Women and AI Symposium

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024 

1 to 4 p.m.

Scott. C. Keller Building Vallejo Auditorium

Utah Valley University

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About the Event

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Join us for this dynamic event where we explore the intersection of artificial intelligence and the female experience. Dive deep with industry leaders during panel discussions on the evolving role of AI in various sectors, including industrial, technological, and social. Discuss the role of women in industry developments and innovations, get a technical edge from women on the cutting edge of AI development, and engage in a  thought-provoking social perspectives panel that examines the ethical implications of AI and its potential impact on society. This event promises a well-rounded exploration of this transformative field, all through the inspiring lens of women who are shaping the future.

Event objectives:

  • Showcase successful women working in AI across various industries.
  • Highlight the impact and contributions of women in shaping the future of AI.
  • Provide insights into the current state and future trends of AI in different sectors.
  • Offer deep dives into cutting-edge AI technologies and their development processes.
  • Spark discussions on the ethical considerations and social implications of AI.
  • Cultivate a supportive community for women in AI fields.
  • Encourage collaboration and knowledge exchange among participants with diverse backgrounds.


Tuesday, May 7th, 2024, 1 to 4 p.m., UVU Scott C. Keller Building Vallejo Auditorium

Schedule Speakers/Panelists   Time Slot
Welcome 01:00 to 01:15
  Emily Cloke (video introduction) British Consul General Los Angeles  
  President Tuminez (video introduction) Utah Valley University  
  Jacki Zehner She Place / She Money  
Panel 1: Leadership and AI 01:15 to 02:00
  Introduction: Susan Thackeray Utah Valley University  
  Lead panelist: Heather Nemelka A Bolder Way Forward (USU), Elavare  
  Panelist 2: Tara Spalding World Trade Center  
  Panelist 3: Kori Ann Edwards Utah Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity  
  Panelist 4: Br33 Jon3s Founder & CEO GAM3R Studios  
Break 02:00 to 02:15
Panel 2: Technology and AI 02:15 to 03:00
  Introduction: Cheryl Hanewicz Utah Valley University  
  Lead panelist: Marissa Saunders Sr. Director, Data Science, Recursion  
  Panelist 2: Linda Klug Founder and CEO of Airin  
  Panelist 3: Nina De Lacy Huntsman Mental Health Institute  
  Panelist 4: Megan Ware Sr. Dir. Member Engagement, Utah Manuf. Assoc.  
Panel 3: Social  Perspectives 03:00 to 03:45
  Introduction: Anne Arendt Utah Valley University  
  Lead panelist: Becky Edwards Founder, Governing Group  
  Panelist 2: Sunny Washington Seer CEO; Equality Utah  
  Panelist 3: Trina Celeste Limpert Co-founder Tech Moms  
  Panelist 4: Diane Weaver Co-founder and CIO Problem Solutions  
Closing 03:45 to 04:00
  Susan Madsen A Bolder Way Forward, Utah State University  

Alessandra Camargo

We Lift Open Soda Bar (Dirty Soda) and casual post conversations  


Three 45-minute panels facilitated dialogues. The fabulous panelists will each share a very brief vision statement and then engage in a rich discussions with the audience.

Audience and Event Details

The in person audience will be limited to approximately 150 individuals.  We will also offer live streaming of the full event.  The registration will automatically switch to live streaming only when the seats have been filled.  Additionally, we will record the event so it is available later as well for those who cannot attend. 

This event is open to all, regardless of gender. 

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Event Sponsors and Supporters

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Intermountain Health A Bolder Way ForwardUWLP USU

Silver Sponsors

Silicon Slopes Utah AIAI MavericksSelect HealthGovernor's Office of Economic OpportunityWomen Tech CouncilWorld Trade Center Utah We Lift UVU Entrepreneurship Institute British Consultate General Los AngelesUtah Valley Chamber of CommerceUtah Valley Womens' Business Network