Twin Desires: Motherhood AND Career

by Melissa Goates Jones I grew up as the daughter and grand-daughter of aspiring Mormon women. My mother graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications and took a job as a professor at a community college. She planned on working just long enough to afford to buy a washing machine. But much to her surprise, she […]

Interview with Olympian Kate Hansen

Kate Hansen is an American luger who has competed since 2003. In 2008 she became the youngest Junior World Champion at age fifteen. In 2013 Kate won the USA Luge National Championship with a broken foot. She finished 10th place in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. She recently retired from luge and currently attends Brigham Young University.  Kate, your aspirations […]

Career Day: Marine Corps Officer and Pilot

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Janine K. Spendlove and I’m originally from St. George, Utah, but ever since graduating from BYU in 1999 with my BA in history teaching I’ve lived wherever the US Marine Corps has sent me and my family. Currently I’m deployed, and my […]

Career Day: Deaf Studies

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Kati Morton. I am originally from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I have a BA in Deaf Studies from Utah Valley University (UVU) and a MA in Deaf Studies with a Concentration in Deaf History from Gallaudet. I have lived in the Washington, DC […]

Career Day: Nonprofits

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Ann Korologos Bazzarone. I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but have lived for most of my life in the Washington D.C. area. My education and career path has been somewhat of a nontraditional and winding road, but I am currently […]

Career Day: Physician Assistant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Megan and I grew up in rural eastern Oregon. I live in Nampa, a suburb of Boise, Idaho. My husband and I met at Utah State University and were married while still undergrads. Together we obtained our Master’s degrees in Physician Assistant […]

Career Day: Museum Educator

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. What do you do? My name is Katy Knight. I’m from Provo, Utah, and I currently live here. I work at the Bean Life Science Museum as the education administrator. My bachelor’s degree is in biology education, my master’s degree is in botany (I studied […]

Career Day: Hairdresser

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Christie Somers. I currently live in Salt Lake City. I grew up in Washington DC and graduated from high school there and promptly moved to Provo, Utah to go to beauty school. As soon as I was done with beauty school, I […]

Planning to Succeed

by Dianne Orcutt I’m a bit of an obsessive list maker. I’m not particularly obsessive about actually using lists, but I love making them. I have running lists of places I want to visit, movies I want to see, books to read, restaurants to try, home improvement projects to tackle, topics I would like to […]

Let Us Be Readers

Illustration from 1889 showing three women reading the three successive volumes of a novel, possibly borrowed from a circulating library by Bryn Watkins I’ll admit it: I haven’t been reading enough lately.  I’ve been on the road for work and I’ve felt like I can’t quite get a proper grasp on a normal schedule—when I […]

Career Day: High School Teacher

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Amber Rydalch, and I love my job as a high school history teacher.  I grew up in the small rural town of Oakley, Utah, and currently reside in Draper, Utah. I received my bachelor’s degree from Utah Valley University in History Education, […]

Podcast #6: The Women of Studio C

Mallory (L) and Whitney (R) perform in the comedy sketch, “The Real Bully.” In this episode, Drew talks with Studio C‘s Mallory Everton and Whitney Call about impractical college degrees, comedy writing, and their brushes with celebrity culture. Mallory Everton and Whitney Call were both raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from BYU, they began […]

Clearing the Path

Image credit: Avery Studio by Tiffany Gee Lewis I had an epiphany last week. Our family was in South Florida for spring break, enjoying the beach and visiting old friends. One of my good friends, Sharon, is expecting her fifth child and runs a successful modeling management company, a job she is able to do […]

Choosing to be Brave

Packard family photos by by Anna Packard No one told me how much bravery would be required to become a parent. I also never realized the bravery required to navigate the messy world of being a working mom until it became my life. I feel like I am currently in the working mom’s trenches. I […]

Career Day: Economist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Martha Stinson and I live in Alexandria, Virginia, right outside Washington, D.C.   I have a Ph.D. in economics and work for the U.S. Census Bureau, helping to collect, analyze, and distribute data about households in the United States. What does your job […]


World War II, women working at D. & R.G.W. train yards, Dec., 1943, Salt Lake City. Image credit: Utah State Historical Society by Hadley Duncan Howard I am very, very tired. After a demanding day in the office (or otherwise), occasionally I genuinely struggle to remain vertical so as to accomplish one more vital task of homekeeping […]

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 […]

Career Day: Genealogist

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Sherry, and I’m a professional genealogist. I grew up around Dallas, Texas, but I’ve lived in Utah pretty much exclusively since arriving at Brigham Young University in 2003. I received a Bachelor’s in Family History/Genealogy in 2007. I have a husband and […]

What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up?

by Tiffany Gee Lewis Every couple months I ask my kids: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s fun to see how their interests change over time. When they were young, it was all firefighters and police officers, the guys who drove the cool vehicles and hefted exciting equipment. Once Legos […]

Cultivating Passion and Purpose

 by Dianne Orcutt President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “It is the obligation of every woman of this Church to get all the education she can. It will enlarge her life and increase her opportunities.” The charge—and its attendant promises—is exhilarating, but often daunting. Most women (and men) I know love learning, appreciate beauty, enjoy adventure […]

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