Educated Woman of the Week- Holly Richardson

Holly Richardson

Initiative Coordinator
AA, Nursing, BYU
BA, Communications with PR Emphasis, UVU
Pursuing: Masters in Professional Communication, SUU

About: Holly Richardson is a wife, mother, small business owner and political activist, often known as “Holly on the Hill.”
She is delighted to currently work with Dr. Susan Madsen and the team at the Utah Women and Education Initiative.
Other previous work has included being a midwife, a state legislator, a marketing and communications director, a social media consultant.  She is also a popular speaker and writer, something she dearly loves.

Holly is an outspoken advocate for traditional family values and strong, opinionated women. She and her husband, Greg, are the parents of a large family of 24 children (no, that’s not a typo). Holly is also the delighted grandma of six adorable grandkids.

Between politics, midwifery and the large family, she has learned how to stay calm(ish) under intense pressure. Or maybe she’s just kidding herself. Either way, she’s a fan of pedicures and meditation…..

Briefly tell us about your life outside of School/Work:
I love to read and, having discovered the joys of audible books, consume 2+ books a week.
I love camping with my family, gardening and cheering at my teenagers’ sporting events.
In or out of school and work, I love supporting and encouraging women to find and use their strength and to find and use their voices.

How do you de-stress?
I use a combination of things to de-stress and stay centered. De-stressing (aka self care) may include things like funny movies or comedy show, massage, pedicures or heading up the mountains for some time in nature.

Staying centered includes some of the same things as elements of self-care, but I am also a fan of meditation and yoga, naps and gratitude journaling.

How did you know your path or decide your current path?
That’s the $64 million question, isn’t it? I’ve always been drawn to helping women and children. It led me to nursing, then midwifery, to adoption and even into the political world. Outside of that broad framework, however, each “pivot” in my work life has come with no small amount of angst. Is it the right move? What if it doesn’t work? What if I don’t love it? What if they don’t love me?

The best advice I have is use your brain and your heart, then head in the direction you think you want to go. If it’s not right, don’t hesitate to change direction. No one needs to stay “stuck.”

Are there any books or other resources that have particularly helped you reach this level of awesomeness?
I have many favorite books. Here are a few, in no particular order:

  • Pivot: The only move that matters is the next one, by Jenny Blake
  • Half the Sky by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof
  • A Path Appears, by Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof
  • Playing Big by Tara Mohr
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
  • Originals by Adam Grant
  • Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work by Whitney Johnson
  • Rising Strong by Brené Brown
  • Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

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