Natalee Fox, The Travel Concierge

Natalee Fox, The Travel Concierge

This woman is magical! Natalee Fox, The Travel Concierge, is amazing in creating wonderful vacations and memorable experiences. She planned my families trip to Disneyworld this fall. It was so smooth and easy. She had everything booked and ready for us to relax and play. Isn’t that what a vacation is for? If you have the itch to travel, get with Natalee and have her do all the heavy lifitng so you can put your feet up on those beach chairs and sip your drink by the water!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
My family and my kids are the most important thing to me in the world. I am blessed with three beautiful children of my own, and three bonus children. I love them all so much and they bring so much joy to my life.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working with so many wonderful leaders, most of which have remained lifelong friends and supporters of everything I do. The one thing they all had in common is that they encouraged my growth as an independent strong business woman. They never took credit for my work, and they always did what they could to make my own career dreams and aspirations a reality. I, in turn, treat my employees and now other business owners the same. You can be successful alone, but you’ll be even more successful with a powerful team or tribe along side with you. Their support of me made me want to work even harder, not only for myself, but for them in return.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I’m so blessed to have the job that I do. I have been afforded the opportunity to travel all over the world. However, my stay true Bucket List location will always be Paris. I love the romance and beauty of this city and it never gets old.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?

Every day is a day to be better!

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I have fallen in love with Jen Sincero this year. I love how real and raw she is about the struggles in her own life and how she brings comedy to her mistakes. She helps me laugh at my own as well.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
This group has been instrumental in me having a successful start-up business. The amount of resources at my fingertips is invaluable, but, more importantly, I have been able to build a tribe of strong, brilliant, loving and compassionate women and that is priceless. If I had any advice, it would be to meet with these women, cultivate your relationships with them, and support them whenever you can. The love and support will be reciprocated tenfold.

Monique Higgenson, Market Source Real Estate

Monique Higgenson, Market Source Real Estate

Ms. Monique Higgenson is  a soft spoken, sassy classy lady who has her finger on the pulse of the Sugarhouse Real Estate market. From Upper foothills to sugar-hood, she knows the in’s and out’s of that area like the back of her hand. Not only is she knowledgeable about the market, she  also is well versed on what these old houses need to maintain their own class and style. If you want to move into my hood, connect with Monique and she will find the perfect bungalow or tuder for you…and then you can come to my house for tea!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I love to garden, ski and golf!

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My uncle adopted me at age 12 and showed me the magic of being an entrepreneur as he owned a car dealership. He taught me how to hussle!

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I would travel to Bora Bora and stay in a hut on the Ocean. I have seen photos of Bora Bora and it has become my “happy place” in my head.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
The harder I work, the luckier I get. I think it is a quote from Henry Ford.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I listen to the Tony Robbins Podcast and John Lee Dumas podcast. Much of my personal inspiration comes from Tony Robbins and John Lee Dumas has introduced me to a ton of resources and books that have helped expand my horizons in business.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Build long term relationships and stay engaged in the group. Some of my very best friends today belong to the group.

Monique Flesher, Monique Jacqueline Design

Monique Flesher, Monique Jacqueline Design

Meet Ms. Monique! She is one of our lovely Ambassadors and a rockstar Interior Designer. Not only is she great at creating savvy spaces, she is one saavy business lady! Sitting with her and chatting business created more dynamic ideas than I knew what to do with! Go get on this lady’s schedule for coffee, don’t forget your notebook-because you are going to want to take notes!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I am French Basque. I am first generation here in the United States, I have an incredible work ethic and am very genuine.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My father has been my role model. I always figured that if I could be as honorable as he, I would go far in life! He always put his family first and worked his ass off for us to have everything that he never had, The American Dream.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I would go to Europe. I love the country, the people and my family.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Always remember to be true to yourself and ALWAYS be YOU.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I love listening to Amy Porterfield, Darren Hardy and Alycia Wicker.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Always remember to be true to yourself, in all that you do!

Rebecca Yates, Ark Insurance Solutions

Rebecca Yates, Ark Insurance Solutions

Meet Ms. Yates! She is the Superwoman Healthcare Guru! With all the craziness around healthcare these days, it’s great to know there is someone out their who can decipher it all and bring it down to our level and help us understand what we need! It’s renewal time ladies, go check out her site, get your healthcare straightened away, and pour yourself a glass of wine because you know she’s gotten you the best deal around!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I love to do home improvements. I spent 10 years fixing up an 1891 Queen Anne Farmhouse. My mom and I remodeled every inch of it. I’m always looking for little projects or things to build.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
As a child I was raised by a single mom who worked as a secretary. She enrolled my brother and I in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program. The volunteer who acted was my Big was a mortgage broker. It was the first time I had seen a strong professional woman making her way in the world. She really opened my eyes to opportunities that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise!

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
Egypt. I wanted to be Indiana Jones when I grew up!

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Love More, Work Hard, Dream Big, Travel Often

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I’m really enjoying the Pumpkin Plan right now. I bought because I’m obsessed with pumpkins (I LOVE to grow them) but it has been great at getting me to narrow my focus to what I’m really good at.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
The most valuable thing in life is your relationships with others. Put it first.

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Lelani Craig, CommGap International Language Services

Lelani Craig, CommGap International Language Services

Oh my hell! This sweet, quiet lady is a friggin daredevil! Who knew?!! I love LOVE learning about everyone’s secret passions! Leilani has found that success in business and life is to take time to Breathe as well as to be willing to take the risks to push you further. What a rockstar!!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I’m a daredevil! I love adrenaline and pushing the limits. I broke the speed record for the Las Vegas Speedway and beat all the drivers in my F1 class (and yes, I was the only girl in my class).

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My mother! She has a keen mind for business and has always pushed me to go further.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
A trip around the world. I would love to spend several months getting to see every place possible. No limits.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Breathe! I love yoga and through my practice I’ve learned of the importance of breathing. Not just regular but deep, conscious, cleaning breaths.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I love Marie Forleo! Great vlogs. Music? I love 80’s modern or new wave. No hair bands!

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
The hardest lesson for me to learn has been to know where I am and know where I want to go. Plan, plan, update, plan, repeat. I made mistakes that hurt me and decisions that pushed me to the top. I learned from all of them. Keep a flexible eye on the goal! And remember that self care is a must. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of business. Enjoy the journey.

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Pamela Martinson Olson, Native Flower Company

Pamela Martinson Olson, Native Flower Company

The words Inspired Beauty always come to mind when I see one of Pamela’s floral arrangements! The quiet nature of each bouquet has it’s own presence and invites one to take a moment to appreciate the little things in life. Pamela and her team are always there to help create the most perfect arrangement for whatever you need! I know, because I am one of those last minute people who come up with crazy requests! Not only does she deliver, but it is always beyond what I could have possibly thought possible! Stop by her shop sometime and treat yourself to some flowers! They are happiness all wrapped up with a bow!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I once studied Kung Fu and achieved my orange belt.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My mom was my greatest role model and mentor. She encouraged me to find and foster my talents, and she supported my creativity and interests. She taught me to work hard, be kind and maintain a level of humility.

 If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
Scandinavia for 6 months, to trace my Swedish ancestry and my husband’s Norwegian lines. I want to enjoy it in summer and fall for fly-fishing, and in winter for skiing.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
In addition to “paying it forward,” I am also a big believer in taking personal responsibility for your own actions, mistakes, and successes. Here are two quotes I like:

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” Steve Maraboli

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I don’t have any! I draw inspiration from poets, CEOs, fellow designers, farmers, my book club…anyone with some wisdom to share. And everyone has some insight to help you if you listen. I enjoy books about naturalism, botany and birdwatching.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Always be learning. You may think you know your business but there are always new ways to enhance what you do. Trust your gut. Maintain your integrity. Oh, and wine. Never run out of wine.

Diane Sheya, Salt Lake Culinary Center

Diane Sheya, Salt Lake Culinary Center

Diane and her team at the Salt Lake Culinary center put on some super fun cooking classes for adults as well as kids! I have had the privilege of being part of a few of their events and what fun did we all have! Diane truly embodies Julia Child’s trail blazing demeaner as she creates engaging classes that not only teach you tools of the trade, but creates a fun environment as well! I feel it all goes back to her living mantra of Don’t Act Your Age! Her lighthearted spirit ads that certain “je ne sais pas” secret spice to everything she creates!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume
I was on the Olympic committee that interviewed potential volunteers to help with the 2002 Winter Olympics and then was a supervisor at the center where all the volunteers, officials and media received their uniform and accreditation.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor?  And what is one key thing they taught you?
Julia Child has been one of my role models.  She was a trail blazer, bold, intelligent and not afraid of uncharted waters!  (Besides learning how to cook from her cookbooks)

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
The first place I would travel would be Vienna Austria.  Our son and daughter in law live and work there and it’s always great to spend time with them.  From there I would visit all the European countries we have not been to yet.  Learning about food and culture of other countries fascinates me.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
My motto is “Never act your age” (Especially at my age!!) and  “If you’re not having fun in the line of work you do-get out and find your passion!  Life is too short to be miserable every day”

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author blog or video blog?  How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I really enjoy Simon Sinek, his book Start With Why is inspirational for me.  I like his Ted Talk on the same subject of WHY we do what we do.  I’m also inspired by the plethora of cooking magazines I receive every month-I try to cook something from each issue and learn a new technique or use an ingredient I’m not familiar with. My husband loves it when we’re in ‘test kitchen’ mode!

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Get involved!  I joined last November and have met so many inspirational and fun women and look forward to meeting more of you!

Jacqueline Morasco, The Spirited Practice

Jacqueline Morasco, The Spirited Practice

It has been way too long since Ms. Jacqueline Morasco and I have sat for tea! It is always so refreshing and rejuvinating to sit with Jacqui and hear about all the new ways she in incorperating mindfulness into all that she does. Her Spirited Practice blends yoga, mediation, and mindfulness in a way that is accessable to the busy and bustling ladies.

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I started my first successful business when I was 10.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
There have been a number of strong women in my life. The most influential, was Sandra Cointreau. She was the first female civil engineer at NEU and to this day travels the world helping developing countries figure out ways to deal with their waste. She’s also an accomplished artist and shaman. She saw something in me when I was young that I didn’t know was there. She invested time and money in me, employed and mentored me until I believed in myself. She taught me to believe that women are strong, capable and able to do anything they set their minds and hearts to.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I love to travel and have fulfilled many of those dreams. Still on the list is New Zealand, among others. I love going to places that are innately beautiful and pristine and not overly destroyed by human “development.”

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Be kind, work hard, smile often, stay loyal, be honest, travel when possible, never stop learning, and love always.

 Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
Danielle LaPorte and Michael Meade. I can’t choose between the two because both are inspiring in different ways. They both tell it like it is, are creative and believe in the power of authenticity, truth and love.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Thank you for being a supportive and pretty funny group of women.

Shantel Reitz, Core7 Fitness

Shantel Reitz, Core7 Fitness

I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Shantel at the Women’s conference. Not only is she a firecracker full of energy in the fitness world, but she rocks the marketing realm. If you were to take integrate some wisdom this wednesday, then take these tidbits in: Stop Doubting Yourself! and Love Out, let loose the love and let it radiate outward!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I love to travel to unique places all over the world.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
I have many roll models and mentors in life. I have been blessed to have people surrounding me that will guide me in different areas, from marriage, to personal, and business. One key thing that I have learned is the ability to let go of things I have no control over, and to take hold of what is in my control. It allows me to limit stress on things that I cannot change.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
My list is so long, I don’t even know where to begin. We are hoping, within the next couple of years to hit up Cuba, Belize, and Cambodia… but I could change my mind at any second.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Love out.

To me, this means that I am sharing love from the inside and sending it out to those I interact with. You have to love internally before you can send it out to others. I envision a radiating glow within that I want to send outward.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I am a freak about anything John C. Maxwell produces. I have been a huge fan of his for decades! I love anything that teaches and helps me to be a better leader and culture builder.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Stop doubting yourself.

Melissa Worthen, City Journals

Melissa Worthen, City Journals

Let’s all take a moment to meet Melissa! She works for City Journals and is one of the most down to earth person I have met in a long time.. Her stories at the Women’s Entrprenerial Conference demonstrated such depth and compassion she has for every person she meets. She truly embodies her own words of wisdom: Be true to who you are and be kind to all that cross your path.

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I am a hugh animal avocate. For over a decade my daughter and I have been doing fundraisers for the West Jordan Animal Shelter and most recently the Humane Society of Utah. I currently have 2 adorable dogs, one from the West Jordan Animal Shelter and the other from the Humane Society. All of my pets have been rescues and I just love helping them.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you? 
My mother, she was a school teacher for 41 years and has donated a lifetime of your personal time and money to help under privileged kids. She taught me that you don’t have to have money to help others, just your time. If I am half the person she is, I will consider myself accomplished.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why? 
New Hampshire. This is where I am from and my heart is.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by? 
You live, you die, how do you want to be remembered?

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you? 
Joel Osteen. I love how he and his wife write things that are good core/ Christian values that relate to today’s everyday life.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members? 
Be true to who you are and be kind to all that cross your path. You never know what your future will bring and how you can benefit them and they you.

Nineveh Madsen, Founder & CEO of HER Magazine

Nineveh Madsen, Founder & CEO of HER Magazine

Have you met Nineveh yet? She’s the BOMB! Girlfriend, go get some time with her, and her experience in media and business will rock your world. I know from experience! The media exposure I have had recently can all be traced back to one event she put on..did you hear that? Game changer with Just. One. Event. What I love about Nineveh is that, yes, she has been on Tv and all that, but she is REAL, down to earth and plain ol’fun to be around. She is relatable, knowledgable, and wants to help women feel confident to push themselves to the next level. She walks the talk, people, inspiring others to do the same!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
The way to my heart is New York Cheesecake!

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My mentor in most recent years has been my Father, Francis. He’s an entrepreneur and always reminds me to stay in the game even when I face what feel like unwinnable challenges. My husband John is my love first and foremost, but a coach to me in so many ways. He teaches me to stay in the moment, and to love life. He’s so positive! I always marvel at that. Role Models – Sheryl Sandberg, Marie Forleo and any woman doing what she loves.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I’d go for a month long vacation to the Bahamas. Put me anywhere by the beach, ocean and sunshine and I’m happy! I’ve never been to the Bahamas, but it sounds magical. And I’d need a month because I’d love to learn how to once again live without all these devices! Remember when we only had pagers?

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Do it because you want to. Do it for purpose and legacy. Not for the money. Not for the glory. But for the mission, and to create impact. I’ve learned to shift my focus on those things in recent years.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
Lately, it’s been Gary Vaynerchuck. He is harsh, but sometimes it doesn’t help to be coddled. So he’s like my big brother who will tell me how it is. When I’m feeling sorry for myself, I listen to Gary V.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
You can’t control everything. Learn to let go, and love the journey. Everyone pushes for the destination, but the destination is always changing. So focus on the journey, and the growth that comes with it – and the person you become as a result.

Nineveh Madsen, Founder & CEO of HER Magazine.
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Emily Potts, Sugarhouse Coffee

Emily Potts, Sugarhouse Coffee

Where would we be without Emily and her Sugarhouse Coffee? Her place and her presence is an integral part of our Women’s Networking Group. Her passion for people (and coffee!) create a safe place for people to gather, grow, and relax over a fantastic cup of coffee! She is an inspiration to me as a mom and an Entrepreneur. She has the ability to not only balance the business side as well as maintaining such a close relationship with her kids. Not only is she another one of our golf tournament’s sponsors this year, she is an inspiration to us all to Rise Up, step out of our comfort zone and push ourselves despite obstacles in our our path! Rise up, Ladies!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I LOVE being a mom. My kids are my world and I would do absolutely anything for them. I love watching them grow in bright individuals. Jaxon and Aliya Juel are my number one. They are always my priority.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My role model is my mom. She is one of the brightest, strongest and hardest working woman I know. She has taught me the importance of fighting for social justice, for not being afraid for what you believe in. My mom has always been my biggest supporter even at times I may have made it difficult to support. I am lucky to have grown up with her as a role model, a mother and a friend. She is the best.

I have had so many amazing mentors support me these past few years. A key mentor for me over the has been Karin Palle. She wants everyone to succeed and is happy to share her wealth of knowledge. She has been a cheerleader at times that I didn’t think I could succeed. Karin has pushed me to reach outside my comfort zone and conquer challenges in ways that have helped me grow Sugar House Coffee. I am forever grateful for her mentoring and friendship. I also love that if I need help with anything she can refer me to someone, very resourceful.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
Australia, the Land Down Under, need I say more? I have seen so many gorgeous photos that make me dream of visiting one day, for an extended period of time so I can embrace and learn the culture and be submerged into a community there. I have a friend that lived there for a few years and it sounds amazing. I am also intrigued by the Aborigenes and would love to see their homeland and learn more about their history.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Currently it is “Rise Up”. I always tell me kids to Rise Up! Someone tries to pull you down? Rise Up! Be kind to them and show them they can’t bring you down with them. You have anxiety? Rise Up! Learn to breathe through it and gain control of YOU, don’t let anxiety control you (this one is said daily). Feeling sad? Rise Up! You decide today if you are going to make it a good day. These may be easier some days but I am trying to teach them, as well as myself to gain control of our lives, of our emotions so that we don’t let others decide the day we are going to have. Rise Up, it may just be the best day of your life.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
Currently, the Whole 30 blog and Instagram. I have recently found out I am intolerant to gluten and lactose so I am adjusting what I eat. I love the recipes on Whole 30, even though I am doing it. All the recipes work for my dietary guidelines and most of them are delicious.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Be ok with getting out of your comfort zone sometimes. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish, learn and who you can meet. I am very shy and terrified of speaking publicly, but am always amazed at how I feel and what I learn after the fact. Stepping out of my comfort zone every once in a while always turns out to be worth it.

I am so grateful for all the women I have met through WNG!

Ann Atkin, MethMob

Ann Atkin, MethMob

The more I get to know Ann Atkin, the more I love her no nonense way of living life and blending that attitude with her business, Meth Mob. She is one of our sponsors for our upcoming golf tournament and I thought we should all get to know her bit better! Her love of life and family are demonstrated everyday and that value structure in embedded in her company because she wants to make sure the effects of meth lab won’t hurt any more families. She learns from people everyday and surrounds herself with the best. There is so much to glean from Ann’s life that more than one cup of coffee is in order gain from her wit and wisdom!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I love spending time with my family, golfing and Lake Powell. Summertime is where it’s at for me. Maybe one day, I will hit a hole in 1 at Page, AZ. after I get off the houseboat while golfing with a few friends or family. I have 22 grandbabies and 6 kids after 27 years of marriage and would only trade off a few of those days

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
I have had so many who have paved the path for me it is hard to pick out one. A big lesson for me that I will never forget is “would you rather be “right” or would you rather get what you want”.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I would go anyplace warm and by the water every January-February. The sun and the sea are pure relaxation and soul food for me. Blue waters… hell, I could live where they filmed Nemo. I want to go there. But first, a 10 day trip to the east coast to see as many historical things as I can in that time.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Attitude is everything! Where focus goes, energy flows.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I don’t have a favorite author or blog. I love learning from real live people that I am around everyday. There is so much inspiration and encouragement out there in my circle! What the hell is a blog

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Surround yourself with good people. Do business with people who do business with you. I believe we reep what we sow so be a good person and your life will be filled with good. Hate to use the good and bad analogy because it’s all relative. But, if you don’t want to be surrounded by a-holes, don’t be one!

Member Featured Blog: Katy Riney, Financial Services Consultant

Member Featured Blog: Katy Riney, Financial Services Consultant

Ms. Katy Riney is another founding member of the WNG and she makes anyone in her presence feel like they have family. As a transplant to Utah, being around Katy feels like home. Not only is she a wizz as a wine connoisseur, she excels at wealth management! Her financial consultations as well as her wealth seminars are always free, so there is no excuse not to meet for coffee or a glass of wine!

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.

I am intrigued by the night sky and nature landscapes. I wish to fly to the Moon!

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?

My mother, she taught me to always be who I want to be & to go after what I want, but in the journey,  always be kind/respectful & to help others.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?

France, it’s my home and to be able to tour the wine country again!

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?

At the end of Life, what really matters is not what we bought, but what we built: not what we got, but what we shared; not our competence, but our character: and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of Love!

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?

– Terry McMillian- I love how she writes about what breaks her heart and what she doesn’t understand. And there’s always something that she wishes she could change, which I can relate too. Her whole background resonates to me.

Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from lack of bread. ~ Richard Wright

I grew up reading his books and following his works, as I wanted to be a controversial author at a young age, fighting for all the prejudicial causes, which has inspired me to stand up for my rights as a human being.

Any last words to share with UTWNG members and future members

Always be the best version of you, & be in the moment.

Knowledge is only as good as the action it inspires. Don’t waste it.

Member Feature: Kari Sikorski

Member Feature: Kari Sikorski

As we begin more of our member highlights, It is important to go back to the beginning…back to the beginning where Women’s Networking Group began. It began with just a handful of women who wanted to gather with other like minded women. Kari Sikorski was one of those women. She was one of the founding members and her infectious smile is one of the reasons that made others feel welcome, that they belonged. Today she share’s a little of herself and you can understand how her presence is a vital part of the foundation of this group we are all proud to be a part of.

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I am still a Midwesterner in my heart (from WI), and I feel most at home and free driving down a country dirt road on a Summer day with the windows open and the stereo up loud.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My parents. They taught me to “Take it apart and figure out how it works and how to fix it, or make your own.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
Bora Bora, and stay in an overwater bungalow!

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.” ~Amelia Earhart~

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?

Chase Jarvis, www.ChaseJarvis.com    He is a positive, tells it like it is, inspiring creative. His business advice is clear and efficient, and delivered in a not too emotional, go get it type of way and it makes your brain say… well, yeah! Let’s go!

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?

Find your thing
and do that thing
better than anybody else
does that thing
even if you think
that thing has no value
because I promise you that it does.
And I promise you that
other people will see
this value too.

~ Chase Jarvis ~

Please take some time, visit her photography site and see how she captures life through her lens and think of her the next time you need someone to capture those special moments.

 

Member Feature: Carina Knecht, Ameriprise Financial Advisor

A Woman of Many Hats… Carina Knecht! 

There are various levels of involvement in the Utah Women’s Networking Group, which is great because we aim to create opportunities at all levels. One of our members, Carina Knecht, has managed to take advantage of every opportunity! She is an Ambassador. She is an Area Connector of two groups. She is the Main Sponsor for our Non-Profit Luncheon this month. Shall we go on?

When she’s not wearing her UTWNG hat, Carina is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial. She’s not only in the business of helping others pursue their wealth, she is also in the business of helping them grow their financial confidence in the future. She helps individuals balance pursuing their dreams for tomorrow with what is wanted today. In her own words, “I’m here to help you live the life you’ve earned. When you have the right advisor, life can be brilliant.”

Check out Carina’s answers to our six questions:

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
Something that would not be found on my resume is my kids! I have biological kids and six kids who have come to call me mom. Of my biological kids, I have one (almost two) married, two teens and one 10-year-old. My “adopted” kids have come to us by way of exchange programs and other like opportunities.  

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
Ana Bay is an inspiration to me because not only did she become a BYU Professor while raising four boys, but she exemplified her teachings which were that just because you’re a mom, you still need to pursue your dreams and aspirations. 

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
If money weren’t an option I would travel to Egypt! I’ve always been very fond of the history and culture there. It’s horrible, neat, and exciting all in one. 

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
A motto that I and my family try to live by is “BE NICE. WORK HARD.”

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
A favorite author of mine is Agatha Christie. She inspires me to pay attention to details and let’s face it, I’m a sucker for a good mystery. 

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
My advice to other amazing members of this group, both now and future, is to keep working on all of your relationships because both the good parts and the bad parts can teach you a lot about yourself and the world around you. AND to always STAY POSITIVE! 

Since we already know that Carina will be at the next event, and we hope you are too, be sure to thank her for her passion for the UTWNG and ask her what she loves most.

Member Feature: Bekka Carlson, Bekka Carlson Agency – State Farm

Member Feature: Bekka Carlson, Bekka Carlson Agency – State Farm

We Invite You to Meet… Bekka Carlson! 

We love being able to feature members of the UTWNG, and we are excited to highlight Bekka Carlson with Bekka Carlson Agency – State Farm.

The Bekka Carlson Agency serves Salt Lake City and surrounding locations. They specialize in protecting your lifestyle, income, and family. The seek to help clients with home, auto, life, and renter’s insurance. Their mission is to insure what’s important to you!

Bekka has moved around. She was born in Utah, grew up in Eugene, Oregon, went to college in Missouri, worked in LA for a bit, and then landed back in Utah. She is a big sports fan (you will have to ask her what teams) and loves animals (who doesn’t?).

Curious minds want to know Bekka’s answers to our six questions:

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
Growing up I was convinced I was going to be a movie producer. I moved to Los Angeles after college and was able to work on a few films; Rush Hour 3, Pineapple Express and Into The Wild.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
When I was in college I was lucky enough to have a basketball scholarship. I didn’t think that my basketball coach would’ve been my long-time mentor, but she ended up being influential by repeating frequently that the two things anyone can control outside of their physical abilities are their attitude and their effort. I find that to be true and I think it’s smart to live by.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I would obviously be Diane Lane in Under The Tuscan Sun.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
In the time it usually takes you to complain about not wanting to do something you can usually have that issue resolved. Also, be discerning and kind.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
Jim Dale’s narration of the Harry Potter series. Buy it now and enjoy the journey. 

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the associations in the group. Thanks for letting me participate and looking forward to making much more.

Reach out to Bekka and tell her thanks for being such an awesome support of the UTWNG.

Member Feature: Jodie Turner, Eagle Electric, Inc.

Member Feature: Jodie Turner, Eagle Electric, Inc.

Turn a Light on for… Jodie Turner! 

Part of what makes the Utah Women’s Networking Group go around is our dedicated members who support us at every turn. One member, in particular, is Jodie Turner of Eagle Electric, Inc.

Jodie serves as Vice President for Eagle Electric which provides electrical contractor services for new, remodel, residential, and commercial projects. They offer a full 24-hour service department, and believe that no job is too small! Something cool to note, most of their management and key employees have been with Eagle for 10 or more years.

Let’s get to know a little more about Jodie. We put her to our six-question test:

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
Tough question. I love classic muscle cars and can be found at car shows, either taking my car or just to see the others cars a lot of weekends when the weather is nice.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
My Dad. He taught me just about everything I know about my industry and continues to teach me. He also taught me that what you put out to the world comes back to you in waves (negative, positive, whatever).

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
Greece and Rome (not all of Italy, just Rome)! I really want to see the ancient ruins of Greece and Rome. I am fascinated with that era.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
I have two: “Service Above Self” the Rotary motto and “Strive not to be a success, but rather be of value” – Albert Einstein. I believe living these two things will make a person rich, not necessarily always monetarily, but in life. But I also believe that you get back what you put into the world and then some.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
I don’t really have any that I follow often really. “You Are a Bad Ass” by Jen Sincero changed a lot of my outlooks about myself, “The Compound Effect” by Darren Hardy really spoke to me and I’ve been trying to implement some of that. I could go on forever. I devour books usually!

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Get involved. Talk, listen and get to people in UTWNG and it will be the most beneficial and amazing thing you have ever done. So many women to look up to, support and help you through just about anything, and you will also find the reverse and have many women to help and support. It gives you a whole new world of friends, and who couldn’t use more friends?

Jodie is a bright light (no pun intended) in the UTWNG. And we love that she is a kickass woman helping to lead and running an electric company! At the next event, be sure to seek out Jodie and say hi.

Member Feature: Karin Palle, The Center for Entrepreneurship at Westminster College

Member Feature: Karin Palle, The Center for Entrepreneurship at Westminster College

Our Fearless Leader… Karin Palle!

We are excited to not only have a blog, but to have the opportunity to feature the incredible members of the Utah Women’s Networking Group. We thought it would fitting to start with the leadership of the group.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s give a standing ovation for the President of the UTWNG, Ms. Karin Palle! Although Karin is not the original founder of the group, she is definitely the engine behind its growth and success over the last six years. She is very passionate about women gathering together to learn, inspire one another, and develop deeper relationships. She is quick to tell anyone that the UTWNG is not about sales, self-promotion, and growing your business. That may happen, but only as a result of genuine relationships.

Now believe it or not, Karin does have a job outside of the UTWNG. She is the Director for The Center for Entrepreneurship at Westminster College. If you know anything about Karin, you know her passion for entrepreneurs at all levels! You will be hearing more about the Women’s Entrepreneurial Conference she is spearheading in April.

We asked Karin to take our six questions for a test drive:

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I was secretly married on 12/12/12 at 12:12 p.m. with 12 witnesses by Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore (Cottonwood Mayor) on my lunch break and my husband took me to Chipotle for lunch to celebrate. LOL!

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
Public figures – Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey – I learned the power of giving back and making a difference in my community. And, I definitely want to share Ellen’s mantra: be kind to one another.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
China – I would love to develop a woman’s networking group (yes – big aspiration) and spread the word of entrepreneurship.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Collaborating is more powerful than competing.
Giving is better than receiving.

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
Believe it or not – the UTWNG Facebook page. I learn more from our members than anywhere else. Their willingness to share their expertise is invaluable.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
If you focus on building relationships and sharing your knowledge and expertise, the UTWNG will be a valuable tool for your personal and professional growth.

Now when you see Karin hosting an event you can heckle her with your new knowledge! But in all seriousness, please take time to get to know Karin. We can guarantee that she wants to get to know you. She cares deeply about the UTWNG members, and about creating a meaningful environment for each and every one.

Member Feature: Tracey Dean, Tracey Dean Financial

Member Feature: Tracey Dean, Tracey Dean Financial

The One, The Only… Tracey Dean! 

Each month we will highlight a member of the Utah Women’s Networking Group. To kick off this new feature, we thought it would be fitting to introduce you to the faithful directors of this fabulous group.

Tracey Dean FinancialFirst up is none other than Tracey Dean of Tracey Dean Financial. To best understand how Tracey makes a difference in the world every day, here are her own words, “I am a holistic financial adviser specializing in small business planning and those in transition; new marriage, children, loss of loved one, divorce or retirement. I am here to take care of your most pressing needs. I take a needs analysis approach to help plan your individual financial blueprint to steer you to success. A fun, easy approach, that’s my goal.

Tracey serves as the Director of Events for the UTWNG. She works hard to find great venues and opportunities for members to gather together to network, build relationships and wherever possible support a worthwhile cause. And if you attend our monthly luncheons or breakfasts, you have definitely seen Tracey in action.

We have six key questions and here is what sweet, funny and direct Tracey had to say:

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
Pretty much everything. I’m best known for my smile and for making people laugh because I am so damn funny.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
This is always a tough question for me, I really do not have a meaningful mentor or role model… other than Warren Buffett, I would love to pick his brain if just for one day!

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
Vietnam. Up until a few years ago, I hadn’t realized the beauty. Let alone the history, as my dad fought in the Vietnam War. I’m incredibly intrigued by this amazing country.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
I know it sounds cliché, but based on my near-death car accident, I always say, “Life is too short” and “Work hard, play harder!”

Who is your must-listen-to or must-read author, blog or video blog? How do they inspire, motivate, encourage and/or help you?
Michael Kitces is a very successful financial advisor and he has a blog, Nerd’s Eye View. His insight into my world is amazing and extremely helpful. However, I am addicted to any TED Talk in any industry.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Show up and participate. Share your insight when others are in need and… sponsor everything I ask!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Tracey. Next time you are at an UTWNG event, walk over and say “hi” to Tracey and thank her for her dedicated service. She’s awesome and we are thrilled she is part of the leadership team.