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2022 Eccles Gala brings the Eccles community together

2022-10-25T14:34:26-06:00October 25th, 2022|

Lights, camera, action! BLinc recently held its annual Eccles Gala. This event brought students, faculty, and alumni together to connect over dinner from Olive Garden and Thirst. There was also an opportunity drawing - Cotopaxi backpacks and two Amazon Echo Dots! We would like to recognize our traditions team who made Eccles Gala happen; Julie Paredes-Pozas (Director of Eccles Traditions), Sally Tran (Associate [...]

University breaks ground on new Impact and Prosperity Epicenter

2022-10-03T14:25:47-06:00September 16th, 2022|

The groundbreaking celebration of the new Impact and Prosperity Epicenter was an event befitting this exciting new campus landmark. Campus leaders including David Eccles School of Business Dean, Rachel Hayes, and University of Utah President, Taylor Randall, were joined by Epicenter anchor donors Bob and Lynette Gay and Jim and Krista Sorenson, to don hard hats, pick up shovels, and officially launch the university’s [...]

Ryan Smith shares success strategies at Convocation

2022-09-16T10:19:47-06:00September 16th, 2022|

The atmosphere at the David Eccles School of Business felt a little bit like game night at Vivint Arena last week as we welcomed Ryan Smith, founder and executive chairman of Qualtrics and owner of the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake, as keynote speaker for the 32nd Annual Spencer Fox Eccles Convocation. Smith started Qualtrics when he was a student at Brigham Young [...]

Celebrating 20 years of the Lassonde Entrepreneurship Institute

2022-05-10T09:05:50-06:00May 10th, 2022|

Twenty years ago, the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute opened at the University of Utah with a budget of $50,000 and a question: what would happen if students were given a space to create and collaborate across disciplines, degrees and interests? The answer, it turns out, is a lot. In the past 20 years, Lassonde has set the pace for entrepreneurship programs across the country, reaching [...]

Finance Department memorializes alum Keefer Babbitt

2022-04-21T11:37:56-06:00April 21st, 2022|

Professor of Finance and Director of the Advanced Financial Analysis Program Elizabeth Tashjian led a ceremony in the Jack & Jeanne Okland Trading Floor on April 5 to dedicate a special workspace in memory of Finance alum Keefer Babbitt. Babbitt, who passed away in January of 2021, earned his degree in Finance from the David Eccles School of Business in 2015. He was a [...]

5 lessons from First Ascent alumna Anfissa Silva Smith

2022-04-14T17:49:50-06:00April 14th, 2022|

The David Eccles School of Business recently invited alumna Anfissa Silva Smith, CPA and former Senior Audit Manager of KPMG, to speak to First Ascent Scholars as part of their Alumni Dinner. This annual event allows students, faculty, and mentors to connect over dinner and shared experiences. Silva Smith shared her international journey — from Italy to Brazil to Utah — as she [...]

Recent graduates named top 10 sales & marketers of the year

2022-02-10T11:48:27-07:00February 10th, 2022|

Hadlee Selman, who graduated with her Bachelor’s in Marketing in Spring 2020 and assumed a position on’s Paid Social Marketing Team after graduation, has recently been honored as one of the 10 Utah Business Sales & Marketers of the Year. The SAMY (Sales & Marketers of the Year) awards recognize professionals who have had a measurable impact on their company’s bottom line [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Celebrating our Honors Thesis graduates

2021-05-06T13:03:33-06:00May 5th, 2021|

The honors thesis is a significant undergraduate research project that serves as the culmination of a student’s honors experience. Though the project itself may take on many different forms, the purpose of the thesis is to advance knowledge and understanding and further develop a student’s intellectual, professional and personal growth. During a two-semester research and writing process, students work one-on-one with a faculty [...]

YESCO Presents historic First Security Bank sign to Lisa Eccles

2020-12-09T09:21:01-07:00December 9th, 2020|

“If this sign could only speak, I wonder what it would say,” remarked Lisa Eccles, President and Chief Operating Officer of the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, as members of the Young family, representing YESCO, presented her with a historic First Security Bank sign on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020.  In celebration of their milestone 100th anniversary, as well as the organization’s decades-long [...]

Celebrate Small Business Saturday with some of our alumni!

2020-11-30T09:17:55-07:00November 27th, 2020|

This year it is more important than ever that we shop small and support our alumni-owned small businesses! With each purchase you make from a small business, you help create a more vibrant community. Check out our 2020 Alumni Small Business Holiday gift guide to get some inspiration for your loved ones and make sure to head over to our @EcclesAlumni Instagram to let [...]

We’re thankful for our student and alumni Veterans!

2020-11-11T12:02:45-07:00November 11th, 2020|

Today we'd like to thank our Veterans for the sacrifices they have made to keep us safe and protect our freedoms. Within the Eccles community, we have students, staff, faculty, and alumni who have served in our nation's military. We are honored to know you and strive to live in a way that reflects our gratitude for all that you have done [...]

Joel Peterson headlines 30th Annual Spencer Fox Eccles Convocation

2020-09-23T10:47:50-06:00September 23rd, 2020|

How do you go from having an idea to running a profitable and enduring business? Joel Peterson spoke about how to accomplish this using the concepts from his new book Entrepreneurial Leadership at the 30th Annual Spencer Fox Eccles Convocation last Monday. Hosted by the David Eccles School of Business, Peterson had the opportunity to address a select group of students in-person with [...]

Eccles School faculty and staff embody #WeGiveWednesday

2020-09-22T16:15:01-06:00September 22nd, 2020|

Do you recognize any of these faces? Bet you do!  Many of you may have seen these individuals passionately lecturing in front of your class, leading your Zoom discussion, or even walking past you in the hallway. The generous donors highlighted today represent a small portion of the countless other Eccles faculty and staff members who give back to the students they educate. [...]

Navigating your way to valuable mentorships

2020-09-03T21:58:15-06:00September 3rd, 2020|

College is all about navigation – navigating classes, majors, future career paths, social life, and more independence. While your time in college is full of many wonderful and memorable experiences, we also know higher education is an investment, and we’re dedicated to providing the services you need to help navigate your path. Mentorships can be a key aspect of this. Good mentors can [...]

Resiliency becomes major theme of Doers Hired Summer Camp

2020-07-08T14:59:14-06:00July 8th, 2020|

Let’s face it, job searching is always a little overwhelming. Whether you just graduated from college or are looking to start a new job or career path, it can be stressful to constantly be on the job lookout. And, it adds another layer of stress when the economy takes a downturn, and job posts and industries begin to shrink. But in times of higher [...]

Students are creating a community for LGBTQ+ students, alumni, faculty, and staff

2020-06-30T13:41:01-06:00June 30th, 2020|

While this year’s Pride Month has looked a little different than in the past, there was still cause to celebrate this June. In a landmark civil right ruling, the Supreme Court voted to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace. This victory was a reminder that we’re headed in the right direction but that there is still work to be done. This [...]

How you can help support Eccles School alumni small businesses

2020-06-05T14:27:43-06:00June 5th, 2020|

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses of all sizes and industries worldwide, our country’s small businesses have been particularly affected. We’re highlighting some of our alumni-owned small businesses that could benefit from the Eccles School community support during this time. Whether that’s buying their products or services, sharing about their company on social media or utilizing their software for your own job or [...]

SMART Start alumni panel discusses six ways to build your network

2020-06-02T15:57:30-06:00June 3rd, 2020|

Now, more than ever, it’s important to have a strong network to utilize in your career and business. A recent article from TopResume showed that 60% of jobs are found through networking instead of online or recruiters. But how do you go about building a network? On May 19, 2020, the David Eccles Alumni Network and Business Career Services held their first-ever virtual SMART [...]

Remembering Robert H. Garff, Eccles School benefactor

2020-03-30T17:19:26-06:00March 30th, 2020|

The Eccles School community has lost a hero and a giant. Robert H. Garff, 77, passed away from coronavirus complications on Sunday, March 29. “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Bob Garff, who has had an incredible impact on education throughout the state,” said Taylor Randall, dean of the David Eccles School of Business. “He, like his father and many of his children [...]

12 Markets in 12 Months with an Eccles Alum

2020-04-15T12:21:14-06:00March 12th, 2020|

Eccles School alum Burton Flynn started his finance career as a humble business student working in the Student Investment Fund, an undergraduate investment experience in fund management. Now, as a CFA and managing partner at Terra Nova Capital, Evli Group, Flynn has graduated from the $700,000 SIF portfolio and manages the Evli Emerging Frontier Fund. Flynn and his colleague Ivan Nechunaev, appearing in the [...]

Three factors impacting outdoor industry business according to Eccles Alumni Forum panelists

2020-02-24T11:33:36-07:00February 24th, 2020|

It’s easy to forget about the business aspects of the outdoor industry when you’re skiing through fresh powder or mountain biking the scenic trails along the Wasatch. But behind the beauty and excitement lie ever-changing factors that are carefully calculated by industry professionals. The most recent Eccles Alumni Forum, Level Up Utah: Winning Business in Nature’s Playground, featured four outdoor industry titans who brought [...]

Alum DJ Joune talks passion, gratitude, and grit with First Ascent Scholars

2020-01-28T13:36:30-07:00January 28th, 2020|

Each year the David Eccles School of Business invites First Ascent scholars, faculty, and mentors to connect over dinner and listen to an alumni guest speaker. This year, DJ Joune, the official home DJ of the Utah Jazz, spoke at the event and shared how he lives a life of passion and service.  Joune began his inspirational talk with a snapshot of his [...]

Jay Barney to receive John Fayerweather Eminent Scholar Award

2020-02-07T09:43:45-07:00January 24th, 2020|

Eccles School professor Jay Barney has been selected to receive the 2020 John Fayerweather Eminent Scholar Award from the Fellows of the Academy of International Business, to be presented this July at the AIB annual conference in Miami. This is the most important award given by the AIB and is selected by a committee of Fellows. The award is unique, honoring scholars from outside [...]