Career Day: Collegiate Coach

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Heather Olmstead and I am from Carpinteria, CA.  I live in Orem, Utah and am the Head Coach of the women’s volleyball team at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  I played volleyball and graduated from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. […]

Revisiting the Friend Magazine’s ‘When I Grow Up’ Feature

by Naomi Watkins In May 2014, we noticed the Friend magazine (the LDS Church’s magazine for primary-age kids) had started a series of short features called “When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…”that asks people about their jobs in a similar manner to our “Career Day” interviews. We at AMW were excited about this […]

Career Day: Meteorologist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Amy Freeze. I currently live in New York City and I am a meteorologist for Eyewitness News on WABC Television. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University, and a […]

Artist Feature: Caitlin Connolly

Tell us a little about yourself and about your work. My name is Caitlin Connolly. I am an artist, wife, dog-mom, writer, musician, and creative enthusiast. My work explores the human experience, most often the feminine experience, through drawing and painting. I love building subtle layers of texture and playing back and forth between looseness […]

Career Day: Engineering and Project Management Professor

I am a Mormon woman AND an athlete AND a world traveler AND an adventurer AND a board member of a non-profit AND a mentor AND a professor, AND an engineer with a doctorate Tell us a little about yourself and about your profession? I’m Angela Trego, PhD, PE, PMP. Those are lots of initials! […]

Career Day: Environmental Health

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job/profession? My name is Kimberly Fowler and I am a Senior Sanitarian for a large municipality in Massachusetts. I grew up all over the US as an Army brat so I was able to meet many interesting people in Texas, Alaska, and Kansas. My family landed in Las Vegas Nevada […]

Career Day: User Experience Design

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job/profession?  My name is Laura Leavitt. I love graphic novels and riding my bike. I’m also a User Experience (UX) Designer at Domo (a Business Intelligence tech company in Utah). I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Graphic Design in 2011 and moved […]

Entrepreneur Feature: Sarita Venkatapathy Naidu, Amaithi Yoga

My name is Sarita Venkatapathy Naidu, or Shareeta depending on who you ask. My father is from India and my mother is “pioneer stock” (in her words), and my business is called Amaithi, LLC (Tamil for “peace”). I’ve invested my time and energy in running a yoga, energy work and nutrition business for several reasons […]

Entrepreneur Feature: Brittany Jepsen, The House That Lars Built

I’m Brittany Jepsen. I’m a designer, stylist, crafter and founder of The House That Lars Built, a design house and blog that focuses on living an artful life. I have a degree in art history and master’s in interior design. I started The House That Lars Built after interning for two designers in NYC. I […]

Entrepreneur Feature: Jessica Taylor, Legacy Tree Genealogists

Jessica Taylor realized halfway through completing her degree at BYU that her major didn’t interest her. She had grown up thinking that since she was a people person and liked kids, she ought to pursue teaching young people. But something didn’t fit. After some wandering, she found the Family History – Genealogy major and fell […]

Social Entrepreneur Feature: Jen Porter Anderson, The Reset Foundation

Welcome to our first in a series of short interviews featuring LDS women entrepreneurs. Know a LDS woman entrepreneur who you’d like highlighted (or nominate yourself)? Email us at aspiringmormonwomen @ gmail. com As a teen, Jen Porter Anderson had a pretty clear sense of what she was good at doing and what she cared most […]

Career Day: Principal

by Dr. Susan Brady (Harkness) I grew up on Indian reservations, went to Catholic schools, and attended the first high school closed with racial riots in California (I jokingly say that it was half-Black, half-Hispanic, and me). I grew up feeling that it was odd to NOT be Native American, Catholic, Black, or Hispanic. Consequently, […]

Career Day: Musician (Orchestra)

Imagine going to your job and that when you finish for the day, the people around you clap vigorously and smile because they appreciate what you have created with your work. I am Leticia Oaks Strong, a violist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. I love that I am able to create music that can […]

Career Day: Television News Producer

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? What drew you to the profession? My name is Candice Madsen and I’m a senior producer of special projects for KSL TV in Salt Lake. I originally planned on becoming a teacher or going to law school. It had never occurred to become a journalist […]

Interview with Al Carraway, Author of ‘More Than the Tattooed Mormon’

with Naomi Watkins While reading Al Carraway’s book, More Than the Tattooed Mormon, I concluded that Al epitomizes the cheerleader, friend, and support that we all desire in our lives, especially as we strive to be better and greater. Al’s book provides her story of meeting the missionaries, getting baptized, the sacrifices and change and heartbreak (yet great love) […]

Interview with Allison Czarnecki of Petit Elefant

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Allison Czarnecki, and I am the founder and editor of Petit Elefant, a lifestyle blog, like the modern version of a parenting magazine which covers a whole lot of ground, and that focuses mainly on: STYLE / TRAVEL / HOME / FAMILY. I grew up in Orem, Utah, […]

Career Day: Anesthesiologist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. What do you do? My name is Cathie Tingey Jones. I recently moved to Eugene, Oregon, after being away from Oregon for twenty years. I grew up about forty miles away in Corvallis, Oregon. I’m an anesthesiologist, which is a physician who specializes in anesthesia. […]

Video Interview: Lisa Valentine Clark from ‘Once I Was a Beehive’

Photo cred: Justin Hackworth Naomi chats with Lisa Valentine Clark, actor, producer, writer, BYU English graduate, mother of five, and wife, about her various projects, including critically-acclaimed film Once I Was a Beehive and her book, Real Moms: Making it Up as We Go. Learn about how Lisa embraces her ANDs and her aspirations as a young woman and now. […]

Career Day: Project Management

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. Hi! I’m Lauren, currently living in Salt Lake City and working for American Express. I’ve bounced around the country a bit, growing up in Oklahoma, followed by college in Washington DC, then a few years in both Phoenix and Los Angeles, before settling into Utah […]

Career Day: Editor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Stacy Whitman, and I’m the publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books. I grew up on a farm in Illinois, and now live in New York City, where I acquire, edit, and publish diverse middle grade and young […]

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