Equity is What Matters Most to Nchopia Nwokoma

Nchopia Nwokoma holds a bachelor's degree in social work and a master's degree in industrial-organizational psychology. As an industrial-organizational psychology practitioner, she is passionate about helping individuals improve their quality of life and realize their full potential. Most recently, she was the Director of Culture at England Logistics. In her role as Director of Culture, she used data to create a positive work experience for employees.

In 2018, she was appointed to serve on the Cultural Core Budget Advisory committee by Mayor Jackie Biskupski. In her spare time, she runs Young Professionals Salt Lake City. YPSLC is a non-profit organization focused on attracting and retaining young professionals to Salt Lake City. She is also the UN representative for African Citizens Development Foundation and a member of the Junior League of Salt Lake City.

When did you launch Young Professionals of Salt Lake City (YPSLC) and what is its mission?

I moved to Utah in 2015 and couldn't figure out how to meet new people or connect to the community. I launched YPSLC in order to meet my needs. Interestingly enough others had the same needs so it became bigger than me and my needs.

How many members do you have and how many events do you host

each month?

We currently have 160 VIP members and 2,500 basic members. We hold a monthly social and have a major event each quarter.

How does YPSLC benefit women?

YPSLC benefits women in that we act as a one stop shop for building your social network, finding female mentors, joining boards or commissions, and getting plugged into other resources that can assist in building leadership skills.

What, do you believe, are some of the issues that face women in UT and how can we overcome them?

Equity. There is a focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity in Utah right now. So you can currently see strong pushes to get women in leadership positions across the state. You are now seeing women being more visibly present in different areas they were not before but that does necessarily translate to us having decision making power. Basically, we are being invited to the dance...which is a great first step....but we aren't being asked to dance. We can overcome these issues by educating others on the value of having diversity of thought present in decision making. Simply being in the room is not the goal.

What are your go-to places in SLC (restaurants, coffee shops, etc)?

These are my regular go-to spots that I just absolutely love. They are Whiskey Street, Caputos, The Rose Establishment, Gracies, and the downtown public library.

What do you most value in your friends?

Authenticity, being a go-getter, being down to earth, and having a fulfilling life of their own outside of our friendship.

Who are your favorite writers?

My favorite writers are John Grisham and Nora Roberts.

Who is your hero of fiction?

Without a doubt it's J.D Robb.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

My birthday typically falls pretty close to Martin Luther King day, so my parents always told me I was special to be born so close to someone so great. So I have always felt pretty connected to him because of our birthdays.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes in real life are people who pull themselves up by the bootstrap and go on to accomplish great things. My heroes include my parents and Oprah.

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