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Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture and Symposium

Friday, March 3, 2017

Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture:
University of Utah, Ray Olpin Student Union Building, Saltair Room

  • 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  Networking Luncheon, Union Collegiate Room
  • 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Lecture, Union Saltair Room
  • 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Symposium, Union

Jennifer Azzi

Jennifer Azzi Headshot

Lecture: "Crossing the Half-Court: Women Breaking Boundaries"

Dear Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students:

We are pleased to announce the 10th annual Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture on Friday, March 3, 12:00-1:30pm in the Union Saltair Room.  Jennifer Azzi is a former WNBA player with seven Hall of Fame inductions, an Olympic Gold Medal, a Stanford National Championship, the Naismith Award, and the Wade Trophy. She also played as a guard for our local Utah Starzz for three seasons, leading in minutes played and in 2000, leading the league in free-throw percentage.  Azzi is a well-respected coach, speaker and author who actively represents the sport, both locally and internationally. Azzi will address the success she has had pushing the needle on diversity efforts, and how we in higher education should think differently about creating similar successes, not just in sports, but in life.

This topic is particularly important realizing the low success of diversity efforts, despite trying. An optional symposium consisting of several smaller discussions centered around topics of diversity will follow Azzi’s noon lecture. There will be a light lunch preceding the lecture. 

Registration is required at:  If you register for the Symposium, we ask that you indicate your interest in a specific breakout session to help with space planning.  However, you are free to change sessions should your interest change.

If you have any questions, please contact:  Lauren Weitzman, Chair, Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture Committee, at


Edith Osborne Kochenour

Edith Osborne Kochenour

Edie Kochenour was well-known on campus for her wide-ranging passions, energy, and enthusiasm. She served the University for over 25 years. She held an appointment as the Director of Learning Enhancement Programs at the Counseling Center and also the Coordinator of Consultation and Outreach Services. Ms. Kochenour developed a national profile through writing and presenting papers. The event is funded through an endowment established in Edie's memory by her husband, Dr. Neil Kochenour.

The annual networking event and presentation of interest to women commemorates the achievements of Edie Kochenour. Coordinated in collaboration with the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, the Kochenour Event frequently has been timed to coincide with Women's Week at the University of Utah.

Previous Presentations

  • 2016 "Good Intentions: Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion" Dr. Chiquita Collins is recognized at both state and national levels for her work in health disparities, primarily as it relates to the social context and various societal influences that contribute to health differences (e.g., childhood obesity) among racial/ethnic and across socioeconomic groups. Her published work was used to help inform the making of the award-winning PBS documentary, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? Her presentation will center on why diversity initiatives have been under-effective and where to go next.
  • 2015 "Bringing Out Each Other's Greatness" Dr. Jeannie Kahwajy is the founder and CEO of Effective Interactions, a firm specializing in personal effectiveness and organizational achievement. She is an expert in the mechanism of interpersonal effectiveness and focuses on applications in leadership, decision making, negotiation and learning. She has worked with executives on six continents and has recently worked with the U.S. Department of State on how to create peaceful and profitable relationships through the language of leadership. Her presentation will center on the dynamics of maximizing interpersonal interactions.
  • 2014 "Do Babies Matter?: Gender and Family and the Ivory Tower" and "Life Happens: Career Decisions and Crossroads" University of California, Berkeley law professor and former Graduate School Dean Mary Ann Mason and University of Utah Department of Family and Consumer Studies Sociologist Nicholas Wolfinger are the authors (with Marc Golden) of Do Babies Matter?, the first comprehensive examination of the relationship between family formation and the academic careers of men and women.
  • 2013 "Strategies for Leveraging the Success of Women in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math" Maria Klawe, PhD, President of Harvey Mudd College. Listen to the lecture now:
  • 2012 "Girls are Bad at Math and Science... or Are They?" featured Dr. Janet Hyde, Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Hyde addressed the ways socialization of girls and young women can lead to a premature limiting of vocational and life choices. Her studies suggest that men and women are more psychologically alike than they are different. However, the belief that men and women differ significantly in cognitive ability, communication style, and social traits continues. “Such beliefs cause harm in numerous realms, including women's opportunities in the workplace...” according to Hyde.
    Girls are Bad at Math and Science... or Are They?
  • 2011 "Lessons Learned: Navigating the Leadership Path in Higher Education" Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan shared experiences and advice for women in and aspiring to leadership roles at all levels, from student organizations to large, complex research institutions.
  • 2010 “Women Leaders at the University of Utah: Challenges and Choices” Five women leaders at the University of Utah discuss their unique experience working in senior higher education positions.
  • 2009 "Self-Empowered Professional Development: Presenting yourself with Confidence" Presented by Judith Kapustin Katz, Ed.D., a transition consultant, career counselor and executive coach offering tools on constructing a personal narrative and leveraging your personal and professional achievements.
  • 2008 "Making the Most of Mentoring" Stacy Blake-Beard, Ph.D. presented an interactive workshop to explore what is meant by mentoring, identify opportunities and benefits of mentoring relationships, address concerns and challenges of mentoring, and share best practices.
Last Updated: 2/1/17