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A Note from Erin,

This month my gratitude continues as we observe Veterans Day and honor all the military veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.  At our upcoming “Girls Give Back!” event we will be sharing two special videos highlighting two women providing service to our country.  First is Nell Stevenson Bright, who just celebrated her 100th birthday and was a pilot in WWII.  The second is Colonel Jenise M. Carroll who is the Commander, 75th Air Base Wing at Hill Air Force Base.  Learn more about these outstanding women at our Nov. 10th event.  In addition, we will be using our creativity with Jill Johnson, the owner of Paint Mixer, to share our gratitude with others for this “giving season”.  Finally, this month we are highlighting Ally Isom, Yasmin Khan, and mentee Nagwa Fokunang.

Members Spotlight

Yasmin Khan

Yasmin Khan is a Utah based beauty entrepreneur who launched a DTC luxury, clean & natural skincare line called Khalm ® Skincare, a combination of her last name and the state of being “calm” in 2020 amidst the pandemic. Coincidentally Khalm’s master ingredient, Oud essential oil, evokes a sense of calm and peacefulness while delivering a multi-benefit solution to skincare concerns for oily, dry and combination skin types. Khalm ® Skincare’s mission is to bring culture and consciousness to skincare while elevating diverse voices combined with unique ingredients in the luxury skincare aisle. The introductory line consists of a Foaming Cleanser, Mattifying Moisturizer, and an Overnight Oil Elixir. Ranging from $75MSRP to $185MSRP.  
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Ally Isom

Katie Amundsen leads the Alumni Relations & Development Office at the David Eccles School of Business, where she’s been Assistant Dean since 2019 and a member of the University of Utah staff since 2005. Originally from Ally Isom has been shaped by life’s challenges and opportunities. She navigated her way from poverty to a university education, graduating from Brigham Young University-Provo. Throughout difficult pregnancies and children’s health challenges, Ally was immersed in Republican grassroots politics and community service, including time on the Kaysville City Council.
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Nagwa Fokunang

Nagwa Fokunang is a Junior in high school at InTech Collegiate High School. She loves trying new foods and watching mystery movies. She is super into computer science and computer forensic science. Her favorite part of Women Who Succeed is being able to get advice and help from women in the working world. She said, “As a woman of color, I believe that knowing how to navigate the world we live in is super important. I love feeling included in the community!”

Your Dollars Have Impact

Our network continues to grow, and we are excited to announce as we wrap up recruitment that we are 134 women strong and, in the process, received $87,275 in membership donations. Additionally, we have received

We are so grateful to our newest donors, Tanner Glass & Hardware, KeyBank, dōTERRA, Zions Bank, and the Cicero Group for supporting our good work!  These dollars drive our mission and fuel our activities – you make Women Who Succeed possible!  We have several excellent opportunities to engage your time and dollars in the coming months: 

  1.  Broadway at the Eccles Sponsorship: Join us for a world class VIP experience in the Garff Family Suites with packages starting at $5000 for 10 seats + suite access or for larger parties, reserve 3 suites + 29 seats for $15,000. The lineup of shows is wonderful this year!
  2.  Diamonds on Ice Sponsorship: Become a sponsor of our annual signature fundraising event or loosen your purse strings to purchase one of several unique auction packages while you’re there! All proceeds will support our mentorship program and boost our scholarship fund.
  3. Ken Garff Hole in One Challenge Sponsorship: $3000 is all you’ll need to hold your spot at our first ever Women’s Only flight at the Ken Garff tournament at Thanksgiving Point in May 2022.  Golfers mark your calendars and perfect your swing!

For more information about how you, or your company, can support our efforts with a financial donation do not hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Bean at


Girls Give Back

Join us for a fun evening at Traeger Grills Headquarters on November 10, 5:30pm -7:30pm. Here we will get together with members and mentees for a creative evening while packaging organic menstrual products for low-income girls in our community, a cooking demo by the owner of June Pies, gratitude cards by the owner of Paint Mixer, and networking! We will also have some fun opportunity drawings listed below!

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A special thank you to The Andrus Family Foundation for sponsoring this event!
1. Ironwood 885 Traeger Grill $100/ticket
Elevate your craft with the Traeger Ironwood 885 and you can grill more food and enjoy more versatility with 885 square inches of cooking area.  The perfect Christmas gift for the grill master in your home! Retail value $1600.

2. Khalm Skincare Gift Basket $100/ticket
Thank you to our very own Yasmin Khan for sharing her up & coming Oud infused skincare products with us! Treat your skin to a new routine that’s been recognized in InStyle Magazine and includes Foaming Cleanser, Mattifying Moisturizer, and the Overnight Oil Elixir that was named in Forbes Top 5 Face Oils to Use in 2021! Retail value $400.

3. Anastasia Tickets for 2 $50/ticket
There is no place like Eccles Theater to enjoy a world class Broadway production when it comes to town.  Anastasia IS SOLD OUT to the public, but we can sneak you in with two tickets on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 730pm!  They say the costumes for this show are extraordinary!  Retail value $180.

Mark Your Calendars

Diamonds on Ice Signature Soiree

We are excited to announce that Diamonds on Ice Signature Soiree, will be Saturday, February 5, 2022.  Please mark your calendars with this NEW date! Slip on your favorite little black dress to enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres while you wait to see if you picked the same number that reveals the sparkling Grace Diamond from inside one of the frozen diamond ice cubes. We are excited to host you at O.C. Tanner Jewelers where you will have a chance to donate toward an opportunity to win one of our other exciting packages. Join us to raise the important funds needed to support mentorships and scholarships for our young women!

Women Who Succeed Scholarships

Thank you to our Scholarship Committee for offering your time and expertise on the successful development of our scholarship program guidelines, eligibility criteria, and application.  Your perspective has been so crucial to ensuring that we are providing access and opportunity to those that need it most and that we have the tools and processes in place to do so.  Women Who Succeed Scholarship Applications will be digitally forwarded to all eligible mentees in our program on November 15, 2021, so that dollars can be awarded on April 15, 2022.  Please stay tuned for the program guidelines and application to be uploaded to our website! 

We HEAR Her Podcast

Our Women Who Succeed have been busy sharing their stories, insights, and lessons learned in our We HEAR Her Podcast Series. Thank you to all the amazing women who have offered your time and joined Erin and Jennifer for a conversation. It has been wonderful to get to know each of you better and to give your thoughts a voice to share with the women and girls of Utah.  Our first episode, Living Life with Inspiration & Interruptions, showcases an insightful conversation with Erin Trenbeath-Murray and Kathi Garff. Listen here and subscribe to our weekly episodes released on the following platforms:


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Yasmin Khan cont.

Yasmin developed the brand through a well-known incubator in Paris, France who spearheads development for the most prestigious brands in the world. She was given the opportunity to work with this incubator based on her passion to see something from her homeland, Oud essential oil, housed in a bespoke formulation exclusive and different to the current offerings in the beauty space. Her quest was to create an offering that was EU regulated, the gold standard of clean beauty, Vegan & Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, and free of PPP. A clean formulation with high quality ingredients that reduced the amount of products needed for upkeep and maintenance of the skincare regime made in Paris, France.  
While in the R&D phase, from 2017-2020, Yasmin acquired her Master of Communication degree from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah where she learned everything about brand development. In 2021, she acquired a Master of Business Creation, an accelerator business degree, from the University of Utah David Eccles Business School & the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. While there, Khalm ® Skincare was chosen as a finalist in The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge in March of 2021 beating out several start-ups in a statewide competition amongst Utah Universities.  
Along with her commitment to being a beauty entrepreneur, she shares a personal life committed to her husband, Dr. Qamar Khan, and her two daughters. From 2013-2017 she assisted her husband in developing his medical practice, Wasatch Pain Solutions. Today it’s a thriving medical practice with 15+ employees and 4 offices located along the Wasatch Front. She is honored to be a mom of two girls, who have witnessed the birth of Khalm ® Skincare, watching her conquer numerous obstacles to build a once in a lifetime brand. Through the brand’s work Yasmin hopes more young women find inspiration and purpose to go after whatever future they desire.  

Yasmin said she joined Women Who Succeed because she is passionate about women securing education to access growth opportunities for themselves and their families. Building an educational portfolio for a woman brings personal independence, individual accomplishment and opportunities that may have not existed otherwise. Her life and career are perfect examples of what one can accomplish when education is valued!

A “Fun Fact” about Yasmin is that she never had a proper 3-day Indian wedding. She said that her husband and her felt that eloping was more their speed!

Ally Isom cont.

She held several posts in Utah government: Deputy Director, Dept. of Community and Culture; Government Relations Director, Dept. of Workforce Services; and Deputy Chief of Staff, Communication Director and Spokesperson for Governor Gary Herbert. Ally then worked at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, before moving to the private sector as Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer, and eventually acting Executive Officer, for EVŌQ Nano.
In 2021 Utah Business named Ally one of “30 Women to Watch.” She and her husband, Eric, have four children and five grandchildren. Ally enjoys urgent essay writing, hiking, cooking, and mole poblano, preferably on a beach. Ally is currently a Republican candidate for the United States Senate.
Ally joined Women Who Succeed because she believes “you cannot be what you cannot see”, and because she had few female role models growing up. Ally wanted young women to know they can be whatever they dream, and she wants to be there to cheer them on!
A “Fun Fact” about Ally is that she rarely wins anything, but she once won free concert tickets to see Paul McCartney–and she was so close to the stage! That man played and sang for three straight hours. Ally says, “I was blown away!”

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