30 Women to Watch

By Heather Stewart, Rachel Madison and Devin Felix

May 8, 2014

“My education and my early career were in the environmental research field, but quite frankly, as I matured, I realized the value that I could bring to the energy and mining industry as someone who understands the need for development, as well as the imperative prerequisite that development is planned and executed in the most efficient and environmentally responsible manner possible,” she says.

“The ability to assess and quickly adapt to new situations, as well as to find common ground with others has allowed me to forge alliances, which has been a big part of my success—not to mention being terribly stubborn.”

Lynda F. Jeppesen, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Larry H. Miller Group of Companies - Miller Management Corporation

Lynda Jeppesen has the challenge of overseeing human resources for a company that encompasses 80 businesses and properties operating nationwide in industries ranging from sports to automotive to retail.

Jeppesen spearheaded a new health and wellness program for the company in 2009, at a time when few companies had embraced the wellness concept. Focusing on holistic wellbeing and preventive care, the wellness program has enabled the company to keep employee insurance rates steady for two years running.

“My interest and focus is on improving communication skills and team relationships,” she says. “If people are an organization’s most valuable asset, then I believe an investment in developing people is paramount.”

Prior to joining the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies, Jeppesen owned a management consulting business for 10 years. She is currently a member of the Health System Reform Task Force for the Salt Lake Chamber, which focuses on helping businesses navigate the changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act.

“My advice [to those] entering the workforce, particularly in human resources, is to think with your mind, and lead with your heart.”

Apryll Killpack, President, Alpine Art & Frame, Inc.

When Apryll Killpack walks into an office, the first thing she notices is the art on the walls—and rightfully so. Her company, Alpine Art & Frame, is responsible for hanging the art in several of Utah’s most prestigious offices. Killpack has worked for Alpine for the last 20 years, where she started as a custom framer and worked her way up to president.

Killpack’s confidence and honesty are just two attributes that have helped her to grow Alpine. “[We’re] such a small, close-knit group and together we have grown into a million-dollar business,” she says. Killpack is also committed to supporting the community by donating art supplies and materials to local schools and art programs.

Pleasing customers with custom framed pieces is what keeps Killpack motivated daily, and by allowing her employees to take ownership of their positions, she keeps them motivated too. “I’ve found through the years that if people really take pride in what they do, their performance always exceeds expectations,” she says.

“A good leader has a vision about what they are trying to achieve and can communicate that in a way that inspires others to join.”

Kristy Kimball, Founder, Kimball Legal | CEO, Essa Global

After a 13-year career in sales and marketing at Pfizer, Kristy Kimball pivoted, beginning law school at the age of 34, with three children and working full-time the first year. Upon graduation, Kimball focused her practice on healthcare law.

In 2012, she founded Kimball Legal, which now represents a myriad of health-related clients. She was also pivotal in the creation of the Health Law Section of the Utah State Bar. She currently chairs that section, and she organizes several health law educational courses each year.

“I wanted to find a way to marry my knowledge and love of healthcare with my legal education. I also recognized there was a significant unmet niche for health law in the Utah legal community and began working to deepen my personal expertise [and] strengthen the expertise of the greater Utah legal community,” she says.

 Kimball is also the founder of Essa Global, a direct-sales company that sources products from women in third-world countries, providing them with much-needed income.

“Don’t let the setbacks keep you from moving forward. I’ve had so many bumps along my path, but I held on to my vision and just kept putting one foot in front of the other.”

Linda Linfield, Director of Consulting Services, DecisionWise

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