Summer Conference Speaker Bios

This page contains bios for our 2013 Summer Conference.

Bill Graham, Graham Corporate Communicationsbillgraham

Bill Graham has spent his career helping people find powerful ways to tell their stories: in theatres, on television, in the classroom, and in the boardroom.

Today, Bill helps people communicate better as leaders, managers, sales people and innovators through his keynotes, workshops, and private coaching. He helps individuals and groups take their complicated stories, streamline them, and then powerfully deliver them for maximum results.

Bill spent 15 years as a theatre director and producer in the Washington, DC area. There, he learned the craft of communicating persuasive ideas, not just in front of theatre audiences, but also before planning boards, county councils, and the different branches of the state legislature.

Early in his career, he realized that people buy tickets when you tell them a good, compelling story. He has taught acting at numerous colleges, universities, and most recently at the famed Stella Adler Conservatory. His unique instruction focused actors, by helping them become more powerful and likeable in front of an audience.

For more than a decade, he served as Director of Creative Affairs for Procter & Gamble Productions, producers of the longest running soap operas in the history of entertainment, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, andAnother World. He created teams, developed writers, and helped producers make their complicated soap opera stories simple and memorable. Head-writers that he developed, and their writing teams, have won Emmy Awards for Best Writing 5 of the last 7 years he was at P&G.

Also while at P&G, he began his next career, coaching and training, including collaborations with Arch Lustberg, one of the great gurus in the world of communications and author of “How to Sell Yourself.”

Bill is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University’s Communications Department, he has recently joined the faculty of New York University at the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, and he serves on the faculty of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organization Management.

He continues to live happily-ever-after with his wife and three daughters in Montclair, NJ.

Mary Migliorellli, Transformational Philanthropy by DesignMary_Migliorelli

Mary T. Migliorelli is a freelance Chief Innovation Officer and facilitator who works with entrepreneurial organizations and individuals to fine tune their strategies for growth & civic engagement. Her career has spanned corporate human resources, grant writing & fundraising, foundation grant making and leadership development. Her current projects include: portfolio philanthropy; network mapping & analysis; and using vision boards and graphic facilitation to lead from the emerging future.

Mary was born and raised in New York, and received her bachelors degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C.  In her work at Litton Industries, Zions Bancorporation, and The Fieldstone Foundation, Mary especially enjoyed mentoring next-generation leaders, and she became known as a coach and catalyst for people exploring and inventing new careers. In her work at Transformational Philanthropy By Design, she helps entrepreneurs and businesses design strategies for Corporate Social Responsibility that best reflect who they are and the difference they want to make in the world. She is known for encouraging corporations, foundations and families to take their charitable giving off autopilot and to diversify their philanthropic portfolios to fund innovative nonprofits who are willing to take smart risks.

Mary is an alumna of Leadership Utah at the Salt Lake Chamber, and has received the “Enlightened 5-0” award from The Community Foundation of Utah. The ideas and mentors she has encountered across these networks have continued to inspire her work at the intersection of innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.  She can be reached at or on LinkedIn: .

Alan Anderson, ChamberWestAlanAnderson

Alan Anderson was hired as the full-time President / CEO of ChamberWest in November 2000 with the full support of the Board of Directors. He is the longest serving President in ChamberWest history.
Mr. Anderson has been involved in business for nearly 20 years. He has time in the parts department of a local auto dealer and spent nine years as an electronic graphics operator at a local network-affiliated TV station in West Valley City working the prime-time news programs. He also spent three years as a Store Manager and General Manager of a chain of retail computer stores in Clearfield and Murray, Utah. Mr. Anderson also worked briefly as a store manager of a video rental store in Taylorsville and then left to join ChamberWest.
Prior to coming to ChamberWest, Mr. Anderson’s community service included serving as chair of the Kearns Town Council and Vice-Chair of the Association of Community Councils Together. It was with these roles that he began to lobby elected leaders. Mr. Anderson also served on the Salt Lake County CEDAC Advisory Committee which oversaw Community Development Block Grants in Salt Lake County.
He was involved in his local community by serving on the Board of Trustees of the Oquirrh Recreation and Parks District (dba: Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center) from 2002 to 2012.
As President and CEO of ChamberWest, Mr. Anderson oversees the day-to-day operations of the chamber and participates in meetings with entities that can affect business. This can include legislative meetings, city and county meetings and road project meetings as he works closely with our local, county and state elected officials to insure a positive business climate. Since his arrival, ChamberWest has grown into the second largest chamber in Salt Lake County with more than 400 members and nearly 700 contacts and access to more than 1,000 individuals monthly through all communication methods. Since his arrival, Mr. Anderson has increased the chamber’s visibility and effectiveness and stability on the growing west side. ChamberWest is the largest regional chamber of commerce covering multiple jurisdictions in Salt Lake County.
Mr. Anderson is an alumnus of Granger High School and attended the TV Production course at Kearns High School his senior year. Mr. Anderson grew up in Granger (previous to West Valley City’s incorporation in 1980) and purchased his first home in Kearns in 1993. He and his wife are active participants in the Charter School movement with his wife serving on the board of their local charter school.

Donna Milakovic, Utah Valley ChamberDonnaM

Donna Milakovic graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English and a minor in Korean. She spent her graduation day in Oxford, England while completing the BYU London Program. Donna has used her education and life experiences in various fields working as a paralegal and legal secretary, a newspaper correspondent, an event planner and most recently as a chamber executive. Continuing her professional development, she has completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Organizational Management in Tucson, Arizona receiving her IOM designation.
Before becoming the Executive Vice President at the Utah Valley Chamber, Donna was President/Executive Director for the Lehi Area Chamber of Commerce for three years. In her first year as a Chamber President, she was recognized by the members as “Business Person of the Year” and later nominated by her peers to serve on the Utah State Chamber Board of Directors. Donna is currently the Chair Elect for the 2013 State Chamber Board.
She participates in several professional and community organizations.
Donna lives in Eagle Mountain with her husband and three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, running half marathons (emphasis on the ½), writing fiction, working with her writers’ group, traveling and improvisational cooking.

Monica Holdaway, Brigham Area ChamberMonicaHoldaway

Monica Holdaway has worked at the Brigham City Area Chamber of Commerce for eleven years and has been the Executive Director for ten years. She has completed the US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Organization Management. In 2011 Monica had the privilege of serving as President of the Utah State Chamber of Commerce.

Monica serves as the Chair of the Box Elder County Tourism Council and a member of the Tourism Tax Advisory Board. She is also Chair of the Business Expansion and Retention Committee for Brigham City’s Economic Development Board. She is an advisory board member for Brigham City’s Boys and Girls Club and a member of Brigham City’s Women in Business Organization.

Monica is married to Chris and has three children – Michael, Chelsey, and Courtnee.

Richard F. Castner, US Chamber of Commerce

Dick Castner is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Western Regional Office. The office is responsible for legislative and political grassroots activities in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Hawaii in support of the U.S. Chamber’s national public policy goals.

Prior to his current position, Dick ran the Chamber’s Chicago office and served as Senior Legislative Affairs Manager in the Chamber’s Bay Area office. He has developed grassroots resources for the U.S. Chamber in twenty-six states from Pennsylvania to California.

Before joining the U.S. Chamber staff in 1991, Dick held several positions with John Deere at their corporate headquarters. As Manager of Civic Action Programs, he started the company’s first broad-based PAC and ran it until it raised and contributed more than $200,000 per election cycle. As Manager of Economic Research, he forecasted economic trends that affected worldwide sales of the company’s industrial and consumer products.

Dick received a master’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Iowa. He’s an Institute graduate and has taught government relations classes at Institute for more than a decade.
Patty Conner Director, Utah Office of Consumer Health ServicesPatty-Conner_6258_cr

Patty Conner is the Director of Office of Consumer Health Services (OCHS) under the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. OCHS is responsible for the development and management of Avenue H. Avenue H is one of only two exchanges currently in operation in the country. Avenue H is currently operating the small business and individual commercial portions of the site to provide an online platform for Utah businesses and individuals who need insurance coverage tailored specifically to their needs and budgets.

Prior to joining the State of Utah, Ms. Conner’s spent 20 years in business and management positions in the Health and Welfare benefits field working for Health Benefits America, ADP, and Ceridian. She was responsible for business development, client retention, managing client relationships, strategic partnership and overall service delivery. Ms. Conner led large cross-functional teams in multi-million dollar accounts and projects serving companies ranging from 300 to 100,000 employees. Her experience includes partnership amongst the carrier and broker community, as well as managing multiple vendor relationships.

Patty Conner holds dual BS degrees in Business Administration and Organizational Communication and an Associate degree in Economics from University of Montana. In addition, she earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) Certification from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits, Wharton School of Business.

Brent A. Andrewsen, Esq., Kirton McConkieAndrewsen

Brent A. Andrewsen is a Shareholder of the law firm of Kirton McConkie, PC, and he serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Brent is a member of the firm’s Tax and Corporate Sections. His practice includes estate planning, probate and trust administration, gift taxation, tax exempt organizations, charitable trusts and planned giving. Brent also counsels clients regarding various business matters and has assisted in the formation of multiple business entities and various business transactions. He serves outside general counsel to several clients. Brent joined the firm in 2005 after having practiced at a large regional firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Brent is a frequent speaker to professional and other groups with respect to tax exempt organizations, planned giving, estate planning and related topics. In addition to his professional work, he sits (and has sat) on the boards of various charitable organizations. Brent is an AV Rated Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubble, and was selected as one of Utah Business Magazine’s top “Forty Under Forty” up and coming business leaders for 2012. He also was selected to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition, for his work in the Trust and Estates area.


• Counsels and assists clients in the utilization of various sophisticated estate planning techniques, including the use of charitable trusts, family entities (limited partnerships and limited liability companies), and irrevocable life insurance trusts • Consults and assists clients with the formation, organization and qualification with the Internal Revenue Service of charitable tax exempt organizations, both public charities and private foundations • Consults with individuals with respect to charitable giving techniques and assists charities in implementing various planned giving strategies Education • Brigham Young University, B.A., Political Science, 1997 • Washington & Lee University Law School, Lexington, VA, J.D., cum laude, 2000 Admissions • United States District Court for the State of Utah • Admitted to Practice: • Ohio 2000 (current status-inactive) • Utah 2004 Affiliations • Utah State Bar Association (Non Profit Section, Vice-Chair, 2012-13) • American Bar Association, Member, Tax Section, Exempt Organizations Subcommittee, 2006-present • Boy Scouts of America, Greater Salt Lake Council, Endowment Committee, 2005-present • IHC Foundation for Homecare and Hospice, Board Member, 2009-present • Utah Community Foundation, Board Member, 2011-present • National Planned Giving Council, Legal Practice Group Chair, 2012-present • Salt Lake Estate Planning Council, Member, 2005-present • Utah Planned Giving Roundtable, Member, 2005-present