International Women's Day


Saturday, March 6, 2021

8:00am - 2:15PM

From Utah Women's Voter Registration Day through International Women's Day, we have several events featuring Utah women as distinguished speakers speaking on issues important to Utah women, wrapped up with the Virtual Conference. 




Read on for information about our Virtual Conference!

2019: VOTERISE introduced House Concurrent Resolution 16 to the Utah Legislature to create a Utah Women's Voter Registration Day- the first of its kind in the nation. HCR016 passed unanimously by both chambers and was signed into law by Governor Herbert.

2020: To celebrate the first anniversary of this new holiday on February 14th, we held a kick-off press conference with female elected officials, organized 15 voter registration drives around Utah, and registered 763 voters! 

Now it's 2021.

And if the last year taught us anything, it's that we can adapt.


When you purchase a ticket through our secure link, you will get a confirmation email with personalized Zoom links.

All participants will get access to every session's recording the following days after the Conference.


Saturday, March 6, 2021  //  8:00AM - 2:15PM


Grab your coffee or OJ and mingle with other attendees like we use to do in the olden days! This ice-breaker session is an opportunity to chat with others and is optional. 


Welcome session launching the Conference.

Speaker: Hope Zitting-Goeckeritz, Executive Director of VOTERISE

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Hope Zitting-Goeckeritz

Executive Director of VOTERISE

Hope Zitting-Goeckeritz is the Executive Director for VOTERISE. Hope has dedicated her life to public service and community engagement. Born a proud Utah native, Hope has traveled around the world to pursue her life calling of education and advocacy.

In 2017, Hope relocated to Washington, D.C. to work for the Third Congressional District of Utah on various legislative affairs and national policy. In 2018, Hope moved to London to work for a Member of Parliament in the British Parliament, wherein she studied potential effects of Brexit while successfully developing and passing a constitutional amendment to increase government accountability. Thereafter, Hope moved back to her home state and worked for the City of South Jordan in community development, collaborating with appointed officials and departments to maintain and stimulate sensible economic growth within the city. 

Hope holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in Political Science, including a minor in Economics, a minor in Strategic Communication, an emphasis in Law and Politics and a certificate in International Relations. 

Perfectly aligning with VOTERISE's mission, Hope is devoted to advocating for extensive voter education, supporting inclusive legislation and encouraging underrepresented groups to participate in politics. She firmly believes that each vote has an impact, big and small, on every single individual. 


Every woman can make a difference. This true account of Febb Burn will set the tone for the Conference as we learn about a time when that was the exact case and how generations of women have been positively impacted as a result of just one woman and one vote.

Speaker: Tyler Boyd, author and great-great grandson of Febb Burn


Tyler Boyd

Author and great-great-grandson of Febb Burn

Tyler L. Boyd is a great-great-grandson of Febb Burn and a great-grandnephew of Harry T. Burn. Born and raised in Athens, Tennessee, he earned a B.A. in History and M.S. in Education from University of Tennessee. Boyd is a teacher at Lenoir City High School in Lenoir City, Tennessee. He serves as a member of the Programs Committee at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum and is also a member of the McMinn County, East Tennessee, and Tennessee Historical Societies. His first book, "Tennessee Statesman Harry T. Burn: Woman Suffrage, Free Elections and a Life of Service," was published in 2019. The book has won several awards, including being selected for the Tennessee State Museum's 2020 Book Club, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution's Historic Preservation Award, and the East Tennessee Historical Society's Award of Distinction. In August 2020, he was interviewed on NBC News, NPR's "All Things Considered," "Top of Mind" with Julie Rose on BYU Radio, and featured in the Washington Post article "A Mother's Letter, a Son's Choice, and the Incredible Moment Women Won the Vote" by Katie Mettler.

Website:  http://harrytburn.com/ 


Women from various professions will speak on the importance of women in their sector and the challenges they face- and how to overcome them. The last 15 minutes are reserved for audience questions.

Speakers include Jennifer Napier-Pearce, Patricia W. Jones, Dr. Susan Madsen, Geralyn Dreyfous, Beth Armstrong, and Kate Rubalcava. 

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Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Senior Advisor and Director of Communications to Governor Cox

Jennifer Napier-Pearce serves as senior advisor and director of communications to Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, Jennifer worked as an award-winning journalist, public speaker, innovator and national leader in journalism. As executive editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, she led the newspaper’s groundbreaking transition from a for-profit business to a nonprofit entity, the first newspaper in the U.S. to do so. Also during her tenure, Utah’s largest daily newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017. She joined The Tribune as a reporter in 2013; in 2016, she was named top editor, becoming the first Pacific Islander and the second woman to lead the newsroom.


Prior to her work at The Tribune, Jennifer served as news director, anchor, host and reporter at public radio stations KUER and KCPW. Her work has been featured on NPR, The Los Angeles Times, Utah Business Magazine and other platforms, and received many top awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Broadcasters Association and other organizations. Other awards include honors from the Utah League of Women Voters, the Zions Bank Leadership in Journalism Award and the University of Utah Service to Journalism Award. She served as a member of The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board, JOA/Newspaper Agency Corp. board, Utah Media Coalition and the Utah Debate Commission, and participated in the inaugural 50 Women in Journalism cohort of Take the Lead sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Facebook Accelerator, NYU’s NewsLab, and ASNE’s Emerging Leaders Institute. 


Jennifer has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah and has guest lectured at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Pennsylvania and other campuses. Jennifer began her career as a staffer for the Salt Lake City Council and also worked as communications director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Utah and a master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. 


The proud mother of two grown sons, she lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Utah Supreme Court Justice John Pearce. 

11:00 - 11:15AM  //  RECHARGE

Zoom fatigue- it happens to all of this. 

Use this 15 minute break to hear from our sponsors, hydrate, stretch, grab a snack- so you're ready to go for the next session. 

11:15AM - 12:15PM  //  BREAKOUT SESSION #1

Choose one of the following breakouts to attend:


"Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things."  - Claudia Brind-Woody


Black, Indigenous, Women of Color and LGBTQ+ advocates will speak on the challenges of being a minority, why it is crucial to be inclusive in all areas of our life, and how to be active advocates and allies. The last 15 minutes are reserved for audience questions.

Speakers include Nubia Peña, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Darlene McDonald, Lorcan Murphy, and Luna Banuri.


"The youth is the hope of our future ." - José Rizal

Young professionals and activists will speak on why it is advantageous to be engaged at a young age and how to encourage our own peers to become more active and engaged.

The last 15 minutes are reserved for audience questions.

Speakers include Kristina Schiffman, Erin Wynn, Sarah Vaughn, Ermiya Fanaeian, and Sadie Ortiz Gomez.

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Nubia Peña

Director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Ms. Nubia Peña is the Director for the

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

where their mission is to promote an

inclusive climate for Utah's growing

diverse community through training,

outreach and youth leadership devel-

opment. She was recently appointed to

serve in a concurrent role as Senior

Advisor on Equity and Opportunity to

Governor Cox. Ms. Peña is immensely

grateful for the extensive experience acquired during the past 15 years working as a community organizer, advocate, and ally for systematically marginalized populations. She has the great opportunity to facilitate dialogues amongst local and national leaders on complex topics of inclusion and racial justice working to create equitable access in services and resources for historically disenfranchised communities. Ms. Peña also designs and implements various workshops on creating culturally relevant, and gender-specific programming, specifically when working with youth and adolescents.
Ms. Peña is a proud former member of the zealous team at the Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys where she advocated for youth rights during detention and delinquency proceedings. She is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center ...click here to read more.



Kristina Schiffman

Youth Activist

Kristina Schiffman is in her second year at the University of Utah studying Biomedical Engineering and Business Administration with minors in Russian and Computer Science.


Since 2019, Kristina has worked with VOTERISE to register young adults, especially women, to vote. As a woman involved in STEM and politics, Kristina has seen the ways that women and youth can make a difference in their communities, and strives to energize more to get involved. She has enjoyed working with VOTERISE and sees the great need for more women, in Utah and nationally, to become more involved in local and federal issues. 

12:15 - 12:30PM  //  RECHARGE

Use this 15 minute break to hear from our sponsors, hydrate, stretch, grab a snack- so you're ready to go for the next breakout. 

12:30 - 1:30PM  //  BREAKOUT SESSION #2

Choose one of the following breakouts to attend:


Municipal, state, and national experts will talk about how to contact those who represent us and why it really matters (because it really, really does!). The last 15 minutes are reserved for audience questions.

Speakers include Catherine Weller, Councilwoman Rosalba Dominguez, Ofa Matagi, and Maria Yuan. 


We all have different- and similar- challenges as Utah women. We'll hear from those who have been through trying experiences and share advice on how to come back stronger from setbacks. The last 15 minutes are reserved for audience questions.

Speakers include Angel Castillo, Dr. Marci Green Campbell, Dr. Veronika Tait, and Shireen Ghorbani. 



Catherine Weller

Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Utah

Catherine Weller is a member of the League of Women Voters of Utah and currently its co-president. Through the years she has served the League in other board and committee capacities including work on the League’s voters guide, VOTE411. She is co-owner and new books buyer of Weller Book Works in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Catherine has worked in libraries or bookstores since second grade. Her commitment to politics and civic dialog was formed early by listening in on her mother’s consciousness raising group in the early 1970s and arguing with her father about feminism beginning about the same time. She has served on various professional boards and committees in both the library and bookselling communities. Her interests include reading, gardening, knitting, and hiking. Catherine fervently believes it is important to vacation off the grid at least once a year. She also enjoys pondering a more just world.

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Angel Castillo

Based in Ogden, UT, Angel Castillo is a

Marketing Consultant with deep local

advocacy roots. She serves Ogden

as a board member for YCC, Roads to

Independence, and as an Executive

Committee Member with the

Ogden NAACP.

As former Planning Commissioner for

Ogden City, Angel had a front row seat

to how local government directly impacts quality of life. Knowing real change comes from shifting power and creating policy, she ran for Ogden mayor in 2019. While the race went to the two term incumbent, to be just 7.5% shy of winning is monumental considering Angel lived in Ogden just under two years at the time of election.

Angel is a champion for affordable housing, equity/inclusion, unsheltered advocacy and public safety. She uses the Ruth Bader Ginsburg quote "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made" unapologetically and will repeatedly ask you to run for office.

And yes, she's running in 2023.


Her website is: angel4ogden.com

Marketing Consultant and Community Advocate


You can be a leader, whenever and wherever you are. Our speaker will talk about being a leader at home, in our careers, and whenever the opportunity arises- and what it takes to be a good leader. 

Speaker: Patricia W. Jones, CEO of the Women's Leadership Institute

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Patricia W. Jones

Chief Executive Officer of the Women's Leadership Institute

The mission of the Women’s Leadership Institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah.  The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership. 


Jones was tapped as CEO because of her background and expertise in the business and political worlds as well as her ability to engage, collaborate and lead. 

As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years, Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards.  Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, having conducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980. 

Senator Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years.  She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either
party and in either House.   While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations.

A University of Utah graduate in Communications (magna cum laude), Jones currently serves on the Utah Board of Higher Education, the Salt Lake Chamber Executive Board, Zions Bank Advisory Board, Chair of Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, Dominion Energy Advisory Board, Chair of Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, Silicon Slopes Board, Chair of Mental Health Working Group for the Board of Regents, a Commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, Garff Foundation Success in Education Board, Utah Commission on Financial and Economic Education, and on the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry.

Jones has served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Zions Bank Women's Financial Group, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Utah Commission on Aging, and the Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease.

Pat Jones’ interests are many, but she prefers to move rather than sit.  She enjoys exercising, biking, skiing, playing pickle ball, tennis, watching sports (especially basketball and football), reading, politics, cooking, having fun with her children and grandchildren and traveling.  Her least favorite thing to do is to wait in long lines.

Patricia was married to the late Dr. Dan E. Jones and has four children and 11 grandchildren. 

2:00 - 2:15PM  //  CLOSING REMARKS

Wrapping-up the Utah Women's Voter Registration Day + International Women's Day Virtual Conference and thanking the speakers, sponsors, and audience members. 

Speaker: Hope Zitting-Goeckeritz, Executive Director of VOTERISE





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