Retiring leader made United Way of Salt Lake a ‘backbone’ of community change

July 18, 2015
Author: Jennifer Dobner

When Deborah Bayle was first asked to consider becoming president and CEO of the United Way of Salt Lake, her response was quick and emphatic.

"No. No. No," said Bayle. "I didn't like United Way."

Bayle had more than a few reasons: At the time, the agency's reputation was suffering. Funding partners and grant recipients alike were disgruntled and had been poorly treated.

Donations were about half of what they had been at their peak in 1996 and the organization needed an overhaul, from its culture to its fiscal accountability and policies.

After taking a closer look, Bayle, had a change of heart.