Noted author, co-founder of Franklin Covey to headline UVU’s annual Business & Economic Forum

University Marketing & Communications: Layton Shumway | 801-863-6863 |


Utah Valley University and the Woodbury School of Business will present the sixth annual Business and Economic Forum on Thursday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Sorensen Student Center on the University’s Orem Campus.

The public is invited to attend all sessions, including a morning keynote address by Hyrum Smith, the author of several nationally acclaimed books, including “The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management,” “What Matters Most,” and “The Modern Gladiator.” His most current work is “The 3Gaps: Are You Making a Difference?” He is the co-founder and former CEO of Franklin Covey and for three decades he has empowered people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives.

The lunch keynote speaker will be Dean Norman Wright of UVU’s Woodbury School of Business, who will speak on UVU’s growing emphasis on partnering with the business community.

The afternoon keynote speaker will be Merrilee Boyack, an estate-planning attorney, professional lecturer, and author who will speak about building strong alliances with customers, employees, and peers.

Breakout sessions will address topics such as collaborative approaches to estate planning, small business tax updates, a look at Trump’s tax plan, how-to’s for revenue growth, and other top-drawer topics.

Steve Hortin of the Hortin Group, an attendee since 2012, says as a certified public accountant, he finds that “live continuing education events are most valuable to my practice,” combining current information with networking. “The UVU Business and Economic Forum is by far the most valuable event for me due to the quality of the networking contacts and the quality of the presentations.”

There will be more than 20 exhibits, as well, hosted by sponsors and the university, covering a wide range of educational and professional services. There will be more two hours of exhibit time with expanded break times throughout the day and a catered lunch for registrants.

For additional information or to register, visit Registration prices vary, and UVU alumni qualify for a discount. Most workshops provide continuing education credit.

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