In the Atrium with Dale Tolley




MBA student Dale Tolley has a lot going on. Not only is he in the second year of the OBHR emphasis and prepping for a new job at Procter & Gamble, but he’s also juggling family, three jobs, and on the side, developing his Lego-building prowess and designing board games. Luckily for us, The Exchange got a few minutes with Tolley to talk BYU, board games, and balance.

What made you want to pursue an MBA?

I wanted to supercharge my career. I knew I wanted to be in leadership down the road, and you send an important signal when you get an advanced education. I wanted to dabble and diversify my MBA experience to not just be classroom learning, but a little bit of publication, and a little bit of service.

What do you enjoy about the MBA program at BYU?

The BYU MBA network is very strong. I didn’t want just business colleagues out of this program—I wanted friends, people I had a lot in common with, or at least with similar goals, life situations, and orientation toward family. I like this school because it nurtures your whole self. I really appreciate that I can bring my spiritual side to school as well as my ambitious side.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?

I’m pretty proud of being a globally published board-game designer. My game, Cheeseonomics, is published in twenty-four countries, sold 4,000 copies, and shows I’m a mini-entrepreneur. I love board games; I have since I was a kid. Designing a game is kind of a segue into HR, because I can write rules and policies really well, so that anybody who opens the box can understand how to play this game. Writing rules for a board game is not unlike predicting and managing behavior with policy with HR.

Besides designing board games, what are your hobbies?

I have a trifecta. Conventions, live concerts—I’m partial to modern British rock—and national parks. I love the outdoors. Also, I’m concurrently getting my Lego MBA (the Master Builder Academy) with my BYU MBA. Eventually, I want to build a large-scale model of the P&G headquarters. I’m not ashamed to embrace the things I loved about my childhood.