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Semi-Annual Dinner

Semi-Annual Dinner Takeaways

On October 17th, we donned our blazers, pencil skirts, and black flats for the Semi-Annual Formal dinner. Each seat was marked by a colorful ‘free photo book’ coupon, graciously given by our speakers, Vanessa and Nate Quigley, the co-founders of Chatbooks.

Vanessa and Nate shared with us their successes, triumphs, struggles, and failures in creating a family and creating a successful business. Their story began in Helaman Halls, but they also lived in Paris, Los Angeles, Harvard Square, and Florida before returning to Utah Valley.

The Quigleys spoke about the need for a solid partnership in business, specifically with entrepreneurial ventures. Their 4 main points were the following:

  1. You need a co-founder.
  2. Pick the right co-founder.
  3. Be good to your co-founder.
  4. Be grateful every day. 

Whether in the workplace, or the home, these are solid mandates to live by. We are also grateful to our sponsors for the night, Swire Coca-Cola. Many of our members had the opportunity to meet some of their employees and were educated and inspired by them.

Meet the Mentors

Meet the Mentors Night Success

Meet the Mentors Night was a record success! Over 100 pre-management students were mentored last year, and of those who applied to the business school, 91% were accepted. Compare that to the average overall acceptance rate of only 54%!

This semester, we had over 100 pre-management women attend the event in search of a mentor. There were 23 mentors available to network with and answer general questions about applying to the Marriott School. Of the 100 women who applied for the mentoring program, around 60 will be chosen to participate in our semester-long program. We look forward to increasing capacity in future semesters so that many more women can be mentored and prepared to attend the BYU Marriott School of Business.

 

Semi-Annual Dinner

Semi-Annual Dinner: Successful Partnerships

It’s that time of year again, and this Semi-Annual Dinner may be the best yet! Women in Business will be hosting this semester’s formal business dinner on Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8PM on the third floor of the Hinckley Center.  Dress is business professional.  Vanessa and Nate Quigley, the co-founders of Chatbooks, are coming to tell us all about their story of starting a company together!

Make sure to RSVP fast because space is limited! We hope to see you there!
Opening Social

Opening Social Takeaways

Last month at our Women in Business Opening Social, we were pleased to hear from a strong and powerful BYU Alumna: Whitney Johnson. Whitney Johnson graduated from BYU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a minor in English. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review as well as a Linked Influencer. She was awarded the Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women in Twitter, 50 Most Influential Management Thinkers, and the Schwab Financial Literacy Award. Through speaking, writing, coaching, and consulting, she synthesizes the key levers of change and how to use them effectively. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself(TM): Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015), speaks on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 50,000+ on discussing disruption, innovation, teamwork and organizational change.

While speaking to the members of Women in Business, she discussed how disruptive innovation follows a framework, and how this specific framework can apply to you and your company. She mentioned that this framework helps those listed below.

These ideas are for YOU if you are:
1.  a high potential individual charting your career trajectory
2.  a leader trying to jump start innovative thinking in your company
3.  a self-starter ready to make a disruptive pivot in your business

These ideas are for your COMPANY if:
1.  revenue growth is peaking and you need to reinvent
2.  innovative thinking among your management team has stalled
3.  industry changes are making the future uncertain

But it’s also essential to know that during this process we need to recognize the disruption itself. Our personal disruption starts from the bottom, rises to the top, and starts from the bottom again of a new ladder. Whitney gave one example of a famous influencer in music and fashion, Lady Gaga. During her reign of fame from wearing an outrageous meat outfit at the MTV Music Awards, to performing for the Super Bowl, to singing a Sound of Music tribute at the Oscars, she is an example of the success, and conversation that continual self-disruption can produce.

Whitney Johnson’s speech was both moving and motivational. She is a strong and powerful woman who knows how to help us strategize our lives. We need to remember that the fundamental unit of disruption is the individual, and the best way to drive corporate innovation is through personal disruption. Once we let this happen, it will allow others to do the same, and disruptive products, services, companies and countries will happen on their own. Companies don’t disrupt, people do.

The last key takeaways:

  1. “The odds of success are 6x higher and the revenue opportunity is 20x greater”
  2. Smile – “If you have a nice smile, you should smile more”
  3. Call people by their name
  4. Make friends fast
  5. Figure it out and how to do it – reach the peak of your abilities
  6. You have to believe God gave you a brain
  7. Don’t let a man sweep you off your feet
Meet the Mentors

Meet the Mentors Night

Come join us for our Meet the Mentors event! Meet the Mentors is mandatory if you want to participate in the Women in Business Mentoring Program. Over 100 pre-management students were mentored last year, and of those who applied to the business school, 91% were accepted. Compare that to the average overall acceptance rate of only 54%! Come and learn how you can prepare for success in the Marriott School of Business.

The event will be on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30PM in W408/410 TNRB.

Refreshments will be provided and it is casual dress.

Opening Social

Opening Social: Disrupt Yourself

The Women in Business Opening Social will be taking place on Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30PM in TNRB W408/410.  The opening social is a great way to meet other members and find out more about the club and the Marriott School!

We are pleased to announce that Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself, will be our featured guest speaker. Refreshments will be provided by the Penguin Brothers who will be serving cookie ice cream sandwiches.

Please RSVP on BYU Bridge.

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New Student Orientation Reception: Meet Your Major

We’re excited for the new school year and can’t wait to tell you about the great benefits of being a member of the Women in Business Club! Come stop by our NSO reception to find out more about the club and where you fit in it.

We’ll be starting the new semester right with free t-shirts and dessert pizzas!

Friday, September 1 at 4PM
TNRB W408/410

See you there!

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Chalk It up to Experience: Nailing Your Internship

You are invited to attend the Women in Business Closing Social at Qualtrics on April 12th. We will have the opportunity to learn about nailing your internship and future job opportunities.

Look forward to meeting and hearing from Qualtrics professionals! Food will be provided.

Highlights:

Time: 6:00-7:30

Location: 333 W River Park Dr, Provo, UT 84604

Dress: Business Casual

Entrance Ticket: Your resume

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Sixth Annual Major Shopping Event

We’re so glad you decided to join us for our Sixth Annual Major Shopping Event!

The Major Shopping Event is primarily for women who are interested in a business major or minor. At the event you will have the opportunity to learn about all the majors offered in the Marriott School as well as hear from our special guest speaker, get free SWAG, get a light dinner, and the chance to win awesome giveaways*.

Our special guest speaker is Liz Wiseman, bestselling author and President of The Wiseman Group.

We are excited to see you at the Major Shopping Event!

*Drawings will begin at 7:25 p.m. You MUST be present to win and drawings may not end until shortly after 7:30 p.m.

Highlights:
Date: Wednesday, March 22nd
Time: 5:00-7:30 PM
Location: 151 TNRB
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Semi-Annual Dinner: Strike a Balance

Guest speakers Dow and Lynn Wilson of the National Advisory Council will be speaking about finding balance between all the roles you will play as a woman in business. Guests should arrive fifteen minutes early in business professional attire.

Highlights:
Date: Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Location: 3rd Floor of the Hinckley Center
Dress: Business Professional
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