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UVU Management Professor Named One Of Utah Business Magazine’s ‘30 Women To Watch’

2 May 2013 2 Comments

May 2, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Heather Wrigley

On Friday, May 17, Susan Madsen, a Utah Valley University professor of management and the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, will be recognized as one of “30 Women to Watch” at the 14th annual Women’s Business Day Luncheon, hosted by Utah Business magazine. She is also featured in the magazine’s May issue.

“It’s gratifying to be recognized as one of the ‘30 Women to Watch’ in Utah Business magazine this year,” said Madsen, whose research and service for the past four years have focused on women and higher education in Utah. “Increasing the number of Utah women who receive college degrees will not only improve the lives of individuals, but it will have a positive influence on society as well. I am honored to be recognized and have additional attention brought to this vital subject.”

Madsen founded the statewide Utah Women and Education Project in 2009 and has worked relentlessly since then to first understand why more women are not completing college in Utah and then to create awareness and resources so that changes can be made to help more women attend and complete college. Madsen worked with Gov. Gary Herbert’s Utah Women’s College Task Force in 2011, and last summer, she helped create the Utah Women and Education Initiative that was formed to enable more Utah women to contribute in their families, communities and the state through the empowerment of higher education.

Her primary research area, however, is developing women leaders, and she has authored two books and a host of scholarly articles on her findings. She is chairing a global women and leadership conference in California this summer and is currently conducting research in the Middle East on women and leadership.

“Dr. Madsen’s work at home has advanced the development of women’s education and leadership opportunities in Utah. She has reached beyond Utah’s borders to promote similar objectives around the world through her work with the United Nations and other international organizations,” said Norman Wright, dean of the Woodbury School of Business. “We join with Utah Business magazine in praising her for her efforts and support this recognition of her achievements. I am confident that Susan will continue to elevate and create greater awareness of the importance of women graduating from college and taking leadership roles in business and community organizations.”

The 2013 “30 Women to Watch” span job titles and industries, but each designee was chosen for excellence in her professional accomplishments, community involvement and leadership abilities. Candidates for the designation were nominated by their colleagues and peers.

“Dr. Madsen was selected due to her devotion to helping girls and women reach their full leadership potential with her work at Utah Valley University and the Utah Women and Education Project,” said Sarah Francom, managing editor at Utah Business magazine.

Honorees will be recognized at an awards reception in The Grand America Hotel, located at 555 S. Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Madsen received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota in work, community and family education with a specialization in human resource development. She also holds degrees in exercise science, wellness and speech communication education and began her career as a middle school speech and debate teacher. She has been at UVU since 2002.

Susan Madsen, a Utah Valley University professor of management, will be recognized as one of “30 Women to Watch” at the 14th annual Women’s Business Day Luncheon in May.


About  the UVU Woodbury School of Business

The Woodbury School of Business is the largest business school in the Utah System of Higher Education and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Woodbury School supports a variety of engaged learning projects and programs, including the Entrepreneurship Institute in which students start their own business. The school is distinguished for its focus on student development, entrepreneurship, global involvement and innovative teaching. In addition to traditional undergraduate courses of study in disciplines ranging from accounting to marketing, the Woodbury School offers an MBA program that accommodates the schedule of working professionals through evening and weekend classes.

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  • Brittany said:

    Is there a date set in May for the event? Only the time was given.

  • Brittany said:

    Nevermind I found it.

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