Life coach Connie Sokol and Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau will keynote Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah’s 32nd annual womenвЂ™s conference from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center. The theme for the conference is вЂњMovers and Shakers,вЂќ and it features 12 workshops on topics applicable to todayвЂ™s women.
The workshops include: вЂњLooking Better, Feeling BetterвЂќ by Dr. Karen Radley, вЂњLiving a Gluten-Free DietвЂќ by Shanny Wilson, вЂњDeath by ChocolateвЂќ by Jeanette Parker, вЂњCanning 1010: Your Garden in a JarвЂќ by Colleen Marsing, вЂњQuilting 1010вЂќ by Jan Guptill, вЂњSleepвЂ¦WhatвЂ™s ThatвЂќ by Nataniel Woodward, вЂњMovers and Shakers in PoliticsвЂќ by Laurie Pitchforth and Christine Watkins, вЂњGetting Organized When You DonвЂ™t Have TimeвЂќ by Carol Sokol, вЂњWills and Trusts for WomenвЂќ by Christian Bryner, вЂњCooking Greek: BaklavaвЂќ by Pam Cha and вЂњHerbal GardeningвЂќ by Hillary Gordon and Tammy Hansen.
The morning keynote is Dr. Bioteau who has served as president and CEO of Salt Lake Community College since 2005, the first women to hold the position. She has over 35 years in the education, mental health and business fields; and has converged the expertise and attributes of all three into her passion for accessible and critical education for all community members. She created the WomenвЂ™s Business Institute at SLCC to provide programmatic and financial support to women entrepreneurs.
In 2010 she received the YWCAвЂ™s Outstanding Achievement Award in Education, the Salt Lake ChamberвЂ™s Athena Award, and was recently named by the Utah Business Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Utah.
President Bioteau is known for her passion for positioning the community college at the core of economic and workforce development and building partnerships with business, industry, education, community and governmental agencies. Her experience as an educator and administrator has helped her serve in educational, mental health, and community-based institutions throughout the eastern U.S., most recently in North Carolina. She has addressed national audiences on the importance of community colleges to regional and national economic development and recovery at the invitation of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Among her many professional honors, Dr. Bioteau received the 2002 Boston Public Schools Higher Education Partnership Service Award and the 2001 Outstanding Developmental Program in New England Award.В Her contemporary publications include: Critical Transformations: Essays of Voice for Nontraditional Adult Learners; Beyond the Open Gate: Influences on Student Success; The Community College as a Catalyst for Change; Creating the Mosaic of Community Literacy; and Gateways to Empowerment.
The accomplishments Bioteau values most are the two adult children she shares with her husband of 37 years.В Together they enjoy family, fly-fishing, kayaking, hiking and gardening.
The afternoon speaker is Sokol, a national presenter, author and internet radio host of вЂњLIFEChange Live!”. She is best known for helping women create and live balanced and beautiful lives.
A regular columnist for the Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine, she is a former host of вЂњAsk a WomanвЂќ for Bonneville Communications and TV host for вЂњStanding Up.вЂќ She quips that with her left toe she wrote вЂњAre You Ready for a LIFEChange?” and вЂњLife is Too Short for One Hair Color”, as well as numerous talk tapes. She is president of LIFEChange, an online coaching program helping women.
She admits that surpassing her passion for LIFEChange, she marinates in time spent with her family consisting of six children and eating decadent treats.
Besides speaking at national and local professional and community conferences, she has taught at Utah Valley UniversityвЂ™s continuing education, Thanksgiving PointвЂ™s LIFEChange series, Brigham Young UniversityвЂ™s Education Week and Best of Especially for Youth.
Cost of the conference is $20 and includes lunch. Register online at www.ceu.edu or send a check to USU-CEU WomenвЂ™s Conference, 451 East 400 North, Price,UtahВ 84501. For additional information contact Dr. Susan Polster at 613.5213.