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Join us for our annual International Women's Day Celebration!
This will be an afternoon of delicious food from Raclette Machine, a content-rich panel of globally successful women entrepreneurs and networking with great company. This year, we are taking the event to new heights by featuring stories, interactive exhibits on what women bring to the table and a diverse market with vendors.
Join us for...
A Tea Ceremony
Story Wall w/ Women Owned Business Stories
Flowers and more!
The event is co-hosted by the Women's Business Center of Utah and the World Trade Center Utah in partnership with the Emerald Hills Institute.
Sponsored by Chase Bank
Introducing Our Key Note
Ana M. Guevara Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations
The Honorable Ana M. Guevara was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) in January 2019. She oversees approximately 275 trade professionals based in more than 100 U.S. cities, focused on assisting U.S. businesses to export their goods and services to foreign markets.
Ms. Guevara is a respected leader in both the public and private sectors, with extensive experience in international trade and development. Previously, she served at the US Agency for International Development as the Senior Advisor for Trade and Economic Growth; at the World Bank as the US representative on the Board of Directors; and at ITA as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries. Ms. Guevara has also served at two Fortune 50 companies as a Vice President. She received her B.A. in public and international affairs from the George Washington University.
The venue is sponsored by Ember SLC Ember provides an ideal backdrop for any occasion. Crisp, white walls mixed with raw, wood beams and historic exposed brick allow endless opportunity for you to execute your vision. Our flexible decor guidelines, open vendor policies, and in-house vintage rentals lend a hand to a personalized experience.
Raclette Machine A traditional alpine dish made of melted cheese scraped right onto a plate of potatoes, bread, cornichons and cured meat. Raclette Machine is a food truck and catering service bringing this classic European dish to Salt Lake City, Utah. Learn more by visiting here.
Meet The Panelists!
Maxine Turner | Founder of Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events
President, U.S. Welcome Pavillion
Maxine Turner is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended the University of Utah where she majored in Business Administration. In 1970, she married Marvin Turner. They have three grown children, Aaron, Jeff and Victoria. After eight years in a banking career, Maxine was asked to join a non-profit organization in heading their fund-raising catering program. Her interest in events grew from this experience. Several years later, she established Cuisine Unlimited Catering; Special Events, now an award-winning national and international off-premise catering operation. They employ over 80 full and part-time staffs with sales in excess of $5.5 million dollars. Expansion into a family business occurred in 1998 when husband, Marvin Turner, CFO, joined the operation and again in 2002 when the Turner’s two sons joined their parents. Today, Aaron Turner is President & CEO. Beyond their continued national and international projects involving seven Olympic Games, they have expanded services now offering their Café Cuisine at various corporate centers and Concert Cuisine at Red Butte Gardens. They offer their services exclusively at a resort hotel in Park City, Utah. They participate in the ever-growing Savor the Summit in Park City and one of the official caterers for the Sundance Film Festival. Today Maxine and semi-retired and serves as founder of Cuisine Unlimited as her son, Aaron and husband continue the ownership reins.
One of the highlights of Maxine’s career was dining with Julia Child in New York in conjunction with a James Beard Foundation award. Highly lauded in media, Maxine produced “Maxine in the Kitchen”, cooking shows that aired nationally on HD Channels and is a regular on cooking programs on CBS, ABC, Fox and NBC. She is considered a trusted source for food writers on industry trends, featured in the book Women Who Mean Business and has co-authorized a catering text book , Off-Premise Catering Management, used in culinary schools throughout the country. Their corporate name was expanded with nationally and internationally recognition receiving the 2014U.S. Chamber Top Seven Small Businesses in the country representing the Western Region, the 2014 Women in International Trade Business of the Year, Fortune 5000 Small Business in 2012-2013 2014, Salt Lake Chamber Giant Small Business of the Year, Pathfinder and 2002 National Caterer of the Year. Maxine serves on the board of U.S. Chamber of Commerce and chaired the Small Business Council, in Washington DC, for 21/2 years. Currently she serves on the Education, Employment & Training Committee for the U.S. Chamber. She also serves on the board of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, Park City Chamber Bureau, Sandy Chamber Advisory Council, the Salt Lake Community College Culinary Board, Salt Lake Community College Foundation Board and the board of Junior Achievement. She actively participates in EDCU, Women’s Leadership Institute, Park City Restaurant Association and Park City Lodging Association. Maxine and her husband, Marv, are the honorary chairs of the USA Fencing World Competition being held in Salt Lake City for the Olympic Games. Maxine is the founder of the US Welcome Pavilion.
Crystal Low is an Executive Vice President of Treasury Management at Zions Bancorporation. This includes management responsibilities for Treasury Management Middle Office Operations across Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Texas, Nevada, Arizona and California. She has been with the bank for 18 years in various roles, rising the ranks from teller to treasury sales manager and fee income sales coordination manager within the Zions Bancorporation family.
Active in the community, she currently serves on the United Way of Salt Lake board and United Way Promise Partnership Regional Council and School Principal Leadership Committee. Low is also the Board Chair for the Impact Clinic, which provides quality mental health care for uninsured low income Utahan’s. She has also been involved with the Salt Lake Chamber Women’s Business Forum and is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council.
In 2013, Crystal graduated from the University of Utah Executive MBA program. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix. She is listed among Zions Bank’s “Top Women’s Banking Team” in American Banker magazine. In 2019, Low was also recognized as a “40 Under 40” winner by Utah Business Magazine.
Crystal is a Utah native and currently lives in Salt Lake with her husband and 5-year old son. She would call herself “solar powered” enjoying as much time in the sun with her family as possible.
Women's Business Center of Utah The mission of Women's Business Center of Utah (WBCUtah) is to help Utah women build confidence, create opportunities, and experience success in business ownership through free one-on-one advising and little to no cost training.
World Trade Center of Utah WorldTradeCenter Utah offers financial assistance and support to promising Utah companies looking to grow internationally. The State of Utah has received a STEP Grant of $500,000 to help Utah small businesses enter and expand into dynamic global markets. WTC Utah administers these funds with a goal to increase the number of Utah businesses exporting and exploring significant new trade opportunities. Don?t miss this opportunity - the deadline to apply for the STEP Grant is January 24, 2020! For more information about the STEP Grant, please click here. STEP is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Emerald Hills Institute Emerald Hills Institute?s mission is to develop social capital the creation and extension of positive connections within and between disparate social networks to achieve mutual understanding and common commitments to enriching the social good in the Western US States.
Emerald Hills Institute seeks to accomplish its vision by engaging in a variety of civic activities and inviting others to generate and share insights, thereby removing barriers to confidence-building and trust. This sharing of insights and understanding can then create real opportunities for mutual respect and appreciation, offering an environment in which a shared narrative can be rooted. Follow them on https://www.facebook.com/emeraldhillsinstitute/ https://twitter.com/EmeraldHillsIns