Women Leaders Honored During Sun Valley Film Festival
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis joined Zions Bank and Idaho Women in Leadership.
Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis joined Zions Bank and Idaho Women in Leadership to celebrate eight outstanding women for their contributions to business, public policy, education and their communities at the Grande Dame Brunch and Women’s Leadership Celebration during the 2017 Sun Valley Film Festival.
As the keynote speaker, Davis shared insights from the research and outreach work being done by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media to increase representation of women in media targeted to children ages 11 and under.
Davis was also honored twice during the Sun Valley Film Festival. She received the 2017 Vision Award, which pays tribute to an industry icon that has provided the keen insight, influence and initiative to fulfill their creative vision. She also received in the 2017 Grande Dame Award.
During the brunch, the following women were recognized.
Civic Leadership: Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper
Casper was elected Mayor of Idaho Falls in 2013 and serves on numerous local and state boards including the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Partnership for Science and Technology and the Regional Development Alliance. She is a co-founder and first director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund. Nationally, Casper sits on the Board of Directors for the Energy Communities Alliance where she advocates for Eastern Idaho’s energy and environmental clean-up interests.
Public Policy Leadership: Aimée Christensen
Christensen is CEO of Christensen Global Strategies and executive director of the Sun Valley Institute, building resilience for economic prosperity, environmental protection and human wellbeing in the Wood River Valley. The Institute serves as a model and resource for communities everywhere. She has 25 years’ experience in policy, law, investment and philanthropy including with the World Bank and Baker & McKenzie. With the U.S. Department of Energy, she negotiated the first bilateral and regional agreements on climate change. At Google, she was known as the “Climate Maven.” There, she guided the company’s first climate change initiatives including a commitment to carbon neutrality, successfully lobbying for California’s climate change legislation, and launching the first climate project for Google.org to accelerate the electrification of transportation. She is also the co-organizer of TEDxSunValley.
Administrative Leadership: Debbie Field
Field currently serves as Executive Director of Idaho Women in Leadership and as Chairwoman of the Idaho State Board of Correction. She served in the Idaho House of Representatives for 12 years and was Chair of the House Judiciary and Rules Committee where she worked to ensure improvements in Idaho’s drug and mental health courts. Field was a board member for the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections for 10 years and Chair of the Interagency Committee on Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment. She served as director of the Office of Drug Policy where she worked with other state agencies to coordinate substance abuse treatment strategies. She is a veteran political strategist and successfully ran three statewide campaigns for Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter.
Cultural Leadership: Janet Gallimore
Gallimore has more than 30 years of experience in cultural resource management. She is the Executive Director of the Idaho State Historical Society, where she leads a dynamic agency comprised of the Idaho State Historical Museum, the state archives and records center, historic preservation office and historic sites program. Prior to her arrival in the Gem State, Gallimore served for 23 years as director of cultural resources for the Lake County Forest Preserves, an entrepreneurial government in the north suburbs of Chicago, where she directed the Lake County Discovery Museum, Bonner Heritage Farm, Adlai Stevenson Historic Home and the Greenbelt Cultural Center.
Humanitarian Leadership: Tracy Hills
Hills is the founder of McKallie’s Home of Future and Hope, a Christian children’s village school and poverty alleviation development in Malawi, Africa. She has traveled globally, providing healthcare and disaster relief to some of the poorest countries in the world. Hills works together with traditional villagers to address the root causes of extreme poverty due to the HIV/AIDS crisis. At home in Idaho, she is a tireless advocate fighting to protect silent victims of methamphetamine abuse. When her own three boys were nearly grown, she and her husband adopted an abandoned infant and his 4-year-old sister, both born severely addicted to methamphetamine. Hills also works as an educator at St. Luke’s Hospital in Twin Falls.
Political Leadership: Wendy Jaquet
Jaquet is a former member of the Idaho House of Representatives, where she served several terms as Minority Leader, overseeing the Democratic caucus in the Idaho House. She served on several House committees, including the Joint Financial and Appropriations, Health and Welfare, and Energy, Environment and Technology, among others. Prior to serving in the Idaho Legislature, Jacquet was the Executive Director of the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce during a period of membership growth and financial success. She currently serves on the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare, the Andrus Policy Center, and the College of Southern Idaho Hailey advisory board. She is an adjunct professor at Boise State University, teaching and taking graduate classes as well as serving on the Faculty Senate.
Educational Leadership: Karen Echeverria
Echeverria is Executive Director of the Idaho School Boards Association and currently represents over 900 elected school board members across the State of Idaho. She is passionate about Idaho schools, and is an engaged member of many organizations, including Idaho School Superintendents Association, Idaho Business for Education and Education Alliance of Idaho. Echeverria is also actively involved in Idaho’s Women in Government, City Club of Boise and the Basque Museum and Cultural Center.
Business Leadership: Gregg Renfrew
Renfrew has established herself as a forward-thinking entrepreneur who can turn concepts into thriving businesses. She was inspired to start her company, Beautycounter, as a mom who learned that the skincare and beauty products she was using on herself and her children often contained unsafe ingredients. Her mission is to get safe products and empowering information into the hands of everyone. Her company develops and distributes more than 100 products across skin care, color cosmetics, advanced anti-aging, kids, baby and personal care collections. Prior to launching Beautycounter, Renfrew created a successful bridal registry company called The Wedding List, and reinvigorated legendary children’s retail group Best & Co. as their CEO.