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WATC’s Sheree Utash among most successful women in Wichita

by kgarrett on September 13, 2013

“When you leave this world, make it a better place,” said Sheree Utash, WATC Vice President of Academic Affairs in her closing statement at the Wichita Business Journal Women to Women panel discussion.

Utash was one of five successful businesswomen selected to share their advice and experience with the more than 300 attendees Tuesday morning at Newman University.

Panelists included Noreen Carrocci, president at Newman University; Cindy Carnahan, broker, The Carnahan Group; Sheree Utash, vice president for academic affairs, Wichita Area Technical College; Marjorie Engle, vice president, AGH Employer Solutions; and Kristin Peck, vice president for public affairs, Cox Communications Central Region.

The women spoke of the important role mentors have played in their individual success and gave advice for finding and being a mentor.

“Women should be open to mentors of both genders. They all add different pieces. You have to be a good mentee. You have to be trusting and a good listener.”

Utash also says that networking is key. “Surround yourself with the best people that can make you better, that you can learn from and that can drive your vision,” said Utash.

She also gave advice on how to reduce stress by stepping back and reassess the situation and to understand and learn how to manage your emotional triggers in the workplace.

Click here to view the WBJ Highlights and Advice from the Women to Women panel discussion.

Sheree Utash is also one of twenty of the Wichita Business Journal’s 2013 Women in Business honorees. This honor recognizes outstanding women in the Wichita area for their career accomplishments and contributions to the success of other women.

“We have another group of very deserving honorees this year,” says John Ek, publisher of the Wichita Business Journal. “There are now 80 women who have been recognized with this honor who are all making great things happen in our community, both in their workplaces and by giving back to our community through volunteer work and board leadership.” Click here to read the full WBJ story by Jessica Thomas.

As WATC’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Utash has made a very notable impact since she came to the college five years ago. She has led program development and expansion and implemented a partnership with Goodwill Industries, Inc. to offer GED and adult literacy programs. Her involvement in developing the South Central Kansas Nursing partnership with Pratt Community College was instrumental.

With many significant achievements, it’s Utash’s passion and dedication that has led to her and WATC’s accomplishments. “There’s nothing like being at graduation and watching people walk across that stage,” Utash says, “It’s like the Super Bowl of education and knowing you had a small part in making that happen.” Click here to read the full WBJ story by Emily Behlmann.

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