Editor’s Notes: Summer 2015

Summer 2015 coverConvocation at the Marriott School is always marked by pomp and circumstance, proud parents, and beaming graduates. But this April’s ceremony was extra special.

Debbie Marriott Harrison, the global officer of culture and business councils at Marriott International, spoke to the school’s newest batch of grads about giving back. She traced Marriott’s success to a teacher who gave her grandfather J. Willard Marriott a job and an education. In that same spirit, the company continues to offer opportunities to others. Recently, the hospitality giant built the first Marriott hotel in Port au Prince, Haiti, providing jobs to a community still recovering from the 2010 earthquake. Harrison’s advice: “lift your family, your community, and your workplace with an attitude of . . . giving opportunities.”

Those words ring true for Wendy Smith, a 1992 MBA alum and this issue’s Leading Alum. As a Johnson & Johnson executive based in Singapore, Smith works tirelessly to provide opportunities for women in business. She personally supports the affinity groups Finance Women Leadership Initiative and the Women’s Leaders in Finance, including an Asia Pacific Chapter that she founded early last year. J&J’s global CFO was on hand to kick off the effort.

Additionally, this issue chronicles a fascinating new trend in “Back to the City.” When writer Holly Munson pitched me a story about companies moving from the suburban locales to urban spaces, I was incredulous. What about the sprawling corporate campuses that have become ubiquitous in recent decades? It turns out today’s firms are seeking innovation and millennials. And they’re finding both downtown.

Finally, we’ve packed in practical advice on helping your teen find the best summer job (spoiler: it’s being a summer camp counselor) and how to avoid identity theft. Last but not least, check out the 2014 Annual Report. It’s been a good year for the Marriott School, and the stats prove it.

The Summer 2015 issue of Marriott Alumni Magazine is now available at marriottmag.byu.edu.