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2022 Aspire Her®
Speakers

Nikki Walker

Nikki Walker

Nikki Walker, director of community engagement and DE&I works with a team of professionals to elevate and amplify the Domo by creating and driving PR programs and initiatives focused on Diversity and Inclusion, workplace equity and belonging, community engagement and Domo for Good. In her role as DE&I Director, Walker leads Domo’s newly formed DEI leadership council, which represents multiple voices from around the organization to bring a more contextual application of DEI best practices and outcomes across the entire business. In addition to helping advance a culture of belonging, Walker also focuses on creating employment pipelines and supporting student leadership programs that help build and nurture a more diverse pool of qualified talent for the tech industry. Nikki currently serves on the board of directors for Encircle and The Children’s Center and the Utah Tech Leads PAC, the Foundation Board and President’s Cabinet of Salt Lake Community College, the KUED Advisory Board and is an active member of the NAACP, the Utah Black Chamber and the Junior League of Salt Lake City. She is the 2021 winner of the Women Tech Council Change Catalyst award.  Connect with her at @nikkiwalkerpr or on LinkedIn at Nikki Walker.

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Lydia Martinez

Lydia Martinez is the founder and CEO of Elle Marketing and Events.  After tackling over 11 years in strategic marketing, branding, social media, and event planning for powerhouse retailers Barnes & Noble and Whole Foods Market, Lydia decided it was time to get back to her entrepreneurial roots.  Lydia launched what was to become Elle Marketing 2009 purely as a consulting business on the side.  In 2015 she left her corporate career to become a full-time entrepreneur.  Since 2015, Elle Marketing has grown into a full-service creative marketing agency with a team of 22.

Chari Pack

Chari Pack

In 2010, Chari Pack set out to find a way to print better quality at a lower price than Costco, and Persnickety Prints was born.  She was scrappy and resourceful, taking out an auto loan against her car and maxing out credit cards that she would quickly pay off.  Persnickety Prints and Persnickety Box are both self-funded companies.  She is passionate about storytelling with photos and the archival process necessary for them to last. Persnickety converts your digital image and processes it like film (yes, they have a darkroom) by embedding the image into silver halide paper (no ink!) that is fade, scratch, and water-resistant, lasting 100+ years. Connect with Chari on IG: @persnicketyprints and @persnicketybox

Madelyne Van Hoff

Madelyne Van Hoff

Madelyne Van Hoff has spent her career building pathways of growth designed for companies from early-stage startup to fortune 500. Having worked across the country from LA to NYC, Van Hoff is most driven by the work she has done with hundreds of Utah startup entrepreneurs helping them to find solutions for success.  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mvanhoff/

Hayley Clark

Hayley Clark

Hayley Clark is the owner of and designer for Honey Mark, a clothing company that made its mark in 2021 when it launched swim rompers and other original swimsuit designs that gave women the confidence and comfort they craved. For Honey Mark, she designs all the new products, manages product development, directs photo shoots, and creates social media content. During a whirlwind of social media growth, Hayley grew her social follower count to over 55k on TikTok and Instagram and hit over $600k in sales in her first 5 months in business. Hayley is a 30-year-old homeschooling mom of three kids ages 6, 5, and 4 who loves summer and has a ton of imposter syndrome. Her husband is a chef who owns and operates 4 restaurants in Utah County- and yes they’re busy, but they love it. After watching both of their dreams become reality, she will be the first to tell you that if you can’t get an idea out of your head, God put it there for you to share. IG: @thehoneymark @thehayleyclark, TikTok: @thehoneymark

Candace Lance

Candace Lance

Candace Lance is a high tech marketing veteran, thought leader, communication strategist, and mentor for women in business. Throughout her successful career in corporate America, she quickly learned that climbing a corporate ladder and being in the “good ol’ boys club” with heels on was not for her.  She has now dedicated her time chopping down corporate ladders and empowering other women to lead with passion in their lives.  Candace graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication specializing in Interpersonal and Organization Communication from California State University, Long Beach and has a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization on Marketing from National University. Candace holds a number of certifications including Women in Leadership from The University of Utah; Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; and is a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher.  Connect with her on IG: @candace.lance or on her website: candacelance.com

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Ceri Payne

Ceri Payne, M.Ed, is a certified life coach with The Life Coach School. She created her successful life-coaching practice while parenting three teenagers and teaching special education full-time.  Ceri works with creative entrepreneurs, many of whom have ADHD, helping them streamline their priorities and goals, build confidence and mindset awareness while simplifying their business, strategies, and schedules to create the results of being great mothers while making good money in their business.  Find her at instagram.com/ceripaynecoaching/ or organizedlife.coach

Natalie Malele

Natalie Malele

Natalie Malele is a 27 year old entrepreneur, wife and mom. She is the co-founder of a women’s preworkout company, Peachy Inc. In one year their company grew 880% by effectively using social media. She understands the struggles and triumphs of running a small business and the growing pains that come with high demand. Come hear some things she learned about growing through social media!

Laura Solorzano

Laura Solorzano

Laura Solorzano is a mother to seven and the CEO and President of Remarkable Journals, a company built on the foundation of gratitude and finding the remarkable.  Laura herself battled with an eating disorder for 16 years and used the power of gratitude to radically change and save her life. After recovering from her eating disorder, Laura began working with clients who struggled similarly and emailed them daily pages that were powerful tools in their recovery.  Her clients were finding so much success with these tools that Laura’s husband sent her pages to the printer and the first Remarkable Gratitude journal was born.  Laura also learned that our struggles can become our greatest teachers and mentors.  She has turned what once was her greatest pain into her greatest passion as her company has incorporated gratitude into each of their journals. Laura now travels around the nation, sharing her story and the immense power found in daily gratitude and finding your Remarkable gifts and talents. Follow Laura on IG: @remarkablejournals

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Andrea Merriman

Andrea Merriman-Neuenswander is a wife, mother of four, 80s music fan, communicator, ethics enthusiast, educator and career director– in that order. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Advertising and a Master of Public Administration from BYU in Provo, UT. She currently serves as a Career Director in BYU’s College of Engineering. A resilience researcher for more than 30 years and a dedicated proponent of ethics & integrity, she speaks  internationally to Fortune 500 companies and other organizations, has authored a successful personal blog, and is passionate about helping others climb and conquer their personal and professional mountains.

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Amanda Peterson

Amanda Peterson is a first-generation college student and a transplanted Easterner.  She planned on law school, but after repeatedly deferring admission, realized she’d rather be a law school employee than a student. She developed curvature of the spine typing assignments for her Master’s in Public Administration while simultaneously nursing her eldest child.  Amanda spent over a decade as an HR corporate trainer, and five years as university faculty. She currently works in career advising at Brigham Young University. She thinks municipal planning commission topics are sexy and is iffy on using paper napkins. Her family of five’s greatest adventure was spending 10 months living in Covid-isolated Tuscany, and they can’t wait to go back.

Hanna Morgan

Hanna Morgan

Hanna Morgan is a life coach and expert on boundaries. Hanna grew up a perfectionist and people pleaser so when motherhood came around she felt like she had lost who she was. On the verge of burnout, Hanna started making changes to focus on taking care of herself though boundary setting, mindset shifts and real self care. Now she helps other moms do the same. Hanna is passionate about helping moms thrive because she believes the world is better when moms are fulfilled. Find her at  instagram.com/hannamorgancoaching/

Robbyn Scribner

Robbyn Scribner

Robbyn Scribner is a women’s labor force expert, consultant, and career coach. She is a CoFounder and Director of Outreach for Tech-Moms, a workforce reentry program that helps women transition into the tech industry. Robbyn is also a regular keynote speaker and presenter focusing on women’s professional development. A prolific researcher and writer on women’s issues, she has published more than 50 reports, articles, or snapshots on a wide variety of topics, including labor force participation, the gender wage gap, male allies, workplace flexibility, and women’s careers. Robbyn holds Master’s and Bachelor degrees from Brigham Young University, and she is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. She has a special interest in researching and writing about women’s work life integration, highlighting the challenges women face in trying to balance work and family responsibilities, while advocating for creative solutions to advance women’s professional wellbeing. A mother of 6 rowdy kids, Robbyn loves to play volleyball, sing, and hike in the beautiful Utah mountains.

Becky Edwards

Becky Edwards

Becky Edwards began her career as a social worker and counselor where she worked closely with  Utahns to strengthen their families and address their personal challenges. She then took time  away from her career to focus on her family and pursue volunteer opportunities in her  community. After running for the Utah House of Representatives in 2008 Becky served as a legislator for 10 years and is currently running for the U.S. Senate. Becky has participated on many nonprofit boards, including the  Days of ‘47, KUED Advisory Board and Real Women Run. Her legislative appointments include  the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, the Utah State Workforce Development  Board and the Health Reform Task Force. She’s been recognized as a Business Champion for  her pro-business efforts by the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce and as a Henry Toll  Fellow by the Council of State Governments for leadership in the Utah House of  Representatives.

Aspire Her Alumni Speakers!

2021

Aireka Harvell, Nodat
Alison Geskin, leadership coach
Becky Harward, Hyve Homes
Ashley Spurlock + Raechel Duplain, Bright Zebra Marketing
Brittany Larson, Livlyhood
Brittany Ratelle, Creative Contracts
Brooke Ibanez, Brookhaven Counseling
Camilla Jeffs, Steady Stream Investments
Carolyn Fraser, The PR Shoppe
Charlotte Geletka, Silver Penny Financial Planning
Corinne Hone, Hone Your Social
Cydni Tetro, Women in Tech
Dennissa Valdivieso, Utah Latina
Kourtney Thomas, body image coach
Marcella Hill, Love Woolies
Michelle Gifford, business consultant
Patricia Haywood, Master BuildHers
Rachael Kay Albers, RKA Ink
Sara Urquhart, Shift Summit
Tiffany Rosenhan, author
Tricia Dempsey, Thrive Her
Trina Limert, RizeNext
Trissa Sarmiento, Latinas in Tech
Vanessa Ramirez, Connexion Utah

2020

Natalie Winslow, Mrs. America 2020
Gaye van den Homburg, Partners in Leadership
Alison Faulkner, The Alison Show
Brigitte Madrian, Dean BYU School of Business
Lyn Christian, SoulSalt (21 Qualities of Remarkable Leadership blog post)
Kirsten Blakemore, success coach + author
Nichole Harrop, Next Level Leaders (Resources for Re-Entering the Workforce chat)
Veronica Benson, UT Women Retreats + Women Celebrating Women
Tricia Dempsey, Thrive Her
Brooke Romney, Brooke Romney Writes
Laura Butler, Workfront
Emily Nelson, Founder High Fitness
Steven Wheelwright, Former Dean Harvard School of Business
Britt Larsen, Livlyhood (Get the Promotion You Want + Don’t Apologize for Being Ambitious)
Jeff Baird, Likabilities
Natalie Madsen, JK Studios (Finding Balance as a Working Mom Chat)
Lanette Richardson, UT Women in Sales
Nicole Carpenter, Women’s Leadership Inst. (Creative Ways to Build Your Network chat)
Crystalee Beck, Mama Ladder
Melissa Smith, Brene Brown’s Dare to Lead coach
Dr. Julie Hanks, therapist + coach (Sharing the Load With Your Spouse chat + Rebalancing Family Expectations and Empowering Women chat)
Ashley Spurlock + Raechel DuPlain, Bright Zebra Marketing
Mindi Cox, OC Tanner
Sara Urquhart, Founder Alt Summit + Shift Summit
Jodi Chowen + Candilyn Newell, BYU
Linda Evans, BYU (Be Confident in What You Are NOT blog post)
Andrea Merriman + Melanie Steimle, BYU
Sarah Vaughn, Melanin Squad
Andrea Ibanez, Streemly
Alyssha Dairsow, Curly Me!
Pauline Fonua, The Vision Board
Kristin Petrucci, KP Speaks (Working to Work or Working to Live blog post)
Allison Lew + Kassidi Henrie, Braid
Krystal Guerra, UT Latino Expo
Brittany Ratelle, lawyer
Nailah Blades, Color Outside
Kimmy Paluch, Beta Boom
Sarah Godfrey, SoulSpark, movement therapy
Jen Springer, makeup artist
Kara Aina, fine art
Paige Sorenson, fashion stylist

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