30 Women to Watch
The Best-laid Plans
Between the Lines
A Vote for Change
Desert in Bloom
Commercial Real Estate
A Taxing Situation
In It for the Long Haul
TriFecTa Design: An Eye for the Extraordinary
All in the Family
Left to Your Own Devices
Mentorship is important to Stone, who organized a mentorship event between Women Lawyers of Utah and local Girl Scouts. She also brought Girl Scouts together with female athletes at the University of Utah.
“The demands of my law practice and my duties as chair-elect of the board of GSU are constant. At times it is the equivalent of having two full time jobs. Nonetheless, I derive tremendous fulfillment from both positions,” says Stone.
Rebecca J. Dutson
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, United Way of Salt Lake
Having the opportunity to make positive, long-lasting changes in people’s lives keeps Rebecca Dutson motivated day after day. As executive vice president and chief development officer at United Way of Salt Lake, Dutson has made a huge impact across the Wasatch Front.
“Working together with key community leaders and staff, I led the development and implementation of a game-changing resource development plan that, in one year’s time, garnered an additional $15 million to strengthen our neighborhood-based work to improve the education, income and health of our community,” Dutson says. That achievement has gotten recognition from United Way Worldwide, and Dutson has been invited to speak around the country about her successful resource development strategy.
“Believe in yourself,” Dutson advises young women just entering the workforce. “Invest in yourself. Be true to yourself. Sit in the front row. Give fear the boot!”
Action Motivator, Utah Women’s Lobby
Throughout Brandy Farmer’s varied career, she has kept one thing central to her work—helping others. “When I was selling a product, I thought of that product as a gift that was going to be a part of that person’s life…When I fight for people’s rights, I think of helping them to accomplish their goals and making their life a better one.”
During her work advocating for women’s and family issues, Farmer has been a leading voice in enhancing legislative processes and testifying to get better funding for domestic violence services. As a member of the Violence Against Women Advisory Committee, she was personally responsible for getting dating violence added to the first Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act in the United States Congress.
Farmer is passionate about art and volunteers at many art festivals. She has also brought that to her work in domestic violence, partnering with other groups to produce documentaries about battered immigrant women and her father’s prisoner-of-war experience as it paralleled with her experience as a victim of abuse.
Donna L. Milavetz, M.D., MPH
CEO and Founder, OnSite Care
Donna Milavetz founded OnSite Care with a goal in mind: to change how companies provide healthcare. It’s a lofty goal, but Milavetz is just the person for the job. In nearly 20 years as a doctor, she’s assembled an impressive resume of medical care and leadership. She started and was medical director of the women’s health center at McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden and was co-director of the Women’s Heart Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She has held multiple other positions and also holds a master’s degree in public health.
In 2007, she started OnSite Care, which opens and maintains primary care clinics at businesses. Running a business has been a change and a challenge for Milavetz, but she has met the challenge well: in the past two and a half years, OnSite Care has increased from one workplace clinic to nine and has grown from one to 40 employees.
“I want to make a difference in the world I live in, even if my world is extremely small,” she says. “A healthy workforce is a productive and less costly workforce, which is good for America!”
Vice President of E-commerce, 1-800 CONTACTS
Amy Larson didn’t plan to work in business, but once she started, there was no holding her back. She expected to get a master’s degree and become a history teacher after graduating from college. But when she took a job as marketing assistant at ICON Health & Fitness, it wasn’t long before her initiative and ability showed through and she started earning promotions.
She moved to 1-800 CONTACTS in 2004 and since then has been largely responsible for transforming the company from a mail-order phone business to a true online retailer. When she started, less than half its revenue came from online sales—now that number is nearly 80 percent. Larson and her projects have been honored with multiple awards during her career.