ST. GEORGE— Members of the St. George chapter of Utah Business Women were pleased to present Shelly Kirk with the Woman of the Year award at the organization’s luncheon on Tuesday. Kirk is a nurse practitioner of family medicine and Director of the Red Hills Wellness Center.
Every year, the Utah Business Women of St. George members select a woman from their midst for this esteemed honor based on her role in and dedication to the community, her success as a business owner or leader, her demonstration of excellence in her chosen career field and her mentoring of other women. Candidates must represent high character, strive to help the underserved and be a uniting force for Utah Business Women and its mission.
This year, the organization chose Kirk in recognition of her efforts to make Southern Utah a healthier place to live, work and play. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Kirk was the featured speaker at a Utah Business Women luncheon where she provided vital recent research and data on breast cancer and preventative medicine and care that reduces the risks associated with the disease.
In the October presentation entitled “Nurture vs. Nature: How to Nurture your Nature,” Kirk highlighted genomics, sharing innovative information on genetics and their impact on overall health and wellness to an audience of nearly fifty local women. Kirk said:
The study of genetics and how we can look at our own genetic predispositions to guide us in reducing our risks of cancer and other health conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease and other autoimmune disorders is truly groundbreaking.
Attendees learned how understanding their own genetics can assist them in their quest for health and how to leverage individual genetic information as a personalized guide to reduce health conditions and enhance overall wellness.
As Director of the Red Hills Wellness Center, Kirk focuses on wellness and preventative medicine. She specializes in integrative medicine, blending traditional Western medicine with natural, nutritional and holistic approaches. It is this impactful work and her dedication to women’s health issues that made Kirk stand out as a Woman of the Year nominee.
Kirk has been actively involved with Utah Business Women since 2006, serving on the local executive board in various positions, including secretary, vice president, president-elect, and president. Kirk was also a member of the state Utah Business Women board of directors, where she has served as correspondence secretary and nominations chair. She has been a dedicated committee member for the local branch and an advocate for women in business in Utah.
About Utah Business Women
Utah Business Women is a multi-generational, nonpartisan membership organization whose mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workforce through advocacy, education and information. Much of the Utah Business Women Foundation’s commitment to working women is highlighted by its local organizations and the signature events and programs they sponsor. The programs benefit local communities and aid in the personal and professional development of the communities’ working women.
Utah Business Women St. George Chapter is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing an exclusive network for professional women to interact, exchange ideas, educate, and empower.
Utah Business Women members enjoy a wealth of resources, benefits and services dedicated to enhancing their lives and promoting their businesses. Utah Business Women provides key development and support for local business women via seminars or workshops, keynote speakers and educational tools focused on fostering critical skills that enable our members to achieve personal and career success. Through their network, members discover new opportunities to connect, grow, learn and inspire.
Utah Business Women also supports and endorses a diverse syndicate of charities and nonprofit organizations that support solutions specific to women, wellness and other local area needs.