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Women. Power. Politics.

September 3, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Utah ranks 44th in the country for female representation in elected office.
Just 16.3% of our state legislators are women.
We have 0 women in elected statewide office.
We have 0 female representatives at the Federal level.

This year, three Utah women are running for national office, setting the stage for an invaluable dialogue on changing the statistics.

Join us for a unique conversation on the invaluable voices of Utah women in shaping our communities.


Moderator: Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Salt Lake Tribune

Mia Love, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 04
Donna McAleer, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 01
Luz Robles, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 02
Dr. Susan Madsen, Founder Utah Women & Leadership Project, UVU
Natalie Gochnour, Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business
Sarah Nitta, 2012 State House District 27 Candidate


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About the Panelists:

Jennifer Napier-PearceJennifer Napier-Pearce, Salt Lake Tribune – Moderator

Jennifer Napier-Pearce is a multi-media reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune, hosting the award-winning daily online video talk show Trib Talk and weekly radio news program Behind the Headlines. Prior to working for Utah’s largest newspaper, Jennifer worked as news director, anchor, host and reporter for both KUER 90.1 FM and KCPW 88.3/105.3 FM, receiving numerous top awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Broadcasters Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). She regularly moderates community events, has done voice work for several organizations including KUED, Natural History Museum of Utah and The Leonardo, and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree from Stanford University. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two sons.

Mia LoveMia Love, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 04

Mia is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to a family of Haitian immigrants and graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in fine arts. After moving to Utah in 1998, Mia was elected to serve on the city council of Saratoga Springs. She also served as a project manager for multiple economic development initiatives. After her service on the city council, Mia was elected mayor of Saratoga Springs, one of Utah’s fastest growing cities, becoming the first black female mayor in Utah in the process.

Donna McAleerDonna McAleer, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 01

Donna is the 2014 Democratic Congressional Candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent Utah’s 1st district. Donna McAleer is a West Point graduate, Army veteran, businesswoman, non-profit leader, award-winning author and ski instructor.  She serves on the Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Service as appointed by the Secretary of Defense. She earned an MBA from the University of Virginia and went on to lead a global logistics division for GenRad, a technology firm. She trained and earned a coveted spot in the National and Olympic Trials for the U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team. Donna than led the People’s Health Clinic, a non-profit organization providing health care to the uninsured. She lives in Summit County with Ted, her husband, daughter, and chocolate lab.

Luz RoblesLuz Robles, U.S. Congressional Candidate District 02

Luz is a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District. In 2008, Luz was elected to the Utah State Senate representing District 1, becoming the first Latina elected in the State Senate.  The daughter of two Mexican college professors, Luz was raised in Mexico. After moving to the United States in 1996, she earned a Bachelor of Science in business marketing and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Utah. Luz was appointed by Governor Huntsman to direct the State Office of Ethnic Affairs in 2005 and currently works as the Vice President of the Zions Bank Community Development Group. Through her career and work in the community, Luz has received multiple awards, including the Salt Lake Chamber Pathfinder Award, the Pete Suazo Memorial Award, and the National Legislator Service Award.

Susan MadsenDr. Susan Madsen, Founder Utah Women & Leadership Project, UVU

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 and has two books and a host of articles published on her work. Just this year, Dr. Madsen released four briefs through the Utah Women Leadership Project on the status of Utah women in politics, non-profit, education, and business. In 2012 she presented in sessions at the United Nations in New York and Geneva on women, leadership, and education and was also an invited panelist at the New York Times. Susan was recently recognized as one of the 2013 “30 Women to Watch” in Utah. She also recently finished a four year project for the state of Utah to figure out how to get more Utah women to graduate from college.

Natalie GochnourNatalie Gochnour, Associate Dean, David Eccles School of Business

Natalie serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah and chief economist to the Salt Lake Chamber. From 2006 to 2013, she guided the public policy work of the Chamber, advising Utah governors Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker. She also served as a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration as an associate administrator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a deputy to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Natalie was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the YWCA Salt Lake and was honored by Wasatch Women magazine as the “Wasatch Woman of the Year,” an honor bestowed to women who elevate the stature of women and serve the community good. Natalie has both an undergraduate and master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah.

Sarah NittaSarah Nitta, 2012 State House District 27 Candidate

Sarah Nitta is an entrepreneur and founder of several companies including The Money Spa and The Women’s Financial Center.  She also works with families with special needs and individuals with disabilities as a Special Care Planner for MassMutual Intermountain West.  She has been engaged in Utah politics since moving to Highland in 2005.  Sarah ran on the Republican ticket in the 2012 election to represent District 27 in the Utah State House of Representatives.  She is the former Finance Director of the UTGOP, former president of the Elephant Club and served as the executive director of the UTGOP Women’s Leadership Initiative.  Sarah is a proud member of the Women’s Giving Circle and serves on the board of directors for the Academy for Creating Enterprise (ACE), which provides entrepreneurship training in the Philippines, Mexico and Peru.


September 3, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Utah Law & Justice Center
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, 84111
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