MBA Alum Jamie Shaw Circles the Globe

Jamie Shaw first caught the travel bug as an MBA student at the Marriott School. She had never left the country before but decided to participate in a new business study abroad program to several Asian countries. From the first stop, she was smitten.

“I decided then and there that I would work internationally,” Shaw says. “I didn’t know how, but I knew I had to make it happen.” The only problem was that Shaw’s future field of human resources isn’t exactly known for travel, especially internationally. But Shaw stuck with her goal and is now globe-trotting for most of the year. She has lived in Brazil, India, and Turkey over the last few years as part of her position at Event Knowledge Services (EKS).

After graduating with her MBA in 1998, Shaw worked for Verizon as a recruiting project specialist. A few years later, she joined the Salt Lake Winter Olympics Organizing Committee as manager of HR planning and operations, where she first became acquainted with her current employer. After a four-year stint as manager of HR business systems at Starbucks, Shaw joined Swiss-based EKS in 2006 as a senior consultant.

Her time now is split between trips around the world to manage event bids and act as a workforce consultant. Past clients include the New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Lexington 2010 World Equestrian Games, and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

When working on a bid, Shaw typically acts as project manager, a unique challenge due to the international nature of her work. “We come from several different countries, and almost all of us have different lengths of experience in a number of areas,” she says. “My job is to pull the team together and make sure the work is tracked and managed well.”

One of her most successful recent projects was the bid for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which involved living in the city and managing the technical details of the bid, with its dozens of writers and working parts.

“It was a very exciting project,” Shaw says. “I was living in a place I loved, and I was very passionate about Brazil and their chance to host the games. Being in Salt Lake showed me how much the Olympics changed the city, so it was an incredible experience to give that to another place I loved.”

When she isn’t racking up SkyMiles, Shaw sets her suitcases down in Draper, Utah. She enjoys photography and was recently named Southern Utah University’s Young Alumnus of the Year.

Check out the summer magazine’s class notes for more alumni stories and updates.