Events in Utah

 

Utah Corporate Culture Orientation

Utah's culture brings its own challenges and rewards to recent transplants and those who work for Utah-based companies. With its quirks and unique characteristics, Utah sometimes needs a little explaining for those new to the scene.

This Utah corporate culture boot camp will be a day of active learning and discussion for 50 participants as we delve into the unique experience that is working in a Utah corporation. With the help of corporate, religious and political leaders, we will break down the unmentionables - gender, religion and politics - in a good-natured and practical setting.

Future events

If you are interested in being informed about future events, including our next orientation in November 2017 in downtown Salt Lake City, please submit your information below.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Managers and Executives who have moved to Utah within the past few years

  • Managers and Executives who work for Utah-based companies but live elsewhere

  • Recruiters who work to bring in talent from out of state

Limited to an exclusive group of 50 participants. For companies who send more than one person, a 50% discount is applied to registrations after the first attendee. For educational institutions, non-profits and small businesses that do not receive corporate sponsorship to attend, please email info@senecacouncil.com for discount codes.

Why Should I Attend?

Because Utah is routinely listed as one of the fastest-growing and best places to do business today. But the dominant religion, unique family dynamics and passionate politics can sometimes require a little cultural translation. Utah felt like a foreign country when Brigham Young first declared, "This is the place," and it still feels like a foreign country to some today. Set yourself up to be successful and happy at work by understanding the cultural context a little better.

What Will We Be Doing?

The schedule will include a keynote speaker, panel discussion, networking opportunities, Q&As, and breakout sessions. As an example, our June 2017 event included the following speakers and sessions:

Panel Discussion

  • Kat Kennedy (Chief Product Officer, Degreed)
  • Owen Fuller (President, QZZR)
  • Sarah South (VP, Ancestry.com)
  • Alex Shootman (CEO, Workfront)
  • Pat Jones (CEO, Women's Leadership Institute)

Presentation

Theresa Foxley (EDCUtah)

Breakout Sessions

  • Mormonism 101 - Scott Trotter (LDS Church Public Affairs) and John Dye (Bonneville Communciations)- CTR? LDS? FHE? General conference? What the heck? Basically, this is the place to ask all the questions you've wanted to ask about the strange language and cultural habits of your coworkers and those who work for you. Seeing the Book of Mormon musical may be more fun, but this is guaranteed to be more reliable. 
  • Talking Politics in the Workplace - Pat Jones (Women's Leadership Institute) - New talent to the state is making Utah political conversation more diverse than ever before. But sometimes longtime Utahans forget that, and it can be hard being the diverging voice in a room where everyone else assumes you agree with them. With former Democratic state senator Pat Jones, explore tactics for keeping political conversation productive and respectful while learning about what the deal is with Bears Ears and other hot button topic.
  • Where are the Women? - Neylan McBaine (Seneca Council) and Lindsey Kneuven (Cotopaxi) - While Utah women work at almost the same rate as women in other states, we have a much lower representation of women in high paying sectors. With all of the research showing women on management teams is good for business, it's beneficial to understand what's keeping Utah women away from various industries and how companies can attract and build them in the future.
  • Recruiting Women from Out of State - Ema Ostarcevic (The Search Group) - When Ema Ostarcevic first asks a possible recruit what they know about Utah, most of the time the recruit will express a negative impression or stereotype. What tools can managers and executives add to their toolkits to find female candidates who will want to come here? How can managers and executive teams help female candidates see what's awesome about Utah? And what can companies do to develop women once they're here.