Chamber luncheon speaker discusses value of education, implementation

Bonnie Jean Beesley will speak at the Chamber of Commerce quarterly Professional Business Women's Luncheon on Wednesday in the Zion Room on the Dixie State University campus | Composite image, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Chamber of Commerce quarterly Professional Business Women’s Luncheon will be held Wednesday at noon in the Dixie State University Zion Room and feature Bonnie Jean Beesley, who will speak on “The Value of Education & Implementation.”

Beesley is a homemaker who also serves as a volunteer in her community and in her church and participates in family businesses. Her priority is education, specifically supporting efforts to raise the overall attainment rate of higher education in Utah and closing the achievement gap between populations.

Beesley has served as chair of the Utah Board of Regents, where she was a member from 2003-2015. Beesley also represented Utah on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, where she also served as chair.

Appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert, Beesley co-chaired the Women’s College Task Force with former Gov. Olene Walker. She served on Salt Lake Community College Board of Trustees for seven years, including five years as chair, and Salt Lake Community College awarded her an Honorary Degree of Humane Letters in 2001.

Current efforts by Beesley include participation in the Envision Utah “Your Utah, Your Future Vision for 2050” Education Task Force. She is also currently serving as an officer or director of several Utah businesses, including president and chair of Heritage Holding Corporation and The Beesley Family Foundation. She has served on the board of the Utah Symphony and Opera and other civic organizations.

Event details

  • What: Chamber of Commerce quarterly Professional Business Women’s Luncheon.
  • When: Wednesday, Nov. 30 | Doors open at 11:30 a.m., program starts at noon.
  • Where: Zion Room in the Holland Building on the campus of Dixie State University, St. George.
  • Admission: $15 per person. Advanced registration is highly recommended. Register online here.

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