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Kathryn H.S. Pett, Secretary and General Counsel
Utah Transit Authority




How to Manage the Unexpected Career Opportunity

Kathryn joined the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) in 1997. She managed the $185 million contract negotiations between UTA and the Union Pacific Railroad that culminated in the largest land transfer between a freight railroad and a public transit agency in the United States. She also successfully lobbied the Utah Legislature to directly apportion funds to the UTA to finance the rail extension to the University of Utah’s campus if alternative financing was unavailable. For these efforts the Utah Business Magazine recently recognized Kathryn as one of 30 women crucial to Utah’s economic prosperity.

Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Utah. She also received a master’s in speech communication and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. Prior to joining the UTA, she was a shareholder in the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCarthy in Salt Lake City where she represented clients from a variety of industries. She currently sits on the board of directors for Zions Bank.

Kathryn will share with you her role in the 24-month negotiation. She navigated several critical personal and professional turning points during that period of time. She will discuss how she stayed focused on the deal while she managed these events, and maintained a balance between career and family.
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