Linda McMahon, a co-founder of professional wrestling juggernaut WWE, was in Salt Lake City to promote her new venture Women’s Leadership LIVE. The three day conference at Grand America Hotel will feature training and speakers to help women as entrepreneurs, workers and managers. As more women join the American workforce, McMahon believes its important for them to learn the skills and techniques required to not only participate, but thrive and lead.
Along with two co-founders, Stacey Scheiffelin and Debbie Saviano, McMahon explained the venture and took questions at the newly renamed Access Salt Lake co-working space in downtown Salt Lake. Part of the business model of WLL is to not only provide training but to create sustainable communities after their events. Access Salt Lake will remain as their Utah hub after their October event which runs from the 13th-15th.
Salt Lake City will be the home of WLL’s second event this year. Plans for conferences in Orlando and Los Angeles are being made for 2017. While in town, the trio has been on a whirlwind tour of technology companies in Utah like Adobe, Microsoft and Ancestry.com. Women entrepreneurs were spotlighted like Kim Correa, who has built a non-profit startup providing end of life care to homeless people.
Besides expressing a desire to give back to women as a whole, the organization is focused on promoting careers and training in STEM fields. Saviano explained companies like Bell Helicopter have reached out to them for help in recruiting because many jobs at the company go unfilled. That restricts their growth. This is a particular problem in Utah and other tech focused employers around the country.
Event Details: The Different Conference – October 13-15, 2016 – Ticket information