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Two business women’s events highlight week

SKYLER BELL, Of the Record staff

A double-header of events put on by business women associations is scheduled Oct. 17 and 18 in Salt Lake and Park City respectively.

The first event, put on by The Women’s Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, is called the Women’s Business Forum Luncheon and will be held at the Paris Bistro, 1500 South 1500 East in Salt Lake City. The theme for this year’s event is "Discovering the Leader Within."

"The theme this year means we’re trying to enhance leadership skills in professional women," said Nancy Mitchell, executive director of the Women’s Business Center. "The women who attend are from corporate America, from attorneys to CEOs. It’s a wide background."

She said anyone is welcome to attend, especially business women from the Salt Lake and Park City areas. Members pay $27 while nonmembers pay $32 for admission.

Registration for the event begins at 11:45 a.m. and will be followed by remarks from center leaders. A keynote address, "Leadership and Accountability," will be presented by Park City businesswoman Linda Galindo, President of Versera Performance Consulting.

"She herself is a tremendous leader," Mitchell said. "She is a very powerful woman in her own right and has a ton to offer other women. I don’t think she’s easy on people. She makes you face up to the responsibility. She’s nationally recognized. She does presentations all over the country and is very well respected."

Galindo said her topic is not new to her. It is something she speaks on everywhere she goes, from a board room full of men to a convention of female CEOs.

"What I do are very high-level speaking engagements," she said. "The topic of leadership and accountability is applicable to all business audiences."

For additional information about the forum luncheon, please contact the Women’s Business Center at (801) 957-2030 or RSVP at http://www.saltlakechamber.org under the calendar of events.

The second of the two events is the Annual Scholarship Fundraiser and Fall Fashion Affair on Oct. 18 at Hotel Park City’s Sleigh Restaurant with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The event, which is hosted by The Park City Women’s Business Network, seeks to raise funds for scholarships for female graduates of Park City High School.

Last year the event raised $10,000, allowing the network to award four $2,500 scholarships to deserving teens to use for college.

Galindo said if she’s not traveling she will likely be there as well.

"I’ve donated to that scholarship fund personally and through my business," she said. "It’s an incredibly important event. Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing section of the economy in the Unites States."

Candy Erickson, coordinator of the fundraiser, said the event, which is in its 10th year, only raised $500 the first year, but that with each year the success increases.

"We’ve changed the format," she said. "The first few years we did it as a luncheon, but now it’s a full-on silent auction and we actually now have a live auction for men’s and women’s clothing."

She said there will be silent auction items for men as well, making the event an all-inclusive affair.

Some of the stores taking part in the fashion show are Mary Jane’s, Cole Sport, Bunya Bunya, Envy and Sisters. The silent auction items include rounds of golf supplied by the Park City Municipality, trips to Sun Valley, Idaho, and La Jolla, Calif., pedicures, manicures and more.

Erickson said the event has raised almost $40,000 since it first began, which allowed the network to award 29 girls scholarship money. She said the girls are always grateful, just as she would have been if such an offer would’ve come her way at that age.

"For me, it would have made all the difference in the world as far as continuing my education. I basically ran out of money and had no place to go," she said. "There are a lot of people out there that literally cannot afford this and if this gives them an advantage in life than we’ve done some good."

Tickets for the event are $55 and can be purchased at Cole Sport, 1615 Park Ave., or Mary Jane’s, 613 Main Street.


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