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30 Women to Watch
Di Lewis, Heather Stewart, Sarah Ryther Francom
May 1, 2012
In Utah, women are natural and effective leaders. Utah women are creative entrepreneurs who start and grow successful businesses; they are seasoned executives who help their organizations exceed goals and achieve greater success; and they are a driving force that propels nonprofit and government organizations to more efficiently and effectively carry out their missions.
In Utah, 66,300 women-owned businesses contribute $11.4 billion to the state’s economy each year, according to the latest American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report. Furthermore, a greater percentage of Utah women participate in the workforce than the national average.
Women and business go hand-in-hand in the Beehive State. And nothing makes that clearer than our annual 30 Women to Watch program, which shines the spotlight on women who are exceptional leaders, entrepreneurs, change-makers, mentors—and shining examples to the men and women who work in their industries.
Please join us in celebrating this year’s 30 Women to Watch.
COO, MediConnect Global
During her eight-year tenure at MediConnect Global, Shani Allsop has helped the company grow from a small startup with 70 employees to a global powerhouse with more than 1,500 employees on multiple continents. “I’ve helped to create new systems, build infrastructure, ramp up our business at a very rapid pace, streamline operations and contribute to developing a company culture that I think is very hard to find these days,” she says.
As COO, Allsop is responsible for the entire oversight of day-to-day operations for the company. She is particularly adept at recruiting and promoting top talent for every department, and is a key player in the company’s unique “speed interviewing” process.
“Nothing makes me happier at work than seeing my employees advance in their careers,” says Allsop. “I know that I’ve done something right as a leader when I see my people move up in the company and take on more responsibility.”
Christine M. Archibald
For the past 15 years, Christine Archibald has served as the CEO of ManagementPlus, a company that provides electronic health records and practice management software. The company was an early pioneer of Windows-based software applications for medical practices.
“I truly believe that this technology will improve the quality of care for patients and reduce costs. Every day is a learning opportunity as we work alongside our clients to implement this major change in their practice,” says Archibald.
ManagementPlus has experienced 25 percent growth in overall revenue in the past five years. And in 2011, the sales team—headed by Archibald—recorded its best-ever sales year.
Archibald is extremely involved in the community, from sponsoring the Himalayan Cataract Project through the Moran Eye Center or serving as a trustee for the Utah Technology Council. Recently, her company donated $140,000 worth of software to the People’s Health Clinic in Park City, enabling it to provide more efficient care to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties.
Executive Director, South Valley Sanctuary
A native of Mexico, Karla Arroyo earned her bachelor’s of economics in Mexico City. She moved to Utah in 1999 with a career background in financial and operations management. While working in the engineering department of UPS, Arroyo found herself drawn to helping the state’s Latino community. She began volunteering with Centro de la Familia, and eventually earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah.
After working at the Rape Recovery Center and Holy Cross Ministries, Arroyo joined the South Valley Sanctuary in 2008. As head of the shelter, Arroyo spearheaded a complete remodel of the shelter, started an in-house therapy program and re-vamped the outreach program to create a statewide coalition, Against Domestic Violence, which now involves more than 30 organizations.
“I want to make a difference in this world,” says Arroyo. “I want to show my daughter that the world (literally) is full with opportunities and that we can go after them.”
Executive Director and Director of Coaching, Utah Avalanche; Admin Manager, Boise Cascade, LLC
Joanna Barney launched Utah Avalanche—a girls soccer club—with the goal to empower young women on and off the field. Since its 2001 founding, Utah Avalanche has placed 164 girls at the college level on just over $11 million in scholarships, and many players have been placed on national and international teams.