Utah women discuss what’s helpful, challenging in getting more female leaders in government

Utah women have ideas for how to get more female leaders in top government positions in the state, and their solutions are outlined in a new report.

Those three reports provided numbers for Utahns to see how they fared, but a new brief released earlier this month “gives us more insights on actual women’s deeper experiences,” and what works to support them and what doesn’t, said Susan Madsen, founder and director of the leadership project.

Researchers surveyed 435 women currently leading in municipal, county, state and special district government roles, asking them about pivotal experiences, challenges they’ve faced and their advice about how to help more women advance. (Not all respondents answered every question.)

There weren’t any “huge surprises,” Madsen said, as many of the comments mirrored what is already known from national research and literature. What this report does, though, Madsen said, is say, “This is exactly the experiences of women in the state of Utah.”

There are personal strategies women can use, such as taking risks and seeking a higher education, according to the report. But organizations can help, offering opportunities to work on projects or providing professional development trainings.

“If you demonstrate that you’re a person who wants to excel and learn and contribute, I think if you’re in the right organization, those opportunities will come,” said Cheryl Brown, program manager for Utah’s Community Development Block Grant Program.

When Brown started working for the state roughly 30 years ago, she was an accounting technician. As she rose through the ranks, she learned, “if you can’t be replaced, then you can’t be promoted.” She used to be reluctant to give up some of her duties and let other people take over, but she said she realized that was necessary so she could take on new roles.

Brown said she also was lucky to have mentors who were honest with her even if sometimes it was hard to accept their constructive criticism at first. Once, a mentor taught her to “dress the job you want, not the job you have.”

“I stopped wearing casual pants … even though that was allowed,” Brown said. “I dressed more professionally so that I would be taken more seriously.”

Brown said she also had a supervisor take her aside to tell her their boss thought she was “goofing off” and not taking her job seriously. While Brown knew that leader’s impression wasn’t true, her supervisor helped her see the effects that perception can have.

“It doesn’t mean I stopped being who I was,” said Brown, who described herself as someone with a “big voice” who likes to laugh. “But I was more intentional in how I was carrying myself there.”

Brown benefited from the Utah Certified Public Manager Program, which her department’s leaders encouraged her to do. She said she still has the binders in her office from the course, which she took in 2008.

“It just really gave you all of the tools to learn how to be a manager,” Brown said.

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Australian Fashion Laureate 2020 awards trade gloss for grit in challenging year

The annual Australian Fashion Laureate is often referred to as the highest honour in Australian fashion.

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This year the awards ceremony has traded gloss for grit. It has been a particularly difficult year for the fashion industry, as it has for most other people and businesses, with bricks and mortar retail sales plummeting in lockdown, and international supply chains disrupted.

a woman standing in front of a body of water: Charlee Fraser receives the model of the year award at the Australian Fashion Laureate 2019. This year, the model of the year category will not be awarded.

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Charlee Fraser receives the model of the year award at the Australian Fashion Laureate 2019. This year, the model of the year category will not be awarded.

Natalie Xenita, of IMG, which presents the awards in partnership with the New South Wales government, says this year’s aim following “extraordinary challenges” is “to highlight the Australian fashion industry’s resilience in the face of crisis”.

Categories such as womenswear designer of the year, menswear designer of the year and model of the year have been dropped in favour of new honours that commend sustainability and social enterprise over exquisite frocks or sharp tailoring.

Related: ‘A totally different way of dressing’: Carla Zampatti on her three most useful objects

The laureate itself – a lifetime achievement award that has in the past gone to designers such as Akira Isogawa, Carla Zampatti, Collette Dinnigan and most recently the US InStyle editor Laura Brown – will be announced on 1 December.

However, the finalists for the rest of this year’s prizes, announced on Wednesday, look very different to previous years – as do the categories.

Sustainable innovation, an award that was added to the laureate in 2019, is being expanded into two categories – one for established and one for emerging designers. A new award 2020 change and innovation has also been announced.

Xenita says the nominees “have demonstrated their ability to keep pace with ever-changing cultural and economic environments”.

One nominee for the change and innovation category, Fella Hamilton, is a five-decade-old Melbourne retailer whose customers skew older and whose price points skew lower than those the awards typically commend. The brand has been tapped for its pivot into constructing PPE for frontline workers.

Where many brands cut their orders during the early stages of Covid-19, Fella Hamilton scaled up its domestic manufacturing to meet demand for face masks and scrubs.

Nobody Denim – another change and innovation nominee – also pivoted to mask manufacturing, as well as creating a capsule collection with FibreTrace, which offers total supply chain transparency from “seed to store”.

Maara Collective – a fashion label founded by Yuwaalaraay woman Julie Shaw – is the first Indigenous-owned business to receive a laureate nomination, for best Australian emerging designer. Shaw also won the fashion design accolade at the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards in August 2020.

The nominee list is also markedly more casual, with many brands focusing on denim and activewear.

Several nominees, including A.BCH, Esse Studios and Arnsdorf also champion a seasonless approach to fashion design and distribution – offering permanent collections and

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Trump challenging election is gift to America’s rivals, experts say

Storm clouds are seen above the White House as the edges of Hurricane Delta reach Washington, DC on October 10, 2020.

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WASHINGTON — Foreign policy experts say President Donald Trump’s attacks on the vote-counting process in the wake of Election Day give a boost to American adversaries.

On Friday, Democratic nominee Joe Biden inched closer to a White House victory after taking the lead over Trump in the battleground states of Pennsylvania and Georgia.

As his reelection chances diminish, Trump spoke Thursday evening from the White House briefing room, falsely claiming the election was being “stolen” from him. Trump said his campaign was in the midst of pursuing a series of lawsuits across battleground states.

“They’re trying to rig an election, and we can’t let that happen,” added Trump.

Our adversaries benefit from a weakening of American democracy, and surely cheer Donald Trump’s effort to undermine its central institution: free and fair elections.

Stephen Biddle

professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University

“President Trump’s wild and baseless claims are a gift to America’s adversaries, who will argue the U.S. isn’t a model for others to emulate or a reliable ally,” Kori Schake, director of foreign and defense policy studies at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told CNBC.

“It encourages our adversaries to challenge our security guarantees and makes the domestic politics of our friends fighting by our side more difficult,” added Schake, a career civil servant with a bipartisan background and stints at the departments of Defense and State and the National Security Council at the White House. 

Benjamin Friedman, policy director at Defense Priorities, told CNBC that Trump’s calls via Twitter to “quit counting votes to keep power damage the U.S.’s ability to serve as an exemplar of democracy to others globally.”

“Allies and adversaries paying attention already knew U.S. elections were messy and President Trump was capable of illiberal statements. So beyond giving adversaries something to mock and allies some heartburn, effects should be small,” Friedman added.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks following the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis as secretary of defense on January 27, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

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“Our adversaries benefit from a weakening of American democracy, and surely cheer Donald Trump’s effort to undermine its central institution: free and fair elections,” explained Stephen Biddle, professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University.

Biddle added that rivals such as Russia, China, Iran and North Korea have an interest in “delegitimizing democracy and countering the notion that democracy is a higher form of government.”

“Pointing to an allegedly chaotic, fraud-ridden U.S. election thus offers them an opportunity to diminish enthusiasm in their own populations for U.S.-style government and democracy and to diminish the threat that this system poses to them. And this gives them an incentive to amplify Trump’s claims – the more chaos here, the better for them there,” Biddle told CNBC.

The presidential election is the crown

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Model Building a House – A Challenging Hobby

Design and build a structure which represents the home you were born in, or a home located in your favorite city, town, country setting, or a beach cottage. Or build a fantasy, futuristic, or your dream house. I challenge you to be a model builder as a new hobby or professional challenge.

This type of model building is known as architectural model building.

The value of model making a structure is to present a visual and tactile scenario of a structure. Architects build models of structures to help clients see the final product before real construction begins.

Yes, there are computer programs which help to visualize the house, but it is different when you build a physical model originating from knowledge, creativity, imagination, knowledge and skilled hands.

Model Building Materials and Tools

The least expensive method is to use poster board and craft paper. Poster board is flexible, but as it is pieced together with paste or glue the structure will strengthen. Craft paper with designs of shingles, brick, stone, wood strips, and other textures is a short cut to add realistic texture in, on, and around the structure.

A pair of scissors, craft knife or scalpel, a metal ruler, paste or glue, cutting mat, and pencil and paint will be the minimum tools required. If you wish, you may want to invest in an architectural scale to help calculate model scale and dimensions should you decide to habitually construct models.

Building Steps

  1. House plan
  2. Floor
  3. Walls
  4. Roof
  5. Finishing touches

House Floor Plan

Make a copy of the actual house floor plans. Decide on the scale. For example, one inch may represent one foot. The scale has much to do with the size of the finished product and display area.

After the scale has been determined, draw or trace the plans, label, and then section cut. Accurately cut one measured piece at a time and place into position directly on the floor plan to avoid errors and to guarantee that the building will stand true and strong. The floor plan will produce the house as the end product or place the floor plan on a platform which will allow for landscaping display.

Interior and Exterior Decor

Using the floor plan and a picture or a photo of the finished house will assist you in choosing printed designs of wood, tile, or carpet to place on the floor as you move from room to room.

The walls which have windows may be represented with cellophane paper, a window pattern, curtains, or a window sill with flowers. Craft paper with brick, stone, wood, or siding for the exterior walls can be adhered with paste to the poster board cutouts as you assemble the pieces. Most supplies can be found at an arts and crafts store or a hobbyist model shop.

Flooring and Roof

Additional flooring will be needed if the house is a two-story building. The house may or may not have a basement or an attic. This is the importance of …

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