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Alumni News MANAgEMENT SOCIETy Scholarships Funded, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Honored at Gala The Salt Lake Chapter of the BYU Man- agement Society held its twenty-fourth annual Distinguished Utahn Award Gala on 1 June, honoring Senator Orrin Hatch and raising more than $100,000 for scholarships. "It was a great team effort," says chapter president Gary Snyder. "It was an incredibly positive experience, and we accomplished our goal of raising funds for our needs-based scholarships." More than four hundred members of the public and the Salt Lake Chapter gathered at the Little America Hotel Grand Ballroom in Salt Lake City to recognize Hatch and fifty-four local students who had received scholarships based on their need, academics, and com- munity involvement. The students—from twenty-five different high schools—will be attending nine different colleges and universities in Utah and one in Idaho. Hatch was given the Distinguished Utahn Award for his service to the state and to the country. "He has exemplified the BYU Management Society's theme of moral and ethical leadership through his lifetime of service," Snyder says. Women in Business Webinars Webinars presented by the Women in Business Chapter of the BYU Management Society are catching worldwide attention with presentations that focus on the career needs of women. The monthly webinars, which began earlier this year, feature successful women who address topics such as time management, women in tech, and career development. "We wanted to connect women of all ages and situations—professionals, students, recent grads, those who are re-entering the workforce, or those at home," says Rixa Oman, the society's executive director. "The webinars give women a way to share advice, learn, and be supported." Oman is part of a ten-woman com- mittee that includes current working professionals and representatives from BYU–Hawaii, BYU–Idaho, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society's Women in Law sec- tion, and BYU Marriott's student clubs. The committee plans topics and chooses speakers for the webinars, which draw about three hundred participants every month. The webinars are complemented by blog posts that offer tips and summaries of the sessions. Angel Zimmerman, an attorney and chapter member, says the webinars have already impacted her in a positive way. "The webinars share the personal stories of women who are succeeding, including the struggles that they are overcoming," Zimmerman says. "They give me more courage and excitement to move forward." Free to the public, the webinars can be found at /women-in-business. Find the blogs at Seoul's First Asia Pacific Regional Conference More than two hundred BYU Manage- ment Society members gathered for the annual Asia Pacific Regional Conference held 12–13 May in Seoul, South Korea. The conference, which focused on the theme "Explore, Dream, Discover," aimed to help recent grads find career paths and utilize resources to make their dreams reality. Event highlights included presenters and mock interviews with HR directors from Qualcomm and Intel. "The speakers were great because everyone came from such unique, strong backgrounds," says Ross Chiles, chair of the conference's organizing committee. "A lot of success- ful BYU grads returned to share their experiences." Young-Kee Kim, former executive vice president of LG Electron- ics, was a featured presenter. Conference goers included Manage- ment Society members and leaders from fourteen countries; representatives from the LDS Church's Self-Reliance Services; and BYU professors and administrators. On the first day of the event, society area leaders held a planning session prior to the general session fireside; the second day's agenda included breakout sessions and opportunities for attendees to hone their interviewing skills. Chiles says the event was met with so much enthusiasm that the Korea Chapter plans to hold mini conferences every six months. CLASS NOTES 1955 Norene Dance Thomas excelled in typing and shorthand in high school, so pursuing a degree in secretarial science seemed like an obvious choice. In 1955, she earned her bachelor's degree, which included bookkeeping as well; she also earned a teaching certificate. A native of Idaho, Thomas met her husband, Elmo Lewis Thomas, at BYU, and the couple eventually settled in Arizona. Thomas has spent much of her life involved in politi- cal work, serving as a deputy registrar, precinct committee chair, and secretary and vice chair of her local Republican club. Currently retired, Thomas has worked as an ordinance worker in the Mesa Arizona Temple and as a family his- tory consultant at the Mesa Family Search Library. Her proudest accomplishment Photo taken by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. 44 MARRIOTT

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