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 University’s Marriott School of Management, and has grown the Provo-based company from a basement start-up to one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the world. Smith is also the co-founder of 5 for the Fight, a crowdfunding campaign with the goal of eradicating cancer. In 2020, he and his wife, Ashley, purchased the NBA’s Utah Jazz, and two