She Talks: Finding your voice and the courage to use it

Over the weekend the Utah Women and Leadership Project hosted the fall session of She Talks Utah a leadership speaker and dialogue series. Five inspirational women from around the state spoke on this season’s theme: Finding our voices and the courage to use them. Each speaker had a unique take on what it means to […]

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Why Not Me?

Robbyn  Scribner works within the areas of development and grant writing for the Utah Women in Leadership Project at Utah Valley University. She holds a Master’s degree in English with an emphasis in composition and rhetoric from Brigham Young University, and a Bachelor’s degree (also from BYU) in European Studies. Robbyn specializes in promoting excellence in writing; she has […]

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Harnessing the Power of our Human Potential

I have come to realize that I am a product of “hardy stock” –a line of strong women. Both my mother and her mother were born in Pacific Junction, Iowa, a town that regularly experiences the flooding of the Missouri River. When I asked my mother “why do people stay?”  Her reply was, “It’s their […]

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What Confidence Concepts Resonate Most with Utah Women?

In 2014, the Utah Women & Leadership Project (UWLP) team collected data from various sources to understand some of the issues in Utah regarding women, confidence, and leadership. The full set of results was published in a February 2015 research and policy brief titled, “Women, Confidence, and Leadership: What Do Utah Women Leaders Think?” In […]

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Thoughts About Women From a Legislative Intern

This legislative session, I have the honor of being a young legislative intern for a remarkable woman in the Utah House of Representatives. And as I sit in my training seminar with all of the other legislative interns from colleges across the state—University of Utah, Westminster, Utah State, Salt Lake Community College, Dixie State, Southern […]

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Advice for Job Seeking Women From A Hiring Woman

I work as the Producing Director for Salt Lake Acting Company, where part of my responsibilities include interviewing job candidates for positions, alongside our Executive Artistic Director, Cynthia Fleming. Although I mostly hire for production and technical positions, this advice is applicable to all women in the job-seeking phase of their lives, whether searching for […]

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You’re Already Good Enough

Fresh on the heels of listening to the recording of “You’re Already Good Enough: How Embracing Imperfection and Cultivating Confidence Frees You to Influence and Lead,” I’m putting together an expressive arts project for homeless youth. As I work, I’m thinking, “That’s what these kids need to hear: ‘You’re already good enough!’” Then I pause. […]

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New Study Says Lack of Confidence is a Barrier

What keeps women in Utah from becoming more engaged and developing their capacity for leadership, both formal and informal? Confidence is at least part of the answer, according to 60 women, most of them leaders, who responded to a LinkedIn post asking the question. This internal barrier is a powerful one, and one that we […]

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