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Women Tech Wednesday

Highlighting the women driving innovation, leading technology organizations, strengthening other women in tech, and helping grow the technology community.

March 4 - Laura Butler

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Laura Butler is the SVP of People and Culture at Workfront.

When asked about her thoughts on having a career in tech she says that from the time she learned 'Basic' in high school to now, she has found technology to be a steady companion to optimizing creativity and time.

She is currently working her dream job, and we think she is killing it as she is a catalyst for diversity, belonging, and enabling people to do the best work of their careers.

Her favorite weekend activities are laughing and relaxing! Also...spending a weekend with her husband going to concerts and eating fabulous food, skiing with her son and shopping with her daughter.

Feb 26- Jessica Jones: STEM Pathway

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Jessica Jones, a STEM Pathway award recipient and physics student at Utah Valley University! Jessica attended international schools growing up giving her a unique cultural perspective.

As a physics major at UVU, Jess co-founded a chapter called “Women in Physics” at UVU with the aim of providing additional support for female students and assist them in building confidence to pursue their career fields. Jessica’s objective is to study cancer and develop a method to detect tumors that are smaller than what can currently be detected.

 

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Feb 19- Crystal Valentine- Data Innovator

Crystal Valentine is the Chief Data Strategy Officer at Eventbrite. She is an expert at computer science and big data with experience in operations and business strategy. She was named Person to Watch by Datanami, and won a silver Stevie Award.

She enjoys golfing and skiing in her hometown of Park City. She also finds time for weekend aviation adventures in the Mountain West Region with her husband.

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Feb 12- Linda Llewelyn: Culture Leadership

Linda Llewelyn is the Chief People Officer at Health Catalyst. Linda focuses on Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace. She creates opportunities to hear out all employees.

Because of the influence of Linda and her team, Health Catalyst is recognized for having a high employee satisfaction rate. Linda supports several initiatives and causes throughout the state.

Her favorite weekend activities include shopping at specialty shops with her two children and reading.

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Feb 5- Tina M. Larson: Operational Excellence

Tina is the President and COO of Recursion Pharmaceuticals

My parents were a big influence in my choice to choice to become a biochemical engineer. My mother inspired me to have a positive impact and my dad taught me what engineers do everyday. This was a big influence in my decision to pursue roles applying engineering principles to improve medicine.

I aspire to spend my career helping innovative companies have a positive impact - as an executive, board member, entrepreneur or any other way I can help.

My favorite weekend activity is hiking, and also sleeping in.

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Jan 29 - Maureen Botoman: Technology Leadership

Maureen is the Director of Learner Enablement at Pluralsight.

I always loved making or creating things and knew that I wanted to have a career that let me create and help others. I majored in environmental science and started my career working in building energy efficiency and was able to help create a better built environment. I fell in love with tech in my early 20s, living in San Fransisco. I was inspired by the impact that developers were having on the world and wanted to be a part of it.

Dream Job: To be a CEO, as we change the culture of companies to be more inclusive, we first need to change the balance of power at companies, and I want to be a part of that change.

Favorite weekend activities: I love anything outside. The mountains are what first drew me to Utah. In the summer, I trail run, backpack and hike, and in the winter, I ski and snowboard.

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Jan 22 - Heather Conlan Katz: Diversity Leadership

Heather is the VP, Senior Engineer - ETO Technology- Client Event Services at Goldman Sachs.

I became interested in audio visual technology when I was in High School and was lucky to have interned as a disk jockey for a local radio station.  During my college years I worked for a large software company where I performed roles in product marketing and software auditing.  I continued to work in Voice Technology for a decade and am fascinated at how the technology has (and continues to) evolve. The global team I currently manage is responsible for the firms Voice and Circuit Provisioning, as well as provisioning of end user system accounts, remote access, email, NDS, market data and many application entitlements.

One of my career aspirations is to continue growing the Women in Engineering network in SLC.  I am passionate about working with organizations that expose people to tech and encourage them to pursue STEM careers.

Favorite weekend activities including doing anything outdoors with my husband and two young boys. Hiking, Snow-Shoeing, Biking, ATV, Paddle boarding, etc. Utah is such a beautiful place!

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Jan 15 - Aniza Brown: Visionary Trailblazer

Aniza Brown is the director of corporate transformation at Hill Air Force Base.

I worked continually to support myself and pay for college, graduating in 2013 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. I am currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona. Aside from schooling, I try to balance my incredibly demanding job, mentoring activities, and starting my family.

My dream job is where I can be an enabler for inclusion of diversity, innovation and modernization.

My favorite weekend activities include going to museums and discovery centers with my son, Max. He is in the discovery toddler age and is super excited to see/do new things. When he is a little bit older, we will introduce him to snowboarding, a favorite weekend activity that my husband and I like to do.

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Jan 8 - Women Tech Award Recipients

For the last 12 years, the Women Tech Awards have recognized women across all technology disciplines who are founding and leading technology companies, trailblazing new paths, and building innovative technologies, experiences and tools. These women exemplify those personas, and personally illustrate the multiplier impact of women in tech. 

Each woman was chosen from among dozens of candidates by a panel of industry judges for their impact on the technology industry and economy, and their community contributions. A STEM student and Adobe were also recognized for their positive impact on women in the technology sector, showing the importance and power of engaging all members of the technology community.