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: Michelle Carman, AGF Property ManagementPlus

Member Feature: Michelle Carman, AGF Property ManagementPlus

And We Present to You… Michelle Carman!

As a new feature of the Utah Women’s Networking Group, we are highlighting members each month. To start 2017 off on the right foot, we thought it would be fitting to introduce you to the faithful directors of this dynamic group.

Please allow us to introduce you to our Director of Community Relations Michelle Carman. When Michelle is not actively looking for new organizations for the UTWNG to partner with and support, she is busy managing her company AGF Property ManagementPlus. The company handles both commercial and residential property management – taking the stress out of owning investment properties. They serve Salt Lake County, Magna to the Wasatch Front, and Saratoga Springs to North Salt Lake. They even assist with rentals. As Michelle always says, “Just remember that I am your personal bulldog with lipstick.”

She may be a bulldog with lipstick when it comes to business, and who doesn’t want that? But on a personal level, Michelle is a woman with a gentle heart, great sense of humor, and probably has a hug waiting for you.

We asked Michelle to answer our six questions and here is what she had to say:

Share something about yourself that can’t be found on your resume.
I love to help people. I like to make sure I can do something nice for someone at least once a day. Whether it be money, food, letting them cut in line, a hug, a smile…. at least something to brighten someone’s day.

Who is/has been your role model/mentor? And what is one key thing they taught you?
When I joined a BNI group I met a gentleman that found me lost and confused. He taught me how to come out of my box, enjoy speaking, and the love of networking. Not too bad for a wall flower.

If you could travel anywhere in the world – money is not an issue – where would you go and why?
I think if I could just go on a cruise ship and sail all over, I would totally love that. My love is waterfalls and if I could go see more of them, that would make me happy.

What is a motto or phrase you live and/or work by?
Communication, patience and give.

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 not a reader or blog follower, but I do listen to BNI podcasts the most and they are done by Ivan Misner.

Any last words of wisdom to share with UTWNG members and future members?
Embrace this group, the women, and the lessons that are given you each day. We have incredible women in this group and you can learn so much and gain some amazing friends.

We are so grateful that Michelle is part of our leadership team. She is a great advocate for the UTWNG and the relationships that blossom from being involved. Please be sure to say hello to Michelle at our next event!

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.

Are You Part of the Utah Women’s Networking Group Facebook Page?

Are You Part of the Utah Women’s Networking Group Facebook Page?

Join Today to Maximize Your Benefits

Our Utah Women’s Networking Group Facebook page compliments the Utah Women’s Networking Group. It is open to men and women in Utah dedicated to the mission and vision statement of the Utah WNG.

To post on this page, you must be a member of the Utah Women’s Networking Group and must have completed the Utah WNG Membership Agreement. Members can create an original post once a week to promote their business or your personal brand. Original posts must be approved by WNG leadership. Posts will be approved a minimum of once a day.

For the complete Do-s and Don’t-s of posting on our pages, please go to: http://bit.ly/290x8nx

To complete the UTWNG Membership Agreement, please go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19dHQT6UC7e_SY8Su0Swyk22mkfgq9Zu3XYBxfSHbws0/edit

We also have ANCHOR POSTS where members can share events, words of wisdom, information about their industry/business, etc… by commenting below the posts. This helps members search our page for valuable information in one post instead of many individual posts.

If you have any questions regarding the Utah Women’s Networking Group and our Facebook Group Pages, please email us at Ambassadors@utwng.com.

Learn More About the Utah Women’s Networking Group

Learn More About the Utah Women’s Networking Group

Welcome to the Utah Women’s Networking Group!

To become a member, request to be added, and/or fill out our application please visit this link: http://goo.gl/forms/NIHjZJQLli.

Before engaging on the Utah Women’s Networking Group (UTWNG) Facebook Main Page or Utah WNG Business Resources Page, please see our Do-s and Don’t-s Page at: http://bit.ly/290x8nx

VISION
We aspire to be the ultimate women’s networking model for business owners, professionals and women looking to build valuable relationships. Our services connect members with the people, resources, encouragement and inspiration to be the most successful woman they can dream to be.

MISSION
The Utah Women’s Networking Group empowers and supports women throughout Utah by:
1) Connecting members with like minded business owners and professionals through events and social media
2) Educating members through events and valuable discussions
3) Providing members with resources and referrals to grow their business or in their personal lives
4) Inspiring and encouraging members to live their dreams and to accomplish what they are truly passionate about
5) Supporting local nonprofits that provide valuable services to the community

We value building long lasting relationships over promoting ourselves. Selling is not a primary objective of the members of this group.

To promote our members, Ambassadors have access to a Directory that is used to connect members when referrals are requested.

We host luncheons the 3rd Wednesday of the month (subject to change). We also host luncheons in Provo/Orem, Davis/Ogden, Breakfasts, Evening Mixers and Fundraisers.

We encourage members to attend at least two (2) events a year (the more you attend, the more value you will receive from your membership). We also encourage you engage in conversations on our group pages to gain trust and build relationships.

We ask members only recommend/tag members when someone asks for a resource. If you wish to recommend non-members, private message the member making the request.

Keep posts simple and non-complicated. Promoting products and/or services is allowed on our Utah WNG Business Resources Page once a week. Members that do not follow the guidelines regarding posts will have their post deleted and risk being removed from the group.

Should you become a member, we hope you will maximize your experience by being respectful of our culture of putting others first and providing honest, trustworthy and positive feedback and information.

If you send in your information through the link and you do not get approved within a week, email us at Ambassadors@utwng.com.