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What is Juneteenth? Emancipation, celebration, and reflection

2022-06-10T10:56:32-06:00June 10th, 2022|

Are you wondering why your classes are canceled on Monday, June 20, 2022? Juneteenth, which many people refer to as Freedom Day, is a new federal holiday that celebrates the freedom of those who were enslaved. Juneteenth is a day of emancipation, celebration, and reflection. What is Juneteenth? In the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, Abraham Lincoln ordered that all slaves were to be [...]

Amplifying Marginalized Voices: Steps Toward Allyship

2022-05-25T15:52:01-06:00May 25th, 2022|

Allyship is a term that sprung up within the last decade, a popular discussion topic within social justice spaces over the last couple of years. The definition of allyship is the act of a person of privilege standing in solidarity with marginalized communities to support ongoing efforts against systems of oppression. Allyship has a large role in creating an equitable environment and community. [...]

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 [...]

Amplifying Marginalized Voices: Why It Matters

2022-03-29T14:48:14-06:00March 29th, 2022|

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in the blog series Amplifying Marginalized Voices, which aims to provide space for voices from marginalized backgrounds and inform readers about the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our lives. Have you ever felt discredited or wrongfully invalidated within a group? Well, according to a recent study, this behavior is not uncommon. [...]

Opportunity Scholars gather for annual leadership retreat

2021-11-15T08:15:44-07:00November 15th, 2021|

Over Fall Break, Opportunity Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business gathered at the Zion Ponderosa and Ranch Resort for a weekend leadership retreat. During this annual event, students have the opportunity to explore their potential, strengthen their leadership skills, build community, and recharge as they focus on their academic path. Reflecting this year's theme, Looking Back and Moving Forward, Latu Kinikini, [...]

Student club spotlight: Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

2021-09-27T10:14:27-06:00September 27th, 2021|

The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) was the first national organization focused on the development of Latino professionals and continues to provide men and women with opportunities for internships and jobs at the largest companies around the world. Their mission is “to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

Opportunity Scholars honors and celebrates graduates

2021-05-04T12:17:22-06:00May 4th, 2021|

Last week, the Opportunity Scholars program honored their 2020-21 graduates with a virtual Luau. The event gave students a chance to celebrate this important accomplishment with their families, faculty, staff, fellow students, and donors. The evening started with a welcome from program leaders Richard Kaufusi and Latu Kinikini, and a dance performance from student ambassador Haylie Heale. Graduates then spoke to those who [...]

Want to be a LGBTQ+ advocate? These 4 tips will help

2021-04-27T13:31:51-06:00April 27th, 2021|

On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, the Out for Business (O4B) student organization, in partnership with the Eccles Alumni Team, hosted a panel of experts for "LGBTQ+ Advocacy: Becoming the Advocate You Were Born to Be." Below, student Brian Pham, Executive Director, O4B, takes us through major takeaways from this extraordinary discussion. Watch the full discussion on YouTube here. On April 14, we sat [...]

Congratulations to the winners of the Real Women Run case competition!

2021-04-20T14:09:11-06:00April 20th, 2021|

The Goff Strategic Leadership Center at the David Eccles School of Business, in conjunction with Real Women Run at the YWCA and the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, hosted a competition that challenged students to develop ideas, strategies, and programs that would help increase the number and diversity of women running for office in Utah. Student teams developed and proposed [...]

Finding community, developing professionally with Women in Business

2021-03-30T17:43:47-06:00March 30th, 2021|

I remember my first day of classes at the David Eccles School of Business. I walked in the SFEBB 20 minutes before my first class and saw the promised table of bagels. There were dozens of students standing around with their fresh backpacks and bagels in hand, yet the space was eerily quiet. I guess we were all freshmen. Beginning college is a [...]

Black History Month: Brenda J. Lauderback

2021-02-25T11:17:34-07:00February 25th, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Brenda J. Lauderback currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Denny’s, Inc., the largest family dining restaurant with more than $2 billion in annual sales. Lauderback began her career at Gimbels [...]

Congrats to the Inclusion & Business Strategy Case Competition winners

2021-02-19T10:30:43-07:00February 19th, 2021|

The Inclusion & Business Strategy Case Competition rounded out Eccles Inclusion Week on Feb. 5. Dozens of students competed in teams to solve a variety of real, complex business challenges. The case competition, sponsored by Dominion Energy, Wild Utah Project, the Goff Strategic Leadership Center, and the David Eccles School of Business Office for Student Inclusion, demonstrated the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion [...]

The Eccles School celebrates its annual Inclusion Week

2021-03-03T10:03:23-07:00February 18th, 2021|

The David Eccles School of Business recently hosted our annual Eccles Inclusion Week aimed at celebrating our diverse community and strengthen the inclusive culture at the Eccles School. This year’s theme “Rise Up: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity,” sought to demonstrate our renewed commitment to take action to fight inequity, both now and going forward.  The week featured a wide variety of guest [...]

Black History Month: Ash Cash Exantus

2021-02-18T09:59:08-07:00February 18th, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Ash Cash Exantus was raised in a single-parent home in a public housing development in Harlem, New York City. He always had an entrepreneurial mindset, bagging groceries at the grocery store at age [...]

Black History Month: Mahisha Dellinger

2021-02-16T19:15:15-07:00February 16th, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Mahisha Dellinger grew up in a public housing project in Sacramento, California, with her single mother. It was there she witnessed how a community and its closeness can really impact a child’s upbringing. [...]

Black History Month: Jon Platt

2021-02-11T12:23:54-07:00February 11th, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Jon Platt is the current Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the largest music publisher in the world. After being appointed to the position in April of 2019, he emphasized the importance [...]

Black History Month: Monique Idlett-Mosley

2021-02-09T12:01:57-07:00February 9th, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Monique Idlett-Mosley is a powerhouse within the entertainment industry. She served as the CEO of Mosley Brands and Mosley Music Group for more than 14 years, working with several iconic artists throughout her [...]

Black History Month: Marvin R. Ellison

2021-02-04T13:07:10-07:00February 4th, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Marvin R. Ellison has more than 30 years of executive experience within the retail industry. Since July 2018, he has served as the CEO of Lowe’s Companies, Inc. He also has served as [...]

Black History Month: Michelle Love-Day

2021-02-01T17:12:46-07:00February 1st, 2021|

Editor’s Note: The David Eccles School of Business is celebrating Black History Month by sharing the successes of Black business leaders who have made big impacts in the business world. Michelle Love-Day has been an impactful educator for the past 18 years. In her work, she has strived to create a schooling environment that is student-focused, equitable, and a place where students know [...]