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October 21, 2021: Demanding Spaces: 4 Ways to Stake Your Claim

Women leaders who are currently holding office in Utah will share ways they staked their claim as a woman in politics and higher education administration. Hear their personal experiences of trailblazing and navigating spaces that have not always been welcoming to women. Register here:

Panelists include:

Senator Ann Millner

Dr. F. Ann Millner serves as the State Senator for District 18; she serves in Senate leadership as the Senate Majority Whip, as well as serving on multiple committees including the Executive Appropriations Committee, the Legislative Management Committee and the appropriations subcommittees for both public and higher education. She is a regents professor of health administration and former president of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Under Dr. Millner’s leadership as president from 2002-12, Weber State became a multi-campus institution, experienced nearly a 40-percent increase in enrollment, initiated a major facilities revitalization effort, expanded its network of community partnerships, launched WSU Davis, emerged as a regional center for economic development and earned national recognition for its undergraduate research and community-based learning initiatives.

Councilwoman Rosalba Dominguez

Rosalba Dominguez is a Murray City Council Member and lifelong Utah resident, community advocate, wife, step-mother and urban gardener living in Murray’s historical area of Council District 3. She is the first Latina elected in her position and is proud to bring her perspectives and experiences in her role. For the past 20 years, Rosalba has been building bridges in her community through her work on various advocacy boards including Utah Coalition of La Raza, Utah Afterschool Network, State of Utah Hispanic Advisory Council, serving as Vice-Chair of the Salt Lake County Hispanic Democratic Council and is a member of the I.J. & Jeanné Wagner Jewish Community Center.

Mayor Dawn Ramsey

Dawn R. Ramsey serves as Mayor of the City of South Jordan. During her time in office, she has maintained a determined focus on public safety, economic development, housing, transportation infrastructure, education, preservation of open space, overall management of rapid growth, collaboration, and representation for her city at every level, working to guarantee that South Jordan will maintain its high quality of life far into the future. Under her leadership, South Jordan continues to achieve extraordinary success. She serves the people of Utah through her roles on more than 30 boards and committees across the state, holding top leadership positions on many of them. Mayor Ramsey is most proud of her role as wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband Dan have six children and one grandson with a second on the way. Her faith, spending time as a family, and serving The People is what brings Mayor Ramsey the greatest joy.

Councilwoman Amy Fowler

Amy was elected to her first term by Salt Lake City District Seven residents in November 2017 and took her oath of office in January 2018. She currently serves as City Council Chair after being elected by her peers in January 2021. Amy previously served as the Redevelopment Agency (RDA) Board Vice-Chair in 2018 and as RDA chair for 2019-20. In January 2020 Amy was appointed to a one-year term as Vice-Chair of the National League of Cities Large Cities Council and was recently appointed Chair for the 2020-2021 year. Amy was appointed by the National League of Cities to serve on its Safety and Crime Prevention Federal Advocacy Committee for 2019.  In 2013 she co-founded the LGBT and Allied Lawyers of Utah, a non-profit legal organization fighting for the LGBT community’s rights. She worked as a Public Defender for several years prior to opening Fowler Venable Law.


Moderator: Trina Polta

As a Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) alumna, Trina Polta creates engaging, meaningful, and creative marketing content as the college’s Events Marketing Manager.  Trina is the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) SLCC President 2021-22, and is a member of the UWHEN State board, SLCC’s Employees of Color Coalition (ECC), American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).