The recent Eccles Career Summit offered business students motivation and information to push forward toward their dreams. Students engaged directly with top experts on topics key to their success, gaining valuable and unique perspectives offered by the guest speakers. Check out the top five takeaways from the summit:

Keynote: Always be ready to fight one more round: Jackie Freiberg, author of NUTS: Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success.

  • Freiberg has been named one of the Top 30 Minds on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine and holds a Ph.D. in Leadership from the University of San Diego. She shared a deeply personal story about the powerful support her father provided her early in life, repeating his mantra:  “Rest if you must, but never, ever quit.” That advice helped her overcome obstacles like being told she was not a great writer. She went on to write six books. “Always be ready to fight one more round,” Freiberg urged students.

Students also had the chance to participate in four Ted-Talk style lightning rounds:

Doing Well by Doing Good: The Cotopaxi Story: Lindsey Kneuven, Chief Impact Officer at Cotopaxi

  •    Millenials have a growing desire to work for companies that are not only profit driven, but philanthropically inspired as well. Cotopaxi lives by the 1% pledge, which provides transparency to investors and employees regarding charitable works, engages supply chain to maximize positive social and environmental impact and leverages the power of teams through high-impact volunteerism.

Be Present and Purposeful: Mike Sharp, Co-Founder at Jive Communications

  •    Sharp warned students to avoid complacency and to keep a growth mindset throughout their careers. Choices will shape your future: it is easy to get in a rut, take things for granted, and let some things slide. By being an active, purposeful mindful participant — in both life and career — students can avoid these pitfalls. Sharp stressed the importance of continually learning. Raw intelligence does not necessarily correlate with positive outcomes. By keeping a growth mindset, one can continue to improve, develop and succeed.

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