Marriott Alumni Magazine

Summer 2021

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32 Contents | summer 2021 12 Features 4 10 out of 10 Would recommend Honest recommendations, genuine feedback, positive PR—online reviews are becoming increasingly influential in the decisions that today's consumers are making. In fact, 95 per- cent of Americans read online reviews before buying something for the first time. 12 from foundations to finishing touches Robust corporate cultures engage with employ- ees, feature competent leaders, and provide pathways for career advancement. Focusing on creating a fundamental culture can impact a company's employees, customers, and the bottom line. 20 alexa! Why are my Kids yelling at you? Artificial intelligence is in almost every home in America, and researchers are wondering if being surrounded by smart devices influences behavior—especially the behavior of children. Recent research looks at whether manners disappear with modern tech. 24 Bridging the divide Former US senator Jeff Flake, who served as a visiting fellow at BYU Marriott's Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics during fall 2020, talks politics, challenges, and work- ing together. 32 Partnering With Paige Paige Goepfert's journey to partner in Andersen Tax's Chicago office has included careful planning, goal setting, and creative strategizing. Today she enjoys a career that combines the financial side of things with the opportunity to connect with people. Plus . . . 11 inside the classroom Experiments in Entrepreneurship 18 By the numBers Food Truck Fodder 30 around the cooler Get Focused! 37 school neWs 43 alumni neWs Cover photo by Bradley Slade 17 24 4 3 summer 2021

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