Focused Fridays

sharpen. explore. aspire.

Fridays at the Huntsman School are dedicated to accelerating careers, whether through workshops on resume writing and interview prep, or listening to professionals from different industries discuss career opportunities, or the chance to rub elbows with executives through our unique Leadership Forum series.

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Check out our past Focused Friday activities to watch recorded presentations and workshops!

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Friday, March 5, 2021

Backpack to Briefcase: Cover Letters 101

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
A cover letter is a powerful way to demonstrate your written communication skills, and showcase information you could not explain in your resume. Though not all employers require cover letters, many still consider it essential to filter potential candidates. Join Erica Wallace, Talent Acquisition Manager, with Strata Fund Solutions to answer your questions and more! Erica is dynamic, experienced, and will leave you feeling confident about writing your cover letters.


Friday, March 5, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Lisa Jackson

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Since 2013, Lisa P. Jackson has been running Apple’s environmental and social policy efforts. As former US EPA Administrator in the Obama Administration and now Apple VP, find out what drives Jackson to use her leadership and expertise to tackle inequality and create opportunities for every American to have an equal shot at prosperity, success, and health.

Lisa Jackson

Friday, March 5, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: David Marquet

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Aboard the USS Sante Fe, Captain David Marquet realized that the traditional leader-follower environment meant his crew would do anything he said—even if it was wrong. That could be catastrophic. He decided to try Intent-Based Leadership, and he began treating his crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. Santa Fe went from “worst to first,” achieving the highest recognition in the Navy. When Stephen R. Covey spent time aboard the Santa Fe, he referred to it as the most empowering organization he’d ever seen. Hear how Captain Marquet continues to build environments where everyone is a leader.

David Marquet

Friday, March 5, 2021

Leadership Forum: Derek White

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Hear from Derek White, VP of Global Financial Services Solutions at Google. Derek has been in the financial services technology industry for over 20 years, leading teams at Barclays, BBVA and US Bank before joining Google.

Derek White

Friday, March 5, 2021

Backpack to Briefcase: Developing Professional Mentors

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. | YouTube Livestream
Professional mentors and networking can help you go further than you could go on your own, but how do we go about developing those relationships? Join Chris Bingham from Advanced Bionics to learn where to look for professional mentors and how to establish these essential relationships throughout your career.

Christopher Bingham

Friday, March 19, 2021

Backpack to Briefcase: Grad School: Now or Later?

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Join our virtual panel: “Grad School: Now or Later?” It will feature professionals and students at many different stages currently attending or graduated from a variety of graduate programs. You’ll hear about their thought process before, during, and after their graduate school experience. This panel will provide you with better insight and ideas to inform your own decisions about graduate school. 

Panelists include:
-Bob Winder: President, Logan Growth Advisors
-Emma Cherrington, Healthcare Data Analyst at Revere Health
-Sarah Peck: Assistant Public Defender, Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
-Jared Patterson: Incoming HR Generalist, Honeywell International

Friday, March 19, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Stephen M.R. Covey

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Best-selling author Stephen M.R. Covey is one of the world’s leading authorities on trust. He asserts that it is “the most overlooked, misunderstood, underutilized asset to enable performance. Its impact, for good or bad, is dramatic and pervasive. It’s something you can’t escape.” Covey shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and all stakeholders—is the single most critical component of a successful leader and organization.

Stephen Covey

Friday, March 19, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Doug Conant

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Doug Conant is the only former Fortune 500 CEO who is an NYT bestselling author, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator, a Top 100 Leadership Speaker, and a Top 100 Most Influential Author in the World. Equipped with Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits, he has famously transformed companies like Nabisco, and Avon, and has led the Campbell Soup Company from being among the worst in the Fortune 500 to being consistently among the best. Today he continues to use his leadership model and his passion for people to steer organizations and individuals through the most challenging of times.  

Doug Conant

Friday, March 19, 2021

Backpack to Briefcase: Informational Interviews

12:00 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Skillfully used, an informational interview is one of the most valuable sources of career exploration. While it may cover some of the same ground as information on a company website, it presents opportunities for an intimate and flexible inside view of a job field unmatched by other sources. The information interview communicates the firsthand experience and impressions of someone in the occupation and is directed by your questions. Learn how to use informational interviews to your advantage from Aggie alum, Mike Tolman.


Friday, March 26, 2021

Backpack to Briefcase: Social Intelligence

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Social intelligence is commonly referred to as “common sense”, “tact”, or “street smarts.” It is the capacity to understand and connect with others. Join Doug Fiefia, former USU Student Body President, MBA graduate from Rice University, and current manager at Google Customer Solutions for a discussion on why social intelligence matters in your career and how you can use it to connect with your coworkers, clients, and more.

Doug Fiefia

Friday, March 26, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Ward Clapham

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
When Ward Clapham took command of the third-largest Royal Police force in Canada, the organization ran like most bureaucracies—heavy command-and-control management and strict adherence to the status quo. But Clapham didn’t believe in staying in the box. Today he challenges the way work is traditionally done and inspires leaders to rethink the way they manage people and unleash hidden talent.

Ward Clapham

Friday, March 26, 2021

Women in Finance - RISE

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Online/Virtual - Register to Attend
What does it mean to RISE to the occasion? You might be surprised at all the ways a career in finance can help you do just that! Join us for the 2021 Women in Finance event! All majors welcome. You will have the opportunity to learn from empowered women in several different industries and discuss what their career in finance really looks like and how they got there. Then, continue the conversation in breakout rooms and let them get to know you! You won’t want to miss this chance to see the diverse possibilities and challenges that a career in finance has to offer – and how you can RISE to meet them.

Friday, April 2, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Horst Schulze

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
A legend and leader in the hotel world, Horst Schulze's teachings and vision have reshaped the concepts of service and hospitality across industries. Hear what drove Schulze to stop hiring people to work, and to start inviting people to join the company’s purpose. His simple, principle-driven approach is why the Ritz-Carlton Company has the most loyal customers in the world.

Horst Schulze

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Marisa Drew

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Meet one of the most powerful women in Finance. Marisa Drew is changing the world of finance by linking profits with purpose. She shares her passion for sustainable finance—investing in companies that are more purposeful and more thoughtful—and finds that returns are stable or even higher during times of crisis, like the current pandemic. During her 30 year career in investment banking, Marisa has been a constant champion of gender parity in the industry, encouraging women to believe in themselves and their abilities and to never settle.

Marisa Drew

Friday, April 23, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Barry Black

10:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
After retiring as Chaplain of the Marine Corps in 2003, Barry Black became the first African American and first Seventh-day Adventist to hold the office of chaplain of the United States Senate. After being evacuated from the Capitol during the January 6 insurrection, Chaplain Black closed the joint session of Congress with a prayer of comfort and unity. Don’t miss this chance to hear from a spiritual leader who finds positivity even while facing some of the most divisive times of our nation.

Barry Black

Friday, April 23, 2021

The World's Principled Leaders Series: Jeffrey R. Holland

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | YouTube Livestream
Jeffrey R. Holland served as the ninth President of BYU and now serves as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. An educator, religious leader, and passionate speaker, Holland extends his influence across the globe by inspiring people to live a faith-filled life and to find hope and comfort through personal dedication to spiritual practices.

Jeffrey R. Holland