Imagining What Can Be: My Visit to the Relief Society Building

by Naomi Watkins You have probably heard the phrase, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” I’ve repeated it here on these very pages. And while I agree with this statement, I’ve always wondered about those women who were the firsts–they had no model to do what they did. They were the pioneers, the ones […]

How My Younger Self Got Schooled

by Naomi Watkins Last week, Michael Austin over at By Common Consent highlighted the dearth of full-time female faculty members at the BYUs (you can read additional follow-up posts here, here, and here.) The timing of this post was particularly interesting as I was to give a lecture two days later to 150+ female students […]

Mentoring Our Youth Through Personal Progress

by Jennifer Dill Long Last year, when I was serving as the Relief Society secretary for my ward, we had a joint presidency meeting between Relief Society and Young Women. We discussed ideas for ways we could create stronger relationships between the adult sisters and the youth. One leader had the brilliant idea of using […]

Takeaways from SLC AMW Event

by Julianne Hall Gray When I first heard Dr. Julie de Azevedo-Hanks was speaking at the next AMW networking event, I immediately put it on my calendar. Her article on aspirational shame really spoke to me, and I was excited to hear her talk about it in person. I also really love the AMW events […]

Advice: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Nan Petersen As I advance in my career to a place where I am more likely to be looked to as a mentor instead of someone who needs to be mentored, I sometimes find myself dispensing advice. It always seems a little bit strange to me—can it really be so many years ago that […]

Find a January AMW Meetup Near You

During the final week of January, we will be hosting meetups in various cities across the U.S. and possibly Canada. So far we will be offering meetups in the following areas: Austin Bay Area (specifics to follow) Boston Dallas  Phoenix Portland Provo San Diego Salt Lake City Seattle St. George Washington D.C. If we don’t […]

Disrupt Yourself: An Interview with Whitney Johnson

by Dianne Orcutt As busy Latter-day Saint women, most of us fall into ruts and routine as we try to juggle all the many responsibilities and ANDs in our lives.  I often find myself getting caught up in the inevitable current of my life that seems to propel me forward on some predetermined path.  Sometimes […]

DC Metro Area October Meet Up

When: Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00pm – 8:30pm in EDT Where: Pret A Manger, 1701 K St NW, Washington DC 20036 What: Join other Aspiring Mormon Women in the DC Metro area for a night of casual dinner, conversation, and support. Feel free to invite and bring other interested women. No fee or tickets needed for this meetup outside […]

Boston & D.C. Area June Events: Register Today!

One aspiring Mormon woman shared the following about her experiences attending AMW events: “I have found a sisterhood of motivated, talented women who thoughtfully and passionately pursue personal excellence. I enjoy mingling, networking, and having spirited conversations with my AMW sisters. Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to attend three Aspiring […]

Join us on June 4th in SLC with Ruth Todd!

We have less than one week until our Aspiring Mormon Women event with Ruth Todd, award-winning news anchor, former LDS Church spokesperson, wife, mother, and current VP of Public Affairs for Nu Skin International. She will be sharing her personal experiences surrounding education and career and her thoughts about empowerment through our diverse choices. Her remarks […]

We’re Coming to the D.C. Area!

Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 7-9pm for our first event in the D.C. Metro Area. Meet like-minded LDS women pursuing educational and professional goals. Come for an evening of support, encouragement, and networking. The first hour will be an unstructured mix-and-mingle. The second hour will include structured networking activities. Dress is business casual. […]

Advice for Starting My First Professional Job

by Bryn Watkins Dear Three Years Ago Me, So if I did the math right, you should be opening this letter on the day before you head into work for the first time ever. Did the USPS get it right? Tomorrow is your first day of professional life! Congratulations. I’m not sure this makes me […]

Networking Event in Provo, Utah

Do you live in the Provo area? Then join us (and bring a friend or two or five) on February 25th from 7-9pm at Club Alison (1644 S. State St., Provo) and meet other like-minded LDS women pursuing educational and professional goals. Whether you are a seasoned networker or a shy and timid newbie, come […]

Mentoring Is about Relationships

by Nan Petersen In November I attended an event in a large city not far from home. After making plans with a friend and purchasing my ticket I found out that Whitney Johnson would be speaking. I nearly hyperventilated, and not just because Whitney is such a great speaker (which she is), or so inspiring […]

Seeking Out Creative Partnerships

by Patti Cook One of my first professional jobs was in Washington, D.C., under the tutelage of two very different women. Both were very good at what they did, and together they interweaved vastly different but mutually beneficial strengths into a profitable company. Linda, the CEO, had been given a single $500 loan early in […]

Someone Like Me

by Nan Petersen My senior year in high school I took Advanced Placement English, a challenging literature class with the goal of preparing class members to take a test for which a passing grade earned college credit. I already loved the subject matter, but the class itself was delightful primarily because of our wonderful teacher, […]


by Nan I started a small Facebook group a few years ago with an assemblage of like-minded friends. We discuss issues relevant to the Church and society. It is a safe place for some to express doubts, concerns and less-than-mainstream thoughts without feeling judged or encouraged to walk away from the Gospel. We buoy each […]

Are You My Mentor?

by Heidi Doxey There have been a number of fantastic posts here on AMW about mentors and mentees, both in a formal and informal sense. I should definitely re-read those posts. I’ve always imagined a mentor as a fearless, high-powered business professional, or perhaps an octogenarian with soft wrinkled hands and decades of wisdom. Or […]

12 Ways in Which Looking for a Job is Like Dating

by Melanie Steimle There are no such things as soul mates. Just as there is no one meant-to-be-yours-since-the-beginning-of-time soul mate (sorry, Saturday’s Warrior), there is no one perfect job or career for you. While it’s very in vogue right now to subscribe to the notion that following your bliss and turning it into your life’s […]

Taking the Time to Be Inspired

by Heidi Doxey “I would love to get more involved.” “That’s so cool that you had an experience like that.” “I wish I had known about it; I think I would have really enjoyed it.” “I don’t really have any opportunities to network or anything right now.” Have you ever said any of the above […]

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