October 6, 2023
Venue 6SIX9 (669 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101)
Utah Day of the Girl is an annual celebration where local professionals come together to recognize the impact and potential of women and girls in Utah while supporting Girl Scouts. Each year at this event, we recognize four local, remarkable women who are champions in the areas of our four program pillars: STEM, Outdoors, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.
Held in conjunction with International Day of the Girl, this event's most memorable element is the opportunity for adult attendees to connect with and mentor high school-aged and young alum Girl Scouts.
This year's keynote speaker is Andrea Williams, Chief Experience Officer with the Utah Jazz.
Event sponsors will have the opportunity to meet girls at a VIP reception beforehand and during lunch at their table. For information about how to be a Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, or Presenting sponsor for this event, download the full sponsorship packet (PDF) or email email@example.com.
Proceeds from this event support our Gift of Girl Scouts initiative that provides free membership to new and current members.
For information about how Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts and Young Alums (ages 18-24) can attend; learn more about how to apply for this mentorship opportunity.
Liz Adeola is a professional actor, narrator, emcee, producer, reporter, and television host. You can see some of her work on PBS Utah where she hosts This is Utah and Utah Insight. She spent more than a decade producing, reporting, and anchoring television news at stations around the country and has earned a number of honors, including six Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards. Liz also helps train the next generation of journalists as a Faculty Associate at her alma mater: Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast Journalism. Liz is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and serves on the board for the Utah Society of Professional Journalists and Public Media Women in Leadership.
Andrea started as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) with the Utah Jazz in November of 2021 after 25 years in collegiate athletics. She most recently served as COO for the College Football Playoffs, and prior to that she was Commissioner of the Big Sky Conference. Her appointment in 2016 made history as she was the first-ever Black woman Division I (D1) Commissioner. In her role with the Jazz, she oversees the Delta Center, fan experience, P&C, DE&I and Jazz Youth. Andrea got her start in athletics as a two-sport D1 athlete when she played basketball and volleyball for Texas A&M.
Tanya has been a Girl Scout since fifth grade. She is now a freshman at the University of Utah Honors College studying Data Science.
She earned the Girl Scout Gold Award last year through her nationally recognized radon awareness research and advocacy efforts; Tanya was an invited speaker at the 2022 International Radon Symposium. She is also a recipient of GSUSA’s Gold Award Scholarship, GSU’s Cornelia Benton Scholarship, and the VFW’s Scout of the Year honor.
At the 56th National Council Session this past summer, Tanya represented GSU as a National Delegate. Selected as one of 13 Girl Scouts to be Presiding Officers, she presided over all three sessions of the National Council with National Board member Vidya Krishnan, swore in the new National Board and presented each day’s Credential Report.
Tanya believes Girl Scouts has provided her with a strong foundation for leadership and has prepared her to serve the community. She hopes to empower girls, give others a voice, and make the world a better place.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Yasmen and her family waited 12 years for their American immigration application to finally be accepted. With the help of an uncle, her family came to the U.S.and settled in Utah when she was just 15 years old.
Yasmen is currently the Dean of Dumke College of Health Professions at Weber State University. The programs of the Dumke College of Health Professions (DCHP) serve over 6,000 students on and off the Weber State University campus and internationally. Yasmen has held several positions within Weber State University, including Department Chair, Medical Laboratory Sciences & Clinical Coordinator. She has a Ph.D in Health Education and a MS in Medical Technology from the University of Utah.
Amanda is originally from Colorado but has called Utah home since 2016. Throughout her life, Amanda has competed in, participated in, and taught performing arts and adaptive sports. They are what drive her, what she does professionally, and what she tries to pass on to others.
Through professional work and volunteering she continues to prioritize performing arts and adaptive sports. Born with a disability, she has never let that stop her from what she loves to do. She continues to try new sports, most recently mountain biking. Amanda continues to build her performing arts abilities through local Utah community theater organizations.
Jenessa Jimoh is the Founder and Executive Director of the local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Diversity Inclusion Values Action. She is a recent graduate from Westminster College with an honors degree in the Global Political Economy. Jenessa's passion for equity and inclusion started in high school when she learned about systemic inequality, such as gerrymandering, in her AP government class.
Jenessa believes it is important to engage in difficult dialogue because those conversations bring the most genuine human understanding. She is also a huge advocate for taking action to rewire unconscious biases and cause sustainable change. This is why she created D.I.V.A. (Diversity. Inclusion. Values. Action.) to bring people together to learn and broaden their life perspective. Jenessa plans to use the skills she’s developed as a leader and community organizer to make real, legislative change.
With amazing determination and practically from scratch, this Mexican native of Mexicali, Baja California, worked tirelessly to build a chain of nine Hispanic supermarkets in Salt Lake City, Utah, in just over a decade. That motivation, that perseverance, the tireless work to achieve her goals since she was a teenager were born, according to Eli Madrigal, “from the hunger to have.” And she has never lacked the wit to get what she wants.
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