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Utah Wonder Women and SUREFIRE Partner for Two-Day Summit to Elevate Female Leadership Notable speakers include Former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios and Afghani rapper and child marriage activist Sonita Alizadeh By PR Newswire

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Utah Wonder Women (UWW), the premier networking community in Utah for accomplished women and future leaders, today announced it will host its inaugural summit at the University of Utah on November 10, 2017. The UWW Summit will be followed by SUREFIRE Utah, a day-long conference designed for 15 to 18-year-old girls, on November 11, 2017.

The partnership between UWW and SUREFIRE marks an unprecedented intergenerational investment in female leadership. Girls and women will have the opportunity to network with some of the most powerful leaders in business, building important connections and gaining encouragement from their experience.

"Over the past three years since UWW was founded, we have built a community of over 200 of Utah's most incredible women business leaders," said Jacki Zehner, co-founder of Utah Wonder Women. "We're excited to be partnering with SUREFIRE for our first summit and to provide two days of discussion, learning and inspiration to girls and women of Utah."

The UWW Summit will be the largest event in UWW history and will cover important topics, including the future of work and raising visibility of female leadership in Utah. Rosie Rios, former Treasurer of the United States, will be a featured keynote at the summit. Rios is a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Media Executive Pat Mitchell, FJ Management CEO and President Crystal Maggelet, and LHM Management Corporation Owner and Chair Gail Miller are also among the esteemed speakers. Dr. Stacey Smith, founder and director of the Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative, will be debuting her research on examining the prevalence and portrayal of girls and teens in popular movies at the conference, as well. A full list of those participating can be found here.

SUREFIRE Utah offers a unique occasion for local teen ambassadors to control programming a conference for girls by girls. The day will include workshops lead by industry leaders, non-profit organizations and influential women in the community and will allow an opportunity for girls from different high schools and backgrounds to form new friendships.

"We are honored to have such a great partner in Utah Wonder Women who brought SUREFIRE to Salt Lake City," said Heather Mason, SUREFIRE founder. "Their dedication has made our dream and the dreams of teenage girls here a reality."

Afghani rapper and child marriage activist Sonita Alizadeh, who is currently attending school at Wasatch Academy in Utah, will keynote SUREFIRE Utah. Other presenters include actress Monique Coleman, Lucie Fink from Refinery29 and Lauren Magenta from Spoon University. You can learn more about the other presenters and speakers here.

Several generous sponsors have joined the cause to help make this event possible, including The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, Maverik, Zions Bank, CHG Healthcare, The Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Cambia Health Solutions, J.P. Morgan, Method Communications, Pluralsight and numerous others who are committed to supporting and championing female leadership in Utah. You can find the full list of sponsors here.

Learn more about the UWW Summit at

Learn more about SUREFIRE Utah at Registration is open to all girls between the ages of 15 and 18.

About Utah Wonder Women

Utah Wonder Women is the premier networking community in Utah for today's accomplished women and tomorrow's ambitious leaders. Founded in 2013 by Jennifer Danielson, vice president of Cambia Health Solutions; Geralyn Dreyfous, chair of the Utah Film Center; David Parkinson, CEO of Method Communications; and Jacki Zehner, cofounder of Women Moving Millions Inc., the organization was created with the purpose of bringing together inspiring women to connect with each other and impact the next generation of leaders. For more information, visit


SUREFIRE is an innovative, one-of-a-kind event created by girls and for girls! The organization looks to girls first for content, outreach and the topics curated for mainstage and workshops. Founded by Heather Mason in 2013, SUREFIRE gathers the resources of local communities to provide one-day events for girls to highlight the magnitude of opportunities available to them in a given community. SUREFIRE works with local girls ages 15 to 18 to organize the event and offer workshops, skills and unique learning activities. Utah organizations involved to date include: Spyhop, University of Utah Women's Enrollment Initiative, Utah Valley University Women and Leadership Project, Westminster College, the Leonardo Museum, and more to come.

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