Spring 2021 Lectures

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Class Introduction | Jan. 14
Tom Macdonald
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Basic Principles | Jan. 21
Matt Packard
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Leadership Principles Learned Along the Way | Jan. 28
Jacque Millard
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What Success Actually Looks Like | Feb. 4
Jeffrey Harmon
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Impact Capitalism | FEB. 11
Jim Sorenson
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Leadership Transitions | Feb. 18
Margo Georgiadis
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Meeting the China Challenge: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? | Feb. 25
Presidential lecture series
Graham Allison
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Got That Uneasy Feeling?... Try a Life Plan! | mar. 4
Tim Wright
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Risk, Reward, and Recognition: The Awardco Story | Mar. 18
Steve Sonnenburg
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How Your Analytical Work Can Change the Course of Business | Mar. 25
Richard D. Hanks
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Elevating Women in a World of Chutes and Ladders | Apr. 1
Patricia Jones
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Technology & Business - Age of Digital | Apr. 8
Barbara Woodbury Feeley
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Climbing the Mouuntain: Five Keys for Reaching the Top | APR. 15
Tim Layton
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Prioritizing and Balancing the Stakeholders | APR. 22
Len Williams

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Tom Macdonald
Assistant Dean for the Woodbury School of Business

Tom Macdonald is an Assistant Dean of the Woodbury School of Business. Mr. Macdonald has over 25 years’ experience in senior management including international, CEO and Board positions. He received the 2007 Businessman of the Year Award from the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Macdonald has served as a member of the Orem City Council since 2014 for the 2014-2018 term. He is a partner in several real estate projects; a former President / CEO of two Utah businesses; former VP International operations for a technology company and a personal care company; and a former Manager / CPA of Grant Thornton, an international CPA firm.

Mr. Macdonald is married to the former Kaye Mangum of Orem with 4 married children and 16 grand children.

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MAtt Packard
Chairman, Central Bank

Matt Packard served as the President & CEO for Central Bank and now serves as the Chairman.

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Jacque Millard

acque Millard is Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for Intermountain Healthcare.  Ms. Millard received her B.S. in Finance from Weber State University and her MBA from Westminster College.  She earned her Certified Cash Manager certification in 1994 and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999.

Ms. Millard joined Intermountain in 1993 and is currently responsible for investment portfolio management, oversight of external investment managers, all employee savings and pension investments as well as cash management for all Intermountain entities.  In this role, she reports regularly to the Investment Committee of the Board. Prior to joining Intermountain Healthcare, Ms. Millard worked for Workers Compensation Fund and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Utah where she was responsible for budgeting, treasury and investment management functions.  Ms. Millard has served on a variety of boards, including; Dignity Investment Committee, Westminster College Endowment Committee, Virginia Piper Foundation, FJM Mgmt., Healthcare Credit Union Board, and US Bank and Key Bank Advisory Committees.

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Jeffrey Harmon
Co-founder, VidAngel

Husband. Father. Co-founder of Harmon Brothers, VidAngel. Loves Jesus. Provo, UT.

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Jim Sorenson
President, Sorenson Impact Foundation

A world-renowned entrepreneur, business leader and societal innovator, James Lee Sorenson serves as chairman of the Sorenson Impact Foundation, which funds sustainable, scalable endeavors that maximize positive impact on the lives and societies they touch. Jim is also a founding partner of Catalyst Opportunity Funds, a double bottom-line private equity firm focused on transformative investments in high-potential but historically underserved US markets. Sorenson endowed the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah and is a member of the US Impact Investing Presidents Council and a member of the US National Advisory Board.

As an entrepreneur, Sorenson was instrumental in developing several new industry categories, including digital compression software that helped usher in the online multi-media revolution at Sorenson Media, and Video Relay Services that transformed the capabilities and opportunities for millions of deaf and hard of hearing individuals through Sorenson Communications.

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Margo Georgiadis
President and CEO, Ancestry.com

Margo Georgiadis is the President and CEO of Ancestry and also serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Bringing together content, science and technology, Ancestry is a human centered company with a mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives. For
more than 30 years, Ancestry's global market-leading family history and consumer genomics products have enabled customers to discover their family story and actionable health insights. Margo is dedicated to building and innovating meaningful personal discovery experiences that connect the world and empower customers to live better lives.

Prior to Ancestry, Margo served as CEO of Mattel, the global leader in play, learning and development. Previously, she spent eight years as the President of Americas at Google, overseeing commercial operations and advertising sales, and as the Vice President of Global Sales Operations. She has also held leadership roles as COO of Groupon, EVP of US Card Services and CMO of Discover Financial Services, and was a partner at McKinsey in London and Chicago.

Margo is a champion of organizations that inspire girls to pursue education and careers in STEM and advancing the next generation of women leaders. She has received multiple awards including the Forbes “Excellence Award in Innovation,” Chicago Innovation’s “Visionary Award”, the Eastman Medal from the University of Rochester, Executive of the Year in Utah, Trailblazer Award from Utah’s Women Tech Council, and was named to Crain’s “Most Powerful Women in Business” and Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” lists. Margo serves on the Board of Directors of McDonald’s Corporation, Handshake, Workboard, Rodan and Fields, Catalyst, and the Committee of 200. She earned a BA in Economics and an MBA from Harvard.

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Graham Allison
Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Harvard Kennedy School

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Graham Allison is the Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at Harvard University where he has taught for five decades.  Allison is a leading analyst of national security with special interests in nuclear weapons, Russia, China, and decision-making.  Allison was the “Founding Dean” of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and until 2017, served as Director of its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs which is ranked the “#1 University Affiliated Think Tank” in the world.  As Assistant Secretary of Defense in the first Clinton Administration, Dr. Allison received the Defense Department's highest civilian award, the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, for "reshaping relations with Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan to reduce the former Soviet nuclear arsenal." This resulted in the safe return of more than 12,000 tactical nuclear weapons from the former Soviet republics and the complete elimination of more than 4,000 strategic nuclear warheads previously targeted at the United States and left in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus when the Soviet Union disappeared.

As "Founding Dean" of the modern Kennedy School, under his leadership, from 1977 to 1989, a small, undefined program grew twenty-fold to become a major professional school of public policy and government.

As Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Clinton and Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, he has been a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Advisory Board for every Secretary from Weinberger to Mattis.  He has the sole distinction of having twice been awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal, first by Secretary Cap Weinberger and second by Secretary Bill Perry.   He has served on the Advisory Boards of the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and the Director of the CIA.

Dr. Allison’s latest book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? (2017), is a national and international bestseller.  His 2013 book, Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States and the World, has been a bestseller in the U.S. and abroad.  Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, now in its third printing, was selected by the New York Times as one of the "100 most notable books of 2004."  Dr. Allison's first book, Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis (1971), ranks among the all-time bestsellers with more than 500,000 copies in print.

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Tim Wright
President and co-founder, QuickQuack

Mr. Wright considers himself to be an ordinary guy that focuses his efforts on his written life plan.

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Steve Sonnenburg
President, Awardco

Co-founder and CEO of Awardco the fastest-growing company in Utah and a former UVU Grad.

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Richard D. Hanks
Managing Directory, Duff Capital

Richard Hanks is the managing director of Duff Capital.  He is an investor and advisor to both start-ups and established businesses.  He has served as a board director of numerous profit and non-profit companies and organizations.  Rich was a senior executive at several of the largest multi-national companies in the world and also a successful serial entrepreneur, being named Entrepreneur of the Year, raising $250 million in capital, personally building and selling two companies, and watching a third go down in flames.  His investing history includes numerous successful outcomes and exits, along with several spectacular “crash-and-burns.”

Rich is an in-demand public speaker, best-selling author, and well-regarded lecturer at many universities. He is a committed Christian, family man, and loves woodworking.  He adores his wife, loves his terrific children, and spoils his 11 grandchildren.

For more detailed information:
Please see Rich’s LinkedIn profile at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-d-hanks-37442/

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Patricia Jones
Dan Jones & Associates

The mission of the Women’s Leadership Institute is to elevate the stature of female leadership in the state of Utah. The organization was formed in January, 2015 through the visionary efforts of key business leaders to address Utah’s deficiencies in the presence of women at top levels of corporate and political leadership.
Jones was tapped as CEO because of her background and expertise in the business and political worldsas well as her ability to engage, collaborate and lead.
As co-founder and former President of Dan Jones & Associates, a successful public opinion and market research firm for 35 years, Jones helped lead and manage the company while serving on numerous community and company boards. Jones is an experienced and highly-regarded researcher, specializing in qualitative research, havin gconducted hundreds of focus groups throughout the country for a variety of industries since 1980.
Senator Jones served in the Utah Legislature for 14 years, serving in leadership positions 12 of those years. She was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 2000-2006 and was elected to the Utah Senate in 2006-2014, serving eight years there, including serving as the first female leader in either party and in either House. While in the Utah Legislature, Jones was a member of various committees, including Public Education, Higher Education, Health and Human Services, Judiciary, Economic Development, Law Enforcement, Government Operations and Executive Appropriations.
A University of Utah graduate in Communications (magna cum laude), Jones currently serves on the Utah Board of Higher Education, the Salt Lake Chamber Executive Board, Zions Bank AdvisoryBoard, Chair of Intermountain Healthcare Community Care Foundation, Dominion Energy Advisory Board, Chair of Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, Silicon Slopes Board, Chair of Mental Health Working Group for the Board of Regents, a Commissioner on the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education, Garff Foundation Success in Education Board, Utah Commission on Financial and Economic Education, and on the National Advisory Board of the University of Utah School of Dentistry.
Jones has served on the boards of United Way of Salt Lake, Zions Bank Women's Financial Group, Utah Symphony and Opera, St. Mark’s Hospital, Hale Centre Theatre, Columbus Community Center, University of Utah Alumni Association, Coalition for People with Disabilities, This is the Place State Park, Utah Commission on Aging, and the Coalition for the Understanding of Substance Abuse Disease.
Pat Jones’ interests are many, but she prefers to move rather than sit. She enjoys exercising, biking, skiing, playing pickle ball, tennis, watching sports (especially basketball and football), reading, politics, cooking, having fun with her children and grandchildren and traveling. Her least favorite thing to do is to wait in long lines.
Patricia was married to the late Dr. Dan E. Jones and has four children and 11 grandchildren.
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Barbara Woodbury Feeley
Director of Operations, Compass Outdoors

Barbara Feeley is a born and raised Utahn who grew up in Salt Lake City.  She chose to further her education at West Virginia University where she majored in Chemistry and met her husband Clint.  Barbara was a captain for the women’s rugby club at West Virginia University.  After college, she went on to win a Div-II Women’s Rugby National Championship with the Pittsburgh Angels.

In 2011, Barbara moved home to start a family and joined the Woodbury Corporation team.  She is currently the Director of Operations for Woodbury Corporation’s out-of-home advertising business Compass Outdoor.  Compass is the leading digital billboard operator in Utah.  Barbara has two amazing kids, loves the outdoors, and is a die-hard sports fan.

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Tim Layton
Founder and partner, Sorenson Capital Partners

Tim Layton is a co-founder and partner of Sorenson Capital a leading private equity firm in Utah, which has invented on over 60 technology, healthcare, and other growth companies. Tim’s focus has been primarily on supporting and improving the performance of the companies in Sorenson Capital’s portfolio. Tim recently returned from a three-year sabbatical during which he served as a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Tim’s has extensive experience in a wide range of businesses, including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, energy, aerospace, consumer products, business services, and franchising. He formed and led the firm’s Performance Group, a team of seasoned operating partners who have assisted management teams in improving performance. Prior to Sorenson, Tim was co-founder of Alpine Consolidated, an industry consolidation firm. Earlier, he served as CEO of Medeco Security Locks, the leading provider of ultra-high-security products to government and industry, and as vice president of strategic planning in a Fortune 500 Industrial company.

Tim holds an MBA from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science in statistics with a minor in economics also from BYU, where he graduated top of his class.

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Len Williams
President and CEO, Altabank TM

Len Williams brings over 40 years of commercial banking experience to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Altabank, the largest community bank in Utah, with over $3 Billion in assets.  

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