Southern Utah Community Impact Summit

Apr 04, 2017 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

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The Southern Utah Community Impact Summit will highlight best practices featuring existing successful local collaborative organizations and reward new collaborative teams in a first-time funding opportunity that will ignite and inspire Southern Utah to seek out strategic partnerships. Community Impact Challenge winners will receive $1,000 for best existing collaboration and $2,500 for best new collaboration.

April 4th will be DEDICATED to collaboration as the Utah Nonprofits Association, City of St. George Mayor Jon Pike, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch Professional Staff Member Dianne Browning, Dixie State University, legislators and nonprofit organizations across the state join together for the Southern Utah Community Impact Summit! The summit will include educational programs, networking, keynote speaker, a panel discussion, Community Impact Challenge and Exposition including presentations from the 2016 Challenge award winners, and Community Impact Awards Ceremony.

Southern Utah Committee

“Collaboration is key reduce redundancy in terms of services and programs. Plus, by working together organizations will stretch dollars, can expand programs with greater efficiency and, more importantly, impact our community in a greater way.” explained committee member Dawn McLain.

This year the application was available online between January 25th and March 20, 2017. Once submissions were closed, the section committee reviews and selects the finalist who will present at the event. Each presentation will be judged by a panel of five experienced community leaders who select a winner from each category to be announced later in the day at the Community Impact Awards Ceremony.

Returning judge Stephanie Martini truly enjoyed the process 2016 sharing “I really should have thanked YOU sooner. Thanks for asking me to be a judge. I learned a lot about the nonprofit finalists and it was very interesting to hear their pitches. The whole afternoon was enjoyable.” Martini is excited about the new collaborations that the event will bring.

Judging Panel

Bobby Edwards, CEO Squatty Potty (ABC’s Shark Tank)

Bobby Edwards is the CEO and co-creator of one of the most revolutionary products of the last decade - The Squatty Potty. A St. George, Utah native, Edwards realized the ineffectiveness of the modern toilet’s design when his own mother was suffering from digestive issues. Edwards’ success on ABC’s Shark Tank lead to his partnership with Lori Grenier and subsequent 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year Award given by the St. George Chamber of Commerce. Squatty Potty also received the 2016 Emerging Elite Award from Utah 100 for the fastest growing company in Utah. Not only has Edwards helped countless colons across the globe, but he’s also improved his own community; Edwards was one of the founding board members of the Kayenta Arts Foundation and also served on the Equality Utah board. Edwards and his partner, Jason, co-parent four incredible kids in Ivins, Utah. In his downtime, Edwards enjoys traveling and exploring the many canyons that abound in his beautiful home state of Utah.

James English, General Manager, Cherry Creek Media

James English is a twenty-four year advertising management veteran. His expertise in executive management, program and staff development led him to the Cherry Creek Media team in 2013 where he is currently the General Manager. Having worked in print, radio, online and outdoor advertising has provided James with a broad base of interconnecting skills that allow him to focus on in-depth analysis, assessment, strategic planning and implementation of critical revenue generating solutions. As a leader in the industry James understands the needs for community engagement and partnership. He is involved in many service projects and nonprofit organizations. James has a Bachelor of Science degree, in Fitness and Leisure Management from the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he attended on a football scholarship.

Kristy Ann Pike, Freelance Writer

A native of Salt Lake City, Kristy Ann Pike attended the University of Utah, earning an Honor’s BA in English. Her professional background has included technical writing, marketing, and public relations. After she and her husband Jon moved their family to St. George in 1995, Kristy enjoyed a successful career as a freelance writer. She has volunteered on a number of boards and for numerous causes. Kristy now spends her time roaming the trails of southern Utah, writing free verse, playing First Lady to Jon’s Mayor, and meddling in the lives of their five amazing children—sometimes all simultaneously.

Stephanie Martini, Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle

Stephanie Martini moved to the St. George area in 1995 from Boston, MA. For the following 14 years she worked in the software industry for Intuit, Inc. in Silicon Valley. After retiring, in 2013 she founded the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle, a nonprofit fund under the Community Foundation of Utah. Through the power of their collective contributions, the giving circle promotes change and opportunities for women and girls in our region. In the last three years they have awarded $41,500 in grants to our local nonprofits for programs and projects that support underserved women and girls.

Robert D. Pagnani, Pagnani Consulting, Utah Elks State President

Bob spent six years in the Army as a Combat Medic (1973-1979) prior to joining Dugway Proving Ground as an Emergency Medical Technician by day and college student at night. Over his 36 year career with Dugway he advanced retired as the installation’s Emergency Medical Service Manager. Pagnani is a Brigham Young University graduate where he studied American History.

docx2017 Sponsorship Package

Cost: UNA/St. George Chamber Members/Cedar City Chamber Members $75.00; $100.00 for Nonmembers; Early bird registration discount available now thru March 31, 2017 online at:; Members $50.00; Nonmembers $75.00.

*The Community Impact Awards Presentation will be open to the community and free for all to attend (check in 4:30), please RSVP online by April 1, 2017.

Together we can make our vision of a strong and vibrant community a reality.

Together, we are stronger, have more impact, and can make big things happen throughout Utah.

We invite you to get involved today.

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Dawn McLain
Utah Nonprofits Association
Price Info:
Members $50; Non-Members $75