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  • 25 Mar 2018 8:19 PM | Heather May (Administrator)

    It is the time of year to submit your membership nominations. There is some new information and reminders about the nominating process. It will take place as follows.  Each UWF member, after her first year of membership, may nominate one person for membership per year.   Those nominated must have attended at least one UWF meeting as a guest so as to familiarize them with our organization.

    The deadline for applications to be submitted is May 1, 2018. 

    When nominating someone, please inform them of the yearly commitment of $100 dues as well as the monthly meeting/lunch costs and socials. It is important the nominee is interested in engaging with the group.

    Please contact Rocio Summers, whose contact information is in the member section of the website, with any questions.

    UWF Nomination Guide 2017-18.doc

  • 23 Mar 2018 3:16 PM | Heather May (Administrator)

    Peggy Hunt, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP, has been appointed as a member to the Task Force on Diversity for the Federal Bar Association (FBA).

    Ms. Hunt joins 15 other legal professionals from across the country to support the FBA’s mission of full and equal access to, and participation by, all individuals in the FBA, the legal profession, and the justice system, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other unique attribute. Each member of the Task Force serves a one-year term.

    Ms. Hunt has been working in the area of bankruptcy and receivership law for more than 25 years and is a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. She regularly practices before the federal courts as a Panel Chapter 7 trustee for the District of Utah, and as counsel for distressed companies, banks and other creditors, equity holders, and court-appointed fiduciaries.  

    Throughout her career, Ms. Hunt has actively participated in organizations that encourage diversity and inclusion. She is a recent President of the Utah Women’s Forum and is an active member and former President of Women Lawyers of Utah. She also co-founded the Utah Women’s Giving Circle for the Community Foundation of Utah.

    “I’m honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with the Chair, Tara Norgard, and the Task Force members to assist in creating a plan to facilitate initiatives that will serve the FBA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Ms. Hunt.

  • 01 Mar 2018 9:16 AM | Heather May (Administrator)

    Beyond Tokenism: Centering Women in our Histories of the Nation

    R. Marie Griffith, Ph. D. 
    Washington University in St. Louis

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 
    7:00 P.M. 
    University of Utah 
    J. Willard Marriott Library 
    Gould Auditorium, Level 1

    Refreshments & book signing    

  • 16 Feb 2018 11:08 AM | Heather May (Administrator)

    On Friday, February 16, 3018, The Board of Trustees of Holy Cross Ministries of Utah announced that Maria Farrington has decided to retire.  The agency as a whole has extended their deepest appreciation to Maria and her dedication to Holy Cross over the past three years as CEO. "After 39 years of professional work with social service non-profits, my time with Holy Cross Ministries has capped what has been an impactful career both in San Antonio, Texas and in Utah. I look forward to spending time with my husband, Bob of 42 years, our new grandsons and ongoing discovery of new hiking trails wherever they are." stated Maria Farrington, on her upcoming retirement.

    Working with United Way of Utah, Salt City School District and Discovery Gateway Children's museum Maria has touched many lives and organizations in Utah in seeking programs to assist those in need of social, educational and health programs to make them whole. Her tenure at Holy Cross Ministries is marked with the acquisition of a grant by the Whitney Foundation, expanding educational operations in Park City, Utah, and creation of partnerships benefitting low income, immigrant and the educationally underserved.

    "Holy Cross Ministries has been the beneficiary of Maria's solid leadership and her passion for the mission of the organization.  Maria's years of outstanding leadership have placed Holy Cross Ministries in a position of fiscal and operational excellence and in position to continue assisting increased numbers of clients" stated Raymond Dardano, Chairman of Holy Cross Ministries' Board of Trustees. 

  • 10 Nov 2016 10:30 AM | Heather May (Administrator)

    Our very own Pat Christensen was honored on November 9, 2016 by the Federal Bar Association with its Distinguished Service Award.  UWF member Jen Tomchak made introductory remarks commenting on Pat’s strengths as a lawyer, friend and mentor. Pat gave a wonderful acceptance speech, remembering among other things the early days of her career when one federal judge did not allow women to make appearances in his courtroom.   The award is much deserved!

  • 07 Sep 2016 12:32 PM | Heather May (Administrator)
    Every year, the Gandhi Alliance for Peace selects an individual as the recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award. This award is given to an individual who has proven sustained service to a variety of causes and communities, contributions that are consistent with Gandhi's philosophy of social justice, non violence, and peace.  

    This year the Gandhi Alliance for Peace Award will be given to UWF member, Elise Lazar, who has demonstrated leadership in initiating programs and actions which exemplify the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi's life. 

    Forum members are invited to attend the celebration of this exemplary, indefatigable activist and long-time contributor to making the world a better place.

    LOCATION: Tracy Aviary, Old Mill

    WHEN: October 2, 2016 - 3:00 pm

  • 19 May 2016 8:00 PM | Heather May (Administrator)
    Forum Member Peggy Battin ponders some of life's most difficult questions in the University of Utah's Spring Continuum Magazine.
  • 19 May 2016 7:59 PM | Heather May (Administrator)

    Denise Dragoo Was Awarded the S.J. Quinney College of Law Alumna of the Year

  • 12 Apr 2016 1:47 PM | Heather May (Administrator)

    Submitted by: Colette Herrick

    Aileen Clyde: Saying yes to Invitations!  As an active citizen or citizen activist, Aileen Clyde has a long history of contributing to the community by saying yes to invitations. For example, in the early 80’s when Utah was a more diverse political state, Governor Matheson called Aileen to interview her about joining a newly forming Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. Three weeks later when she was called to serve, of course, Aileen accepted.

    What were your initial enthusiasms, excitements when you joined UWF thirty years ago?  As a founding member of UWF, I was excited about the idea of getting to know other women and through our diversity broadening our points of view. At the outset we had both an outward and inward focus. We wanted to look out to the community and make our membership as diverse as possible –even though Utah is a tough state to accomplish that. Then our focus was on building community internally with each other.

    You have no doubt had many experiences with this organization over three decades, for now tell me about a time that stands out, a highpoint time when your relationship with the women of UWF had a significant positive impact on you and others? Tell me a story about that time.  When I was the third President of UWF, we did not have the wonderful support that Heather May provides. We did all of the planning, organizing and securing places to meet. It was a big responsibility and we depended on each other. It was so impressive how everyone took charge of responsibilities. Things happened consistently. We still see these levels of collegiality and camaraderie in working together today. The willingness to take responsibility when invited to step up to a role or job within the Forum still exists. It’s wonderful!

    What do you value about being a UWF member today? How has UWF enriched your life?  The word that comes to mind is relationships. Even today the Forum provides an opportunity for me to know women my age and learn from women of all ages with a range of professional backgrounds. I look forward to attending our luncheons and living in Springville I drive 100 miles to attend. The Forum continues to be an enriching experience with our new membership, mix of membership and programs. As a result I get to be a learner.

    What three wishes do you have for UWF going forward?  My main wish is that we can succeed in our efforts to integrate newer members so it strengthens relationships within the Forum. I’d also like to see us continue to get even better at understanding the broader community we live in statewide and beyond and our strengths and weaknesses. We can do this by knowing women who represent part of the community. I’d like to see us work hard at informing one another and continue to be non-partisan.

  • 30 Mar 2016 1:44 PM | Heather May (Administrator)

    The Ruby Award is given each year to a woman of distinction who has been helping women in our community. This year Samira Harnish received the award at the Soroptimist’s Annual Ruby Award Gala on the 24th of March.

    The Soroptimist Club is a worldwide organization with clubs in over 132 countries and 80,000 members (see also and  The local club supports our international activities plus activities in our local community specifically for women and girls.

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