The Student Record: Lucy, Civil & Geotechnical Engineering

Name: Lucy Astorga School/University: Brigham Young University City/Location: Provo, UT Major/Field of Study: MS in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering Marital status/children?: Single/ no children What led you to the program that you are currently pursuing or have completed? Why did you select this major or field of study? Choosing my current major […]

My AMW Story, Part II

As we celebrate our third anniversary we continue sharing your stories, your experiences with Aspiring Mormon Women. Kara Peterson I was raised in a loving, supportive LDS family in which I was taught to aspire to motherhood, to love learning and excel at my education, but eschew anything resembling a career. This life philosophy worked fine […]

My AMW Story

By Dianne Orcutt One of the most satisfying and rewarding parts of my work with Aspiring Mormon Women is hearing from the women in our community. I love to hear about your successes, your journeys, and even your challenges (your challenges highlight your strength and determination, and often leave me in awe of you!). The […]

My Continuing Hope for AMW

by Naomi Watkins For many women, Aspiring Mormon Women is one of the few places where they feel comfortable discussing the intersection of LDS culture, church doctrine, and personal revelation in regards to their individual life missions and stewardships. Making sense of these messages (especially as these messages may compete) and how they play out […]

Parallel Lives, Fortunate Friends

  Andrea (right) and Jenni (left) met as freshman roommates in Helaman Halls at BYU. They became fast friends, were roommates for three years at BYU, and since then have stayed in touch through similar life experiences. They discuss how having a friend with a similar life path has provided support in their respective journeys. […]

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 […]

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 […]

D.C. Area Event Recap

by Holly Munson Earlier this summer Aspiring Mormon Women hosted a networking event in Arlington, VA, part of the Washington, DC metro area. It was the second event outside of Utah, following a successful event in Boston. (We’re so grateful to our counterparts in Boston who shared tips gleaned from their event to help make […]

Five Tips for Handling Rejection at School or Work

by Naomi Watkins It’s one of my most vivid memories from high school. I had recently transferred to a new English class and was immediately assigned an Upton Sinclair book to read with a written literary analysis to follow. I figured that I would do what I had always done–write the paper the night before […]

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 […]

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. […]

Three Ways Validation Can Change Your Life–And the Lives of Others

by Bryn Watkins “YOU. You are awesome. You have an amazing face. You’ve got powerful features, man. Anyone ever tell you that? Listen, you look a little down, and it may seem like sometimes people don’t understand you, but someday, man, someday, people are going to see you for what you really are. Absolutely. You […]

Taking a Leap of Faith

by Naomi Watkins Just before Christmas, I took action in a way that I would never recommend anyone else ever do: I resigned from my tenure-track academic job with no next plan or job in place. And I have until the end of June to figure out my next move. The short version of how […]

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 […]

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 […]

Joining or Spearheading a Meet Up in Your Area

by Lina Buchanan Our first Salt Lake county meet up was held on Thursday, September 25th. The nine of us met for dinner at Blue Lemon located in the City Creek Mall on a lovely fall evening. The weather was so perfect that we decided to enjoy each other’s company near the fountain. Naomi Watkins, […]

Who Are You?

by Nan Petersen I read an interesting blog post this past week from Storyline. In it, the author, Candice Turpin, tells about a friend of hers who always feels less than important when people talk about their interesting, creative and helpful work. Not that her friend doesn’t work, but more that her friend’s job doesn’t easily translate […]

Frame Yourself as a Persister

by Rosemary Capps Bartlett Many women who visit this site are returning to higher education after time away. Earlier essays have covered topics such as how to find a mentor as a student, how to be a good mentee, practical considerations for a return to college (both part 1 and part 2), and profiles of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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