Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2019

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Alumni News experiences and advice to help those looking for jobs to improve their work performance, make informed decisions about employment, and achieve a higher sense of fulfillment in their work. Productivity in Porto Alegre Members of the Porto Alegre Brazil chap- ter gathered for a professional develop- ment event, titled "Personal and Business Productivity," on 21 March 2019 with keynote speaker Edson Bittencourt. Bittencourt, who holds a degree in mechanical engineering and specializes in productivity consulting, drew upon his more than forty years of experience as a director and independent consultant of several private equity groups. He advised listeners on improving the quality and productivity of both their work and mANAgEmENT SoCiETY Globalization and the Job Market The BYU Management Society's Singa- pore chapter offered an employability seminar earlier this year in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint's Self-Reliance Services. Guest speakers included Jean-Luc Butel, president and global senior advisor at McKinsey & Company; Elaine Chan, regional distribution program director at Intel; Leonard Woo, general manager of Cleveland Tungsten; and Pang Meng Hock, owner and managing director at a head-hunting company. Attendees learned how to become bet- ter job seekers and compete in a modern job market defined by mobile talent and globalization. The guest speakers shared personal lives. Those who attended, numbering more than seventy, also enjoyed live music and opportunities for networking. One of the purposes for the gathering was to support and encourage those in attendance as they seek to advance their own careers, strengthen their leadership abilities, and network with other profes- sionals. Chapter meetings are designed to be a resource for local members who want to maintain their association with their BYU colleagues and continue to grow and learn. Relaunch and Blast Off After taking time off from chapter events and activities, the Manchester England chapter relaunched, holding its reactiva- tion celebration on 20 March 2019. Leighton Bascom, BYU Management Society UK and Europe director, spoke about the goals of the society, including fostering business connections and lift- ing fellow members. After remarks by Michael Parkin, president of the Preston England Stake, on his career and experience in business, attendees had the chance to introduce themselves, practicing their networking "elevator pitches" and proposing ideas for the chapter's new vision and direction. CLASS NoTES 1960 Sonja Leonard Kland graduated from BYU with a degree in busi- ness education and office management and a minor in accountancy. Her business classes—then held in the North Building—helped her find excellent job opportunities. While still an undergrad, she worked as an assistant in BYU's Public Relations Office and then as a full-time secretary to W. Noble Waite, president of the Destiny Fund, a predecessor of the Philanthropies Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After serving as dorm parents in Heritage Halls Porto Alegre chapter members and keynote speaker Edson Bittencourt during a profes- sional development event. Photos courtesy Marissa Grahl. 42 MARRIOTT

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