President Dobkin Honored at Sundance Film Festival

President Dobkin on stage at Sundance

February 7, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY—Westminster College President Bethami A. Dobkin was recognized for her leadership in education at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival Women’s Leadership Celebration on Jan. 30 in Salt Lake City.

Dobkin was among six college and university presidents in Utah and Idaho honored for their impact on higher education. This is the seventh year that Zions Bank and Sundance Institute have hosted the event focused on women leaders. 

“We’re pleased to honor six college presidents who are exemplary leaders in their own right, and who are collectively shaping the future of our region,” said Scott Anderson, Zions Bank President and CEO.

Two international leaders were recognized for their global impact. María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, received a Global Leadership award for promoting inclusive and sustainable cities and communities throughout the world. Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, a member of British parliament, was recognized for her humanitarian leadership and the work of her AMAR Foundation, which has helped thousands of displaced people in the Middle East.

The event was emceed by KRCL’s Eugenie Jaffe, host of “12 o’clock Women Who Rock” and included a Q&A with director Amy Redford and Pat Mitchell, author of Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World. The honorees were asked to speak about how taking risks and facing fears shaped them. Watch President Beth Dobkin speak about taking risks both personally and professionally.

International Honorees

María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly Baroness Emma Nicholson of Winterbourne, British House of Lords

Leadership in Education Honorees

  • President Noelle Cockett, Utah State University
  • President Deneece Huftalin, Salt Lake Community College
  • President Beth Dobkin, Westminster College
  • President Marlene Tromp, Boise State University
  • President Astrid Tuminez, Utah Valley University
  • President Ruth Watkins, University of Utah

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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