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Westminster Thinks Big

Join Westminster alumni, faculty, and students for an evening of thought-provoking, TED-style presentations. These short talks will inspire you to think big. The program portion of Westminster Thinks Big was live streamed on Westminster's YouTube channel.

Meet Our Speakers

Brody Leven (‘10)  

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Professional Adventure Skier  

 Brody Leven has run 100 miles without stopping, climbed and skied 70,000 vertical feet without sleep, kayaked the Grand Canyon, explored bikepacking routes, and made first ski descents on 6 continents. He earned economics and honors degrees along with the President’s Leadership Award from Westminster College, where he was also a 2-term student body president. Brody has been featured on the covers of outdoor magazines, in award-winning adventure films, and as an Outdoor Industry 30 Under 30. 

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Elaine Sheehan (‘18)

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Driving Student Success in Higher Education  
Elaine Sheehan received an Honors Degree in English Literary Studies with a minor in Spanish from Westminster in 2018. In 2021, she graduated from the University of Utah with a master's in educational leadership and policy with an emphasis in Student Affairs, a program that focuses heavily on Social Justice efforts for education. She currently works for EAB where she specializes in helping colleges harness their data and analytics tools to better support students. She volunteers her skills in higher ed administration as the advocacy chair for the Westminster Honors College Alumni Advisory Board.  

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Christine Durham  

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Former Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court  
Christine Durham was the first woman to serve on Utah’s general jurisdiction trial court and on the Utah Supreme Court, where she became its first female Chief Justice. She spent 35 years on the Utah Supreme Court and during that time was president of the National Association of Women Judges and the US Conference of State Chief Justices, among other leadership positions. She retired from the court in 2017 and has practiced as an appellate attorney since then. Her education was at Wellesley College and Duke University School of Law. 

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Chartayia Crear (‘22)

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Black Feminist Scholar  
Chartayia Crear earned her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with Honors in May 2022. Chartayia is an aspiring Black feminist scholar inspired by the minds of Octavia Butler, Patricia Hill-Collins, Audre Lorde, and Kimberly Crenshaw. She is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, and through the program, completed several independent research projects on the cultural sensitivity of psychological scales. Chartayia has presented her work at national conferences in Los Angeles and Seattle. Her current work and research interests investigate objectification experiences of women of color.  

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Quinn Winter (‘23)

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Creating Space for Disabled Students   
Quinn Winter is a senior communication major and justice studies minor at Westminster College. They work as one of the student coordinators for the Disability Justice program in the Student Diversity and Inclusion Center. In this role, they have created community for disabled students and furthered access initiatives on campus. They also work in the Marketing and Communication Office as a photographer, where they bring 5+ years of experience.  

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