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2021 Event Details

Women’s voices have often been muted, overlooked, or discounted.  When women are invited to the table, they are often expected to conform to the dominant culture, which narrows impact and opportunity.  This is especially true for women of color.  The 2021 Edie Kochenour Memorial Event will draw from the wisdom of leaders who are working tirelessly to advance women.  The panel will explore strategies to embrace difference and reconstruct existing systems to amplify the voices of those who have long been invisible.  

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Jessica Preece, PhD (Associate Pr
ofessor, Brigham Young University)
Mendenhall (Mayor, Salt Lake City)
Marlon Lynch (Chief Safety Officer, University of Utah)
Liz Owens (CEO, YWCA Utah)

Moderated by Ruchi Watson, EdD
(Managing Director, UofU Goff Strategic Leadership Center)


2020 PAST Event Details

About Edie

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.


Past Presentations

  • 2018

    'Expanding Leadership Horizons'

  • 2017

    'Crossing the Half-Court: Women Breaking Boundaries'

  • 2016

    'Good Intentions: Moving the Needle on Diversity and Inclusion'

All Presentations


Last Updated: 2/4/21