Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2018

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Alumni News MANAgEMENT SOCiETY Women in Leadership Conference The 2018 Women in Leadership Confer- ence was held on 30 March in the Tanner Building. More than one hundred partici- pants attended this conference, which was sponsored by the BYU Management Society Women in Business chapter and the J. Reuben Clark Law School Women in Law committee. Presenters included talented professional women and stu- dents in all areas of leadership and from many professions. Women leaders who attended were empowered to make a difference and move forward on their individual leader- ship paths. Katrina Lantos Swett of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice inspired those in attendance with her keynote address "Women of Vision." Breakout sessions included "Managing Work–Life Integration," "Thriving in a Male-Dominated Field," "Women in Politics," "Personal Brand," "The Value of Education," and "Religious Freedom: The Power of Women of Faith." "This was the first time we've part- nered with the JRCLS Women in Law organization," says Rixa Oman, former BYUMS executive director, who helped organize the event. "It was a powerful partnership and allowed us to reach a larger audience and make an even stronger impact. Meeting with these women and seeing their commitment to becoming the best leaders they can be was inspiring and rewarding." April Zimmerman, chair of the JRCLS Women in Law and one of the event orga- nizers, called the conference a "moving- the-needle" experience. "We've heard back from so many women who felt like the conference really made a difference, either in their professional or personal lives, sometimes both," she says. "We're thrilled with the opportunity to assist LDS women in business and to continue offer- ing events like these. Women in business need support once they are out experienc- ing life, and events like this can provide invaluable support and encouragement when they find doubt creeping in." During the conference, women con- nected with one another, brought their personal questions to the table, and received advice from other professionals. Students who attended received mentor- ing and made connections. "I loved being in a room with such great women of faith who are also suc- cessful in their careers and desire to be involved and contribute," one participant said. "These conferences are inspiring and give you the motivation and answers needed to chart your own path. Plus it's great to meet new contacts and friends to help you get there." Presentations and handouts from the conference are available on the BYU Management Society website ( under Resources > Conferences. Elevate in Hong Kong This year's BYU Management Society Asia Pacific regional conference was held on 18–19 May in Hong Kong, where BYU Marriott alumni and other interested individuals were invited to meet and network with outstanding local business professionals. The theme for the confer- ence was "Elevate," and more than one hundred attendees participated in one of four tracks: • Move Up—professional and career development • Start Up—self-reliance and entrepreneurship • Rise Up—technology and trends • Live Up—CV critiques and mock interviews "The event was all about helping those who attended elevate themselves to the next level," says Kyle Wong, Hong Kong chapter president. "The presentations and sessions focused on leadership train- ing, skill enhancement, and peer sharing to promote the careers of our members. Our mission is to help develop careers, network, serve the community, and sup- port BYU Marriott and BYU. We felt like the conference was a resounding success." CLASS NOTES 2001 Every person has their own story to tell, and over time these stories evolve. BYU Marriott alumna Amy Chandler, who graduated in 2001 with a degree in recreation management and youth leadership, creates books for these stories at her nonprofit organiza- tion, My Story Matters. At My Story Matters, Chandler, her board of directors, and numerous volunteers visit homeless shelters, hospitals, refugee centers, and schools to interview and record the life stories of adults and children alike. These stories are published in a book for the interviewees to keep. "We thought this foundation would benefit the indi- viduals being interviewed because we are showcasing them," Chandler says. "However, we have found that this process is just as impactful and beneficial for the interviewers." Today, My Story Matters is in schools and centers across twelve different states and publishes hundreds of stories each month. With more than four hundred schools on the waiting list, My Story Matters is bursting at the seams with requests. Chandler and her team are developing a twelve-week curriculum that 43 summer 2018

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