Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2021

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17 Contents | winter 2021 12 Features 4 women and education In her BYU devotional, associate professor Eva Witesman teaches that formal higher education provides an opportunity to see more as God sees. "We are of value because of our divine heritage and because of what will one day be our divine inheritance," she says. "Our learning is not merely instrumental. It is essential." 12 weightier matters Eric Weight's first job as a paper carrier taught him responsibility; his second job sweeping floors led to his interest in tech. Today the BYU Marriott IS alum works to improve customer experiences by implementing conversational formats for collecting feedback and helps com- panies harness feedback to increase the value of their products and services. 18 Beneath the surface Corporate culture has become a focus in recent years as companies become more aware of the forces that make some organizations more effective or stodgy or reckless than others. The underlying influences at play in an orga- nization often forecast its rise or, sometimes, demise. Consequently, in today's world, busi- nesses have become much more intentional about the world they are trying to create as they recognize the need to be accountable to both stockholders and stakeholders—custom- ers, suppliers, employees, the community, and even the planet at large. Plus . . . 10 By the numBers Learning at Home 17 inside the classroom Elementary, My Dear Watson 24 school news 28 alumni news Cover illustration by Red Nose Studio 18 4 3 winter 2021

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