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Utah Day of the Girl

After careful consideration of numerous factors, including current COVID-19 cases locally, reluctance expressed by some of our key supporters, and being responsible to our community as Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of Utah and our Utah Day of the Girl Committee made the difficult decision to cancel this year's event. 

It has been difficult to postpone this event for two years consecutively. As we continue to navigate our organization through the pandemic, we are grateful for the agility and resilience of our members and supporters. The health and well-being of our girls and members continues to be our top priority. 

Stay safe and save the date – October 7, 2022.

Mentor the Next Generation of Leaders

Utah Day of the Girl | October 7, 2022
Marriott Downtown City Creek, Salt Lake City
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.

Emcee & Keynote Speaker
Emcee - Liz Adeola

Liz Adeola

Liz Adeola, an Emmy Award-winning journalist at PBS Utah, works as the Host and Producer for This Is Utah and the Host and Executive Producer of Utah Insight. She spent more than a decade producing, reporting, and anchoring television news at stations in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana.

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
Before joining the Utah STEM Action Center as Executive Director, Dr. Goetz was the Governor’s State Science Advisor. She also has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative secondary and post-secondary programs in STEM.

Dr. Goetz received the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” and “30 Women to Watch” from Utah Business magazine, the Award of Merit from the National Association for Career and Technical Education, the Women Technology Council’s “Community Builder” award, and the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. She earned her doctorate in biochemistry and biophysics at Washington State University.

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.

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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