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Opportunity Scholars reflect on their recent service with the Utah Food Bank

2021-07-30T14:00:52-06:00July 30th, 2021|

The Opportunity Scholars Program is synonymous with service. Each semester, students come together to serve and support the community. Over the last year, they helped at the St. Vincent Dining Hall, Welfare Square Cannery (300+ hours of service in one day!), and the Utah Food Bank where they packed and distributed food to the local community. Below students reflect on what volunteering with [...]

Confidence, Credibility, & Strategic Leadership

2021-07-29T12:33:33-06:00July 29th, 2021|

The Goff Strategic Leadership Center theorizes that successful strategic leaders demonstrate skills across six specific dimensions (what we refer to as the Six Principles of Strategic Leadership). This model of leadership indicates that competence in these six areas contributes to high levels of individual, team, and organizational success. Research conducted by faculty at the University of Utah provides insights into each of these principles, and describes specific strategies for how leaders [...]

Hey U Podcast sits down with DPS Skis & Snowbird

2021-07-27T16:59:47-06:00July 27th, 2021|

Powder hounds! Do you ever wonder how the ski industry persuades consumers like you to choose their products and shred their slopes? Answers abound in the newest episode of the Hey U podcast, where Dan Pizza, Director of Marketing and Creative at DPS Skis, and Tess Hobbs, Director of Marketing at Snowbird, sit down with Eccles School students Whitney Hessler, Christian Carabajal, and [...]

Fintech booming in Utah with help from the Utah Center for Financial Services

2021-07-26T16:17:57-06:00July 22nd, 2021|

This past year has been an enormous one for FinTech in Utah Valley. Galileo, Finicity, Acima, and Divvy all have been acquired for roughly $6 billion. Fintech and tech companies as a whole are increasingly choosing Utah and Salt Lake City specifically as the basecamp to establish their operations. The Utah Center for Financial Services (UCFS) was recently featured in an article about financial [...]

Arthur Brief named 2021 Distinguished Educator by Academy of Management

2021-07-16T14:00:46-06:00July 16th, 2021|

Congratulations to Arthur Brief, who has been named the 2021 Distinguished Educator by the Academy of Management. Brief is the George S. Eccles Chair in Business Ethics and Presidential Professor Emeritus at the Eccles School. "The committee found especially noteworthy your attention to, mentorship, and intellectual development of a great number of graduate students and junior faculty (at your institution or elsewhere!) who have [...]

New DAs decrease police violence, new study shows

2021-07-16T13:34:32-06:00July 16th, 2021|

When a new district attorney takes office, police kill fewer people, according to a new study from Allison Stashko, an assistant professor in the Business Economics Group. "Deaths decline no matter what the new prosecutor’s political party or policy platform might be," Stashko writes. "During that time, we find no changes in arrest rates or assaults on police officers. That suggests that officers can [...]

Utah Business: 3 businesses launched at Lassonde still thriving

2021-06-28T12:41:27-06:00June 28th, 2021|

Utah Business magazine recently highlighted three successful companies that launched with the support of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and are still thriving today. The leaders of the companies, Neighbor, a peer-to-peer storage platform, Blerp, an app that allows users to share audio clips, and Thirst, a shop that specializes in drinks and treats, shared with Utah Business what has led to their success, including [...]

Howard students network with Black business leaders at U alum’s home

2021-06-28T12:21:29-06:00June 28th, 2021|

On May 14, I along with 15 other students from Howard University, made the journey to Salt Lake City, Utah to start a summer program sponsored by a Howard University and David Eccles School of Business partnership. Every Saturday since then, I have been helping to plan fun events for us to attend. This partnership was designed to give Howard students a unique [...]

Melting in the heat? Four places to check out and cool off

2021-06-23T14:09:13-06:00June 23rd, 2021|

As we dive deeper into the summer months, sometimes those beautiful, sunny days can be just a little too hot for any kind of comfort. You know, those days when sunscreen doesn’t seem to block any of those harsh rays? If you’re looking for things to do instead of cranking up your AC, you’re in the right place. Here are four things to [...]

University Prison Education Project book drive

2021-06-23T14:03:32-06:00June 23rd, 2021|

The University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP) is an incredible program that provides on-site higher education programming to incarcerated students at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. As a program committed to educational equity, UPEP is committed to providing courses at no cost to its students and relies on donations and volunteers from the Utah community. UPEP is dedicated to social [...]

Amplifying voices benefits everyone, including underrepresented voices

2021-06-17T15:35:10-06:00June 17th, 2021|

It often seems like team meetings result in some voices being heard, while others are completely overlooked. Similarly, sometimes credit is misassigned to someone who didn't actually offer up the idea. The phenomenon is a concern to many, and particularly women and people of color. However, the use of amplification, publicly endorsing someone's idea while giving credit to that person, can give underrepresented voices [...]

The case for a culture of experimentation in business schools

2021-06-16T15:56:40-06:00June 16th, 2021|

The scientific method is no longer the sole domain of scientists, and business schools need to train students to embrace a spirit of experimentation. That's the premise set forth in a new article from the Harvard Business Review co-authored by the Eccles School's Elizabeth Tenney, assistant professor of Management; Elaine Costa, Management Ph.D. student; and Ruchi Watson, assistant professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy and [...]

5 top summer eats in Salt Lake City

2021-06-15T11:03:39-06:00June 15th, 2021|

Looking to diversify your flavor palate? Here are five places for summer eats to try in Salt Lake City. 1) Pretty Bird If you like chicken, you’re in for a treat. Pretty Bird, located in Salt Lake City just southeast of the Eccles Theatre, is what I like to call a gourmet Chick-fil-A. Topped with pickles, slaw, and their own Prettybird Sauce, their [...]

Earn great pay and over $5K in tuition assistance with Education at Work

2021-06-11T18:29:12-06:00June 11th, 2021|

Work hard, play hard this summer — you deserve it after a year of virtual learning! Education at Work (EAW) is currently offering any student who joins this summer the opportunity to make an additional $1 per hour on top of their regular hourly wage until the fall semester plus $5,250 per year in tuition assistance. Apply now and heat up the summer with [...]

Ivory Innovations names 2021 Construction and Design winners

2021-06-08T15:18:08-06:00June 8th, 2021|

Ivory Innovations, an initiative of the David Eccles School of Business, recently gave out its third round of Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability awards in the Innovations in Construction and Design category. The category honors groups that "are pioneering new material applications and construction methods that are more efficient, scalable, and importantly, more sustainable, resulting in greater affordability," according to the Ivory Prize site. [...]

Celebrate Pride with the David Eccles School of Business

2021-06-08T09:46:56-06:00June 8th, 2021|

Rainbows are popping up all over for Pride month, and while campus is a bit quiet for the summer, the David Eccles School of Business still has some ways to celebrate. For students, there is Out for Business, a professional development and community outreach group that develops relationships, resources, and education among faculty, staff, students, and companies for the benefit of LGBTQ+ business students. [...]

Diving into Divvy: The Hey U podcast highlights a rapidly growing fintech

2021-06-07T19:14:37-06:00June 7th, 2021|

Did you know that Divvy saw 120% customer growth and more than 100% growth in platform spend last year? In the newest episode of “Hey U,” Eccles students Whitney Hessler and Christian Carabajal, and MaryAnne Hafen, Business Career Ambassador Program Manager, sit down with Woody Klemetson, VP of Sales for Divvy, a Utah-based company whose aim is to eliminate the expense report. Klemetson [...]

Five inspirational quotes from the Sorenson Impact Summit

2021-06-07T17:24:35-06:00June 7th, 2021|

The seventh annual Sorenson Impact Summit with SOCAP Global took place May 25 through May 27. The summit featured three days of inspirational conversations around innovations in impact investing, building equitable entrepreneur ecosystems, the future of higher education, and using data to drive impact. This year, the summit gathered virtually, with the objective of delivering a more inclusive and accessible summit. For three days, [...]

Understanding COVID-19: Research during a crisis

2021-06-07T17:06:24-06:00June 7th, 2021|

On Friday, June 2, University of Utah experts and health researchers came together to discuss how scientists and others mobilized to learn more about COVID-19 and to combat the epidemic. University of Utah scientists discussed their research and addressed the numerous unanswered questions emerging from the COVID-19 crisis. Two of the experts who spoke during the event were Taylor Randall, dean of the David [...]

Nature’s Sunshine announces scholarship fund for diverse Eccles students

2021-06-01T15:40:31-06:00June 2nd, 2021|

Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: NATR), a leading natural health and wellness company that manufactures high quality herbal and nutritional products, announced the creation of a new scholarship in partnership with the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah to support diverse students in their education. The company has pledged $200,000 over four years, and the Eccles School will match 50%, for [...]

Here’s why data and dialogue are key to improving equity, diversity and inclusion

2021-06-01T14:42:17-06:00June 1st, 2021|

Ninety minutes. That’s all it took. I gained a deeper understanding of how data informs an elected official’s thought process regarding racial and ethnic disparities in Utah. He, in turn, reviewed the data and considered how he might incorporate this data into policymaking. Both of us acknowledged the importance of the issue, need for increased opportunities and inherent strengths that can help Utah improve. [...]

Sorenson Impact University Venture Fund Closes Blackrock Neurotech $10M Financing Round

2021-05-26T09:49:54-06:00May 26th, 2021|

University Venture Fund II has joined lead investor Christian Angermayer’s re.Mind Capital, an SPV sponsored by Peter Thiel, German entrepreneur Tim Sievers, and with investment advice from local investor LDD (Lead Dog Development) in closing a $10 million financing round for Blackrock Neurotech, the world’s leading platform for brain-computer interface (BCI) technology and manufacturing. “The impact Blackrock is making through BCI technology is transformative,” [...]

Phi Beta Lambda shines at the State 2021 Awards of Excellence competition

2021-05-25T18:04:46-06:00May 25th, 2021|

Members of the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) club rocked the State Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) 2021 Awards of Excellence! Eccles students went up against other Utah college students to test their business knowledge and skills. They will now move on to compete at the National Leadership Conference this summer. “These awards are important because they represent our chapter members' excellent professional and business [...]

3 tips for Summer Semester success

2021-05-19T12:44:42-06:00May 19th, 2021|

Balancing school and life is never an easy task to begin with, but throwing summer into the mix can make it even more tempting to skip class and go do something with friends. Although it may be more difficult to balance than Fall or Spring Semesters, it is doable. Here are three tips for making sure that you don’t miss lake day with [...]