HOW WE KAPPA
TO SOME OF THE
WOMEN WHO KAPPA
Name: Dorian Light Shaw
Chapter: Delta Eta Chapter, Utah
Full-time Occupation: Business manager for Kimble Shaw Inc., Architecture & Interiors; substitute teacher at Rowland Hall-St. Marks School
Volunteer Position: Province Director of Alumnae
Years Volunteering with Kappa: 6–8 years
What talents made you a great match for this role? As Treasurer for the Salt Lake City Alumnae Association, I am familiar with the intricacies of running an alumnae association. When our Vice President/Secretary was promoted to Province Director of Chapters, I worked hand-in-hand with our President to run our association. We were a two-woman executive committee and we worked diligently and had a very successful year on all fronts. I also have 30 years of extensive experience in public relations, marketing and customer service. I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and tackling any issue presented to me. I am also a highly motivated individual and have the ability to readily learn new concepts and strategies.
What makes this role rewarding? My role as PDA has been extremely rewarding. I have learned so much, been challenged and have gone outside of my comfort zone. There is an amazing support system within Kappa, and I have learned much from their leadership, expertise and guidance. The role of a PDA also means I get to spend time with people making a special connection. I feel fortunate to work with such accomplished women.
What or who is your most impactful Kappa memory or mentor? My most impactful memory involves a Kappa I met during an overnight retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyo. She called me when her gravely ill partner was being life-flighted to the University of Utah Medical Center, near my house. She ended up staying with me for a month, visiting her partner daily until, sadly, she passed away.
It was an intense time, but I felt honored to help her through it. I feel so grateful that this special Kappa came into my family’s life and I now can’t imagine my life without her. That time taught me firsthand the infinite power of the bonds of Kappa sisterhood.
What other place or ways do you give your time or talents? In the past, I have volunteered as a member of the Junior League of Washington D.C., a docent for the Folger Shakespeare Library and a volunteer coordinator for the American Cancer Society Hope Gala, among others. Currently, I am an ambassador for the University of Utah Department of Music and a board member of Brighton Properties Group, Inc.
What is the most important talent or trait to have in this role? To be a PDA, you must have organizational skills and, most importantly, people skills. This role requires working with variety of women, so people skills are essential.
What can someone expect by taking on this role? Variety! One minute I am problem solving, and the next I can be posting to our social media channels. There is never a dull moment and no one day is ever the same as the one before.