May 1, 2012

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30 Women to Watch

Di Lewis, Heather Stewart, Sarah Ryther Francom

May 1, 2012

In 1999, Julie Jakob left a safe corporate career in the banking industry to launch Jakob Marketing Partners. And though there have been ups and downs, she’s never regretted taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. “I love the sheer variety of marketing projects that our firm handles. There is never a dull moment so it keeps things interesting.”

Jakob’s company has experienced record growth in recent years, including being named on the Inc. 500/5000 list in 2011. Jakob attributes much of her company’s success to her employees. “I try to hire the right people and give them the leeway to make decisions that are in line with our business vision without micromanaging them.”

Jakob is actively committed to community development. Her service extends throughout many local organizations, including the Holladay Chamber, Smart Women in Marketing, Park City Women’s Business Network, Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund, American Heart Association and others.

Shar Lewis
CEO, Make-A-Wish Utah

With a long history of volunteerism, becoming CEO of Make-A-Wish Utah was a natural move for Shar Lewis. She has more than 17 years experience in nonprofits and other community organizations, and joined Make-A-Wish in January after serving as the executive director of the Utah Commission on Volunteers. Lewis also serves on the board of directors for the Utah Nonprofits Association.

As the new CEO of Make-a-Wish, Lewis says the best part of her job is “meeting the wish children and their families and hearing their incredible stories of pain and struggle, the hope and transformation a wish can bring to their healing, and the excitement and life the fulfillment of a wish brings to everyone involved.”

Outside of work, Lewis runs half marathons for good causes and loves getting outdoors with her family. “This past summer my children and I hiked and survived Angels Landing. We even jumped out of an airplane skydiving at 15,000 feet and drove racecars in Vegas at 170 mph,” she says.

Lisa Marcy
Owner, Marcy Law Firm, PLLC

Whether in her professional or personal life, Lisa Marcy is always serving others. She began her career as a disability lawyer, working to improve the lives of disabled children, nursing home patients, and group home and institutionalized residents. One of Marcy’s cases from the 1980s is still the basis for improved medical and mental healthcare at the prison.

Marcy also dedicates time to giving seminars around the country, using a portion of each seminar to work with female attorneys on presentation and negotiation skills. She is a March of Dimes board member and co-authored Opening Statements: Winning in the Beginning by Winning the Beginning, which was released in October 2011.

Despite a number of personal challenges during the last five years, Marcy opened her own firm in 2009. Her busy trial practice focuses on commercial disputes and employment issues, and Marcy says it’s rewarding to have control of her own career and continue helping people.

Joyce L. Ogburn
Dean, J. Willard Marriott Library; University Librarian, University of Utah

When Joyce Ogburn was appointed as university librarian, her first role was to lead the library’s multi-year, $80 million renovation project—one of the most complex construction projects in the university’s history. “Just as the whole building has been transformed, the services and spirit of the place have changed dramatically,” she says. “The library has become more vital than ever to the university and it serves as an anchor for partnerships with other libraries and many other cultural institutions throughout the country. The Marriott Library is a powerhouse of new ideas that build on its strong collections and services.”

Beyond her role at the university, Ogburn is also serving as the president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a 12,000 member professional association that also works on behalf of 2,500 academic libraries across the country. She also serves on the board of the Center for Research Libraries and the council of the Utah Academic Library Consortium.

Laura S. Scott
Shareholder and Vice President, Parsons Behle & Latimer

A shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer in the litigation department, Laura Scott says she enjoys helping clients solve problems that they’ve been unable to solve themselves. Scott has also brought recognition to the firm through her community involvement—she is president of the Salt Lake County Bar Association for 2011-2012 and the first female chair of the University of Utah Crimson Club. Scott has also served on the board of Salt Lake Habitat for Humanity for the past three years.

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