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Where People Connect

November 05, 2021 01:57 PM
If there were a poster child for the importance of developing relationships—real relationships—throughout your career, Amy Sawaya Hunter would be it. Developing relationships is her gift. Hunter is genuine, articulate, and sincere, with a smile in her voice. It’s hard not to feel valued when speaking with her, and she knows exactly what she is talking about.
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Partnering with Paige

July 07, 2021 10:20 AM
Instinctively, Paige Goepfert is definitely organized—but she’s so much more.
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Weightier Matters

February 23, 2021 10:53 AM
Eric Weight’s alarm clock rang at 6 a.m. every morning, no matter the weather, no matter the month, no matter the holiday. On his front porch sat copies of the Salt Lake Tribune, ready for distribution in his Provo neighborhood. Weight, a trusty thirteen-year-old paper carrier, was responsible for delivering them.
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A Blend Of Both

November 04, 2020 10:45 AM
America’s Founding Fathers may have been an inspired bunch who forever changed the world, but they definitely aren’t known for diversity: half of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, and all were white and male, with an average age of forty-four.
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The Game Changer

July 14, 2020 12:01 PM
It’s possible that Clarke Miyasaki’s success can be traced back to the card game Uno. But not just your basic game of Uno. It was Killer Uno, a twist on the classic game that he played nightly with his family growing up in Sugar City, Idaho. An added element? The loser was in charge of cleaning up after family dinner.
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Good Scents

February 26, 2020 01:57 PM
When Kara Norman Chatterton was young, her BYU alumni parents took her and her five siblings on a pilgrimage to Provo from Idaho every other year or so. During many a stroll across campus, her mom and dad extolled the virtues of a BYU education—while driving the message home with sweet incentives.
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Everyone's Home Teacher

November 20, 2019 09:00 AM
Michelle Rhodes had been a widow for about eighteen months when she joined a Facebook group for Latter-day Saint widows and widowers that several people had suggested she join. Within days, one individual out of the five thousand members in the group caught her attention.
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Limitless

July 29, 2019 03:52 PM
Stephanie Crook was close to her breaking point. Pregnant with her fourth child and traveling frequently for work, she felt that things were slipping. An overachiever from childhood, Crook set high expectations for herself: she had finished her undergraduate degree in three years, earned her master’s in organizational behavior, and immediately started climbing the corporate ladder at Intel.
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For the Love of the Sport

March 01, 2019 07:53 AM
Paris Fashion Week isn’t really Michael Hansen’s scene. He’s a sports-arena guy, feeling more in his element at a Final Four basketball game or a French Open tennis match. But last fall, Hansen’s work in sports marketing at Nike took him to Paris, where he found himself backstage at a fashion show that included Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, wondering at the abstract high fashion of the runway.
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Only in New York

October 22, 2018 03:17 PM
The day Brian Carini’s first child, Isabella, was born, Carini emerged from the hospital in the early morning after being by his wife’s side throughout the night. His wife, Kiasa, had urged him to go eat breakfast, so after making sure mother and baby were fine, Carini ducked outside to grab a quick bite to eat.
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A Good Man

July 03, 2018 04:16 PM
When Hani Almadhoun returned to Provo in February, he had a handful of items on his must-do list. First, take his wife and two young daughters to the BYU Creamery for a Raspberries & Cream Cheese ice-cream cone. (“That’s really the whole reason we came,” he says, only half joking.) Second, speak to students at the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies as a way to give back for the experiences he had as a student. And third, attend Jumu’ah, the Muslim traditional Friday prayer, held weekly in a corner room on the second floor of the Wilkinson Center. Almadhoun explains, “I joined a small group of Muslim BYU students every Friday when I was going to school—I couldn’t miss that.”
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Empower Up

March 27, 2018 01:30 PM
Making use of her well-honed business chops, this 1976 BYU Marriott grad has spent retirement focused on improving her community—one creative solution at a time.
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Outside Chance

November 29, 2017 01:35 PM
Jackson, Wyoming—the gateway to the grand Tetons—is almost always bustling. Snow-capped peaks and expansive horizons draw crowds to this tiny outpost in the American west. each summer, outdoor thrill-seekers and hard-core hikers, city slickers and self-proclaimed gastronomes descend on the town to soak up the views, savor the latest cuisine, and, of course, pull on some cowboy boots.
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Pressing Toward the Goal

May 11, 2017 02:33 PM
Jennifer Rockwood stepped onto BYU’s South Field and gazed numbly across the green turf. “What have I gotten myself into?” she recalls thinking. “Can I really do this?” Her years of experience playing and coaching soccer—including six years at the helm of the BYU Women’s Soccer club team—suddenly seemed insignificant beside the challenge that lay ahead.
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Roadside Attraction

June 03, 2016 01:57 PM
As hand-cut steaks sizzle on the grill, Trevor Mecham is up to his elbows in a pile of sweet potato fries. In the oven a sheet of enormous cinnamon rolls–each roughly the size of a dinner plate–awaits a schmear of sugary-sweet frosting. The spiced aroma temps guests of the Tamarisk Restaurant. Mostly road-trippers, ordering hearty meals under a glowing sign that spells out the diner’s ethos: rural & proud.
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