Event Speakers

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Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson bestselling author, political activist and spiritual thought leader will keynote the event.  Ms. Williamson has written 13 books, including four New York Times number one bestsellers. She is the founder of Project Angel Food, a volunteer food delivery program that serves home-bound people with life-threatening illnesses. 

She is also the co-founder of the Peace Alliance, a nonprofit education and advocacy organization supporting peace-building projects. She has received national attention as a result of her frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and her recent run for the Democratic nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election.

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Crystal Bayat

Named BBC's Top 100 Women of 2021, Crystal Bayat is an Afghan social activist and human rights advocate known for her protests face-to-face with the Taliban during the fall of Kabul in 2021. After discovering a bomb in her car, she was relocated to Utah where she continues the fight to preserve the achievements of Afghan women's rights made over the last 20 years.

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Mary Crafts

Mary Crafts has a 100%, all-in zest for life. As the founder of Culinary Crafts, Utah’s largest off-premise catering company and 21-time winner of Best Of State, Mary has created thousands of impressive events throughout the state for over 35 years. Mary is a masterful caterer and resourceful businesswoman who has served thousands of clients including many A-list celebrities (Oprah Winfrey and Sir Elton John),

two presidents of the United States, and hundreds of Fortune 500 companies. During the 1980’s and 90’s Mary hosted a cooking show on KBYU TV that established her reputation as a food celebrity in Utah. Mary has been called a trendsetter in her industry and an ambassador for all things related to food and events.

Mary's involvement in community non-profits, business networks, and education have put her in the spotlight as one of Utah’s most influential women. Recently, Utah Business Magazine named Mary one of their “Women of the Year” and in previous years, Mary received The Hero Award from Silicon Slopes, and the Pathfinder Award from the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named “One of Utah’s Coolest Entrepreneurs,” and is a recipient of Utah Valley University’s Kirk Englehardt Ethics Award.

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In July of 2019, Mary accomplished another of her major life goals when she summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. Currently Mary offers her expertise as a keynote speaker, business consultant, team builder and mentor to businesses, non-profits and individuals. Mary is thrilled to share her hard-won life lessons with others, as only she can—with her insatiable zest for life and heartfelt badass attitude. To stay in touch, tune in to Mary’s weekly podcast “Crafting a Meaningful Life,” and visit her website at MaryCraftsInc.com.

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Tiffany Peterson

Tiffany Peterson is a seasoned speaker and international coach guiding individuals, teams, and audiences in creating thriving personal lives and successful business results. Her podcast show ranks in the Top 1% of all global podcasts.

Before founding her own company, The Lighthouse Principles, Tiffany worked with and for many popular brands:

Franklin Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the world famous Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, and Jack Canfield, creator of The Chicken Soup for the Soul series, helping each of these brands set new sales records and experience expansive new growth.

 

Tiffany is passionate about empowering others with proven, universal success habits and her tried and true sales strategies. She has coached people all around the globe to successfully create with intention a life and a business that they love.

 

For more information about creating your ideal life and results, visit www.TiffanySpeaks.com

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Samira Harnish

Samira came from her native Iraq to America to study engineering. After getting her degree from Utah State, she worked for 17 years as an R&D engineer at the largest domestic manufacturer of semiconductor memory.

to become the preeminent women’s refugee service organization in Utah. Her leadership in the community resulted in being tapped by the SLC Mayor for planning committee leadership in preparation for the 2019 United Nations Civil Society Conference, where she also spoke on making peaceful societies.

 

Samira has received local, national, and international recognition for her service and non-profit leadership including: The Enlightened 50 Award from the Utah Community Foundation, the 2014 Salt Lake City Human Rights Award, the 2016 Ruby Award from the Soroptomists of Utah, the 2017

Samira founded Women of the World to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping women achieve self-sufficiency and her leadership has enabled WoW 

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Emerald Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement, the 2019 American Red Cross Global Citizenship Hero Award, and the 2021 Utah Business Magazine’s Business Woman of the Year. In 2018, she was awarded the America’s Region Nansen Award from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, she was chosen from over 450 international nominees. Samira serves as an Advisory Director for the Tanner Center for Human Rights.

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Kristin Andrus

Kristin Andrus is a community champion who advocates for women, children, and refugees within and beyond Utah. She is also Chief Culture Officer to her husband and six children.

Kristin serves as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Intermountain Area and for UnDEfeated, an organization serving underprivileged youth and single mothers in Uganda.


 

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In addition, she holds advisory roles with the First Lady of Utah, Neighborhood House, The Younique Foundation, Utah Valley University, and Women Who Succeed. Nonprofits count on Kristin for her social media and marketing savvy as well as her supernatural ability to get stuff done.

With over 100,000 combined followers on social media, and live cooking segments on Utah’s Studio 5, Kristin has built a platform for awareness and impact. Her musings on marriage and motherhood and her collection of 250 free home workouts offer love, light, and laughter for her social media community. In November 2020, Kristin launched #sistergoods, an Instagram campaign that raised $30,000 in its first week to supply menstrual care products to schools, shelters, and foster care facilities throughout Utah. #SisterGoods has since spread to more than 60 communities across the U.S. Kristin is currently leading the charge of the Utah Period Project bill this upcoming legislative session ensuring free period products are supplied in all public and charter school bathrooms.

 
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Jessie Funk

Jessie Funk is a professional vocalist having released five solo albums, toured to 36 dates with the Broadway musical “Footloose,” and was hired for hundreds of recording sessions as a studio singer with songs heard on America’s Got Talent, ESPN, and TV’s “The Biggest Loser.” Jessie walked away from three record deals unwilling to sell her soul for fame. She chooses to use her speaking and singing to educate and empower.
 

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