30 Women to Watch

By Heather Stewart, Rachel Madison and Devin Felix

May 8, 2014

In her role at DecisionWise, Linda Linfield coaches high-level decision makers so they can inspire peak performance from their team members. She helps these leaders “turn a high-performing team into a stellar team.”

DecisionWise is a global consulting firm that specializes in employee engagement and 360 degree feedback, as well as helping organizations use that feedback to create results. Linfield has worked with companies across the globe—she has led customized leadership workshops in more than 30 countries.

“I love the face-to-face work with clients,” says Linfield, “and I also love building capacity within the organization, so taking people who are rather new on the scene of consulting and helping them become the kind of consultants they want to become.”

Linfield served as a national committee member on the Resource Development Committee for United Way of America from 2000 to 2003. She was a founding member of Kids Voting Utah, serving as director from 1995 to 2002. 

“[Leadership demands an] ability to really understand the people around you and what’s important to them—and then call to that, whatever’s inside of them. Call to it in a way that causes them to want to show up with everything they have to give.”

Shauna D. Lupcho, CFA, Chief Financial Officer, Compax

Shauna Lupcho is a finance professional with a decade of experience as a CFO. She has served in that role at Compax, an international packaging company, for the past five years. Lupcho is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and served for five years as an officer, including president, of the CFA Society of Salt Lake.

“I always did well in math and actually thought it was fun. At the University of Utah, I studied business as a way of using my math skills but in a broader, possibly more marketable way,” she says.

Lupcho says Compax is positioned well for new growth. “With our new, expanded facility and production equipment, we have more opportunities to service our customers and grow.” In fact, Lupcho’s financial leadership helped the company survive the recession and then hit the ground running. Since she joined the company, revenue has grown more than 80 percent and the employee count has grown by nearly 50 percent.

“When I ask for something, I often say why I need it. We’re more motivated if we understand the reasoning behind the task. This sharing of information also helps employees see the bigger picture, which gives them more opportunities to add value.”

Erin Mendenhall, Policy Director, Breathe Utah | Salt Lake City Councilwoman, District 5

“I’ve loved working to help bring a moderate voice to air quality,” says Erin Mendenhall, who has a decade of experience working in advocacy, education and policy. As executive director of Breathe Utah—and now as policy director—she helped the startup nonprofit grow into a force for change.

Some of the organization’s accomplishments include passage of legislation that amended the state’s driver’s education curriculum to include information about air quality, the creation of the SmartTrips program in collaboration with Salt Lake City, and a new wood stove change-out program, which will help “sole-source” households convert to natural gas.

Mendenhall ran for the Salt Lake City council last year and won with 81 percent of the vote. “Most days I have the opportunity to help someone and positively affect a situation or outcomes,” she says. “Grassroots advocacy work and neighborhood-level government are incredible ways to feel invested in one’s community.”

“Diversify your network with women at or near retirement, women who have your dream job, beginners in the field, and those in between.”

Tatiana Kireiev Miller, Operations Manager, Mark Miller Subaru

Tatiana Miller’s first passion is community involvement. During her college years, she worked and volunteered with nonprofit organizations, and she spent two years researching and volunteering among the homeless community through a research grant. After college, at the age of 23, she became the executive director of Ten Thousand Villages, an organization that sells fair trade goods.

When the Mark Miller Auto Group purchased another Subaru dealership in 2009, the company asked Miller to serve as controller and office manager for the new dealership. In 2011, she was promoted to operations manager for both Mark Miller Subaru dealerships. She is also head of JCO Financial, the sub-prime finance division of the company. The two dealerships have grown tremendously since Miller joined the company; their combined sales have almost doubled, reaching over $100 million last year.

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