Sheila Leeds, Rebecca Yates, and Adelaide Maudsley have joined the chapter’s board to assist with growing the chapter, bringing speakers and opportunities to the members, seeking sponsorships, and contributing to its success. Leeds, the organizations new Vice President of Membership, currently works as an Investment Advisor Representative at Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. Yates, the group’s new Vice President of Programs, is the President of Ark Insurance Solutions, LLC. Maudsley, the organization’
The group’s succession plan paves the way for a leadership ladder, and allows its members to vote for a continuation of leadership terms. As a result of the membership votes, Mandy Aguirre, the Recruiting Director for Intermountain Financial Group, has been voted in as the President-Elect, transitioning from the Vice President of Programs position; Debbie Engebretsen, a Financial Services Professional and also with Intermountain Financial Group, will continue her term as Vice President of Finance; Bonnie Evensen, a Registered Representative with Guardian Life Insurance Company, will continue as the Vice President of Administration;
The group will also regrettably say goodbye to its previous President-Elect, Lori Reay, a CPA with Hawkins Cloward & Simister, LC, because of a scheduling conflict, and not as a result of the vote. Linda Rino, the group’s Vice President of Membership who is a Vice President at Zions Bank, will also be stepping down after the completion of her term because of business demands, and not the result of the vote.
Amber Dixon, co-founder of the Utah Chapter said, “I have had the great fortune of serving as President of Utah WIFS this past year, and I look forward to the positive changes for the coming year.” She added, “Women need to support women. The financial services and insurance industries are tough, rewarding, ever-changing, and essential. For these reasons, it is highly important to be a part of a support group such as WIFS – so that in the entrepreneurial world of finance and insurance, you work for yourself, but are not by yourself.”
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“It is not only a network group, but a support group armed with tools and solutions that can help advance and encourage the success of women,” added Rebecca Yates, another new member of the Utah WIFS board.
The local chapter meets on the second Tuesday of every month and offers a vendor fair the end of the year with a philanthropic portion to help another non-profit group. The educational lunch events are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The chapter is also seeking luncheon and corporate sponsors.
For more information about the Utah WIFS chapter, contact Sheila Leeds, Vice President of Membership, at 801-698-5110 or email her at email@example.com. For information about the national WIFS organization, visit their website at http://www.wifsnational.org. We are also on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter under Utah WIFS.
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About National W.I.F.S.:
Women in Insurance & Financial Services, headquartered in Albany, NY, is the only organization in the insurance and financial services industry exclusively devoted to supporting the careers of women and helping them succeed in this business. The WIFS mission is 'to attract, develop, and advance the careers of women in the financial services industry.'
In 2011, WIFS celebrated its 75th anniversary. Over 1000 WIFS members throughout the country receive benefits that include monthly education programs, local chapters in over 30 US markets, annual national events, professional development, member discounts, and corporate partnerships.
For more information about WIFS and upcoming programs, visit www.wifsnational.org or contact Nicole Correia, Executive Director at 866-264-WIFS (9437).