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Company Executives Impressed By UVU Business Students, Give Them A Nod In Forbes Magazine

25 April 2013 One Comment

April 25, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert

Written by: Mike Rigert

A software company executive who recently presented a lecture to students in a Woodbury School of Business senior-level management class came away so impressed with the undergraduates that she and her the company’s CEO mentioned them in a recent article published in Forbes magazine.

Mary Michelle Scott, president of Orem-based Fishbowl Inventory, Inc., spoke with and mentored students on April 9 in Leialoha Pakalani’s Management 3890 Career Preparation course that gives students job search and career strategies. On April 18, an article by Scott’s colleague, David Williams, CEO of Fishbowl Inventory, with Scott as a co-contributor was published in Forbes magazine about what women want from their careers. The UVU students’ spirit of inclusiveness and community involvement were noted in the story’s subsection What is best for our Company, Community and Customers?

Under the header “Work includes Community,” Williams wrote, “One of our greatest joys in life is helping others to achieve their dreams. Mary and I both routinely volunteer to help students at Utah Valley University as they near graduation. We see faces filled with hope and hearts on fire with the promise of the life that awaits them. We don’t see a divide between men and women, rich/poor, beautiful or plain. We see hope, possibility, and we see our future. Men and women working together, dedicated and focused and creating the next generation of products and services. They are kinder to one another, the environment and the world as a whole.” A photo of students and Scott accompanies the piece, at  forbes.com/sites/davidkwilliams/2013/04/18/new-linkedin-research-what-women-really-want-from-work.

Hayley Martin, a senior business management major from Delta, Utah, in Pakalani’s course said it was clear from Scott’s lecture that she was interested in helping the students and in their ultimate success in their business pursuits.

“Mary talked a lot about passion and how she has kind of used that in her background in technology,” Martin said. “It’s kind of amazing that we’re not even graduated from UVU and we’ve already been mentioned in Forbes magazine. It shows the caliber of student that UVU is turning out and graduating. I think it also shows how determined Lei is to share with students. She has sacrificed a lot for our class.”

According to Scott, the Forbes article trended as one of the most read article on Forbes.com and LinkedIn over the April 19 weekend. From her experience as a guest lecturer at UVU for the last eight years, Scott said Pakalani’s experience, energy and dedication are critical to her students’ enthusiasm and can-do attitude in the class.

“No one has ever inspired me like Lei. She gives her all and then some. She is a rare and welcomed addition to Utah Valley,” Scott said.

This is the second time in less than eight months that UVU Woodbury School of Business students have been spotlighted in Forbes magazine. Dallas Robinson was named one of nine 2012 Forbes All-Star Entrepreneurs in the September 2012 issue of the magazine, which featured entrepreneurs from institutions such as Yale and Harvard. Robinson, while still a full-time student at UVU, started a unique lip balm company, Kisstixx, and gained the support of billionaire investor and business mogul Mark Cuban on the ABC television program “Shark Tank.”

Pakalani said bringing seasoned business executives in to advise and mentor her students provides the soon-to-be-graduates with a vibrant and valuable experience that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get.

“I’ve invited Mary to speak every semester as the last hurrah before graduation,” Pakalani said. “As significant as Mary and David’s careers, awards and accolades have been, or as stellar as their contributions to UVU, to Utah business and technology, it is very clear they are genuinely interested and invested in our students’ success because they give so freely of their time, meaningful mentoring and relevant counsel.”


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One Comment »

  • Mark Bechtholt said:

    I am really impressed with the strides that Utah Valley University have made to improve their educational standards. While moving from a two year college to a four year university they have really bolstered their academics in only a few years. I work with business professional who have graduated from the Woodbury School of Business and they have been a delight to work with. With exposure in Forbes and moving into a more notable athletic conference in the WAC, I think the exposure of the school will continue to grow as it becomes an academic powerhouse in the Mid-West.

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