Speakers

Connor Boyack, Libertas Institute

Connor Boyack founded Libertas Institute in 2011 and serves as its president. Previous to Libertas, Connor served as director of the Utah Tenth Amendment Center. He is the author of ten books along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.

Patricia Jones, Women in Leadership Institute

Senator Patricia Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions for 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000–2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006, where she served for eight years. She was the first female leader in Utah's House or Senate. Patricia is currently CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute.

Josh Kanter, Alliance for a Better Utah

Josh Kanter is the founder and current board president of the Alliance for a Better Utah. He currently serves as a trustee at the Roland Hall St. Mark’s School, and is a member of the Young Benefactors Council at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Temple Har Shalom Art Committee and the University of Chicago Law School Campaign Planning Group. In 2011, Josh received a Heart and Hands Award from the Utah Nonprofits Association, and was named to the Community Foundation of Utah’s E-5-0, an annual selection of 50 “enlightened entrepreneurs.”

Wayne Parker, City of Provo

Wayne Parker serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Provo. He has been a public sector executive since 1981, working primarily in local government in Missouri, Kansas and Utah. He has been a consultant and strategic planner for a variety of public and private sector clients. Wayne is also the author of Power Dads: The 10 Basic Principles Successful Fathers Use to Raise Happy and Responsible Children.

Patty Shreve, Utah Nonprofits Association

Patty Shreve has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Utah. Prior to joining the UNA team in 2010, Patty worked for 20 years in nonprofit zoos and aquariums around the U.S. and Portugal. Patty balances her work life through explorations of the beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna of the intermountain west.

Nena Slighting, Utah Debate Commission

Nena Slighting serves as the Director of the Utah Debate Commission. She previously served as the Director of the Walker Institute at Weber State University. She received her Juris Doctorate from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.