Project Staff

Dr. Susan R. Madsen
Project Director
Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Utah Valley University, Woodbury School of Business 
madsensu@uvu.edu
(801) 863-6176

Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. Susan has been heavily involved for over a decade in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders, as well as studying many aspects of women and leadership more broadly. In the past few years, Dr. Madsen released seven briefs through the Utah Women Leadership Project, which she founded, on Utah women and leadership in all sectors and settings. Overall, Susan has authored or edited five books and has published well over 100 articles, chapters, and reports. She is a sought-after speaker in local, national, and international settings. She has presented in NGO sessions at the United Nations and in such places as the New York Times, the Argentina Parliament Palace, the House of Commons in England, and in many countries around the world. In addition to a host of awards and recognitions, Susan has most recently been recognized as the 2016 “Distinguished Woman of the Year” by the Wasatch Chapter of AAUW, a 2016 honoree of the Sundance Film Festival’s Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration, and the 2014 “Women and Leadership Scholar of the Year” for the International Leadership Association. Since 2009, when she founded  the Utah Women and Education Initiative for the state of Utah, Susan has led efforts to determine how to get more Utah women to graduate from college. She also serves on several nonprofit and community boards, including the United Way of Utah County, Real Women Run, and the Women’s Leadership Institute. Dr. Madsen received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in human resource development. 

For more detailed information about Dr. Madsen, please see her detailed bio. For more information about her speaking, see the UWLP Speaking Request page and Madsen Global Leadership. 

 

Robbyn Scribner
Development & Grant Writer
Utah Valley University, Woodbury School of Business 
rscribner@uvu.edu

Robbyn Scribner works within the areas of development and grant writing for Dr. Susan R. Madsen, focusing on projects that concern women in Utah and worldwide. She holds a Master’s degree in English with an emphasis in composition and rhetoric from Brigham Young University, and a Bachelor’s degree (also from BYU) in European Studies.  Robbyn specializes in promoting excellence in writing; she has taught university writing at all levels and co-directed a cross-curricular writing tutoring program at BYU. She has also led seminars and workshops for scholars in various fields, training them on teaching and incorporating more writing in their specific disciplines.  Robbyn has also worked as a copy-editor and researcher for various academic and professional projects.  Most recently, she has been researching and writing on issues affecting women and careers, with an emphasis on women who’ve taken time away from the workforce and are looking to return.  Robbyn is thrilled to be working with Dr. Madsen on research and projects that can help improve the opportunities and experiences of women both locally and globally. 

 

 

Kellie Davis
Graduate Assistant | MBA Candidate

Kellie Davis is an MBA Graduate Assistant working under the direction of Dr. Susan Madsen. Kellie’s undergrad was in Business Management, and she has played a large role in supporting several small businesses in their beginning stages. Kellie would like to one day own her own business and find a way to create jobs for single and stay at home moms. She concentrates on organizing companies to be effective and efficient. Kellie returned to college after several years of being a stay at home mom and a single parent.  She was determined to complete her goal to be a college graduate and show her children that nothing was impossible. This idea didn’t just stop there, but has created greater opportunities for her and others to learn and grown. She has personally seen the difference it makes when one women decides to make their lives better. Leadership has always been a part of Kellie’s being, and she is passionate about empowering other women to see how they can lead in their lives and serve their communities. 





Holly Richardson
Utah Women & Education Initiative Coordinator
holly.richardson@uvu.edu

Holly Richardson is the enthusiastic coordinator of the projects, activities, and strategic communications for the Utah Women and Education Initiative. Her fifteen-plus years of experience creating and building online communities now serves UWEI’s mission to grow the impact of the organization by developing a strong network of support for women pursuing higher education. Holly is also pursuing her Masters degree at Southern Utah University in Professional Communication. She has a long and varied professional background, including being a midwife, a former member of the Utah House of Representatives and marketing/communication director. Holly is an outspoken advocate for Utah women in all aspects of life: politics, business, education, childbirth and family. She loves the way the digital age facilitates connecting communities of women with common goals. She serves on the board of Real Women Run, an online and in-person blended charter school, on the State Records Committee and the State Transparency Board. 



 

Catherine Jeppsen
Research Fellow

Dr. Catherine Jeppsen is a sociologist and demographer specializing in fertility, family demography, gender inequality, and sociology of religion. She earned bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University, and a PhD in sociology and demography from The Pennsylvania State University. Her recent research projects include a multilevel, cross-national analysis combining multiple datasets to understand how religion and gender inequality help shape childbearing, a mixed-methods study of Mormon mixed-orientation marriages, and fertility projections for the state of Utah for the next 60 years. Dr. Jeppsen is currently using data from the American Community Survey (ACS), Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) to understand the state of postsecondary educational participation and attainment for women and men in Utah. This research will help determine what and where women are studying, how participation and attainment has changed over time, how women’s and men’s educational activities compare within Utah and to the rest of the nation, and what the strengths and weaknesses are of various datasets. Dr. Jeppsen is thrilled to be working with Dr. Madsen on this project and is grateful for funding from the Utah Women in the Economy Commission that supports this research. 


Janika Dillon
Writer/Researcher

Janika Dillon was born in New York, spent her early years in Wichita, Kansas and then moved to Provo, Utah for her teenage and college years.  She grew up hearing the adventures of her Mormon pioneer ancestors as bedtime stories and during yearly family reunions.  As a student at Brigham Young University, she discovered historical research and wrote an honors thesis about the woman's suffrage movement in Utah. She served a mission for the LDS Church in South Korea, and, after her service, returned several times to Seoul to conduct ethnographic research on the experiences of Korean women in the workplace.  After graduating from BYU with a joint masters in organizational behavior and international development, she and her family moved to the Boston area and has taught at Northeastern University, Harvard College and now works in student services for the Harvard Business School MBA program. 

 


Elizabeth Goryunova

Research Fellow
University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business

Dr. Elizabeth Goryunova is a scholar and practitioner of global leadership. She earned her Ph.D. in Global (Organizational) Leadership from the Indiana Institute of Technology, MBA from Westminster College and currently teaches at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Prior to Academia, as a COO and most recently as Interim President & CEO she successfully led strategic development and oversaw operations of the organization with a global footprint (World Trade Center Utah) and served as a member and treasurer on the Utah District Export Council (on appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce). She is a co-founder and past president of the Organization of Women in International Trade (Utah Chapter) and Women Empowerment Global Outreach (501-c-3). Since 2010, appointed by the U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank as one of ten U.S. Private Sector Liaison Officers to the World Bank Group, she has been connecting researchers and business leaders with projects financed globally by the International Financial Institutions, and consulting on business strategy, operations, as well as procurement policies and procedures of the International Financial Institutions. She is awarded Gender Equality and Development certificate and Public Procurement certificate by the World Bank Group. Previously she has taught at the UVU, SLCC, SCNC and other Higher-Ed institutions. She is a member of International Women's Forum, Academy of Management and International Leadership Association, served as a member and later as a Vice Chair of the Utah State Radiation Control Board (on Governor's appointment), as a member of  University of Utah International Center Advisory Board and on numerous other boards and commissions. Elizabeth is very excited to join great team led by Dr. Madsen, and to be able to contribute to the great cause of gender parity and women empowerment, locally, nationally and globally.

 

Taeja Mauigoa
Research Intern
taeja.mauigoa@uvu.edu

Taeja Mauigoa is a research assistant intern working under the direction of Dr. Susan Madsen. She will be graduating from Brigham Young University in April 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Life, emphasis on Human Development. She is passionate about women empowerment and minority empowerment throughout diverse cultures and specifically for the Pacific Islander community. Taeja has served as a secretary for the Utah Pacific Island Civic Engagement Coalition and was assigned to be a policy analyzer during the 2016 legislative session where she discovered her passion in policy and legislation. She then made a commitment to furthering her education and set a goal to attend law school. She recently got involved with the Utah Center of Legal Inclusion and serves on the education committee. Taeja is preparing for the LSAT and plans to apply to law school in 2018. Her dream career is to be engaged in creating international policies that advocate for gender equality and empower and protect girls, women, and families all over the world. Taeja is a young mother of two beautiful girls and married to Jazz Mauigoa. Taeja’s family goal is to travel the world doing humanitarian service projects. 


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Elizabeth Goryunova

 




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