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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trying Imperfectly

by Steve Petersen Despite some trepidation, I went to the Aspiring Mormon Women event at which Ruth Todd spoke; it was wonderful. If you think that I was the only guy there, you’re correct. As someone whose vision for the Church seems more expansive than contemporary Mormon Culture (note that I’m not saying Church), I’m […]

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. […]

My Mother Made Me a Thinker

by Bryn Watkins Given the nature of my workplace (I’m a dancer), bloody toes come as often as the days go by. And the other day after rehearsal, looking down at my friend’s tragic collection of corns and blisters and cracked toenails, without thinking I blew the blisters a kiss and said, “Sana sana colita […]

Answering The Call of Being Born to Lead

by Alisha Stamper I have known from a young age, and had it reaffirmed to me, that being an advocate for change, a leader, in any place where I have influence, is something I am supposed to do in my life. When I heard that Sheri Dew would be presenting on the idea of being […]

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Happy Galentine’s Day to you from some of the Mormon women‬ from the past and present who inspire us! Celebrate the great women friends in your life today and share with them (and us) your love and how they inspire you. Whitney Johnson, Christine Durham, Gladys Knight Martha Hughes Cannon, Minerva Teichert, Cheiko Okazaki Emmeline […]

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 […]

A Good News Minute: The CES Policy Change

by Naomi Watkins News broke on Friday regarding a Church Educational System (CES) policy change that now allows LDS women with children at home to work for pay as full-time seminary and institute teachers*. To clarify, women with children have been and are currently seminary teachers working in volunteer roles. Growing up in Southern California, […]

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 […]

Who’s On Your Professional Sounding Board?

by Melanie Steimle I’ve been thinking about mentors lately, not because I’m long overdue in writing this post (although that is true), but because I need a mentor. Despite the fact that I write these monthly posts on mentoring or networking, I don’t have either subject all figured out. There are a number of people […]

Social Media Strategist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Alison J. Herzog and I live in Salt Lake City.  I grew up outside of San Francisco and in Southern Oregon.  My father was based in San Francisco as an international airline pilot which contributed to my love for travel and global […]

Networking with Informational Interviews

by Melanie Steimle Informational interviews are my favorite method of networking. I’ve been both the interviewer and the interviewee, and from numerous experiences on both sides of the table, I’ve found that conducting informational interviews is one of the best ways to get specific information from people who are “on the ground” in the field. […]

8 Tips for Making the Most of Your Summer Internship

by Dianne Orcutt An internship is a great opportunity for you to learn more about a particular employer, industry, as well your own professional interests and strengths. I recently had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion of the do’s and don’ts for law students preparing to begin their summer internships and clerkships. Each […]

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