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Utah Women 20/20: Utah Women In Leadership & Higher Education On Monday's Access Utah


Utah Valley University professor Susan Madsen has been focusing for several years now on helping more women graduate from college and helping more girls and women in Utah become leaders in their organizations and communities. She is the founder and director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project at UVU.  

Today on Access Utah, as a part of our UPR Original Series: Utah Women 20/20, we’ll talk with Dr. Susan Madsen, and Robbyn Scribner, a research fellow with the Utah Women & Leadership project. We’ll discuss the project’s latest research brief titled “Strategies that Male Allies Use to Advance Women in the Workplace,” especially timely in a #MeToo climate in which some men are nervous working with women. We’ll also talk about women in higher education, poverty and homelessness among Utah women, entrepreneurship and women-owned businesses, and many other topics.



Dr. Susan R. Madsen is the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership & Ethics in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University. She is also the Founding Director of the Utah Women & Leadership Project and the Utah Women and Education Initiative. Since 2009, She has led efforts in Utah to get more women to graduate from college and to help more girls and women in Utah find their voices and become leaders. Professor Madsen and her team have written many Utah research and policies briefs and snapshots and hosted events to support the mission of their work. Susan Madsen is a well-known global scholar, authoring or editing six books and publishing hundreds of articles, chapters, and reports.  

Robbyn Scribner is a Research Fellow at the Utah Women & Leadership Project at Utah Valley University. Most recently, She has been the team lead for the Utah Women Stats Research Snapshots series, where she co-authored twelve snapshots on various topics of interest surrounding Utah women, including poverty, labor force participation, domestic violence, unpaid care work, and the gender wage gap. Robbyn Scribner also works on community relations and fundraising for the Project. She has a special interest in researching and writing on issues affecting women and careers, including the creation of alternative pathways for women to create successful careers even while prioritizing other areas of their lives.

Support for Utah Women 20/20 is provided in part by our members and The Utah Women’s Giving Circle, a grassroots community with everyday philanthropists raising the questions and raising the funds to empower Utah women and girls. Information available here.

And Utah State University’s Center for Women and Gender, providing a professional and social climate to enhance opportunities through learning, discovery, and engagement. Information available here.


Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.