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  • New program supports refugee students across University of Utah campus
    The plights of refugees have dominated the headlines. Images of families displaced from their homes or detained at airports have been all over newspapers and television. These images join pictures of people taking to the streets to protest the recently issued Executive Order banning refugees from entering the United States for several months. While the focus has been on those attempting to enter the U.S., it’s important to note the achievements of refugees already here in the United States. One program that helps refugees succeed is The Refugee Education Initiative, a program started by Utah real estate magnate Roger Boyer. The initiative offers holistic assistance to students with a refugee background. The program empowers students to earn a college degree that leads to a ... read more
  • Check out the latest issue of the Eccles Experience alumni magazine
    The Eccles Experience alumni magazine has just arrived. This issue’s theme is leadership, and the magazine is chock-full of great stories about research from our professors at the David Eccles School of Business, profiles of some of our amazing alumni and offers some insight into companies current students have started. Page through the issue below, and the full-screen option is great to check out this beautifully designed magazine! The post Check out the latest issue of the Eccles Experience alumni magazine appeared first on David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. ... read more
  • Check out the latest issue of the Eccles Experience magazine
    The Eccles Experience magazine has just arrived. This issue’s theme is leadership, and the magazine is chock-full of great stories about research from our professors at the David Eccles School of Business, profiles of some of our amazing alumni and insights into companies current students have started. Page through the issue below, and the full-screen option is great to check out this beautifully designed magazine! The post Check out the latest issue of the Eccles Experience magazine appeared first on David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. ... read more
  • Eccles School Week 2017
    Eccles School Week is an annual event held each spring that works to capture the momentum of the David Eccles School of Business. We honor the five values of the Eccles School that embrace the bright future of the school and its students, faculty, staff and alumni. During the week, we honor the tenets of innovation, transformation, scholarship, entrepreneurship and community. You can read all about these values here. During the week, which runs Feb. 13 through 17, students are invited to participate in myriad events that celebrate these values. On Monday, students recently accepted into upper division will meet with Dean Taylor Randall, learn about our core principles and receive their David Eccles Coin. In the lobby, students have the opportunity write a Valentine ... read more
  • Trio of MBA students win $30,000 in Adobe Analytics competition
    Three MBA students from the David Eccles School of Business won the Adobe Analytics Challenge, taking home the top prize of $30,000. The three-man Datalyzers team beat 167 teams from 77 schools in the challenge, which grew from 24 participating schools just last year. “Data analytics have become so important for every business, not only for the data science teams but for every person in an organization who touches data,” said Kevin Fu, public relations manager at Adobe. “We created this challenge to nurture the next generation of data talent.” Industry drivers have pushed the competition, Fu said, noting that Sony Playstation partnered with Adobe this year to provide students with a challenging customer question that delved into cross-channel insights across the Playstation app ... read more
  • 3 ways women can make informed decisions with their work-life balance
    On Oct. 4, students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the Fall Kick-Off event hosted by the Women in Business club and Alumni Relations. The keynote speaker was Natalie Gochnour, who currently serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business and is the director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah. There was a great turnout as there were over 100 attendees present to listen to Gochnour speak upon the topic of “Informed Decisions.” There were three main takeaways from her presentation: Find the ‘but’ in your life, and make peace with it It is important to accept that no one can do everything and to realize that balance is key. Gochnour attributed much of ... read more
  • Sorenson Impact Center featured in Forbes
    The Sorenson Impact Center is paving the way for groundbreaking programs in social impact financing. Forbes contributor Devin Thorpe took note and published this lead in his recent piece about how the David Eccles School of Business, the University of Utah and Salt Lake County at the forefront of this world changing program. It is almost as if the earth shifted a few degrees on its axis and no one noticed. The finance and nonprofit worlds have come together to create a financing model that literally allows investors to earn a positive financial return on programs that lead to reductions in homelessness–and no one seems to care. You can read Thorpe’s full piece here and you can learn more about the Pay for Success ... read more
  • Pima County and Sorenson Impact Center to Begin Implementing $1.3M Grant
    The Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business and Pima County, Ariz. today announced a groundbreaking effort to address the causes of homelessness in Pima County. Together, they are preparing to implement a $1.3 million federal “Pay for Success” (PFS) Supportive Housing Demonstration Grant, the first of its kind in Arizona. Funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and facilitated through a partnership between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the DOJ, the project’s primary goal is to enable chronically homeless people to find and maintain stable housing while being able to access wrap-around services. Together, the locally tailored stable housing and services will aim to reduce the burden on the criminal justice and ... read more
  • The Sorenson Impact Center and Social Finance Announce Pay for Success Competition
    The Sorenson Impact Center and Social Finance today launched a Pay for Success (PFS) competition with a geographical focus to develop PFS projects that expand high-impact social interventions to measurably improve the lives of those in need. The competition is supported through funding from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Pay for Success is an innovative public-private partnership model that combines nonprofit expertise, private funding and independent evaluation to transform how government leaders respond to chronic social problems. Through the PFS model, the government repays private investors only if the program meets predetermined outcomes. Independent evaluators measure the effects of a program based on specific metrics that benefit both individuals and society and generate value for ... read more
  • Business Ethics: Looking Beyond the Bottom Line
    Our very own Dr. Abe Bakhsheshy was featured in a Utah Business podcast talking about why being ethical in business is so important, how businesses can be ethical and make a profit at the same time, and what happens to companies and executives who conduct their business unethically. Check out the podcast below. UB Insider #23: Business Ethics: Looking Beyond the Bottom Line The post Business Ethics: Looking Beyond the Bottom Line appeared first on David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. ... read more
  • Why women CEOs get slammed while men get praised
    The San Francisco Chronicle looked at why women CEOs get more backlash than their male counterparts. Specifically, the paper looked at why Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer was heavily criticized for making moves similar to those made by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who was praised for his decisions. It’s a pretty clear-cut case of female CEOs being treated worse because of their gender, and there are few experts as well versed in studying that phenomenon than Lyda Bigelow, professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Eccles School. Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle article. And here’s the article Professor Bigelow co-authored – Skirting the Issues: Experimental Evidence of Gender Bias in IPO Prospectus Evaluations. The post Why women CEOs get slammed while men get praised ... read more
  • Sorenson Impact Center leads the way in impact investing education
    Impact investing is quickly becoming a major trend in both business and business education. Business schools like Harvard, Duke, and Wharton have recently added impact investing education to their curriculum. One of the major pioneers of impact investing was Jim Sorenson, the namesake of the Sorenson Impact Center which which was one of the first centers in the country fully devoted to impact investing and pay for success programs. Read a profile of the center and its founder at Next City. The post Sorenson Impact Center leads the way in impact investing education appeared first on David Eccles School of Business at The University of Utah. ... read more
  • David Eccles Awards: Carolyn Buma honored for Legacy
    Carolyn Buma is this year’s recipient of the David Eccles Award for Legacy. Carolyn serves as the Executive Director of Development and is responsible for cultivating and working with some the school’s most distinguished alumni. Carolyn has more than 20 years of development experience, and she has dedicated more than a decade of service to the David Eccles School of Business. She has helped changed the face of the school through her tireless work in helping to secure funding for the school’s Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, Lassonde Studios and the renovation of the of the Wall Mansion, formerly the LDS Business School on South Temple.  Year after year, she has secured millions of dollars in support for student scholarships, faculty awards and educational ... read more
  • Alumni Spotlight: Chase Norton Named Winner of UVEF 25
    Editor’s Note: This is an installment in the series called Young Alumni. The series spotlights recently graduated alumni who are starting careers and succeeding in the business world.  Salt Lake City, Utah – Chase Norton, Co-Founder of Artisan Hardware has been named the 1st place winner of the Utah Venture Entrepreneur Forum’s (UVEF) Utah Student 25 award for 2016. The Utah Student 25 is comprised of the top student businesses in the state of Utah each year.  Founders of student businesses are honored by the UVEF for achievements in their businesses and their contribution to the Utah economy. Artisan Hardware, founded in 2014, is a high-end sliding barn door and hardware company that has been Chase Norton’s passion for the past couple years.  He ... read more
  • Shanghai – Real Estate Around the World
    Editor’s note: Students in the MRED Program are traveling around the world – literally! Seven graduate students had the opportunity to travel west as part of an immersive study abroad class in summer 2016. Here is the first post from Bradon Welker, one of the students on the journey.  This morning, we woke up bright and early at 5 a.m. to go to Incheon Airport and catch our flight to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. On the flight over, we were accompanied by a large and lively Korean tour group. We enjoyed an in-flight meal of beef and mushrooms with rice. When we arrived at the airport, we proceeded through customs with some delay. The officials took our passports and went through them thoroughly, along ... read more