Two Exciting Keynote Speakers Announced for 2019 USU Eastern Women’s Conference


Mallary Mabbutt

Press Release

KSL Studio 5’s Matt Townsend will keynote the afternoon segment at the 40th annual Utah State Eastern Women’s Conference on Friday, April 12 in the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center. Carbon County native and vice president of Vivint Solar, Miranda Mabbutt Barnard will keynote the morning segment.

Matt Townsend

For over 18 years, Townsend energized and involved audiences with his unique approach to building and maintaining successful personal and business relationships.

He has the perfect mix of cutting-edge research in communication and human relationships, combined with the skill of a top-notch humorist. This blend ensures that audiences are entertained as well as enlightened and leave with practical information that can be immediately applied to their life.

Having dedicated his life to the study of communication and interpersonal relationships, Townsend worked extensively in the areas of results-oriented communication, conflict resolution and time management training. He has experience with speaking and training hundreds of Fortune 500 companies such as CNN, Cox Communications, and Lockheed Martin. Other past clients include: AT&T, American Express, Dupont, General Mills, Hewlett Packard, Honda, IBM, Nike, and the U.S. Army and Navy.

Besides his work on Studio 5, he hosts KSL News Radio’s weekly broadcast of The Matt Townsend Show. He says, as a father, husband, author, speaker, coach, media personality and absolute believer that two people can achieve true lasting happiness, oneness and harmony in life.

Miranda Mabbutt Barnard

After graduating from Carbon High School and earning her degree in communication at Southern Utah University, Barnard helped lead business strategy and marketing efforts for North American companies and organizations; helping them drive revenue through audience-first marketing and content.

She oversees all brand, performance, digital and content marketing for Vivint Solar; a publicly traded, national clean energy company with 4,000 employees around the United States.

Previously, Barnard was responsible for content development that helped drive record revenue growth for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a $400M/year organization; overseeing marketing activities in support of partnerships with Fortune 100 companies and conducting awareness initiatives at the Obama White House and on Capitol Hill.

She has led projects with partners including the Miss America Organization; the PGA Tour; NASCAR and Walt Disney Companies. Barnard was named a Utah Business Magazine 40 Under 40 Business Leader, earned an MBA from Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management.


Twelve workshops are offered during the conference including Jill Spencer Finley, owner of Jillily Studios, presenting on “Quilting 101” and “Quilting Tips from an Expert;” Neal Peacock, history, speech and debate, theatre, government and sociology teacher at Emery High School, “Standing for Right: Women Heroes in History;” Carmell Childs, winner of Smuckers’ Cooking Contest, “Gourmet Creations with a World Recipe Food Champ;” and Hollie Stapley, PA, whose specialty is in gynecology, “The New Mid-life Crisis: Why it Hits This Generation of Women.”

Angela Murray, owner of “Angela Murray Personal Training and Life Coaching,” presents on “The Six Human Needs: Why We Do What We Do and How to Improve it;” Debbie Lance and Jan Thornton, sociology student and USU Eastern associate professor of sociology, “Relationships Gone Wrong;” Steve Price, USU Extension assistant professor, “Beginning Vegetable Gardening 101;” and Danette Moynier, Castleview Behavioral Health Counseling,  “Depression Versus Sadness: When to Ask for Help;” and Ann Mackiewicz, clinical assistant professor, “The Needs of Children.”

During the morning session, the Utah Foster Care Mother of the Year Award will be presented and in the afternoon session, the Outstanding Woman of Southeastern Utah.

Cost of the conference is $25 per person, $15 for students and it is from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is online at or by mail at USU Eastern Women’s Conference, 451 North 400 East, Price, Utah. 84501. For more information, call Dr. Susan Polster at (435) 613-5213.

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