First Lady & Friends

Join Utah’s First Lady Abby Cox and her friends for timely and candid conversations with fascinating people with unique perspectives in an effort to unite us all through our common humanity. Each week, Abby dives into discussions on topics ranging from education to motherhood to mental health and beyond.  Abby is an outspoken advocate for “getting proximate” with people who have different viewpoints, and using her platform as Utah’s First Lady to combat the empathy crisis our country is facing.  Come along with us as we journey to bring courage, compassion and connection back into our homes and communities... and have a lot of fun along the way! THANK YOU for being our friend.
Emilee Pehrson opens up about living with cystic fibrosis and   (00:00) May 12, 2021
In this week’s episode, Utah’s First Lady Abby Cox is joined by Emilee Pehrson to talk about what her childhood was like growing up in Fairview with cystic fibrosis, the support she received from her family, including her older brother and Utah Governor, Spencer Cox, and how her relationship with hospitals has evolved throughout the […]
Tim Shriver   (00:00) May 04, 2021
In this week’s episode, Utah’s First Lady Abby Cox is joined by Tim Shriver (CEO of Unite, Chairman of Special Olympics International, and CASEL Cofounder) to talk about his background in education, the first Special Olympics that took place in Chicago in 1968, and the concept behind his book, “The Call to Unite: Voices of […]
Tackling racism and unconscious bias in Utah with Aundrea DeMille   (37:43) May 04, 2021
In this week’s episode, Utah’s First Lady, Abby Cox, is joined by Aundrea DeMille(International Keynote Speaker and host of The Wake Up Stories podcast) to talk about her experience falling in love with the state of Utah, meeting Abby and Utah Gov. Spencer Cox for the first time, and why we need to value empathy as […]
Breaking down our new statewide initiative — Show Up Utah!   (01:14:11) April 29, 2021
In this week’s episode, Utah’s First Lady Abby Cox is joined by Kirsten Rappleye(Director of First Lady’s Initiatives) to talk about her new initiative Show Up Utah, her four areas of focus including social and emotional learning (SEL), foster care, Unified sports, and service projects, and why community relationships can bring a bigger voice to […]