Chris Conard

Director, Full-Time MBA

Executive Education, Full-Time MBA


Chris is committed to meaningful outcomes for students through education. He is the Director of the Full-Time MBA program of the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah. He is driven by the vision of contributing to an inclusive and ethical future of business leadership.

Prior to joining the David Eccles School of Business, Chris founded Playworks Utah, a social impact organization leveraging the power of play to drive student growth and academic outcomes. His ability to think strategically, empower his team, and deliver strong outcomes resulted in a period of high growth (20X market growth and 6X total revenue growth). He was recognized for his achievements with EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2019.

Chris volunteers in his community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of Utah, where he is currently the Chair of the Philanthropy Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Voices for Utah Children, where he is currently the Past-Chair.

Chris received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Religion From Truman State University, a Master’s degree in Asian and Comparative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is an alumni of the University of Utah’s Executive MBA program.

Chris is a lover of live music, the outdoors, running, snowboarding & skiing, and can be found exploring the Wasatch Front with his wife and two children.

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Honors & Awards
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (EY) – Utah Region, Finalist – 2017, 2018, Winner – 2019
  • Forty Under 40, Utah Business Magazine, February 2018
  • Enlightened 50, Community Foundation of Utah, 2014