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A Note from Erin,

March is both Women’s History Month and the founding month for Women Who Succeed! We celebrate and commemorate the vital role women play here in Utah, as well as in American History.  The women in our group are all from such unique backgrounds that we have woven a strong and beautiful tapestry for girls and young women across Utah.  I thought you may enjoy seeing images of other unique women throughout history from the National Library of Congress 
Locally, Martha Hughes Cannon blazed trails for women’s empowerment in Utah.  Born in Wales and later immigrating with her family to the Utah Territory in 1861, Martha became a skilled physician, suffragist and women’s rights advocate, progressive public health reformer, and the first female state senator in the United States.

Earning four degrees by age twenty-five, Martha saved money for medical school by working as a typesetter for the Deseret News and then the Woman’s Exponent, a women’s newsletter in Salt Lake City.  It was in this role that lit her passion for women’s rights and developed aspirations for furthering her career.

She established a private medical practice, becoming the resident physician at Deseret Hospital.  During her time in office, Martha immediately established Utah’s first State Board of Health.  She advocated for and created laws to restrict the spread of epidemics and create safer work environments for women and girls.

Martha became a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, speaking at conferences across the country.  Most notably, she became the first female State Senator elected in the United States, defeating her own husband who was also on the ballot.

This Women’s History Month we celebrate Martha Hughes Cannon as an example of the impact female leadership can have on the state of Utah.

The team felt it appropriate to highlight all our Women Who Succeed members that are engaging in public service, whether it is an elected position, running for an elected position, an appointed position, or serving as a leader in our Utah public sector – we wish to say THANK YOU!  Thank you for stepping up to serve our state, to be involved, and to improve the lives of all Utahns.

Purchase Tickets for Dr. King Now – $15

Women Who Succeed is proud to have Dr. Bernice King join Katharine Garff, Board Chair for Ken Garff Enterprises and Success in Education, for an hour-long conversation!  In addition, Governor Cox will be joining and welcoming Dr. King to Utah. Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, educator, strategist, solutionist, orator, peace advocate, and CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), which was founded by her mother as the official living memorial to the life, work, and legacy of her father. In this position, Bernice continues to advance her parents’ legacy of nonviolent social change through policy, advocacy, research, as well as education & training on nonviolence. Kathi Garff will discuss with Dr. King her courageous conversations about the difficult racial and social justice issues impacting our world and how education is the key to overcoming much adversity.  They will also discuss the challenges and success of being a female leader of such important work.  The event is designed to be an inspiration to young women, and leaders in the community that everyone can step-up and make a difference in the lives of others.  We suggest that students may be included in the distribution of some of your tickets as this is a rare opportunity.   

A Women Who Succeed reception will be held in the OC Tanner Lounge at the Eccles Theater prior to Dr. King’s presentation from 3:30-4:30 pm. You must have purchased a ticket and rsvp’d to Kaitlin to enjoy reserved seating and the reception All proceeds from this event are used specifically to bring Dr. King to our community and to support the education of young women through scholarships, internships, mentees, and networking.  Thank you for your investment!

Purchase tickets HERE!

Your Dollars Have Impact

We are excited to be welcoming Year 2 of our initiative during our founding month of March!  Thank you to our membership who have championed our work in so many ways – as mentors, workshop attendees, podcast interviewees, panel participants, scholarship committee members, connectors to colleagues, and event hosts, attendees & speakers.  We applaud you for fueling our mission and expanding our Utah footprint. All our current and prospective members should have already received a digital invitation to join our network for the second year and we look forward to learning how you would like to engage. You can also access our Membership Application here and review our milestones and goals here.
If your company or foundation would like to become a Sponsor of Women Who Succeed, let’s talk!  Our work aligns so nicely with those who care about: STEM, education, community enhancement, workforce readiness, women’s leadership, and much more. We have several wonderful opportunities for your donation to support our mission and reserve your spot at any of our next events:

  1. Broadway at the Eccles Sponsorship: Join us for a world-class Broadway experience in the Garff Family Suites with packages starting at $5,000 for 10 seats + suite access or for larger parties, reserve three suites + 29 seats for $15,000. We still have tickets available to Jesus Christ Superstar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hadestown, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
  2. Ken Garff Hole in One Challenge – May 18, 2022 – Thanksgiving Point Golf Course: Join us for the first annual women’s flight on the morning of May 18!  $3,000 is all you’ll need to reserve your spot and register your foursome. Golfer’s mark your calendars and start perfecting that swing! Learn more here.
  3. Utah Executive Clay Shoot – June 22, 23, OR 24, 2022 – Wasatch Wing & Clay: Challenge last year’s female champion and WWS member, Brandy Vega, as a sharpshooter!  $3,000 gets your foursome in on the action.  No experience needed and we provide the shotguns, ammo, and lunch. Learn more here.
  4. Fishing The Green – September 7 OR 8, 2022 – Flaming Gorge: Let us fly you from Salt Lake City to the world-class A-section of the Green River. $3,000 holds a spot for your twosome on your own drift boat with a private guide. Learn more here.

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

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. Listen here and subscribe to our weekly episodes released on the following platforms:


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