Young Women’s Leadership Summit: Make It Count

Friday, March 6, 2020
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Salt Lake City



Serving Utah women and their families since 1906, YWCA Utah is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YWCA Utah believes that better lives for women lead to stronger families, communities, and societies. The YWCA advances the well-being of Utah women through safety, opportunity, and advocacy.


Thank you to the YWCA Young Women’s Council for their assistance in planning today’s event:
Kaletta Lynch, Amanda Logn, Lauren Erlacher, Nikki Perry, Shawna Cuan, Alessandra Clelia Amato, Ashley Nicholes, Maria Schwarz, Christina Ordonez, Gagan Kaur, Miranda Kane, Mallory Bateman, Wileidys Lastre, Autum Strate, Lauren Call, Ioana Platon, and Madison Calder.

Thank you to our YWCA Board Members and other community leaders for hosting tables during our structured networking session:
Tessa Arneson, Mary Anne Berzins, Christine Brick, Monica Call, Teresa Coleman-LaChance, Kate Conyers, Kate deGategno, Teresa Garretty, Pam Giles, Karen Gun, Phyllis Hockett, Lynda Jeppesen, Tara Johnson, Deneiva Knight, Mauri Love, Ema Ostarcevic, Virginia Pearce, Vanessa Ramirez, Julie Sieving, Michelle Smith, Katherine Venti, and Lala Weiss.


8:00 – 9:00                    Making Connections Count: Structured Networking with YWCA Board Members and Other Community Leaders

9:00 – 10:00                 Make It Count: Being the Only Woman in the Room Panel Discussion

10:15 – 11:00               Breakout Sessions Attendees will hear from both speakers. Please return to your seats for second breakout. Speakers will switch rooms.

Breakout Sessions   Make Your Voice Count: How to Speak So Others Will Listen Breakout Session with Trina Eyring

                                          Nothing is Off the Table: Make Your Future Count Breakout Session with Satin Tashnizi

11:00 – 11:30               Lunch Break

11:30 – 12:15               Breakout Sessions

12:30 – 1:30                 Count Me In: Connecting Vision to Action Keynote Speaker Shireen Ghorbani


Thank You to Our Summit Sponsors

YWEmpowered Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to these companies and individuals for sponsoring an emerging leader for YWEmpowered, YWCA’s year-long leadership development program for young professional women. As part of this sponsorship, all companies received ten registrations to today’s event.


Shireen Ghorbani

Shireen Ghorbani is a communications professional, a mother, wife, volunteer, and was elected to her first term on the Salt Lake County Council through a special election in February 2019.  In 2016 Shireen ran for the United States House of Representatives in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District. She is passionate about access to healthcare, housing, and engaged elected representation.





Trina Eyring

Trina Eyring is Executive Vice President and Director of HR and Talent Acquisition for Zions Bank Corporation. Trina manages a team of talent acquisition and HR professionals and is responsible for directing and executing the recruiting strategy for the company, including college recruiting and university relations.  Her career in recruiting began 18 years ago when she took a recruiter role with executive search firm, Professional Recruiters. She was rapidly promoted to Senior Recruiter and Recruiting Manager over key accounts.  She worked with financial services, technology, manufacturing, and healthcare companies to help them place key executives.  

Prior to working in the recruiting industry, Trina worked in the radio and entertainment business in Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Washington as an on-air personality and in sales. Trina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.  Trina has served on various government and non-profit boards throughout her career.  

Trina is active in the Bar Method fitness program and is a voracious reader.  She also enjoys hiking, participating in her monthly book club, watching compelling movies, and kicking back to binge-worthy TV shows television.  She has a 22-year-old daughter and lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and goldendoodle.

Satin Tashnizi

Satin graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Studies. She wrote her honors undergraduate thesis on Millennial voting after working to bring the first ever voter center to her campus. Recently, her work to empower young voters was featured in Forbes. In 2015 she interned at the United States House of Representatives in Washington DC. As a fluent Farsi speaker, and the proud daughter of Iranian immigrants, she was proud to work as an interpreter serving refugees and migrants in the community. She started her career at Goldman Sachs in 2018, and was appointed by Governor Herbert to the board of the Multicultural Commission in 2019. In January of 2019 Satin gave a Ted Talk titled ‘How we can defeat terrorism’ where she highlighted the separation between political ideology and Islam. Satin proudly serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Emerald Project working alongside her team to combat the misrepresentation of Islam.



Asha Parekh

Asha Parekh currently serves as the director of the Refugee Services Office, within the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Asha’s background in social work, building partnerships and service to the community has brought an invaluable perspective to her leadership at Workforce Services and her efforts to address the diverse and complex needs of refugees in Utah. 

Asha is a graduate of the UCLA Masters in Social Welfare program and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Prior to joining Workforce Services, Asha served as the director of Utah’s first Family Justice Center. 

In her time at Workforce Services, Asha directed the reorganization of the Refugee Services Office, enhanced the service delivery offered by licensed clinical therapists working with refugees, supervised the launch and day-to-day operations of the newly opened Refugee Education and Training Center, and led the redesign of the case management structure for refugees.

Michelle Smith

Michelle Smith is the Senior Vice President of People & Culture for the Utah Jazz and Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment. Michelle is responsible for aligning the People & Culture vision and strategy with appropriate practices and policies and developing programs that are responsive to the changing dynamics of the organization’s workforce and the diverse business needs. Through this alignment, the organization continues to accumulate high employee satisfaction marks while the business fosters a culture of innovation and problem-solving in effort “to enrich the community by creating experiences and passion through sports, state-of-the-art venues, and world-class events”. 

Her commitment in life is as a mother first and executive second. She values of hard work, kindness and learning, which that translate into her passion for people and business success. Life experiences have cultivated a strong understanding that no matter the industry, title or position we are all in the business of relationships. 

Monica Call

Monica Call is a partner at Stoel Rives LLP specializing in commercial litigation in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Her practice focuses on commercial contract, business tort, corporate governance, securities, professional liability, and intellectual property disputes in both state and federal courts.  She also dedicates a portion of her practice to pro bono work, most recently assisting survivors of sex trafficking in expunging their criminal records.  Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Monica worked as an associate at Hunton & Williams LLP in Richmond, Virginia.  Monica graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Sociology.  Monica went on to obtain her law degree from Stanford Law School. 

Monica volunteers with various community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, which provides legal services to low income families and victims of domestic violence.  Monica and her husband have three daughters and enjoy traveling together.

Vanessa Ramirez

Vanessa Ramirez is a native of Salt Lake City who has been a hard worker since starting her 1st job at age 15. For the last 11+ years she’s worked in the legal industry which she’s truly enjoyed. She officially became an entrepreneur when she started her first business development agency in 2018 and in 2019 co-founded Utah’s first all-inclusive female focused co-working space. She’s a huge social butterfly and really enjoys working with people and most of all, being a resource they can depend on for business growth. She has helped companies generate 7+ figures with her outstanding customer service skills. She is big on building business relationships and has done so well with it that she’s had the opportunity to be featured on FOX 13 The Place, Fresh Living, Utah Business Magazine and asked to speak at discussions and panels to share her expertise.  A few of her favorite things are family gatherings, hiking, traveling, crafting and pizza.




Your Summit registration includes a one year YWCA Utah membership and invitations to exclusive events, including all YWCA Members Month activities:

Thursday, March 12
Utah Women Art Project

A portrait stencil project with Jann Haworth, designer of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. No artistic experience necessary.

Time 5:30 PM
Modern West Fine Art

Register for the art project


Wednesday, March 25
The Strong Women Social Hour

Join YWCA Utah and Kiitos Brewery for a special event benefiting YWCA Utah. All pours from the “Give Thanks Handle” will benefit our important, mission-driven work. Other women’s organizations will attend. This is a 21+ event.

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Kiitos Brewery

No registration necessary.

Utah Women's Policy ConferenceTuesday, March 31
Legislative Recap Breakfast

Join YWCA Utah’s Director of Public Policy for breakfast,  a recap of the 2020 Utah legislative session, and a discussion of our priorities moving forward.

8:00 AM

REGister for the Breakfast


As a member of YWCA Utah, you join our efforts to empower women and eliminate racism. You add your voice to a diverse and powerful sisterhood of 25 million women in 120 countries worldwide.

YWCA Utah membership supports vitally important work to advance the well-being of Utah women and girls through leadership development (including YWEmpowered and Real Women Run) and issue education and public policy advocacy (through the Utah Women’s Well-Being Initiative).

The more members we have, the more powerful our voice will be.
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