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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Child Care: Finding What Works

by Dianne Orcutt Five months ago I became a mother for the first time. And although I had months to prepare for a childcare plan for my daughter before returning to work, I avoided thinking about it because it seemed so fraught with emotion and because I was sure I had plenty of time. Luckily, […]

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 […]

Five Things I Want LDS Men to Know

by Melanie Steimle At the end of last year I wrote a post entitled Three Things I Wish I Could Say to Every LDS Young Woman. The audience I had in mind when I wrote that post was young women who did not yet have children and/or were not married. I hoped to encourage them […]

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 […]

Career Coaching: A Piece of the Puzzle

by Naomi Watkins with Melanie Steimle I hired a career coach for the first time last fall as I was considering a major career change. And while I am still in the midst of figuring things out, I found my work with the coach to be incredibly valuable. Many have asked for information about career […]

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 […]

The Power of Credit

by Tracy Keck I have to be honest—the idea of “getting credit” immediately conjures in my mind the image of a somewhat whiny, self-important, perhaps not-quite-adult. Someone who doesn’t want to put effort into something if she’s not going to get recognized for it; doesn’t want to attend an enriching event if it’s not going […]

True Grit

by Nan Petersen I recently viewed a brief TED talk by Dr. Angela Duckworth, a former educator who turned to educational research after noting with wonderment that despite similar backgrounds, her students had widely different achievement rates. She wanted to know what made the difference. After years of study, she has determined that the fundamental difference […]

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 […]

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 […]

Career Day: Certified Public Accountant

Tell us a little about yourself and about your job. My name is Jonyce Bullock and I am a Partner in a CPA Firm located in Orem, UT. I attended BYU and received a Masters in Accountancy with an emphasis in Tax in 2000. Both my husband and I grew up in Orem and loved […]

Ambition, That “Dirty” Word

by Naomi Watkins In the months leading up to the launch of Aspiring Mormon Women, we agonized over the name of this organization. We brainstormed lists of possibilities—most of them not-so-great. We had conversations with people about our mission and our plans, asking for opinions about a name. And as we articulated our vision and […]

It’s What You Bring To It

by Anna Bergevin Have you seen this quote circulating the Internet? I testify that it is the truth. Comparison is the thief of joy. —Theodore Roosevelt I believe this, yet I find it really hard not to compare. I want to know what’s going on in my friends’, family, and neighbors’ lives, but hearing about […]

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, […]

Good News Minute: Work & School Style

If you are anything like many of us here at AMW (although we’re getting better!), we tend to keep silent during the Good News Minute in Relief Society (if our Relief Societies even have such a tradition) when it comes to sharing successes related to our jobs and school. It’s been a looong time since we’ve asked […]

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