Are you a budding woman entrepreneur? Perhaps a struggling - or successful - businesswoman? Or maybe just curious about how mentoring can be an effective tool in building community and support for women operating in the business world? Join DSU Women's Resource Center and the Women's Business Center of Utah in a zoom discussion with women who have gone through this process and want to pass along the wisdom they have gleaned. Hear from women who have traveled the sometimes-uncertain path of business ownership and how important it was to have another woman walk beside them providing encouragement, expertise, and support.
Meet Our Mentoring Experts
Ann Marie Wallace
Women’s Business Center of Utah
Ann Marie grew up on a dairy farm in northern Utah. Her cow milking days ended when she began attending Snow College and later transferred to Utah State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. After working in Logan and Park City in hotel management for over a decade, she became a WBCUtah client and launched her own small business, concoXions LLC, a specialty drink bartending service in 2010. She was later hired by the WBCUtah to mentor other women and now oversees the center which helped her become an entrepreneur.
Women's Business Center of Utah
Debbie Drake is affectionately known as a ‘squirrel girl’ by her close and crazy friends! She has a lot of interests and always wants to learn new things. Debbie has had careers in banking, construction, and higher education and has been a home designer, artist, and is passionate about helping women be successful in building their businesses and following their dreams. She is currently the Director for Women’s Business Center of Utah in Cedar City and is charged with serving the women business owners in the 15 southern and eastern counties of Utah. The Women’s Business Center of Utah provides free one on one counseling and free or low-cost training while helping to encourage, build confidence, and create opportunities for women to be successful in their entrepreneurial journey.
Women's Business Center of Utah
Owner - See Your Strength
Amber has been an entrepreneur her whole life and has owned numerous businesses. Even as a young child, she was selling cinnamon toothpicks on the school bus to her classmates. Currently, Amber is the owner of See Your Strength, a business that promotes love, hope, encouragement, self-compassion, and teaches people how to access those feelings within themselves. Acknowledging our feelings and talking to ourselves with compassion can be one of the hardest skills to learn. See Your Strength accomplishes this mission through positive message mirror decals, hope walls, and suicide prevention resources.
Amber is not only a business owner but a full-time Business Advisor for the Women’s Business Center of Utah. Amber loves helping those who are just starting in business or have that dream in their heart of entrepreneurship. When thinking about mentoring or helping someone at that level her best advice is, “The key is execution. Before you start the business, take an inventory of yourself, ask yourself if you are the type of person who executes things. If the answer is yes, then run towards it as fast as you can.”
Kelli Charlton Owner - Core Solutions Center Director of Business Development for Stapley Pharmacy
Kelli Charlton is originally from San Diego, California, but has been a resident of Washington County for 24 years.
She is currently the Director of Business Development for Stapley Pharmacy and Owner of Core Solutions Center. She previously served as Director of Education, at the Center for Active Aging and The Skin Institute, St. George, UT.
She is on staff for a myriad of publications and writes 4-8 articles a month on public health, cognitive wellness, motivation, and self-improvement. She also enjoys her association as a Board member of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairperson of the Women’s Initiative, and a variety of other advisory boards and committees.
As an entrepreneur, visionary, motivator, leader, author, and public speaker, Kelli believes in paying it forward and accepts every opportunity to help those with a dream find a way to achieve it. She believes in always pushing the boundaries for growth; Never accepting NO as the final answer; and living life as if there is no tomorrow.
Her diverse background allows her to find out of the box solutions for both business and personal clients.
She enjoys daily life with a wonderful man, four great kids, and six beautiful grandchildren. She lives in Southern Utah and enjoys six months on the water stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, and running the river. She thrives on learning, reading and loves to travel and explore in her free time.
Spend time with her as a client, colleague, or friend and she will likely challenge you to push your boundaries and step outside of your comfort zone.
Meet Our Mentees
Jill Armijo: Caregivers
Jill Armijo lives in Lehi, Utah with her husband and her furball, a terrier mix with little-dog syndrome. They have three grown, amazing sons, and the most adorable granddaughter ever. She enjoys reading and writing, eating, running, playing outside, camping, and hiking.
Jill became her husband's caregiver in the late 1990s, as a young mother of two little boys, and the youngest on the way. She spent many years trying to get her husband to change back into the man she once knew, following his service in the Gulf War. She's realized that he's wonderful just as he is, because of all they've been through together, and his faithful devotion to his family and God.
In her coaching practice, Jill helps caregivers who feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and need more "ME time" to get help, get peace, and create the life they want and deserve. You connect with Jill at https://www.jillarmijo.com/.