Thursday, May 15, 2014

SLCC business leader receiving award from Hispanic Chamber

Karen Gunn, Salt Lake Community College Associate Provost for the Division of Economic Development and Business Partnerships, this Friday will receive the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Businesswoman of the Year award.

The award recognizes “women who provide invaluable leadership, demonstrate excellence in business, community involvement and inspire others to reach their professional potential for the purpose of invigorating and enhancing the local quality of life.”

“I am deeply humbled by this recognition and would like to share the honor and my appreciation with the College for its support,” Gunn said.

Gunn, executive director of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at SLCC, will receive the award during the Hispanic Chamber’s state convention at the Sheraton Hotel. She will also host a panel Friday morning for women who own small businesses, focusing on successful strategies for balancing personal life with career.

Gunn has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur, corporate manager and educator. She currently oversees programs in workforce and economic development, global entrepreneurship, small business development and women’s business development. She has also helped SLCC develop business and academic partnerships in India, China, Brazil and Ukraine.

Gunn received the 2009 Women in Business Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration , and in 2013 she was recognized as a Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce Champion.