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Holland & Hart Women Expand Knowledge at the 18th Annual Northern Utah STEM Conference

Holland & Hart and the Holland & Hart Foundation had the honor to sponsor the 18th annual Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) conference in Northern Utah, held on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. The yearly conference is organized and sponsored by Northrop Grumman and focuses on familiarizing young women with the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year, approximately 400 young women from grades six through nine attended the conference at North Davis Junior High in Clearfield, Utah.

Several women from the firm’s Salt Lake City office provided hands-on instruction at two different workshops, sharing their knowledge on the vast opportunities available to the young women through STEM careers and the law. As professional role models, the Holland & Hart-led workshops provided real-life career scenarios, empowering to the young women with information on STEM-related careers, with the idea that they can be and do anything.

The two workshops presented this year included:

  • Patent Lawyer’s – You’re Supposed to Argue: The session was set up as a mock-patent infringement case. The young women were divided into the roles of plaintiffs, defendants, and judges. Each participant argued one part of the claim for their respective client. The judges questioned the parties and made their ruling. Holland & Hart employees Sherilyn Olsen, Kate Noel, and Heather Robertson led this session.

  • Black Gold – Where is It? During this session, the young women made geologic maps based on the source, trap, and reservoir information. They formed an oil exploration company and drilled for oil with a $4,000,000 budget. Holland & Hart employees Angela Franklin, Cheryl Dunne, and Molly Frost led this session.

The EYH conference is held every year on the first or second Saturday in November. This is the 7th year Holland & Hart and the Holland & Hart Foundation have participated and sponsored the conference. The firm provided takeaways for the girls’ conference bags and supplies for the workshops.

More information on the EYH conference can be read here: Northrop Grumman Sponsors 18th Annual Northern Utah STEM Conference for Middle School Girls. For more information on the EYH program visit


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