Events for Lectures/Discussions

May Book Club: When Women Were Birds

This May, the Golden Braid Books Community Book Club is reading When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams. We have lots of copies in stock, so come on by and get yours today! Keep in touch with us throughout the month on our Instagram and Facebook pages, and then we’ll convene here at the Braid for our book club meeting to talk about the book, meet some new folks, and share some insights and mutual love of reading. About the Book: "I am leaving you all my journals, but you must promise me you won't look at them until after I'm gone." This is what Terry Tempest Williams's mother, the matriarch of a large Mormon clan in northern Utah, told her a week before she died. It was a shock to Williams to discover that her mother had kept journals. But not as much of a shock as it was to discover that the three shelves of journals were all blank. In fifty-four short chapters, Williams recounts memories of her mother, ponders her own faith, and contemplates the notion of absence and presence art and in our world. When Women Were Birds is a carefully crafted kaleidoscope that keeps turning around the question: What does it mean to have a voice?

The Law of Attraction Formula: A Workshop on Manifesting the Life You Want with Christiane Turner

Join us for an evening of manifestation and The Law of Attraction. Learn how to attract what you want into your life. This workshop will include an introduction to the principles, hands-on exercises, and guided meditations. This is a free community event open to all. About Christiane Turner: Always exploring the next possible threshold of human consciousness, Christiane easily navigates the constantly shifting landscape of Training, Coaching, and Consulting. Moving between ancient wisdom and modern technology, Christiane bases her teachings on the models and techniques of the many cultures she has encountered in her global traveling, as well as the basic principles of Quantum Physics and the newest scientific discoveries related to consciousness. Christiane has been perfecting her training and coaching skills for over 25 years. Her books are available globally in bookstores and online stores. She is the founder of Quantum NLP LLC, through which she offers high integrity Quantum NLP-based Training, Coaching, and Consulting in the USA and internationally. She is a natural leader – her dynamic combination of strength and gentleness helps her to lead clients and groups to break through change and lasting transformation. Christiane is a leader who highly values community building. She has initiated and organized community projects; for example, the annual New Consciousness EXPO in Salt Lake City since 2005, and the Law of Attraction Club, which started in 2006, and the Law of Attraction Summit. For Christiane to stay in integrity with her purpose, she puts great emphasis on creating balance between being a family person and being a teacher at the same time. She just celebrated the 33rd wedding anniversary with her husband Shawn. Together they have two sons and three granddaughters. For more information about Christiane and Quantum NLP, visit her website:

Gearn - Storytelling

Find the unexpected blessings found in the darkest of clouds. Listen closely as storytellers spin their yarns of resilience, hope, and redemption, revealing how even the gloomiest of situations can unveil gleaming silver linings. Our theme for the evening is “Silver Linings”. From tales of overcoming adversity to moments of serendipitous joy, each narrative carries the promise of finding beauty in life's most challenging chapters. So, settle in and let the magic of storytelling transport you to a world where every cloud has a silver lining waiting to be discovered. Grab tickets Here - Follow us on all socials @gearnstorytelling

Living with Purpose: an author event with James Jackson, III

We are not meant to just live; we are meant to live on purpose. We are here to use our gifts and talents, find our passion, and live life abundantly. But how? How do we find our purpose in life? How do we unlock those innate gifts and talents that help us carry out our purpose? How do we find a path in life that gets us out of bed every morning and allows us to make an impact in a way that leaves an enduring legacy? This book is a journey through how one man found his purpose and ignited his passion; it is not a roadmap, but a story that is meant to inspire you to finally start living your life on purpose. About James Jackson, III: James Jackson, III is a community builder. James Jackson, III currently serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager at Zions Bancorporation where he is responsible for building relationships with capable diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. Mr. Jackson has worked in various areas of the financial industry for 20 years and found his passion in serving and building his community. In conjunction with his role at the bank, Mr. Jackson has served or currently serves on many boards of directors, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and the State Workforce Development Board to name a few. In 2009, he founded the Utah Black Chamber. The Chamber was formed to serve the needs of the Black business community and has since become known for connecting and growing Utah’s Black community. Because of its influence, the organization has doubled in size year over year in the last five years, and it continues to expand its platform with a business incubator and a Black history museum coming in the next few years. In 2022, Mr. Jackson stepped down as the President & CEO to focus on other projects and organizations to elevate Utah’s diverse community, such as Living Color Utah and career pathways for Utah’s diverse youth. Mr. Jackson is a bestselling author, speaker, and trainer focused on helping people everywhere live with purpose. He has also been a frequent contributor to the Utah Business Magazine where he writes about diversity and leadership. At the end of 2020, Mr. Jackson, along with 24 business leaders around the world authored the book, Leading Through the Pandemic: Unconventional Wisdom from Heartfelt Leaders. At the beginning of 2022, Mr. Jackson facilitated the Utah Black Chamber’s book publication, Black Utah: Stories from a Thriving Community, featuring interviews with dozens of changemakers in Utah. Then in 2023, he published his own book Living With Purpose: Find Your Passion, Grow Your Influence, Maximize Your Endurance, where he inspires others to discover their purpose through sharing his journey of finding his. Mr. Jackson was honored as Utah Business Magazine’s Forty under 40 (2020), the ‘Who’s Who of Black Utah’ by IMPACT Magazine (2020), Westminster College’s Unsung Hero (2018), and Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year (2018). He also was presented with the Dr. Ronald G. Coleman Alumni Award and the David Eccles School of Business Hall of Fame Rising Star Award from the University of Utah in 2023. In the spring of 2022, he earned his Diversity and Inclusion Certification from Cornell University. He earned his undergraduate degrees in marketing and finance from the University of Utah in 2002 and his MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2010. As a Utah native, Mr. James Jackson, III is committed to the social and economic growth of the state’s Black and overall diverse community. His goal is to further promote Utah's diversity with the hopes of it becoming a more attractive destination for people of color.

Urban Regeneration and Sustainability

Sustainable Economy and Ecotechnology (SEE)

SEE’s objective is to establish an interactive and interdisciplinary forum where attendees can explore cutting-edge developments, exchange creative perspectives, and collaboratively tackle the emerging complexities within the realms of environmental and economic dynamics. Through captivating keynote presentations, insightful workshops, and participatory dialogues, the conference seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of curiosity, cooperation, and forward-looking vision. As we navigate the intricate terrain where economics intersects with environmental concerns, our goal is to spark transformative insights and sustainable strategies. Join us in this intellectual voyage, where together we strive to shape a future that harmonizes economic progress with environmental stewardship. website: