Thank You, Deborah!

Bill by Bill Crim

Sixteen years ago, I met Deborah Bayle as she became CEO of United Way of Salt Lake (I was the Executive Director of a partner organization at the time). I was instantly impressed by her leadership and vision. We became partners and friends – working together closely as UWSL’s Board began to provide much needed leadership in the area of public policy advocacy.

Deborah BayleFive years later, Deborah was making space for me to join the UWSL team and giving me the chance to contribute to an organizational transformation that has positioned both UWSL and our broader community to achieve social change at an unprecedented scale. For the past nearly 11 years, I have been fortunate to work alongside and learn from Deborah, and to be part of the amazing team of Board volunteers and talented staff she has assembled here.

BIll and DeborahToday, I am humbled and honored to follow Deborah as the new CEO of United Way of Salt Lake. Our journey, from a United Way that works largely alone to provide funding to programs, to a United Way that engages entire communities in partnerships working to solve complex social problems, has been truly incredible. This kind of change, and the results it has achieved, only occurs when many people are working together, but I can honestly say that it would not have been possible without Deborah’s courage and talent as a leader.

As we move forward, we know that our Promise Partnerships with schools, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, churches, and others are transforming the way people work together and achieving results no one could achieve alone.  Building on this foundation, we are committed to achieving the vision established under Deborah’s leadership – that every child is healthy from birth, successful in school through college, and financially stable in their adult lives.




  1. Friends in Salt Lake City,

    I know this transition took place more than a month ago, but it’s news to me today. So, I just wanted to take a minute to send off a note of appreciation and best wishes to Deborah, who was one of the most approachable and committed United Way executives in the field during my tenure at United Way Worldwide.

    Deborah, I remember meeting you during my first or second year as a brand manager at United Way of America (about 15 years ago). You were a shining star then because of your commitment to strengthening our brand. Under your leadership, United Way of Salt Lake’s marketing won national awards multiple years in a row.

    Ten or so years later, when I became more engaged with our community impact work, you continued to shine–this time opening doors to LDS leaders and setting an example for the new face of United Way in communities.

    As you leave your post, I want to share two parting thoughts from this outsider’s humble perspective. The first is that you exemplified “Live United” not only in Salt Lake City, Utah, but around the world. Thank you for your contributions which made an indellible mark on the movement. The other thought, moreso an observation, is that there are a great many good-hearted, highly-talented and passionate leaders just like you throughout the state of Utah–from Provo to Ogden to Salt Lake and beyond–who will continue to build on your legacy and create brighter futures for all who live in the Land of the Saints. Warmest best wishes to them and to you, my friend.

    Peter Hahn
    Former United Way Worldwide Colleague

    1. Thank you so much, Peter, for this wonderful comment. We will make sure that Deborah see its and appreciate all you do to LIVE UNITED!

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