Networking Reloaded: Reconnecting in a Post-COVID Workplace

Thursday, September 16th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: SC Grand Ballroom


After a year plus of social distancing and remote working, we crave and have new appreciation for connections in the workplace. Niki Swan, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education for UVU's Physician Assistant program, will present information on the science of connection and how we can apply this knowledge to build work satisfaction and optimize career progression. 


Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone

Tuesday, October 5th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: SC Grand Ballroom


Justice Paige Petersen of the Utah Supreme Court will discuss how personal growth and leadership depend on a willingness to get out of your comfort zone. She will address the challenges and rewards of doing so, and give examples from her own life.


More than Survive: How to Thrive in Research

Thursday, October 21st

1:00 - 2:00 pm

SC 213C - Trustees Board Room


In this group discussion Dr. Mia Kang, Associate Professor in Elementary Education at UVU, shares her experiences in balancing research and publication with teaching and service. The three major agendas for this session include: (1) Dos and Don'ts to be productive in research, (2) Duties and responsibilities in a research team, and (3) Practical tips to thrive rather than survive.


Date: Tuesday, November 30th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: CB 510/511


Career pathways are rarely straight, smooth, and uncomplicated. Cheryl Hanewicz, Dean of Health and Public Service at UVU, will share the story of her personal journey and how she navigated the bumps, twists, and roadblocks along the way.


Crucial Conversations

Friday, November 12th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Location: Fulton Library - Lakeview Room (FL 428)


Join us for an exciting and empowering workshop that will teach you vital communication skills for addressing tough conversations at work and in your personal interactions with others.

The Crucial Conversation workshop will highlight the tools which can be used in communication to create a safe and non-threatening environment when emotions and high stakes topics are at hand.




State-Sponsored UWHEN events


Business Women's Forum 2021-She Started It For All of Us: Looking to the Past to Inspire our Future

Date: Tuesday, March 16
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Virtual

Come celebrate Women's History Month with the Business Women's Forum. Kristen, from Better Days 2020, will share some history about Utah's women, including the fight for women's suffrage and Utah women's contributions to politics, business, and our community. We will discuss how sharing these stories can inspire us to be more active and engaged in our own sphere of influence today. 

Register HERE for March 16th

2021 UWHEN Annual Leadership Conference: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Date: Friday, April 9th
Time: TBD
Location: Virtual

Mark your calendars! The 2021 UWHEN Annual Leadership Conference will be held virtually on April 9, 2021. This year’s conference will include a keynote presentation from Utah Supreme Court Justice Paige Petersen, a panel discussion with UVU President Tuminez, DSU President Williams, WSU President Mortensen, and Westminster College President Dobkin, as well as several great breakout sessions. You won’t want to miss it! Watch for registration to open soon!

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Past event recordings:

Women's Leadership at the Intersections

How might we define leadership? What are some challenges that women face in leadership roles? How do we identify, support, and retain strong women in leadership positions, particularly in predominantly white institutions, like UVU? How can we enact more anti-racist praxes? This panel will bring together powerful women in various levels of leadership to discuss personal, professional, and institutional challenges and opportunities at the nexus of race, gender, and additional intersecting identities.

Fall Women's Leadership Speaker: Dr. Valerie Lacarte

Valerie Lacarte, Ph.D. from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research will speak on the impacts of COVID-19 on women. The COVID-19 economic crisis has created a 'shecession' affecting many women more than men, with 11.5 million women losing their jobs compared to 9 million men. Additionally, women have had to bear the brunt of childcare duties with schools closing, resulting in educational or career plans put on hold. What long-term impacts will this have on advancement opportunities for women?

Registration will include a food voucher for a meal on campus that you can redeem at the location of your choice and take back to your desk or a conference room with colleagues to enjoy as you watch the speaker.

Fall Wellness Event

Title: Cultivating Resilience in the Era of COVID-19

Presenter: Julie de Azevedo Hanks, PhD, LCSW

Description: For many women, life has become more complicated in the era of COVID-19. In addition to uncertainty in the world, fear for personal and family safety, financial stress, and often juggling working from home with family responsibilities is causing increased stress on women.  In this presentation, participants will learn how to build personal resilience and gain practical strategies to help them better adapt to the unique challenges of today’s world.

Bio: Julie de Azevedo Hanks holds an MSW from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and is an assistant professor of social work at UVU. In 2002, she founded Wasatch Family Therapy an outpatient therapy clinic in Salt Lake City and Bountiful, UT. Dr. Hanks has authored two books: The Burnout Cure and The Assertiveness Guide for Women, has written over 1000 blog posts, and has an active and engaged social media following. As a national and local media contributor Dr. Hanks has appeared on hundreds of TV, print, radio, and podcasts. Her research interests include mental health and Mormon women, social work education and technology, gender roles in family life, and the development of partnership families.


Fall Opening Social

Join us for our Fall Social, “Women, Self-Care, and Connectedness” where we will spend time thinking about and learning how to prioritize caring for ourselves in the midst of this “new normal”. Drawing on Black feminist thought this workshop centers the words of Audre Lorde who said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” By identifying the ways that we are and are not caring for ourselves we can begin to cultivate new intentions and practices that model for our families, students, and colleagues why self-care is an integral part of a balanced and whole life for women.

Resources: Self-Care Bingo



Female Faculty Forum: Path to Professor

Did you know, as of July 1, 2020, less than 60 female faculty have achieved rank of full professor at UVU? To address this issue and increase the number of female professors at UVU, we invite you to attend the Female Faculty Forum. This forum is a series of events with the goal to guide and inspire more female faculty to complete the retention, tenure and promotion (RTP) process.  

This informal event is intended to guide tenure-track female faculty on actionable steps they can take in the RTP process and connect them with female full professors, who can provide guidance. 

The fall (Sep) event will feature Dr. Kathren Brown, Associate Provost of Academic Administration, who will share actionable advice in portfolio preparation and answer any questions.

This event was recorded on September 23, 2020.