Marriott Alumni Magazine

Winter 2016

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Alumni News says, "and on those days the principles I learned in Steve's session get me back up and moving again." First-time attendee Josiah Moimoi, an HR major at BYU–Hawaii and the school's society chapter president, found the speakers exceptional. "I could grasp the things they were teaching and apply them to my personal life, my business life, and my BYU Management Society work," he says. Moimoi was particularly impressed by BYU professor and Romney Institute director Jeff Thompson's address: "He described your calling not as a work but as something you are destined to do, something that finds you. It made me realize that each of us have our own specific callings; most of us just haven't found ours yet." At the closing session, Chet Harmer, who has replaced Ron Gardner as head of the Global Steering Committee, spoke of the growth the society has seen worldwide. "We want to be as helpful as possible," Harmer said at the conference. "The Management Society helps people be self-reliant." Helena Hannonen, Shannon Hiller, Joel Deceuster, and Ami Kemppainen rotated off the committee this year. Jen- nifer Anderson, Leighton Bascom, Ross Chiles, and Claudia Walters have replaced them. They are ready and excited to imple- ment the committee's goal to strengthen chapters and the society by developing ManageMent SocietY Management Society Steering Toward the Best BYU Management Society leaders stood in a Tanner Building conference room last October, their hands above their heads. "Raise your hands higher," keynote speaker Steve Shallenberger instructed and then encouraged them to reach higher still. "If you're satisfied with good, how will you become better, let alone your best?" he asked, illustrating the need to focus not on competition in the business world but on reaching for a personal best. Shallenberger's keynote session was just one highlight at the Management Society's thirty-fifth annual leadership conference held in Provo. Society leader- ship traveled from all over the world to attend classes on subjects including self-reliance, partnering with other orga- nizations, creating a chapter vision, and helping women start small businesses. The conference allowed leaders to con- nect and learn best practices for growing their own chapters. "Being able to teach leadership—this unique quality, this thing that's kind of magical—is a thrill and a blessing," says Shallenberger, who has more than forty years of experience as a business owner and has consulted hundreds of companies worldwide. The Management Society, he says, is "a special group of people because they want to help extend the spirit of BYU throughout the world." Elizabeth Andrews, a member of the Austin Chapter and the Global Steering Committee, looks forward to attending the conference every year. "The quality of the speakers and the opportunity to network with outstanding people who are changing their communities for the better is so recharging and reinvigorat- ing," she says. The 2015 conference was especially helpful as she was in the pro- cess of founding IDMD, an online startup focused on identity-theft recovery. "A day comes for all of us when pursuing the dream seems too hard or overcoming the millionth obstacle seems too much," she strong leaders and improving the quality of activities, service, and communication. "I appreciate the vision of the Global Steering Committee," says Vicki Hueb- ner, a member of the committee and assistant dean at Santa Clara University School of Law. "It emphasizes the exist- ing network and helps members access that network. We're really going to be able to lift people up from within our chapters, and I think that effect is going to go out to the members of the com- munities that we're living in as well." claSS noteS 1975 As a BYU freshman Jeff Cooper lived in the now-demolished Deseret Towers, and there a friend invited him to take beginning accounting. Cooper took to the subject, earning a bachelor's degree in 1975 and heading to work for Bradshaw, Smith and Co., a CPA firm in southern Nevada, in 1980. He's been there ever since. Last year Cooper received a pair of prestigious awards—the Nevada Society of CPAs' 2015 Public Service Award and the Silver Beaver Award, the highest honor for Boy Scout leaders. Cooper's dedication to ser- vice is also evident in his position as pres- ident of Opportunity Village Foundation, 43 winter 2016

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