Utah Women’s Policy Conference

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Utah Women’s Policy Conference

August 15, 2019 – August 16, 2019 all-day
JADEN Event Center at Trolley Square
602 E. 500 S. Salt Lake City
UT 84102

Utah Women's Policy Conference August 23-24

To register, please email ejemison@ywcautah.org

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 8 AM – 5 PM & Friday, August 16, 2019, 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

$60 registration for YWCA Utah Members – $70 registration for Non-Members – $20 Public Official of the Year Luncheon Only
*Limited registration scholarships are available. Please contact us at ejemison@ywcautah.org or 801-537-8603 for more information.

If you seek policy solutions to complex issues affecting Utah women and their families, YWCA Utah’s second annual Utah Women’s Policy Conference is for you. The Utah Women’s Policy Conference is an opportunity to elevate the conversation around critical issues, develop shared understanding, and explore lasting and inclusive change for women, girls, and families in Utah.

This conference brings together community advocates, researchers, and policymakers for the solution-focused dialogue and innovative problem solving. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) will release its latest Utah-specific data on the status of women, with a particular focus on women of color in Utah, to open the conference, and attendees will have opportunities to learn from state and national experts, as well as to engage in focused discussions about these issues with legislators and other state level policymakers. The YWCA Public Official of the Year Award will be presented to Representative Lowry Snow at a special luncheon to end the conference on Friday, August 16 at noon. 

Exhibitor space is available upon approval. Please contact us at jwallace@ywcautah.org or 801-537-8658 for more information.

Welcoming Keynote Speaker Valerie Lacarte, PhD

Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Valerie Lacarte

Be the first to see the latest compilation of data and recent trends for women in our state from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and YWCA Utah. Joining us from Washington, DC, Dr. Lacarte will present the Utah report and share her expertise in identifying gender and racial dynamics impacting the well-being of Utah women, girls, and families.


Conference Schedule

Thursday, August 15

8:00 Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast

8:45 Welcome and Introduction of Keynote – Anne Burkholder, Chief Executive Officer, YWCA Utah

9:00 Keynote Address: 2019 Report on the Well-Being of Women in Utah – Valerie Lacarte, Ph.D., Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, D.C.

10:00 Break

10:15 The 2020 Census: An Accurate and Complete Count for Utah Women & Families – Mallory Bateman, State Data Center Coordinator, Senior Research Analyst, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute & Marti Woolford, Special Projects Coordinator, Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office for New Americans

11:15 Deliberative Community Engagement: A Model for Lasting Policy Change – Samantha Ball, Ph.D., Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute & Erin Jemison, Director of Public Policy, YWCA Utah

12:00 Buffet & Working Lunch – Racial Justice and Civil Rights Panel: Addressing the Crisis of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People (MMIWG2+) in Utah  – Moroni Benally, Coordinator of Advocacy and Public Policy, Restoring Ancestral Winds & Representative Angela Romero

1:30 Community Deliberation on Addressing the MMIWG2+ Crisis in Utah: Small Group Discussions

2:30 Break

2:45 Empowerment and Economic Advancement Panel: Potential Positive Impacts of Tax Reform for Utah Women & Families – Elizabeth Garbe, United Way Salt Lake (Moderator); Andrea Wilko, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Utah Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst; Senator Dan Hemmert; Representative Robert Spendlove; Jeanna Nieberger, Circle Leader, Circles Salt Lake

3:45 Community Deliberation on Tax Reform: Small Group Discussions 

4:45 Wrap-Up 

5:00 Close

Friday, August 16

8:00 Registration, Check-In, Continental Breakfast

8:30 Panel Discussion: Legislative Update & Overview of Women’s Policy Initiatives in Utah – Erin Jemison, Director of Public Policy, YWCA Utah (Moderator); Marina Lowe, Legislative and Policy Counsel, ACLU of Utah; Maria Montes, Community Engagement and Advocacy Coordinator, Comunidades Unidas / Communities United; Jenn Oxborrow, Executive Director, Utah Domestic Violence Coalition; Tara Rollins, Executive Director, Utah Housing Coalition; Anna Thomas, Senior Policy Analyst, Voices for Utah Children

9:50 Break

10:00 Health & Safety Panel: Access to Comprehensive Healthcare for all Utah Women, Girls, and Families – Barb Muñoz, Program Director, Utah Academy of Family Physicians (Moderator); Michelle Debbink, MD, Ph.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow, University of Utah; Representative Jim Dunnigan; Representative Jen Dailey-Provost, Courtney Bullard, Education and Collaborations Director, Utah Health Policy Project

11:00 Community Deliberation on Access to Healthcare: Small Group Discussions

12:00 YWCA Public Official of the Year Award Luncheon – Honoring Lowry Snow, Utah House of Representatives

1:30 Close

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