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Utah Day of the Girl

Mentor the Next Generation of Leaders

A signature element of the Girl Scouts of Utah luncheon is the opportunity for attendees to mentor high school-aged Girl Scouts and young alums. For many of these girls, this is their first opportunity to connect with leaders in their prospective career fields. Sponsors will have the opportunity to meet girls at a VIP reception before the luncheon, as well as during lunch at their table. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Presenting sponsorships make it possible for girls to attend the event at no cost to their families.

Proceeds from this event support our "Gift of Girl Scouts" initiative that provides free membership to new and current members.

View the 2022 UTDOTG Gallery!

Emcee & Keynote Speaker
Emcee - Liz Adeola
Keynote - Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Rebecca Chavez-Houck

Former Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck provides leadership coaching and community engagement consulting through her public affairs firm, Aspira Public Affairs, LLC. Her passion for social justice advocacy and desire to develop progressive public policy shaped her career and years as a volunteer. From Utah’s Capitol Hill and various commissions and committees, to nonprofits like Envision Utah and the ACLU, Rebecca’s compassion and commitment to public service was shaped by her parents’ influence, as well as her involvement in Girl Scouts. She was an active Junior, Cadette, and served in council girl leadership roles as a Senior Girl Scout. She later joined the Utah Council staff as Public Relations Manager from 1987-90. Rebecca continues to serve on boards and initiatives, and her efforts have been honored extensively.

Meet Our 2022 Girl Champion Honorees

In 2022, Girl Scouts of Utah will honor Girl Champions who are leaders in each of our four program pillars: STEM, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills, and Outdoors. Join us as we recognize this extraordinary group of women for the work that has gotten them where they are and what this means for girls.

STEM - Dr. Tami Goetz

Dr. Tami Goetz
Dr. Goetz helped to create, and serves as the Executive Director, for the Utah STEM Action Center. Prior to this role, she was the Governor’s State Science Advisor. Tamara has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative secondary and post-secondary programs in STEM that focus on industry engagement.

Dr. Goetz is passionate about bringing STEM opportunities to all students, teachers and communities. She believes that bringing down barriers to access STEM is critical. Dr. Goetz has the privilege of being able to work with many partners over the years to create greater opportunity and access through innovative STEM programs for schools and communities.

Entrepreneurship - Lavanya Mahate

Lavanya Mahate
Lavanya Mahate is the founder and owner of Saffron Valley restaurants (five locations in the Salt Lake Valley and one international location in London), Biscotts Bakery & Café (an international bakery with two locations), and Saffron Kitchen (local culinary school). 

Lavanya’s culinary school provides tuition-free training to local refugees and youth with a financial need. She gives back to the community via “Keep Calm and Curry On,” a program providing free meals to essential workers, partnerships with Utah Pay It Forward and the Granite Education Foundation to provide meal kits to families in need.

Life Skills - Dr. Tiana N. Rogers, PhD

Dr. Tiana N. Rogers, PhD
Life Skills
Dr. Tiana N. Rogers, PhD, currently works on a variety of portfolios, using data to inform government and not-for-profit entities with capacity building in various areas for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team. Her career has focused on conducting research and serving as a field expert in the areas of homelessness, child welfare & maltreatment, juvenile justice, public policy, and racial disparities. 

Dr. Tiana N. Rogers, PhD, is a published author with teaching experience and has consulted with national and international social service organizations on program evaluation and development.

Outdoors - Wendy Fisher

Wendy Fisher
Wendy Fisher is the Executive Director of Utah Open Lands (UOL), a land trust that has preserved over 60,000 acres in the state of Utah. The UOL was recognized in 2010 by Utah State University’s Botanical Center with the Environmental Stewardship Award. In 2016, Wendy was honored as Park City Rotary’s Professional Citizen of the Year for UOL’s successful campaign to save the 1,350-acre Bonanza Flat. 

Wendy has more than 28 years of experience with conservation easements and land trusts, and has served on various state legislative task forces addressing agricultural, trail, and open space preservation issues.

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Harmons Grocery

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsors 

Friends of Girl Scouts

Jan Garbett 

Bronze Sponsors

Scott Livingston/Steve Smith 

Table Sponsors

Weber State University (2020)

Lisa White

Marcus & Donna Hurley

Anita Riddle Schmidt

Joelle Creager

Babs De Lay

Mike & Meredith Mackris

Infinite Scale

Co-Diagnostics (Ike and Leslie Egan)


Packaging Corporation of America

Bonnie Jacobsen

Debbie Nielson

Alida Hannum

Lisa Hardin-Reynolds Family
Women Laywers of Utah    

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2019 Utah Day of the Girl Highlights

2019 Girl Champions

In 2019, Girl Scouts of Utah honored Girl Champions who are leaders in each of our four pillars: Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, STEM, and Outdoors.

Life Skills – Dr. Susan R. Madsen, Utah Valley University
Entrepreneurship  – Ali Hynek, Nena & Co.
STEM – Deepika de Silva, BioFire Diagnostics, LLC
Outdoors – Heidi Redd, Dugout Ranch & Indian Creek Cattle Company

Special thanks to Ginette Bott, President & CEO of Utah Food Bank, for her inspiring and motivational keynote address.

2019 Utah Day of the Girl Photo Gallery

Girl Champion Videos

Thank you to Vita Brevis Films for producing these incredible videos highlighting each of our amazing 2019 Girl Champions.

This Girl Scouts of Utah video was created by Vita Brevis Films. All material in this video is the property of the copyright holder. To request use of the whole or any part of the video (including adapting, copying, broadcasting, reproducing, etc.), please contact Girl Scouts of Utah at (801) 265-8742 or

2018 Utah Day of the Girl Honorees

In 2018, we honored the five women presidents of Utah colleges.

  • Dr. Ruth Watkins – University of Utah
  • Dr. Noelle Cockett – Utah State University
  • Dr. Astrid Tuminez – Utah Valley University
  • Dr. Bethami Dobkin – Westminster College
  • Dr. Deneece Huftalin – Salt Lake Community College