When Kaye Jorgensen started at O.C. Tanner in 1974 as a clerk making $2.97 an hour she had to promise to stay for at least two years if they gave her a job.
Kaye Jorgensen (Photo by Steve Eaton)
In March 2009, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business presented Jorgensen, who is now the senior vice president of human resources at O.C. Tanner, with a Professional Achievement Award. It wasn’t the first time people have recognized Jorgensen, who earned a bachelor’s degree in 1969 in secondary education at USU, for her achievements.
She was recognized with the Accolades to Utah Women of Achievement Award in 1998. She was selected by Utah Business Magazine as one of Utah's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2000. In 2003, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from USU. In 2006, she was honored by Utah Business Magazine as one of “30 Women to Watch in Business.”
Jorgensen, credited USU President Stan Albrecht and Dean Douglas D. Anderson, who were both at the Partners In Business luncheon where she was honored, for their leadership and vision. She said she had good memories of her time at USU.
“The four years I spent here were probably the greatest growth years of my life,” she said. “When I come back here and when I see what’s going on and when I see all of the students changing classes, I really feel like this is the future of our world and of our state.”
Jorgensen introduced coworkers she brought to the event with her and shared with the audience a statement about the company’s values. She read:
“At Tanner’s we appreciate people who believe we are bigger together than we are apart. Who work shoulder to shoulder even when they don’t see eye to eye. Who have great ideas, ingenious solutions and a collaborative spirit. Who stretch their talents and push their limits. Who understand that what clients really need is a good listening to. Who keep their promises, learn lessons, laugh, spread joy and create a sense of family. Who do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Who realize that ultimately we’re in the most important business of all; the business of valuing others.”