Project Staff

Dr. Susan R. Madsen
Founder & 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 & Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is also the Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project and the Utah Women and Education Initiative. Since 2009, Susan has led efforts in Utah to get more women to graduate from college and to help more girls and women in Utah find their voices and become leaders. Professor Madsen and her team have written many Utah research and policies briefs and snapshots and hosted events to support the mission of their work. Susan is a well-known global scholar, authoring or edited six books and publishing hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports. She is a sought-after speaker in local, national, and international settings. For example, she has presented at the New York Times, Argentina Parliament Palace, House of Commons in England, and NGO sessions at the United Nations. She serves on many nonprofit, community, and education boards and committees, including Envision Utah, Real Women Run, Utah Women in Higher Education Network, United Way of Utah County, and Better Days 2020. Dr. Madsen received a bachelor’s degree from BYU, masters from Portland State, and a doctorate in human resource development from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband Greg are the proud parents of four adult children and one grandson. For more detailed information about Dr. Madsen, please see her detailed bio and/or her professor page. For more information about her speaking, see the UWLP Speaking Request page and Madsen Global Leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deirdre Miller
UWLP Coordinator
Utah Valley University
DeirdreM@uvu.edu
(801) 863-5724

Deirdre Miller is the Utah Women & Leadership Project Coordinator where she manages projects, events, and coordinates with volunteers and ambassadors. She studied Communications Research and Business Management at Brigham Young University, where she helped conduct research on the global impact of social media. With a background in Digital Marketing and Content Management, Deirdre has several years of experience in growing digital communities and strategizing the best practices to reach targeted audiences. She enjoys the accessibility that digital communication has brought in creating communities. She also has experience in organizing international trade show events as well as local events in the Utah community. As a business owner and having worked in the private sector, Deirdre has fostered a strong desire to strengthen women in business and is honored to work with Dr. Madsen on the Utah and global initiatives focused on strengthening the impact of girls and women worldwide.

 

Deirdre

Robbyn Scribner
Research Fellow
Utah Valley University
rscribner@uvu.edu

Robbyn Scribner is a Research Fellow at the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah Valley University. Most recently, Robbyn has been the team lead for the Utah Women Stats Research Snapshots series, where she co-authored twelve snapshots on various topics of interest surrounding Utah women, including poverty, labor force participation, domestic violence, unpaid care work, and the gender wage gap. Robbyn also works on community relations and fundraising for the Project. 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 has focused on 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 a special interest in researching and writing on issues affecting women and careers, including the creation of alternative pathways for women to create successful careers even while prioritizing other areas of their lives. Robbyn is thrilled to be working with Dr. Madsen on research and projects that can help improve the opportunities and experiences of women in Utah and beyond.

 

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Dr. Amber Thackeray
Utah Women & Education Initiative Coordinator
Amber.Thackeray@uvu.edu

Amber Thackeray organizes projects, activities and strategic communications with the Utah Women and Education Initiative. She holds a bachelor degree in philosophy from UVU, a master of science degree in management from the W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University. Her research interests are informed by her background in philosophy and are focused on ethics, empathy and authentic leadership. Her industry experience includes years of management, training and entrepreneurship. She is a Utah native having spent the last decade living/studying around the nation and abroad. Amber is sincerely dedicated to expanding the resources and opportunities offered to the women of Utah and increasing women's presence in leadership and higher education globally.

 

 Amber