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Winter 2020

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Alumni News have to be alike or look alike to have love for each other. If we have any hope of reclaiming the goodwill and sense of humanity for which we yearn, it must begin with each of us, one person at a time." Doing Better, Being Better More than one hundred people attended the 2019 BYUMS UK and Europe Confer- ence, titled "Do Better, Be Better." Held on 22 June 2019, the conference featured keynote speakers David Checketts and Deborah Checketts, England London Mission president and matron; Charlotte Steinfeld, head of the UK and Ireland Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Society; and Elder Alan Phillips, Area Seventy. Additionally, a leadership session was held on 21 June in which chapter leaders from the UK and France examined the Management Society's progress globally and regionally. "We discussed how to build and strengthen a chapter, how to work with Latter-day Saint leaders, and how to foster networking," says Leighton Bascom, BYUMS UK and Europe director. "It was a great day." Other presenters at the conference included public speaking coach and con- sultant Simon M. Day, Online TV Group managing director Peter Middleton, self- reliance expert Les Pointer, local stake counselor Fabrizio Ricciardi, and BYU Marriott's Whitmore Global Manage- ment Center managing director Jona- thon Wood. The presenters covered various topics such as public speaking, networking, creating professional videos, evolving in one's career, and finding programs and opportunities available through BYU Marriott. learning curve. But when it came for the day of the conference, it was extremely well organized and went off without any problems." BYUMS looks forward to the next conference in May 2020, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, and is projected to host another Asia-wide business plan competition. President Nelson Recognizes Washington dC Chapter On 21 July 2019, President Russell M. Nel- son addressed the 110th annual national convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). At the conference, held in Detroit, Nelson recognized the Washing- ton DC Chapter for honoring the NAACP with the 2019 Distinguished Public Ser- vice Award. Nelson also acknowledged the dignified and humble way that NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson accepted the award. "While receiving a public service award on behalf of the NAACP presented by Brigham Young University's Management Society," Nelson said, "President Johnson acknowledged that he had been asked why he would accept an award from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. His response? 'Because that's our neighbor.' " Nelson also explained the importance of building bridges with others, as the Washington DC Chapter had done. "We are all connected," he said, "and we have a God-given responsibility to help make life better for those around us. We don't MAnAGeMent soCIety Competing in the Land of the Blue Sky The BYUMS Asia Pacific Regional Confer- ence was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 17–18 May 2019. More than two hundred attendees from five countries gathered to learn about topics related to the conference's theme, "Believe and Achieve," and to strengthen the BYUMS network in the region. The Asia Pacific region comprises eighteen BYUMS chapters, including Hong Kong, Korea Seoul, Singapore, and Taiwan. Keynote speakers at the regional conference included Bak Gi San, Yonsei University negotiator; Brad Agle, George W. Romney Endowed Professor at BYU Marriott; Cody Eldridge, COO of Wagner International; Gregory Cook, doTerra cofounder; Peter F. Meurs, Gen- eral Authority Seventy and former execu- tive director on the board of Fortescue Metals; and Steven Wheelwright, former president of BYU–Hawaii and former dean of the Harvard Business School. At the close of their first-ever busi- ness plan competition, which is based on BYU's Miller Competition Series, the Asia Pacific area awarded cash prizes to the top four teams who entered: Clean Air by Erdenebileg, from Mongolia, placed fourth; Ninja Code, from Taiwan, placed third; the Chinbaatar family's Eej Kimchi, from Mongolia, placed second; and Battsetseg Chagdgaa, cofounder of Gilgerem Soapery, from Mongolia, placed first. "This was the first conference of this size in Mongolia," says Anita Hummel, head of the Management Society's Asia Pacific area, "so there was a bit of a 28 MARRIOTT

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