On Oct. 4, students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the Fall Kick-Off event hosted by the Women in Business club and Alumni Relations. The keynote speaker was Natalie Gochnour, who currently serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business and is the director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah.

There was a great turnout as there were over 100 attendees present to listen to Gochnour speak upon the topic of “Informed Decisions.” There were three main takeaways from her presentation:

Find the ‘but’ in your life, and make peace with it

It is important to accept that no one can do everything and to realize that balance is key. Gochnour attributed much of her ideal work-life balance to her extremely supportive husband.

Know when you are on a dip or a cliff

A dip is when hard work will pay off in the end and life will get better. A cliff is when hard work will not result in better results, and it’s time to move on to a new job, project or field.

Being aware of which curve you are in, whether a ‘dip’ or a ‘cliff’, will influence the types of decisions you make and how you approach a resolution.

Bless and release

It isn’t healthy to hold grudges against those who have wronged you; it is better to wish the other person well and then move forward from the situation. There is no benefit in residing in the past, but more so looking toward the future.

This was one of several professional events the Women in Business Club hosts each semester. These gatherings hold the perfect opportunity to network, socialize and engage with amazing speakers from the community as well as within the school!