Marriott Alumni Magazine

Fall 2014

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Contents Fall 2014 4 rank and file On 10 September 2001 Curtis Bedont arrived at Honolulu’s Schofield Barracks to begin his service as an army dentist. Everything was perfect. The following day’s tragic events, however, changed the military forever, and the 1997 business management grad soon found himself on a path that eventually led to a ten-by-ten cell in Iraq’s most notorious prison. 10 popular vote Getting the thumbs-up at work takes more than basic job competency. Likability, it turns out, is the key to getting hired, gathering resources, and moving up. Learn how to improve your popularity score—whether you’re a break-room regular or an office grouch—with this twelve-step guide. 18 collaborative leadership A seasoned diplomat, Michael O. Leavitt knows a thing or two about building alliances. The former US secretary of Health and Human Services detailed how collaboration is an essential leadership skill at April’s convocation. 22 Socially Minded, Profit-Driven Increasingly, young humanitarians are driving the effort to alleviate poverty, disease, and other development issues around the globe. And they’re using business models to do it. 30 family matters During more than thirty years of researching entrepreneurial zeal, professor W. Gibb Dyer has become certain about one thing: strong economies are intrinsically linked to strong families. Plus . . . 9 inside the classroom Finance Students Set Sail for Real-World Experience 16 By the Numbers Excursion App-roved 28 Around the Cooler All Is Calm 36 school news 43 alumni news Cover illustration by Jonathan Bartlett

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