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Speeches and Remarks

In addition to the community boards and organizations President Huftalin is involved in, she is also thrilled to represent Salt Lake Community College and its mission and values by speaking at community and external events and for the news media. President Huftalin has also been honored to be the recipient of awards and recognitions in her time as President. Highlights from her external speaking engagements and recognitions are listed below. If you would like a copy of a speech President Huftalin has given, please contact Cassidy Behling at or 801-957-4225.


  • Guest, "Women in Leadership Executive Speaker Series" webinar, Utah Women & Leadership Project, January 2024.


  • Guest, "SLCC President Announces Retirement" segment, KSL at Night. Listen.
  • Keynote, "Defining Your Own Future," Women in Business Forum, Salt Lake Chamber, September 2023. Chamber writeup.
  • Guest, Friday Conversation, Silicon Slopes, June 2023. Watch.
  • Keynote, "Turn Up the Yes," Women Who Succeed conference, May 2023
  • Speaker, "Owning Your Authenticity," Rising Leaders Series, Women's Leadership Institute, May 2023
  • Speaker, "Creating a Culture of Innovation and Positive Restlessness," Women in Business speaker series, South Valley Chamber, March 2023
  • Speaker, "Higher Education Trends Impacting the Workforce," Professional Development Series, ChamberWest, March 2023


  • Guest, "The SLCC Slope to Salt Lake Tech," Meat & Potatoes Podcast, Silicon Slopes, December 2022. Watch. Listen.
  • Opening Speaker, National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) 51st Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, September 2022.
  • Guest, "Episode 158: The Brand New Salt Lake Community College Campus in Herriman Offering New Affordable Options for JSD Students," Supercast: The Jordan School District Podcast, Jordan School District, September 2022. Listen.
  • Guest, Speaking on Business (Salt Lake Tech), Salt Lake Chamber, September 2022. Listen.
  • Panelist, Women's Leadership Panel, Women's Leadership Program, UVU Executive Education, June 2022.
  • Panelist, June Newsmaker Breakfast: Utah's Economically Disadvantaged Students and Higher Education, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, June 2022. Watch
  • Guest, "Preparing the Workforce for the Jobs of Tomorrow" fireside chat, Spring Meeting, Small Business Council (U.S. Chamber of Commerce), Salt Lake City, April 2022.
  • Panelist, "Talent & Education" panel, Raleigh Chamber Inter-City Visit & Leadership Conference, Salt Lake City, April 2022.
  • Guest, InDialogue Webinar, Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco, April 2022. Excerpt.
  • Panelist, President's Panel, "Critical Issues in Community Colleges" course, Doctorate in Community College Leadership program, Ferris State University, March 2022.
  • Guest Speaker, "India of the Future: Higher Education" webinar, India Power Talk, January 2022. Watch.


  • Panelist, "Presidents' Panel: A Conversation about New Strengths, New Challenges: Community Colleges Leading the Way," NASPA WRC Community College Institute, November 2021.
  • Guest, Women who Succeed podcast, October 2021.
  • Panelist, "Focus on Utah: Competency-based Learning in Public Higher Education and Funding Adult Learners," National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) Legislative Policy Bootcamp, September 2021.
  • Panelist, "Higher Ed in the American Families Plan," Third Way, July 2021. Watch.
  • Speaker, "College That is Affordable and Accessible to All," StartFEST, Silicon Slopes, June 2021. 
  • Speaker, "Reframing Leadership," Women in Business Professional Growth Series, ChamberWest, March 2021.
  • Speaker, President2President Series (Virtual), ACPA2GO, February 2021. Watch.


  • Speaker, Town Hall: The Future of Education, Silicon Slopes, December 2020. Watch.
  • Presenter, Senior Student Affairs Officers Institute, NASPA Western Regional Conference, November 2020.
  • Recipient, 2020 NASPA Region V President's Award, November 2020.
  • Guest, Speaking on Business (SLCC return to campus plans), Salt Lake Chamber, August 2020.
  • Media Interview, "SLCC's Classroom Comeback," Inside Sources wtih Boyd Matheson, KSL Newsradio, August 2020.
  • Media Interview, "COVID-19's impact on college campuses," Dave and Dujanovic, KSL Podcasts, April 2020.
  • Interview, "The U and SLCC Partnership," U Rising podcast, University of Utah, April 2020. Listen.
  • Recipient, Leadership in Education Award, Women's Leadership Celebration, Sundance Institute & Zions Bank, January 2020.


  • Media Interview, " How SLCC Keeps College Affordable" Good Things Utah, ABC4 Utah, December 2019.
  • Media Interview, " How to Save Money on a Higher Education," Studio 5, KSL, December 2019.
  • Media Interview, " Keeping College Affordable at SLCC," Fresh Living, KUTV, December 2019.
  • Speaker, Profiles in Leadership, SLCC Student Association, October 2019. Video.
  • Speaker, Women and Education, Zonta Club of Salt Lake City Annual Meeting, October 2019.
  • Speaker, Women in Leadership event, SelectHealth and Intermountain Healthcare, September 2019.
  • Opening Plenary Session Keynote Speaker, "Pioneers in a New Global Market," Economic Future Forum, International Economic Development Council, June 2019.
  • Presenter, "Student Affairs as Leaders in Student Success Efforts," Symposium on Student Success, University of Utah, June 2019.
  • Presenter, "Authentic Leadership Can Ignite Change," Northern Utah Business Symposium (Nubiz), Ogden-Weber Chamber of Commerce and Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, April 2019.
  • Keynote, "Inspired Leadership Creates Lasting Success," Beacon Financial Inc. Lighthouse Conference, Park City, Utah, April 2019.
  • Panelist, "Leader to Leader: Effecting Change in Higher Education," Edie Kochenour Memorial Event, University of Utah, March 2019. Watch.


  • Guest, Women University and College Presidents feature, "Utah Women 20/20," Utah Public Radio, December 2018. Listen.
  • Panelist, University and College Presidents Panel, Utah Global Forum, November 2018.
  • Guest, Radio SLCC, November 2018.
  • Panelist, Education and Workforce Forum: Connecting Higher Education and Business," Salt Lake Chamber, October 2018. 
  • Speaker, Inauguration Symposium, University of Utah, September 2018. Video.
  • Guest, "CEO Success Stories" podcast, Salt Lake Chamber, September 2018.

  • Keynote, Sophomore Celebration, University of Utah, September 2018.
  • Speaker, "Leadership and Education," IM Flash Women's Summit, Lehi, UT, August 2018.
  • Speaker, "Leadership Redefined," Club Night, Alta Club, June 2018.
  • Keynote, "Strengthening the Institution and Yourself from the Middle," NASPA Mid-Level Administrators Conference, Salt Lake City, June 2018.
  • Guest, Radio SLCC, April 2018.
  • Panelist, Presidential Leadership Panel: Reflections on the Glass Ceiling: 40th Anniversary Progress & Potential, UWHEN (Utah Women in Higher Education) Leadership Conference, April 2018.
  • Panelist, "Pathways to the Top: Preparation of CSAOs for the Community College Presidency," NASPA Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 2018.
  • Recipient, 2018 President's Award, NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education), February 2018.

  • Media Interview, Studio 5 with Brooke Walker, KSL, February 2018. SLCC's growth and impact.


  • Recipient, ATHENA Leadership Award, Salt Lake Chamber, November 2017. 

  • Media Interview, The Place, Fox 13 - KSTU, Utah College Application Month, November 2017.
  • Panelist, "Engaged for Lift-Off: Utah Workforce Partnerships," National Council for Workforce Education (NCWE) Annual Conference, October 2017.
  • Keynote, "Turn Up the Yes!," Annual Scholarship Gala, American Association of University Women (AAUW) St. George Branch, October 2017.
  • Panelist, Governor's 2017 Education Summit: Technical Education in Utah, UVU, October 2017.
  • Panelist, education and workforce panel, IT Pathway Discussion with Governor Herbert, Silicon Slopes HQ, August 2017.
  • Honoree, Pastor France A. Davis Scholarship Fund 2017 Annual Tribute Dinner, August 2017.
  • Speaker, Global Summit on Science and Spirituality for World Peace, Dr. Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune, India, August 2017.
  • Keynote and Chief Guest, Foundation Day Ceremony, MIT Art, Design & Technology University, Pune, India, August 2017. Video.
  • Panelist, Prosperity 2020 Forum: Building Utah's Workforce, June 2017. 
  • Speaker, Women in Business Network Speaker Series Lunch with Dr. Deneece Huftalin and Sydnee Dickson, Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, May 2017.
  • Speaker, "Turn Up the Yes!," 3rd Annual ElevateHER #ChallengeAccepted17, Women's Leadership Institute (WLI), May 2017.
  • Keynote, "Turn Up the Yes!," Utah Women in Higher Education (UWHEN) 2017 Conference, April 2017. 
  • Media Interview, Univision 32, March 2017. SLCC Promise.
  • Media Interview, Telemundo Utah, March 2017. SLCC Promise.
  • Media Interview, FOX 13 - KSTU, March 2017. Article and video: " SLCC Promise: Free Tuition for Low-Income Students."
  • Media Interview, ABC4 - KTVX, February 2017. "How SLCC's Promise Program is Making School More Affordable."
  • Recipient, Leadership in Education award, Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration, Zions Bank and the Sundance Institute, 2017 Sundance Film Festival.


  • Moderator, "VocTech – Shortage of Skilled Labor" panel, Trends 2017: The Economy and the Environment at a Crossroad, Urban Land Institute of Utah, Park City, November 2016.
  • Speaker, "Get Your Lead On," She Talks Utah: What, How, and Why We Lead, and Why You Should Too!, Utah Women's Leadership Speaker & Dialogue Series, Utah Women & Leadership Project, Utah Valley University, October 2016. Video recording viewable at the Utah Women & Leadership Project YouTube channel.
  • Panelist, "Innovation in Education" Panel Discussion, 3rd Annual Utah Solutions Summit, September 2016.
  • Guest, " Back to School," The Radical Middle, RadioActive, 90.9fm KRCL, August 15, 2016.
  • Presenter, “Higher Education Act Reauthorization, New Policies for Changing Community Colleges” Congressional Briefing, sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges and SLCC, Washington, D.C., June 2016.
  • Keynote, Envision Utah Annual Corporate Friends Breakfast, April 2016 (addressing SLCC initiatives affecting Utah’s workforce and economy) - Text of speech (PDF).
  • Recipient, 2016 Distinguished Alumna, University of Utah.

  • Speaker, “Create a Singular Path: Defining Leadership in Your Own Voice,” Salt Lake Chamber Business Women’s Forum, March 2016.
  • Media Interview, Univision 32, March 2016 (discussing SLCC Promise).


  • Speaker, “Get Your Lead On,” BYU Women’s Leadership Lecture Series, November 2015.
  • Panelist, "Improving Career and Technical Education to Help Students Succeed in the Workforce” Hearing; Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education; Education and the Workforce Committee; U.S. House of Representatives; Washington, D.C.; October 2015.

  • Media Interview, “Fresh Living,” KUTV Channel 2, November 2015 (Utah College Application Week).
  • Co-presenter, “Making Open [Open Educational Resources/OER] Work at Salt Lake Community College,” Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Leadership Congress, October 2015.
  • Presenter, “We Are Educated,” Utah Women’s Summit: A Conference for Women in Business, October 2015.
  • Keynote, “Parental Involvement in K-12 and Beyond,” Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) Conference for School Administrators and Counselors, September 2015.
  • Panelist, “Words of Wisdom from Female Presidents,” Advancing Women in Leadership: Waves of Possibilities conference, International Leadership Association (ILA), June 2015.
  • Presenter, “Emotional Intelligence,” American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) LEADERS Institute, 2013-2015.
  • Keynote, “Plus One Thinking,” Utah Advising Association Conference, May 2015.
  • Keynote, “Creating and Cultivating Connections,” Utah College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Conference, April 2015.
  • Keynote, “Claiming Your Own Essential Elements: Defining Leadership in Your Own Voice,” UWHEN Spring Conference, April 2015.
  • Media Interview, “What’s Up Utah,” KTMW Channel 20, March 2015.
  • Panelist, “Transforming the Pathway to the Top: Preparation for CSAOs for the Community College President” and “Women VPSAs: Telling our Truth and Secrets,” NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) Annual Conference, March 2015.
  • Media Interview, Telemundo Utah Channel 10, February 2015.
  • Media Interview, “Utah Matters,” KJZZ, February 2015.
  • Media Interview, “Utah Conversations with Ted Capener,” KUED, February 2015.
  • Media Interview, “Trib Talk: New SLCC President Deneece Huftalin,” Salt Lake Tribune, January 2015.
  • Inaugural Address, January 2015 (text of President Huftalin's Inaugural Address; text of Charge to and Investiture of the President by Regent France Davis).


  • Panelist, “Creating Opportunity through Expanded Access for First Generation College Students,” Economic Opportunity Forum, University of Utah, November 2014.
  • Speaker, Honoring Women Veterans, “MAKERS: Women in War” Screening, October 2014.
  • Co-presenter, “Forging Strong Relationships with Legislative Leaders,” COMBASE Annual Conference, September 2014.