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!

Explore Past Events

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Silicon Slopes Summit

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Vivint Arena - 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Silicon Slopes Summit 2022 is one of the largest and most prominent annual business & tech events in the world. Now in its sixth year, Summit features keynotes, in-depth breakout sessions, entertainment, and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have a front-row seat in the world of technology.
Register to get your free tickets.

Friday, September 30, 2022

Silicon Slopes Summit

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Vivint Arena - 301 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Silicon Slopes Summit 2022 is one of the largest and most prominent annual business & tech events in the world. Now in its sixth year, Summit features keynotes, in-depth breakout sessions, entertainment, and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to have a front-row seat in the world of technology.
Register to get your free tickets.

Backpack to Briefcase: Case Interview Preparation (CANCELLED)

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Huntsman YouTube Channel
This event has been cancelled.
Case Interviews are a special type of interview that can catch the most gifted student off their game. Commonly used in consulting-type roles, the interview will take the candidate through a situation or circumstance to see how they will prepare, process, and act in any given scenario. 
Barbara Matthews, in charge of global learning and leadership development at McKinsey & Company, will take you through the case interview and break down some basic preparation points, offering advice that will be essential to your success.

Barbara Matthews

Friday, October 7, 2022

Backpack to Briefcase: Communicating Your Weaknesses

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Huntsman YouTube Channel
One of the toughest interview questions is “What is your greatest weakness?” Join Jessica Holmes, Director of the Adobe Sales Academy, to discuss effective strategies for responding to this and similar interview questions. You won’t want to miss this session about striking the balance between being humble and authentic without taking yourself out of the running!

Jessica Holmes

Leadership Forum: Young Alumni Mentors

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Perry Pavilion, Huntsman Hall
Good mentoring relationships can provide powerful benefits to your education and successful transition to a career. Come learn how to identify a good mentor and build an effective relationship, and connect with potential mentors from the Huntsman School Young Alumni Board.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Backpack to Briefcase: Thriving in a Diverse Workplace

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Huntsman YouTube Channel
Our world is getting smaller with more ways to connect with people from all over the globe, and we want our business students to thrive in diverse and culturally inclusive workspaces. Come learn from Marissa Moksnes and Brock Hardcastle from General Mills how you can join any team, in any location, and show respect, empathy, and awareness so that all feel welcome. Whether you plan on starting your own business or joining an established company, this is an invaluable character trait for you to be successful.

Leadership Forum: Doug Conant

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. | Eccles Conference Center
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. Moderated by Lord Michael Hastings.

Doug Conant

Friday, October 28, 2022

Leadership Forum: Rich Seeley

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Perry Pavilion, Huntsman Hall
Come hear from Rich Seeley, CIO at Conservice, the largest utility management and billing company in the United States. Rich will share leadership lessons learned over his 15 years leading the IT team at Conservice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business information systems and a master’s degree in management information systems from the Huntsman School.

Rich Seeley

Friday, November 4, 2022

Leadership Forum: Steve Palmer

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Perry Pavilion, Huntsman Hall
Steve Palmer, CEO and founder of Thrive Life, built one of the world’s largest freeze-dry manufacturers with fellow Aggie Jason Budge. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Steve, Huntsman alumnus and former student body officer, talk about leadership, great mentors, and the importance of being open to new opportunities.

Steve Palmer