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NEW: President Astrid Tuminez to give keynote

5 Nov, 2022

UVU Pres. Astrid Tuminez joins CEO King Husein & Maj. Gen. (ret) Jefferson Burton, to keynote Utah Interfaith@Work on 11/11, Veterans Day

I’m pleased to announce that Utah Valley University Pres. Astrid Tuminez will join Span Construction and Engineering CEO King Husein and Utah legislator/Maj. Gen. (ret) Jefferson Burton, to keynote our Utah Interfaith@Work Summit on 11/11, Veterans Day, on the “Silicon Slopes” just south of Salt Lake City.

These three top leaders will discuss why Faith matters to people in the workplace and why it should be accommodated.

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez will discuss why this matters globally; King Husein will share how the movement in Fortune 500 companies to religious inclusion is so encouraging; and Maj. Gen. (ret) Jefferson Burton will describe how the spiritual care of chaplains in the military is a great model for providing spiritual care in the workplace.

President Astrid Tuminez

Dr. Astrid S. Tuminez (pronounced too-MEE-nez) was appointed the seventh president of Utah Valley University in 2018. Born in a farming village in the Philippine province of Iloilo, she moved with her parents and siblings to the slums of Iloilo City when she was 2 years old, her parents seeking better educational opportunities for their children.

Her pursuit of education eventually took her to the United States, where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Russian literature from Brigham Young University (1986). She later earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in Soviet Studies (1988) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in political science (1996).

Before UVU, President Tuminez was an executive at Microsoft, where she led corporate, external, and legal affairs in Southeast Asia. She also served as vice dean of research at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. She has worked in philanthropy and venture capital in New York City and is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of Russian Nationalism Since 1856: Ideology and the Making of Foreign Policy and many other publications. She and her husband, Jeffrey S. Tolk, have three children. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, and traveling.