We are excited to invite you to join us at the inaugural Emerging Leaders Summit on January 6, 2020, at the Grand America Hotel.

The event will bring together young professionals, business leaders, government officials, and decision-makers to explore the issues that matter the most to young Utahns. It’s no secret that Utah’s notable success as an economic leader is in large part thanks to our young and dynamic workforce. Join us at the Summit for engaging discussion around topics such as affordable housing, tax reform, and healthcare that directly impact Utah’s younger generations.

Your organization’s participation will leave you with new ideas on how to more effectively engage a large portion of your workplace’s talent and workforce. Your investment in the Emerging Leaders Summit is also an investment in emerging leaders within your own organization.

Together, we will celebrate and create strategies that engage young leaders in your workplaces, communities, and government to make a difference in our communities.


Median age in Utah

1.7 Million

Millennials and Gen-Zers in Utah

1 in 4

Utahns are millennials


Of Millennials are motivated by a missions organization


State-elected officials are under the age of 40


Hear national policy makers discuss why fostering civically engaged communities’ matters for Utah’s prosperity.

Meet with leading experts on what policy challenges will face Utah and its younger generations. Breakout sessions will explore issues that young Utahns care about including healthcare, affordable housing, diversity and inclusion and more. Learn how your organization can empower its emerging leaders to become more productive employees and change makers in your
organization and community.

Utah’s Environmental Future | 10-11 am | Imperial C

According to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey, Millennial and Gen-Z voters (ages 18-38) are twice as likely than older generations to prioritize climate change and energy are important issues.

This panel will explore how nonprofits, government, and industry are working to address the environmental challenges like air quality and also minimize the environmental impacts of population growth and economic initiatives like the inland port.

Fake News & You: Media in the Digital Age | 10-11 am| Imperial D

Often referred to as the fourth estate, the media have played an essential role in democracy and society. However, in an era of “fake news,” alternative facts and disinformation – how can you know what media to trust?

This panel—featuring some of Utah’s top young reporters—will address the challenges facing how we consume media, how we distinguish facts from alternative facts, and how the media can build trust in an age of disinformation. How do accusations of fake news impact trust in media? How do Millennials consume their news, is it podcasts or Twitter? Why is trust in the media important?

Changing How Change is Made | 10-11 am| Imperial C Reception

Millennials and Gen-Z are swiftly overtaking Boomers and Gen-X as the largest percentage of the workforce. In Utah, one in every four people is a millennial. Time and time again, studies show that these younger voices are changing how change is made in their workplaces, communities, and government. According to a PwC corporate social values become more important to millennials when choosing a job than compensation.

This breakout session will explore who are Millennials and Gen-Z? What do they care about? How do they connect with each other, their employers and their government? Most importantly, this panel will help equip younger leaders with the necessary tools and skills to make a difference in their communities.

Priced Out: Affordable Housing | 11:15 am to 12:15 pm| Imperial D

Did you know? Just one-third of people ages 18-35 owned a home in 2015. In comparison, nearly half of all Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1980) had purchased a home by the time they were 35.

Why are younger Americans buying later? Here in Utah, the answer is simple: there is a serious housing shortage. There are 54,000 more families and individuals in Utah needing housing than there are housing units in Utah.

What is Utah doing to address this housing shortage? What are the ways policymakers and developers can develop innovative affordable housing solutions? What does this housing shortage mean for your rent or chances of purchasing a home? Join us to find out.

Elevating Underrepresented Voices  | 11:15 am to 12:15 pm| Imperial C

Utah is the youngest state in the nation and 30.4 percent of Utah’s population is between the ages of 20-40. However, just five percent of elected state-officials in Utah are under the age of 40.

How do we elevate the voices of communities like younger generations, who are underrepresented in government? This panel will explore the importance of diversity and inclusion in workplaces, boardrooms, communities, and government.

State of the State | 11:15 to 12:15 pm| Imperial C Reception

What can we expect to happen in Utah in 2020? This breakout session will explore trends in policies in Utah at the municipal, county and state levels.

In this session, we’ll go beyond the headlines to explore Utah from the view of citizens, public sector leaders, nonprofits and businesses at the frontlines of Utah’s biggest challenges and opportunities. From workforce retention to rural economic challenges to tax reform, this panel will explore the state’s priorities for this year and beyond


Keynote Speakers

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Elizabeth Smart

Book Author/ Speaker


Scott Miller

Executive Vice President, Thought Leadership

2020 Speakers

Andrea Gooch

Equity Portfolio Manager, Wells Fargo

Brian Somers

President of the Utah Mining Association

Brynn Mortensen

Policy and Strategic Communications Specialist, Utah House of Representatives.

Cameron Diehl

Executive Director, Utah League of Cities and Towns

Cate Ashley

Senior User Experience Designer, Fidelity Investments

Cate Klundt

Government Affairs Director

Derek Kitchen

State Senator, State of Utah

Don WIllie

Executive Director, Zions Bank Business Resource Center

Felecia Maxfield

Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

Gavin Mathis

Vice President, Method Communication

Jacob Bates

Chief Executive Officer, CommonGrounds

Jake Anderegg

Senator, Utah State Senate

Joel-Lehi Organista

Founder, Vice President of Casa Quetzalcoatl

Katie McKellar

Reporter, Deseret News

Kelsey Price

Chair and Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Initiative of Utah

Mike Mendenhall

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Nicole Nixon

Reporter, KUER 90.1

Rachel Stone

Rachel Stone

Chief Data Officer, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.

Rikki Hrenko-Browning

President of the Utah Petroleum Association

Scott Baird

Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality

Shireen Ghorbani

Council Member, Salt Lake County

Silvia Catten

City Council Member at Millcreek City

Steven L. Olsen

Senior Investment Strategist, Utah Wells Fargo Private Bank office

Sui Lang L. Panoke

Founder, Rethink International

Taylor Stevens

Reporter, The Salt Lake Tribune

Thom Carter

Executive Director, Utah Clean Air Partnership


Topaz Partners


Cherry Partners

Exhibit Partners

Your investment in the Emerging Leaders Summit and ELI Utah is an active step towards fostering engagement and dialogue between your organization and young Utahns.



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