rockefeller Fund have provided her with a unique outlook on wealth accumulation and distribution. Awardee Lindsay Bayuk, Chief Marketing Officer of Pluralsight, oversees the company’s global marketing organization and leads the development and execution of their go to market strategy for its products and services. Also awarded is Suzette Blakemore, Vice President of Enterprise Sales at FranklinCovey, who leads 160 salespeople and is accountable for 20% annual growth and almost $160 million in annual sales revenue for the business consulting and talent management company.

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Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 50 Women Leaders of Utah for 2023.

1. Sandi Gulbransen
Chief Quality Officer, University of Utah Health

Sandi Gulbransen is the Chief Quality Officer at University of Utah Health. Sandi currently leads system-wide efforts focused on delivering high value clinical care to our patients and community. She and her team provide strategy and support to align value work with system priorities, national quality programs, and benchmarks for hospitals, clinics, and providers.

In her previous roles, Sandi led the System Quality team and co-founded the Value Engineering program at University of Utah Health. Since she joined UHealth she and her teams of quality improvement, patient safety, infection prevention, accreditation and engineering professionals have improved the quality, safety and efficiency across the continuum of care. The value initiatives conducted to date have led to significant improvements in clinical quality and outcomes as well as resulting in multi-year bottom line savings to the organization.

2. Jodi Bailey
Chief Audit Executive, Utah State University

Jodi Bailey became Chief Audit Executive in 2003. She has worked for the University since 1994 when she began her role as staff auditor. As CAE, she oversees risk-based audits related to financial procedures, tax matters, sponsored funding, statewide campuses, information technology and student-related areas. She oversees fraud audits, the University divisional risk assessment process and continuous auditing of data.

Bailey was previously a congressional auditor with the Government Accountability Office, based in Washington, DC and a budget officer for the US Department of Agriculture Forest Service. She graduated magna cum laude from Weber State University with an undergraduate degree in accounting. She also earned her master’s degree in accounting from Weber State University.

Ms. Bailey is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor, certified fraud examiner and certified control self-assessor. She is an instructor for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and has earned the Distinguished Faculty Member designation. She is a member of the IIA, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, IIA, the Association of Fraud Examiners, the Association of College and University Auditors and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants.

3. Hannah Williams
Chief Operating Officer, Almora Advisors

Hannah Williams is a philanthropic leader and champion for the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Almora Advisors, a national consulting firm for nonprofits, foundations, and corporate grantmakers. In this role, Williams leads business development in the Western US by helping clients strengthen their fundraising, board governance, and strategic planning efforts. A business-savvy thinker, Williams also manages the company’s budget and accounting systems. A women-led firm, Almora Advisors was founded on the principle that all organizations should have access to high-quality, high impact consultants. From 2021 – 2022, Williams and the leadership team grew revenue by 329% and doubled the number of clients served. Williams first joined the company in 2020 as Director of Strategy and Evaluation.

Williams works in Community Engagement and Responsibility at Zions Bank and previously worked in communications and grantmaking capacities for The New York Community Trust and David Rockefeller Fund. She received her undergraduate degrees in economics and finance from Westminster College in Salt Lake City and her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Columbia University in New York. Williams serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Westminster Honors College, Utah Philanthropy Day, and Utah Nonprofits Association.

4. Courtney Dursteler
Chief People Officer, Crumbl Cookies

Courtney Dursteler is the Chief People Officer at Crumbl and has been with Crumbl since April 2019. Crumbl Cookies is a franchise chain of bakeries in the United States that specializes in baking a variety of cookies and serving ice cream. Based in Utah, it was started in 2017. As of October 2022, the company has over 600 stores across the United States.

Before Crumbl, Courtney worked 16 years in the healthcare industry, specializing in human resources, compliance, risk management and quality control. Courtney has also been president of the Idaho Hospital Human Resources Association and Chair of the The Hospital Cooperative HR group. Courtney is a former Crumbl Franchise owner and now uses that experience to direct teams with the purpose of making each location a success. She has a degree in human resource management from Utah State University.

5. Kate Moss
Senior Vice President & Market Executive, Bank of America

Kate Moss is a Senior Vice President and Market Executive for Bank of America. She first joined the organization in 2018 as a relationship manager. Moss develops and executes Bank of America’s local strategic plan across all lines of business. She also manages the local market's philanthropy, sponsorships and community relations; executes national initiatives; develops and coordinates leadership team communication, protocols and visibility. She influences business integration and robust employee engagement to deliver one company to clients and communities.

Prior to joining Bank of America, Moss served as an executive director for Susan. G. Komen Utah and before that she served as a marketing communications manager for YWCA Utah. Moss was briefly an adjunct professor for the University of Utah where she graduated with an MBA and undergraduate in sociology. She serves as a board member for the Salt Lake Chamber, with the United Way of Salt Lake and for the Women’s Business Center of Utah.

6. Lindsay Bayuk
Chief Marketing Officer, Pluralsight

Lindsay Bayuk is the Chief Marketing Officer of Pluralsight, Inc., the leading technology workforce development company that helps companies and people around the world transform with technology. In her role, Lindsay oversees Pluralsight’s global marketing organization and leads the development and execution of Pluralsight’s go to market strategy for its products and services.

Bringing with her deep B2B SaaS experience and expertise, Lindsay joined Pluralsight in 2016 as the company’s first VP of product marketing to lead the development of the first enterprise positioning and transform the company story to support a B2B model as it expanded into the enterprise. She later broadened her scope to include all brands, content marketing, social, integrated marketing, analyst relations and customer advocacy. She was then appointed as CMO in 2021 to lead all global marketing functions for the business. An active member of the Women at Pluralsight employee resource group, Lindsay has mentored many women across all departments in the company.

Prior to joining Pluralsight, she was previously a product marketing and product management leader at several fast-growth SaaS startups. A graduate from the Honors College at Arizona State University, Lindsay holds an undergraduate degree in finance. A resident of Salt Lake City, Lindsay serves as the vice chair of the board of trustees at Davis Technical College, which strives to make technical education accessible.

7. Leslie Snavely
Chief Sales Officer, CHG Healthcare

Leslie Snavely is the Chief Sales Officer of CHG Healthcare where she is tasked with overseeing the organization's sales and marketing efforts. In everything she does, Leslie focuses on leveraging creative thinking and strategy to grow the business and develop her teams. Leslie also works to elevate the status of women’s leadership in Utah by serving as the vice chairman of the Women’s Leadership Institute of Utah’s executive committee. She has an undergraduate degree in finance and accounting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she graduated summa cum laude.

8. Suzette Blakemore
Vice President of Enterprise Sales, FranklinCovey

Suzette Blakemore is the Vice President of Sales for FranklinCovey’s enterprise division where she leads 160 salespeople and is accountable for 20% annual growth and almost $160 million in annual sales revenue. At FranklinCovey for 10 years, Suzette has served in multiple positions from productivity practice leader to managing director. She is a subject matter expert for FranklinCovey’s communication advantage series and is well known for her practical approach to achieving and sustaining high levels of effective productivity. Suzette is also a beloved speaker, editor, and co-author of a best selling book.

Prior to joining FranklinCovey in 2012, Suzette spent over 20 years in corporate work moving from a top producing salesperson to executive team member. Suzette has held leadership roles in learning development, business development, franchise development and sales. She has worked with executives at Fortune 500 companies and small business owners in the US, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Brazil, Russia, Japan, and the UK. She is passionate about people, business strategy and motivated to help others achieve success.

Suzette has served on multiple board and peer committees and enjoys volunteering wherever she can. She has three adult children and 3 grandchildren. When she isn’t spending time with them, she, and her husband John love to travel. Some of her favorite places include Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, Ireland and much of the US. Suzette is an avid reader, scuba diver, baker, and Malamute mom.

9. Holly Rimmasch
Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer, Health Catalyst

Holly Rimmasch serves as the Chief Clinical Officer and Executive Vice President at Health Catalyst. She brings more than three decades of healthcare experience to her role, ranging from direct patient care to clinical and operational healthcare strategy and management. Her key areas of accountability include clinical improvement, patient safety, quality, and population health.

Prior to joining Health Catalyst, Holly had many roles including the role of the assistant VP at Intermountain Healthcare responsible for clinical services and the system clinical operations director for cardiovascular and intensive medicine. At Intermountain and Health Catalyst, Holly has held leadership roles enabling her to affect change at a system level.

Holly also co-founded and was a principal in HMS, Inc, a healthcare strategic consulting firm focusing on population health. She has spent the last 25 years dedicated to identifying opportunities through data and analytics, implementing best practices, supporting adoption, and improving clinical, operational and financial outcomes. Holly holds a master’s degree in adult physiology from the University of Utah and an undergraduate degree in nursing from Brigham Young University.

10. Carine Clark
Chief Innovation Officer, Lumio

Carine Clark is the Chief Innovation Officer of Lumio. Lumio was born in December 2020 when the founders of four leading regional solar companies, and an innovative home services technology company, together with CEO Greg Butterfield set out to decentralize power, elevate communities, and create Earth’s best home experience. Upon formation, the company instantly became a top-five US residential solar provider. Every day Lumio works to deliver on its promise of the industry’s fastest installs and most personalized customer experience. Clark has 23 years of experience. She began her career in 2000.

Before joining Lumio, Clark was a president and CEO at Banyan and before that a president and CEO at MaritzCX. Earlier in her career she worked with Novell, Inc. as a senior director of global campaign development and execution. Clark graduated from Brigham Young University with an MBA in business management and an undergraduate degree in organizational communications.

11. Sheila Rappazzo Yorkin
Chief Marketing Officer, Westminster College

Sheila Rappazzo Yorkin is the Chief Marketing Officer for Westminster College. Previously, Sheila worked at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah as the marketing and communication director promoting corporate recruitment and expansion in the State of Utah. Sheila spent the first part of her career with Salt Lake City Corporation in communication and policy roles and was the managing director of the Gallivan Utah Center during the 2002 Olympics.

Sheila is passionate about the inclusivity of women in education, business, and the community. She has served on several boards including Discovery Gateway Children's Museum, Utah Rivers Council, KRCL Advisory Committee, Visit Salt Lake, and Salt Lake Acting Company. Sheila currently serves as the president of the Utah Women's Forum.

Sheila hails from the east coast, having grown up in Poughkeepsie, New York and Boca Raton, Florida. Her studies in political science at the University of Richmond prepared her for an intended career in Washington DC as a lobbyist and policy maker, but a post-college stint in Jackson Hole, Wyoming turned her into a mountain-loving westerner.

12. Michelle Jacobi
Chief Legal Officer, MRO

In her role as Chief Legal Officer, Michelle Jacobi oversees all legal and legislative initiatives. MRO is accelerating the exchange of clinical data throughout the healthcare ecosystem on behalf of providers, payers and users of clinical data. By utilizing industry-leading solutions and incorporating the latest technology, MRO is helping providers manage and release clinical data. With a 20-year legacy and as a 9-time KLAS winner, they bring a technology-driven mindset built upon a customer-first service foundation and a relentless focus on customer excellence.

Prior to joining MRO, Jacobi was deputy general counsel at Gateway Health. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial, technology and healthcare industries, of which during the last 16 she has served as a corporate, healthcare, employment, transactional and regulatory attorney. Areas of specialty for Jacobi include health law; state and federal regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, Medicare, Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans; government contracting; federally conforming compliance program development, assessment and audit; data usage and licensing; mergers and acquisitions; and information security and data privacy (ISO, CCPA, PCI). Jacobi received her dual undergraduate degrees from Brigham University, and her JD and certificate in health law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

13. Julie Castle
Chief Executive Officer, Best Friends Animal Society

Following her magna cum laude graduation from Southern Utah University, Julie Castle and some friends made a brief stop at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary while on vacation in the mid-90’s. Forever transformed, Julie decided to forgo a career in law for a low-paying, high-demand job working in a remote Utah canyon helping animals in need.

As employee number 17 at Best Friends Animal Society, Julie worked her way up the ranks to become the organization’s first female CEO in March 2018. In between she helped build the organization into a $130M, 800-employee strong national leader in animal welfare. Julie started her tenure as CEO with the bold commitment to end the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters by the year  2025.

Prior to her CEO role, Julie served as Best Friends’ chief development & marketing officer, doubling the organization’s revenue and support within a four-year span. Under her leadership, Best Friends earned the Harris Poll EquiTrend Non-Profit Brand of the Year four times, including most recently in 2018.

Julie has championed the concept of multiple non-profit organizations, private and public municipalities and the corporate foundation sector putting aside competitive interests and joining forces to publicly tackle a shared social problem. Named by InStyle magazine as one of the Badass 50 Women Changing the World in August, 2018, Julie has spoken at TedX in Salt Lake City, Columbia Business School, the BUILD Series in NYC, and headlines the closing session at the Best Friends National Conference every year. Julie lives with her husband Gregory Castle, a Best Friends’ founder and CEO-emeritus, and their two dogs in Kanab, Utah.

14. Rikki Hemsley
VP of Learning and Talent Development, Wasatch Property Management

Rikki Hemsley is the Vice President of Learning and Talent Development for Wasatch Property Management. She has spent the last 23 years developing her career in property management, from starting as a community leasing agent to director of training and regional vice president.

Rikki has received the designations of CPM and ARM through IREM, denoting her expertise in the multifamily housing industry, and currently serves as a member of their board of directors. She has helped develop strategies for training and talent development that have ensured success for Wasatch Property Management employees' growth and development. Inspiring others to believe in themselves and tap into their full potential is her true passion.

15. Laura Peifer
Employee Benefits Consultant & Vice President, GBS Benefits

Laura Peifer has nearly 30 years of healthcare industry experience and joined the GBS Benefits team as an employee benefits broker in 2011. Formerly with Wise Provider Networks (WPN) as a principal consultant, she handled the negotiation, contracting, and management of custom healthcare networks. In her specialized role she worked with many high-profile and Fortune 500 companies.

At GBS Benefits, Laura works with large corporate clients headquartered throughout the country. Laura has experience with both fully-insured and self-funded arrangements. Her clients appreciate her strategic approach which is centered on developing cost-saving strategies. She has partnered with the Associated Builders & Contractors to create an exclusive health insurance pool for businesses looking to avoid community rating.

Laura has been a repeat recipient of the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Award recognizing the top 10 insurance brokers within the nationwide Leavitt Group organization. Within the community, she is a member of Women Who Succeed, a program that provides mentoring, scholarships, and internship opportunities to girls and young women in the community. Laura also serves on the board of Kids Read! and co-founded the Kids Eat! program providing meals to children and families at home and after school in Utah. Laura earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah, is a member of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, and is licensed in health, life, and disability Insurance.

16. Carolyn Desrosiers
Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff, Nomi Health

Carolyn Desrosiers is the Vice President of Operations and Chief of Staff at Nomi Health. She has over 15 years extensive experience in leading PMO & People operations, implementing organizational change, running and scaling global teams, and advising C-team executives. Her industry experience spans government/public sector, retail, commercial real estate, healthcare, and technology.

Carolyn hails from Toronto, Canada and has lived and worked remotely in Utah for the past seven years. During her personal time she skis, hikes, competes in triathlons and trains for these events by chasing after her kids.

17. Nycole Rosen
Chief Information Officer, BGSF

Nycole Rosen is Chief Information Officer for BGSF, headquartered in Plano, TX, and spanning 80+ offices in North America. Leading the information technology strategy for one of Staffing Analysts’ Largest IT Staffing Firms in the US, Nycole brings decades of experience driving operational effectiveness and profitability through comprehensive integration of IT systems. As CIO, Nycole is amplifying her vision to design and implement consolidated systems across the business that will accelerate BGSF’s unique brand and proven organic growth strategy focused on new markets and new capabilities.

Prior to her work with BGSF, Nycole initiated her career in the staffing industry with EmployBridge, the country’s largest industrial staffing firm, with 400+ locations nationally. Shifting her human resources and IT training experiences to focus on IT strategy, first as IT manager and later as director of operations, she oversaw dozens of Leading Edge Delivery projects, guiding teams of 10+ to propel the organization’s scalability and efficiency across hundreds of locations and thousands of users.

A champion of principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Nycole intentionally seeks out diverse individuals to ensure a variety of perspectives are represented, appreciating that growth comes from pushing beyond comfort zones.

18. Laura Stireman
Regional Vice President, WCF Insurance

Laura Stireman the Regional Vice President of Utah at WCF Insurance. Laura has been with WCF Insurance for 25 years and has held a variety of positions from claims to sales. In her current role, Laura focuses on assisting agencies with WCF’s staged growth into multi-peril products along with leading and coordinating many aspects of sales operations, including core functions, procedures, incentive trips, and feedback councils.

Laura most enjoys the opportunity to work with people from varied backgrounds. She loves to volunteer and currently serves on the Utah Black Chamber Board. She also volunteers with Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Judge Memorial High School. When not working or volunteering, Laura enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring.

19. Brittany David
Chief Revenue Officer, SnugZ USA

Brittany David is a results and growth driven executive with a strong background in sales, marketing, and product development. She currently serves as the Chief Revenue Officer of SnugZ USA. She values integrity and grit in herself and others and works to empower, engage and elevate those around her. Brittany is a recognized leader in the promotional products industry for more than 15 years and the recipient of many industry awards and acknowledgments including the ASI Power 50 most influential people in the industry and Supplier Visionary award.

A serial volunteer within the industry, Brittany served on the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) board of directors for five years, serving as the chairperson in 2019, and volunteers for numerous committees within the association. Brittany has spent time advocating for the industry, small businesses and independent contractors. She also has served and currently serves on many advisory boards.

20. Aubrey Bates
COO, Dentive

Having served in senior leadership positions for more than ten years, Aubrey Bates made an unconventional choice to depart from the corporate arena and pursue her individual interests. Prior to her migration, as the Chief Operating Officer, she spearheaded Dentive, a rapidly expanding dental service organization, to achieve numerous significant milestones and accomplishments. These include creating a platform to facilitate a distinctive joint-ownership business model, acquiring over 70 locations across nine states, and partnering with a prominent middle-market PE firm, HGGC. Aubrey’s executive expertise encompasses a broad range of enterprises, ranging from startups and nonprofits to multi-billion-dollar global organizations, all with a shared need for innovation, rapid transformation, and substantial expansion.

Aubrey's expertise extends beyond being an advocate for operations and efficiency; she is also renowned for her practical approach to strategy, coaching, leadership, and organizational development. Her diverse experience, combined with her enthusiasm, determination, and insightful comprehension of cultural and organizational nuances, creates an exceptional blend of skills. Aubrey has been honored with numerous awards during her career, including recognition by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah's most accomplished and influential women, and acknowledgment by Utah Valley Magazine as one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are propelling the future of business.

Motivated by her aspiration to effect change, Aubrey has redirected her attention from the corporate sphere to the community. As a woman with numerous interests, she has resumed working directly with individuals and organizations as a highly sought-after consultant, coach and mentor. Additionally, she is the founder of a startup that equips single mothers battling cancer with the resources and knowledge to establish a home-based business. Alongside her spouse, Aubrey is augmenting their expertise and qualifications in holistic, functional and integrative medicine, pursuing their vision of creating a haven for wellness.

21. Mairi Leining
Chief Executive Officer, People's Health Clinic

Dr. Mairi Leining is the Chief Executive Officer of The People’s Health Clinic (PHC), a national award-winning, free, community clinic that serves as an essential safety net for the uninsured residents of Summit and Wasatch Counties, Utah. Most PHC patients are undocumented residents who live below the 100 percent Federal Poverty Level and are not eligible for government subsidies. In 2021, the clinic provided over 13,000 patient encounters for community members in need.

Dr. Leining is also an MPH candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an adjunct assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.

22. Natalie Okeson
Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & External Affairs, Clarke Capital

Natalie Okeson is the Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and External Affairs for Clarke Capital Partners, a family office headquartered in Utah’s Silicon Slopes. In her role, Natalie drives the corporate responsibility efforts of her company while enhancing the efficacy of those of its portfolio companies. Natalie serves as the Executive Director of the Labor and Honor Foundation, the private foundation of the Clarke family.

Natalie’s previous roles include serving as the northern Nevada director for US Senator, Jacky Rosen; executive director of PHOCUSED, a health and human services advocacy nonprofit in Hawaii; director of development at Utah Valley University; and she spent several years in legislative affairs, national campaigns, and higher education public service and outreach.

Natalie holds an MA degree in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia, an MA in political science from Virginia Tech, and is pursuing a graduate certificate in corporate sustainability and innovation through Harvard. She sits on the board of the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, two public school’s community councils, and was a BusinessQ Magazine 40 Under 40 recipient in 2022. Natalie and her husband, Todd, have three children and live the commonly uncommon life of a Division I men’s basketball coaching family.

23. Robyn Burkinshaw
Founder & CEO, BlytzPay

Robyn Burkinshaw is the Founder and CEO of BlytzPay, a FinTech startup focused on payments technology. She is a highly motivated, driven executive with a passion for improving financial access for everyone.

Robyn has held several prominent positions in both law firms and fintech startups prior to founding BlytzPay. She began her career as a business development executive at an established law firm, where she quickly grew the practice capacity by 80%. She then moved on to create the Orange Marketing Group, her own agency that specialized in home financing. Lastly, Robyn became part of another fintech startup before founding BlytzPay in 2016.

Since launching BlytzPay, Robyn has spearheaded initiatives on every level from growing their customer base to creating innovative payment mechanisms. Her success can be attributed to her ability to navigate complex legal systems while still managing a resilient team culture. Moreover, she is determined to use technology as a tool to provide accessible banking services and options to all communities, including those who have historically been excluded from traditional banking systems.

24. Quinn Curtis
Chief Marketing Officer, Disruptive Advertising

Quinn Curtis is the Chief Marketing Officer at Disruptive Advertising and has over 15 years rocking juicy brand and marketing strategy for startups, cool causes, small & large businesses, inspiring entrepreneurs, network marketers, authors, speakers, politicians, e-commerce, charter schools, creatives and non-profits. Quinn has worked with companies such as Wavoto, Oil Life, Sequoia Soul, and Seedstone. She is known for their ability to create successful branding strategies and marketing campaigns. She previously studied at Ensign College.

25. Carrie Brinton
President & Founder, National Institute of Medical Aesthetics, Elase Medical Spas & Simplicity Laser

Carrie Brinton is an entrepreneur, speaker, educator, mother and wife. Carrie is the Founder of the National Institute of Medical Aesthetics, Elase Medical Spas and Simplicity Laser. Carrie is passionate about advancing opportunities for women to fulfill their passion for business, while succeeding in other critical roles such as mother, wife and friend. Carrie is a frequent speaker and interviewee on these and other business topics. Carrie also hosts a weekly podcast, "She's Simply Amazing" where she interviews women that have accomplished and overcome amazing things.

The family of businesses owned and managed by Ms. Brinton and her husband Matt, provide retail services and professional education in the medical esthetics industry. Elase Medical Spas is a high-end medical spa that provides a full menu of medical aesthetics procedures. Elase opened its first location in 2004 and now operates 5 medical spas along the Wasatch front, all situated in high-end retail developments. Elase has grown to become Utah’s largest provider of laser hair removal, cosmetic injections, body sculpting, weight loss and skin care services. Elase is also one of the top 3 cosmetic injection accounts for Allergan, a top 2 CoolSculpting account, a top 10 provider of SkinMedica and a National Partner account for Cynosure, Alma and Candela Syneron laser companies. NIMA is the nation's premier aesthetic institute and professional training center in the medical aesthetics industry. NIMA offers certification and continuing medical education for all licensees in the aesthetics industry including aestheticians, nurses, mid-levels and physicians. NIMA has campuses in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. NIMA is unique because its didactic and hands-on curriculum is based on 17+ years of experience running successful medical spas.

26. Debra Spohn
President, PEG Companies

A seasoned real estate professional with over 25 years of experience managing tens of thousands of units across the United States, Debra Spohn joined PEG Companies to take its property management services to the next level. She currently serves as the President.

Prior to joining PEG, Debra played a key role in growing a small group of about 2,500 multifamily units into a sophisticated portfolio of nearly 35,000 units. Her strengths include acquisitions, due diligence, dispositions, investor reporting, property renovations, marketing, and strategic growth. From building budgets to strategizing lease-ups, Debra’s data-driven decision-making process and overall approach continue to reap strong results. She is a licensed Utah real estate broker who also holds a CPM designation.

27. Suzette Musgrove
Chief Growth Officer, Dental Select

With over 33 years of experience in the dental industry, including 17 years working within several dental offices, Suzette Musgrove has a detailed understanding of the providers’ perspective. Suzette has lectured for the Utah Dental Association conference. She is currently a member of the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP), serving on their professional relations committee who work directly with the ADA.

Suzette is also on the board of directors for Donated Dental and is a member of the National Dental Electronic Data Interchange Council (NDEDIC). In 2004, Utah Business Magazine named Suzette as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch, a prestigious award given to only the top business women in Utah. Suzette was also featured in the Salt Lake Chamber's blog as an 2014 honoree for Women's History Month.

28. Amanda Hughes
Chief Executive Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake

Amanda Hughes is a fundraising professional with more than 15 years of professional experience in marketing and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake. Amanda holds her MFA in arts administration from the University of Alabama and has worked for professional theaters across the Southeast and for the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Amanda leads a team of four other development professionals to raise an annual goal of $5 million dollars through private corporations, foundations, special events, and individual giving to provide a great future for the youth in our community.

29. Krista Parry
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SisterUp

Krista Parry is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SisterUp. SisterUp elevates the voices of female connectors, thinkers and builders that are making a positive impact in society through its podcast and media network and its management division.

Previously, Krista served as the chief operating officer at CRUDE, a soap-free skincare company. Before that, she served as a senior vice president of partnerships and media for POWDR where she helped evolve the company from a resort operator to a premier active lifestyle brand. Krista holds an undergraduate degree in communication, journalism, and related programs from Utah State University.

30. Nicole Squires
Senior Legal Counsel, Rio Tinto

Nicole Squires is the Senior Legal Counsel of Rio Tinto. She first joined the company in 2017 as an environmental corporate counsel. Previously, Squires was an environmental attorney of contaminated properties, environmental due diligence and env. compliance at Holland & Hart LLP and before that an environmental attorney of contaminated properties, environmental due diligence and environmental compliance at Chapman and Cutler LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with The Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy as a research associate.

Squires earned a JD from BYU Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from Brigham Young University.

31. Sarah Harding
Chief Marketing Officer, Holistic Spirits

Sarah Harding is the Founder of Crunchy SuperMom, a holistic education resource and productivity program for women. She specializes in social media marketing, email marketing, systems creation, metrics analysis, technology and brand development. In addition to creating proprietary systems for entrepreneurs, Sarah has consulted on numerous digital projects for CRMs, mobile apps, website development, content marketing strategy and affiliate marketing. Her success in the network marketing industry was primarily due to her expertise in social media marketing and training/onboarding systems. Through her leadership coaching program called Simple Systems with Sarah, a social selling success system, she has been able to teach others how to duplicate her success in the network marketing industry.

Prior to launching her own company, Sarah was an instructor for several business and psychology institutions offering business psychology and organizational psychology courses for business professionals. She wrote for numerous digital media outlets like Psychology Today, LiveSTRONG, and was a top creator for DemandMedia Studios as an expert in health, wellness and psychology.

32. Jayme McWidener
Chief Accounting Officer, Investview

Jayme McWidener is an energetic executive that is passionate about making things happen. Jayme is loyal and trustworthy with a strong commitment to quality. She has spent over 14 years in public accounting and gets excited about helping her company improve, teaching others, and serving her clients. She currently serves as the Chief Accounting Officer of Investview.

Jayme has extensive experience with public reporting companies, mostly in the middle market and micro-cap space and has enjoyed being challenged with auditing and accounting for creative and complex transactions over the years. She has served both public and private companies in various industries and of various sizes. Her specialties include working with publicly traded companies and developing expertise in mergers and acquisitions (including reverse mergers), foreign currency transactions, and accounting for complex debt and equity financing.

33. Darcy Douglas
Vice President of Global Program Management, Taulia

Darcy Douglas is an accomplished financial technology executive with over 25 years of experience in leading organizations. As Vice President of Global Program Management, she is responsible for overseeing the achievement of the company’s top growth initiatives and organizational goals. This includes identifying and managing cross-initiative dependencies, defining standards and processes for successful completion of those initiatives, and identifying and managing risk.

Darcy also understands the importance of company culture and has a passion for mentoring and empowering the employees at Taulia, Inc. She created the Taulia LIFT program that includes a mentoring program, guest speakers, employee-led training/sharing of their skills and talents, and a support group focused on the women of Taulia. She also created the Taulia Leadership Program, a year-long program, focused on 4 to 5 individuals, to create and develop the future leaders of Taulia.

Darcy has an undergraduate degree in project management and is a Project Management Professional (PMP). In her free time Darcy enjoys being in the mountains of Utah with all of the activities that those surroundings provide.

34. Sabrina Morales
CEO, Linguistica International

Sabrina Morales is the founder and CEO of Linguistica International, a nationwide language company specializing in providing translation and interpreting services to both government agencies and healthcare organizations.

Morales served on the board of the National Council on Interpreting and Healthcare for several years; as the co-chair of the Policy and Research committee she assisted in the development of the National Standards of Practice and National Code of Ethics, both critical documents heavily used as training guidelines among the interpreting community throughout the world.

Morales founded the Western States Medical Interpreter and Translator Association aimed at increasing interpreter and translators’ understanding of the medical and social fields including specific field terminology. After years of advocating for a Utah State Medical Interpreter Certification in 2009 she sought a state representative to sponsor the first ever Utah Medical Interpreter Act that regulates the training required to certify as a medical interpreter in the State of Utah.

Sabrina earned an undergraduate degree in international affairs and politics from the American University of Paris, a MPH from the University of Utah, and an advanced Innovation and Entrepreneur Leadership Certification from Stanford University.

35. Leigh Gibson
Vice President, Intrepid

Leigh Gibson brings a diverse skill set to Intrepid, having worked first as a journalist and now as a public relations professional for 15 years. This allows her to provide expert counsel for her clients from both the strategic and media perspectives. Today, she serves as their Vice President.

Leigh has been on the front lines of war-torn Iraq and on the front lines of proactive media pitches, crisis response, strategic development and execution, and marcomm project management—attacking every job with the tenacity of a seasoned reporter.

During her time as a reporter, Leigh developed strong relationships with local and national media contacts, which she maintains today. She is well respected for her work ethic and tenacity, and has been awarded numerous awards, including dozens of Golden Spike Awards from the Greater Salt Lake Chapter of PRSA as well as the industry’s highest honor, the Silver Anvil award from the National Public Relations Society of America.

36. Heather Curtis
Medical Director & Attending Psychiatrist, Bingham Healthcare

Heather completed medical school at the University of Utah, Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, UT. She then completed an internship in internal medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. Heather returned to the University of Utah to complete Psychiatry Residency at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, now Huntsman Mental Health Institute, in Salt Lake City, UT. During residency Heather was certified in Global Mental Health, Complementary Medicine practices, & Traumatology with emphasis on veteran trauma & sexual violence.

Also during training, she pursued advanced psychotherapy certifications and was trained in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy by Vijay Shankar, PsyD who supported creation of I Thrive Incorporated, the 501c3 nonprofit organization Heather created serving survivors of trauma and sexual violence. In support of Heather’s work in traumatology & global mental health, she pursued complimentary & integrated medicine training abroad including advanced training in Eastern wisdom, tantric spirituality, yoga, meditation, & breath-work in both Thailand & India. She volunteered to provide PTSD group therapy to veterans and was published twice in mindfulness with the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center PTSD & Whole Health programs in addition to previous publications with the University of Utah Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and ‘Rubor,’ the University of Utah School of Medicine Medical Humanities Journal.

Post residency Heather has worked with her nonprofit and as an inpatient medical director where she has supervised teams of therapists, social workers, & APRNs to provide inpatient hospital care to psychiatric patients. She is presently serving as medical director and attending psychiatrist for Bingham Memorial Hospital, Idaho’s largest critical access hospital, via on-site and tele-psychiatry services.

Heather resides in her home state of Utah in downtown Salt Lake City where she continues as executive director of her 501c3 nonprofit, I Thrive Incorporated. Heather is currently enrolled in the California Institute of Integral Studies Psychedelic Therapies and Research certificate program and is pursuing mentorship in Integrated Medicine by a practicing Integrated Medicine Psychiatrist. She is currently working with our local governing and licensing bodies to ensure the safe implementation of the legal psychedelic sciences in Utah and beyond and will be studying with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma this spring.

37. Angie Adams
Director Clinical Operations, Intermountain Healthcare

Angie Adams is the Director of Clinical Operations of Intermountain Healthcare, the nonprofit system of hospitals, surgery centers, doctors, and clinics that serves the medical needs of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Adams has spent the last 22 years with the organization. She started in 2001 serving as a critical care registered nurse before moving on to various roles including operations manager, clinical manager of ConnectCare and compliance manager. Adams graduated from Western Governors University with an MBA in business administration and management and from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in nursing science and psychology.

38. Cornelia Scheitz
Senior Director of Programs & Business Excellence, Autodesk

Cornelia Scheitz is the Senior Director of Programs and Business Excellence at Autodesk. In this role she is responsible for aligning and empowering teams across Autodesk to deliver platform services that help their customers succeed. She first joined the company in 2016 as a product manager. Before her career in the software technology space, Scheitz was a VP of science at Transcriptic. She earned a PhD in genetics from Cornell University, an MS in human molecular genetics from Imperial College London, and an undergraduate degree in biochemistry & cell biology from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

Creating and collaborating with diverse, innovative, and high performing teams is what energizes her. This, and the opportunity to work with brilliant and creative colleagues from analysts to engineers, is what brought her to Autodesk. Together they step up, roll up their sleeves and create the possibilities they know lie ahead to make a better, more sustainable world.

Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Their technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media, and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to more innovative products to mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps its customers make anything.

39. Kristiane Koontz
EVP & Director of Banking Transformation, Zions Bancorporation

As EVP and Director of Banking Transformation for Zions Bancorporation, Kristiane Koontz is responsible for driving strategic, technology-enabled business transformation initiatives for the bank including a multi-year core transformation, customer master data management solution and integration technologies, as well as strategy, organizational change management and communications for enterprise IT and operations.

Prior to joining Zions, Kristiane was a director in PwC’s Digital Banking practice where she helped banks and financial technology companies envision and execute complex business transformation projects. She led systems implementation and process re-engineering programs, M&A, international market entry, product development, cost restructuring, process improvement and regulatory-driven change programs for banks, payments, and financial technology companies.

Kristiane is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive workplace and is a member of the University of Utah’s College of Engineering Industry advisory board, and a founder and advisory board member of The CLUB – a Silicon Valley/Bay Area organization dedicated to advancing women in leadership. She is also co-chair of the Zions Bank Diversity Equity and Inclusion council.

40. Karen Leonardi
Senior Director of Development, Dumke College of Health Professions, Weber State University

Karen Leonardi is the Senior Director of Development for the Dumke College of Health at Weber State University. She transitioned to philanthropy in higher education after dedicating more than three decades of expertise to the Utah health insurance industry. She devoted years of her career to Intermountain Health Care as a senior business development executive. Additionally, she worked as a senior associate and consultant at Mercer.

Leonardi exercised her entrepreneurial spirit, and founded Leonardi Benefit Design, Inc. in 2005. She built a solid practice with a reputation for exceeding her clients' expectations in strategic benefit planning.

A Utah native, community involvement is an absolute priority for Leonardi serving as a member of many local boards & foundations. She is a past chair of the Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce and Women in Business. She also serves as a Spiker, an ambassador group for Ogden businesses. Her new appointments are Rotary Club of Ogden, Board of Trustees, Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, WSUAA Alumni Executive Board and Commissioner, Utah Women in the Economy.

An exemplary leader, Leonardi was honored as chairperson of the year for the Ogden Weber Chamber and received the YCC Spirit of the American Woman award. Recently, she was honored with the UAHU Jim Haig Call to Action Award, an insurance industry recognition. Leonardi holds a master’s degree in organizational management and an undergraduate degree in communications and business from Weber State University.

41. Tracy O’Connor Mathiason
Director of Procurement Governance & Ethical Compliance, Dyno Nobel

Tracy O’Connor Mathiason joined Dyno Nobel in 2004 and currently holds the position of Director, Procurement Governance & Ethical Compliance. Dyno Nobel Inc. is a global leader in the commercial explosives industry. Established over 180 years ago, by Alfred Nobel who changed the world with his invention of dynamite and the detonator in the mid-1800′s and changed it again when he founded the world famous Nobel Prizes.

As a performance driven, multi-skilled senior manager and creative thinker, Tracy thrives on collaborating with cross functional and global teams to take the challenges seen in the big picture and turning them into opportunities for improvement. With 25 years of experience, 18 with Dyno Nobel, Tracy has acquired a diverse set of business skills and knowledge that include a keen understanding of identifying business needs and developing, implementing, and managing processes and programs to address them. She has had repeated successes in deploying processes to streamline corporate operations, increase efficiency and enhance profit performance.

Tracy is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of procurement policies and procedure, governance, risk management, analytics, reporting, training, communications. category management, contracting, supplier due diligence, interface management. In support of ESG & Sustainability she is a key member of the global Dyno Nobel Human Rights Group, particularly in the development and implementation of an ethical procurement program in relation to human rights and modern slavery ensuring compliance to legislation.

Through various programs throughout her career, Tracy has mentored women both formally and informally. Dyno Nobel champions DEI and has recently been selected as one of 100 Utah Companies Championing Women, which is awarded by the State of Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Tracy graduated with undergraduate degree, with honors from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and holds CPP, CPPM certifications.

42. Jamy Dahle
Assistant Director of Booth Wellness Center, Utah Tech University

Jamy Dahle joined the UT Wellness Center in 2017. She graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2006 with a master’s degree in social work. Jamy has worked in outpatient treatment settings in direct practice, administration, clinical supervision, wellness programming, and outreach. She provides individual, couples/family, and group therapy and has received specialized training for trauma and substance abuse issues.

Jamy enjoys working with students on their new-found adventure at UT and can help address concerns with adjustment, trauma, LQBTQ+ issues, substance use, spirituality, anxiety, depression, overall wellness, and more. She is a certified QPR suicide awareness and prevention trainer, Prime For Life Trainer, as well as certified MRT instructor. Jamy is an adjunct faculty in FSHD at UT Tech.

43. Lori Samuels
Senior Director of Accessibility, NBCUniversal Media

Lori Samuels is the Senior Director of Accessibility at NBCUniversal. She leads strategic accessibility programs to institute best practices in inclusive design, provide training for digital product organizations, drive cultural maturity in disability inclusion, and fortify executive sponsorship. She is one of the global advisors for NBCUniversal’s MyAbilities Employee Resource Group to support disability inclusion in the workplace and authentic disability representation in media.

Lori grew up in Boston and moved to San Francisco just in time for the big earthquake in 1989.
She and her family now live in northern Utah, where they enjoy skiing, camping, hiking, and boating in the beautiful Wasatch mountains.

44. Tanya Ludwig
Director Talent Acquisition, YesCare

Tanya Ludwig is a talent acquisition leader with expertise in aligning innovative solutions to achieve business objectives. She is accomplished in building high-tech, high-growth teams with a keen focus on leadership, full-cycle talent acquisition, culture, DE&I, and process improvement in fast-paced environments. Her happy places are healthcare, CPG, iOT, cybersecurity, AI/ML, engineering, product, design, and corporate recruiting.

45. Tiana Rogers
Senior Director of Impact Strategy, Sorenson Impact

Dr. Tiana Rogers is a serial entrepreneur, transformational coach, and applied social impact researcher; PhD–not MD, so she prescribes perspective not prescriptions. Dr. Rogers currently serves as Senior Director of Impact Strategy at the Sorenson Impact Center, located within the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. Her career has centered on helping large- and small-scale public and private entities use data to address and solve difficult social problems. Dr. Rogers is also co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of BLK Haven, an online mental health platform connecting Black people to Black clinicians.

Example brands and teams that Dr. Rogers has worked with include: Starbucks, Target, Netflix, the University of California Berkeley, JPMorgan Chase, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the International Leadership Institute. She is a 2017 Outstanding Young Minnesotans Awardee, 2020 Visionary Leadership Awardee, Utah Business Magazine’s 2021 Inspirational Leader awardee, University of Utah’s 2022 Career Champion of the Year, and Girl Scouts of Utah’s 2022 Life Skills Girl Champion Honoree. Dr. Rogers is deeply passionate about making an impact and empowering underrepresented people in entrepreneurship, mental health, and wellness.

46. Brittney Starnes
Director of Program Management Office, Innovations in Nutrition and Wellness

Brittney Starnes began her professional career 12 years ago as an acknowledged leader who has proven as a successful woman in business. Today, she leads as the Director of Program Management for the INW Group. Best-in-class manufacturer across the spectrum of nutrition and wellness products, INW combines decades of groundbreaking biomedical research experience with a legacy of world-class production. Its unparalleled product development, marketing and sales solutions, and IP management are designed to drive the bottom line. The company offers a comprehensive suite of capabilities, including R&D, manufacturing, on-site laboratory testing, packaging, logistics, and more. Its mission is to provide nutrition and wellness products with the utmost quality, innovation, and customer care, and Starnes is an intricate part of driving the company’s success.

Starnes successfully started with the United States Air Force in 2010 as a chief, operations & program supervisor holding a variety of leadership roles at the Complex Headquarters in program management, human resources, software maintenance, process improvement, strategy, and contract oversight, landing her multiple civilian awards. As an accomplished leader serving in various positions within the offices of the United States Department of Defense, she had the opportunity to spread her wings, landing her most recent position joining INW Group. Starnes has successfully applied her highest level of education and leadership skills, in successfully standing up, The LAB Studios, and Green Ridge LLC, as director and CEO, allowing her to give back to her community in her spare time.

47. Nicole Barbaro
Director of Communications & Marketing, Heterodox Academy

Nicole Barbaro is a passionate writer, educator, and scientist with diverse experience in the nonprofit education sector working to improve higher education. Nicole currently works as the Director of Communications and Marketing at Heterodox Academy, where she leads their organization-wide communications strategy, and manages our external communications, owned content and all owned channels.

Nicole earned her PhD in psychology with a specialization in evolution and human development from Oakland University. She is an accomplished social scientist having published more than 50 scholarly journal articles, research reports and briefs, and numerous popular press articles in outlets such as Inside Higher Education and Behavioral Scientist. Nicole has also been an adjunct professor of psychology for six years, most recently at Utah Valley University.

48. Yándary Chatwin
Executive Director of Communications & Community Relations, Salt Lake City School District

Yándary Chatwin is the Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations for the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) and past chair of Real Women Run, a nonpartisan initiative dedicated to bringing more women into the political process. Professionally, she leads communications efforts for SLCSD and works to build relationships with local leaders and government officials in support of K-12 students in Salt Lake City and the Utah public education system in general. She has worked in the communications and government affairs arena for more than a decade in both Washington, DC and Utah and believes in leveraging the power of social media, PR tools, and storytelling to create community and move people to action.

Yándary is also firm in her belief that the government can be a force for good. In addition to being passionate about opening doors for women in politics, Yándary cares deeply about voting rights, elections, and fair representation in government and serves as the vice chair of the Salt Lake County Redistricting Commission and as a board member for Better Boundaries.

While she is passionate about many policy areas, she is most passionate about her family, including her husband, Stephen, and their two young sons. Yándary was born in El Salvador and grew up in Riverdale, Utah. She holds an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.

49. Donna Branson
Director of Patient & Public Education, Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Donna Branson is the Director of Patient and Public Education at the Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah. Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is a research and patient care hospital at the University of Utah. They serve thousands of cancer patients throughout the Mountain West every year and provide academic and clinical training for future physicians and researchers. Branson has 26 years of experience. She began her career in 1997.

Before joining the University of Utah, Branson was a program manager at Huntsman Cancer Institute. She graduated from the University of Utah with an undergraduate degree in anthropology.

50. Erin Hurtado
Director of Development, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Erin Hurtado is the Director of Development of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She first joined the company in 2021. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for people with cystic fibrosis, a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe, causing debilitating lung infections, and ultimately, premature death. Their relentless determination to improve and prolong life has made a dramatic difference in the lives of people with the disease.

Previously, Hurtado was a director of development at ACLU of Utah and before that a planned giving coordinator at Humane Society of Utah. Earlier in her career she worked with Mid-Cities Care Corps as a marketing and communications coordinator. Hurtado earned an undergraduate degree in public organizational management from the University of North Texas.