Showing Up to Your Dreams

by Dianne Orcutt I’ve written about how the women in my life gave me the confidence to dream. They believed in me, they supported me, and they showed me that confidence by the examples of their own lives.   I also wrote about how finding pursuits that we are passionate about, professional or otherwise, can be […]

Having a Purpose for Your Work, Take 2

Image credit: Michelle Jaciubek by Nan Last month I wrote with much conviction about the importance of having a sense of purpose in your work. I made reference to my family of medical professionals and engineers as well as my own vocation as a teacher. Obviously, the focus of the essay was on career-type work. But […]

Career Day: Accounting

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? My name is Erica, and I’m an accountant. I grew up in Alabama but have spent the past four glorious years in New York City, where my husband and I have moved to post-college. I have a BS in Sociology as well as a Certificate […]

Raising Our Hands

Image credit: Stina Jonsson by Ryan Hammond Last time I wrote about the need for LDS men to include their sisters in their professional opportunity and support networks. I also challenged LDS women to give LDS men a chance to step up by asking directly for their support, help and to be included in their networks. […]

Five Tips on Working (outside of the home) While Having a Young Family

Image credit: Takuma Mikura by Kris Tina Carlston Dear Sister MBA Esquire: Do you have any tips on working while having a young family? I was an aunt for 14 years before giving birth to my now two-year-old son, Henry. I was a professional aunt. I took my job very, very seriously. I attended every […]

Career Day: Actor

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job? Hi there! I am Andrea Daveline from American Fork, Utah. I was born and raised in Utah and had never really traveled outside of that great state until I married my husband 8 years ago. We are living in New York City with our young […]

Unmet Expectations

Image credit: Maurillo Amorim by Nan During one of my teaching methods classes, our professor said, “If they ask if you can teach that, you say yes! Even if it is coaching swimming, or basket weaving.” We laughed, though it was probably nervous laughter. His point was twofold: it is possible to separate teaching methods […]

God Wants Me to Be Smart

Image credit: garryknight by Holly I am not a righteous mother in Zion. Don’t get me wrong—I’m righteous enough, and I suppose I’m in “spiritual Zion,” but I’m no mother. I’ve always wanted the ideal—a loving husband, a white picket fence, and a whole pack of Primary-attending kids. It was a devastating blow to be […]

Career Day: Painter

Tell us a little about yourself and about your  job. My name is Cristall Harper. I live in Utah, and I am a painter. I graduated from BYU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting about 10 years ago. I am married to an Idaho boy who loves my quirks and is my biggest […]

Drawing on the History of LDS Women for Inspiration

by Celeste Tholen Rosenlof Why do we look to the past of our church and its people when it is riddled with confusion over doctrine, policy, violence or discrimination? Should we bury it, sugar coat it or separate ourselves from it instead? For each of us, the answer may be different. I only attempt to […]

Habits Lead to Achievements

Image courtesy of Montana State University Library by Nan I loved my mission. I returned happy and exhausted with absurd ideas about the blessings to which I thought I was entitled for my service. I quickly became engaged to the boy who waited (faithfully or not so much; I didn’t dare ask too many questions), […]

The Intellectual LDS Mother

Image Credit: “Family Group Reading,” Mary Cassatt, 1901. by Tiffany Gee Lewis A few years back, I was having one of those deep and meaningful life discussions with my husband. He asked me, “How has our marriage been for you? Is it what you thought it would be?” I responded truthfully, “It’s been wonderful but…I thought […]

Career Day: Flight-Rescue Nursing

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Denise Evans Ward, DNP, ACNP, FNP.  I am a mother, wife, and flight nurse.  I have been a nurse for twenty-seven years and a flight nurse for eighteen years.  I am too old to give my age, but you can guess by my […]

Without Apology, Without Reservation

by Naomi Watkins “So what is it that you do?” my friend’s father asked as he offered me a seat in his home. “I’m in graduate school,” I replied, hoping that he would stop there and not continue to ask questions. But naturally, he persisted, desiring more specifics. “In literacy,” I continued. And then, one […]

Podcast Episode #1: Susan Madsen, Utah Women & Education Initiative

In our first Aspiring Mormon Women podcast, Jamie talks to Dr. Susan R. Madsen who heads the Utah Women and Education Initiative about her career and research. Dr. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She has been heavily involved for many years […]

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