Shauna Mabey, a Huntsman National Advisory Board Member, poses with her Ford GT. (Photo by Steve Eaton)
Some have talked about a “glass ceiling” to describe a condition that exists when a professional woman finds her career progress thwarted by biases that deny qualified women the same opportunities offered to men.
Shauna Mabey felt she was facing what she called a “concrete ceiling” early in her career. And yet, despite the obstacles, she broke through barriers to became the first female national account manager at Ryder Truck Rental’s Commercial Leasing Division in 1993. She was also the director of sales and marketing for The Pasha Group, a firm that specializes in relocation services, where she worked for more than nine years.
In April 2009, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business recognized Mabey with a Professional Achievement Award at the Eighth Annual Women in Business Seminar. She advised those in attendance to be willing to seize the opportunities that come their way.
“Take a chance,” she said. “Take a risk. Raise your hand. Say, ‘Give me a chance. Give me an opportunity.’ Jump in and do it, because you’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn from everyone around you and also what you can teach.”
Mabey is now a member of Utah Fast Pass, which is not the usual nonprofit organization. Just to join Utah Fast Pass, one must be willing to donate $6,000 and have an amazing rare car to drive to the group’s events. Utah Fast Pass members drive cars such as Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Ford GTs or Audi R8s.
Utah Fast Pass will call up a small town and ask permission to stage an event. The town puts on a lunch for the group, and Fast Pass presents the town with a check that is to be used to better the community or help bring it together. Mabey cruises in with her husband, Tom, in their Ford GT. Mabey said the group has raised more than $653,000 for various worthy causes such as assisting the families of fallen Utah State Troopers.
Mabey is now on the board of directors of five non-profit organizations. She serves on the board of directors for the Guadalupe Schools and SaharaCares, a nonprofit organization that focuses on helping children in need. SaharaCares was originally established as an organization in the company Sahara, Inc., that her husband, Tom, owns.
Mabey is on the Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board. Shauna and Tom were recently inducted into the Old Main Society, and they generously contribute to the National Advisory Board Scholarship.