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January 11, 2019

WGU Partners with Lifetime® to Celebrate Four Inspiring WGU Grads

#SheDidThat campaign celebrates women changing the game in business, nursing, IT, and teaching

SALT LAKE CITY - Western Governors University (WGU) is partnering with Lifetime® for #SheDidThat, a campaign that celebrates four exceptional women who earned master’s degrees from WGU and have gone on to better their world as teachers, nurses, innovators, entrepreneurs, and glass-ceiling breakers.

From now through March, Lifetime will profile the inspirational stories of WGU graduates Krystal Covington, Laurie Charles, Sarah “Mic” Merritt, and Michelle Johnson at and across Lifetime’s social media channels.

A graduate of WGU’s College of Business, Krystal Covington decided to build the community she felt she was missing after she moved to Denver, Colorado. She successfully created a network of female entrepreneurs from the ground up called “The Women of Denver” and now hosts the popular podcast, “Women Who Badass.” 

Laurie Charles, a graduate of WGU’s College of Health Professions, trains nursing students at Texas A&M College of Nursing to care for and recognize victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence and child/elder abuse.

Sarah “Mic” Merritt graduated from WGU’s College of Information Technology and is the U.S. Air Force’s only female, active-duty, cyber-warfare instructor. Since she is often the only woman in the room, she dedicates her free time working to get more women and girls into STEM fields.

Michelle Johnson is a graduate of WGU’s College of Teaching and works with at-risk high school students. She makes sure all her students have what they need to reach their potential — whether that means providing them with basics like clean clothing and toiletries so they can attend school with dignity or teaching them the leadership skills they need to succeed after graduation.

To learn more about the extraordinary accomplishments of these four grads and the #SheDidThat campaign, please visit

About WGU

Established in 1997 by 19 U.S. governors with a mission to expand access to high-quality, affordable higher education, online, nonprofit WGU now serves more than 110,000 students nationwide and has more than 129,000 graduates in all 50 states. Driving innovation as the nation’s leading competency-based university, WGU has been recognized by the White House, state leaders, employers, and students as a model that works in postsecondary education. In just 21 years, the university has become a leading influence in changing the lives of individuals and families, and preparing the workforce needed in today’s rapidly evolving economy. WGU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, and was featured on NPR, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and in The New York Times. Learn more at

About Lifetime

Lifetime is a premier entertainment destination for women dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning award-winning movies, critically-acclaimed scripted series, non-fiction series and specials. In 2015, Lifetime launched Broad Focus, a major global initiative dedicated to supporting and hiring female directors, writers and producers to make its content which totals over 450 original hours. Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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