Moral & Ethical Leadership
Interviews with influential leaders talking about moral and ethical leadership. Produced by the BYU Management Society (Salt Lake Chapter)
info_outline Congressman Blake Moore 09/08/2021
Congressman Blake Moore Born and raised in Ogden, Congressman Moore learned hard work and responsibility from his dad and optimism and service from his mom. Blake obtained a Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Utah after serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Seoul, South Korea, and signing a scholarship to play as the quarterback at Utah State University.
info_outline Michelle Kaufusi 05/26/2021
Michelle Kaufusi Michelle Kaufusi is a Provo girl through and through: born and raised, graduated from Brigham Young University and ultimately making history as its first female mayor. The sixth of seven children, Michelle was raised not only by a single mother working hard as a graveyard shift nurse, but also by many neighbors, family and friends who pitched in to help. Provo quite literally helped raise Michelle. In gratitude, Michelle has continually found ways to give back to her “village” by helping to raise Provo in return. Always actively involved in community service, Michelle served on many boards and commissions, including the Provo City Citizens Advisory Board and the Provo School District board, ultimately serving as its board president. Within only two years of being elected as the first female mayor in Provo City, Mayor Kaufusi earned the honor of Informed Decision Maker of the Year by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. Under her leadership, Provo City continually receives national accolades, with 2020 distinctions being #1 Safest Big City, #3 Best Run City, and #3 Best College City. Recently named as the 2021 Best Performing City by the renowned Milken Institute, Provo stands out nationally for its job growth, high tech concentration, and its high-quality lifestyle, without the price tag of comparable tech cities. Michelle recently unveiled her four Provo Pillars to show a renewed focus on strong foundational principles while positioning Provo for growth opportunities. Citizens can follow the progress of each of the Provo Pillars: Welcoming, Safe & Sound, Economically Vibrant and Forward-Looking at ProvoConnect.com.
info_outline Jane Clayson Johnson & Mark Johnson 05/17/2021
Jane Clayson Johnson & Mark Johnson JANE CLAYSON JOHNSON Jane Clayson Johnson is a popular speaker and best-selling author of two books. Here latest book, Silent Souls Weeping, is a candid look inside the core-shaking world of clinical depression. She spent 3 years interviewing scores of Latter-day Saints and documenting their experiences in an effort to open a dialogue, a new level of honesty, authenticity, and hope for those who suffer with diseases of the mind. Jane is an award-winning broadcast journalist widely known for her work over the last decade at NPR. Before that, Jane worked at CBS News, hosting the network morning program… she was on the air on 9/11. Jane interviewed presidents and Hollywood stars. Many remember her high-profile interview with Martha Stewart… just before Martha went to prison. Jane’s network career started at ABC News, where she traveled the world from Kosovo to Indonesia, covering the biggest news stories of the day. Jane is an accomplished musician… she went to BYU on a violin performance scholarship. MARK JOHNSON Mark is co-founder of the strategic innovation consulting firm, Innosight, which he co-founded with Clayton Christensen. He advises top companies in a wide range of industries, including health care, aerospace, and defense. Mark is the author of several award-winning articles published in the Harvard Business Review. His most recent book is titled, “Lead from the Future.” Mark is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Columbia University, and the Harvard Business School. Mark joined the church when he was 36 years old, before meeting Jane. They are now parents of five children and 4 grand-babies and they live just outside Boston.
info_outline Kristen Cox 04/27/2021
Kristen Cox Kristen Cox is the world's leading authority on how to apply the Theory of Constraints to governments and non profits. She is perhaps best known for her work as the former Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget (GOMB) for the State of Utah where she orchestrated a 35 percent improvement across Utah's $20B executive branch.
info_outline Elder Craig C. Christensen 03/02/2021
Elder Craig C. Christensen Elder Craig C. Christensen was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 5, 2002. At the time of his call he was serving as a member of the Fifth Quorum of the Seventy in the Utah South Area. Elder Christensen was named President of the Utah Area on August1, 2018. He previously served as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from 2012 to 2018, with supervisory responsibilities in various areas of the Church. As a General Authority, Elder Christensen served as President of the Mexico South Area from 2003 to 2007 while living in Mexico City. He has also served in various departments and assignments at Church headquarters, including as Executive Director of the Priesthood and Family Department. Other notable callings include full-time missionary in the Chile Santiago South Mission, president of the México México City East Mission, counselor in a branch presidency at the Provo Missionary Training Center, and bishop. Elder Christensen graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He went on to earn a master of business administration from the University of Washington. Over the years, he has been a visiting instructor of business and religion courses at several universities, including Brigham Young University. At the time of his call as a General Authority, Elder Christensen was a self-employed businessman in the retail automotive, insurance, and real estate development industries. He previously worked as an executive with several privately owned companies and with an international accounting and consulting firm based in San Francisco, California. Craig Cloward Christensen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 18, 1956. He married Debbie Jones in March 1978. They are the parents of four children.
info_outline Justin Su'a 02/09/2021
Justin Su'a Justin is currently the Head of Mental Performance for the Tampa Bay Rays. They just finished the season American League Champions and lost to the Dodgers in the World Series. In addition to working In Major League Baseball, Justin’s clients perform in the NFL, WWE, PGA, MLB, NCAA, the U.S. Army and Google. He is the author of two books: "Parent Pep Talks: The 10 Must Have Mental Skills Your Child Must Have to Succeed in Sports, School, and Life" and, "Mentally Tough Teens: Developing the Winning Mindset". Justin hosts a daily podcast called, "Increase Your Impact” that just eclipsed 6 million downloads. He and his wife Melissa have 3 kids and they reside in Florida.
info_outline Michael Dunn 02/02/2021
Michael Dunn Michael Dunn is the Managing Director of BYU Broadcasting in Provo, Utah, where he oversees the nationwide operations of the BYUtv and BYUradio networks. He previously served as the General Manager of KUED Channel 7 (PBS) in Salt Lake City. Prior to his public television experience he founded and operated Dunn Communications, Inc, a Salt Lake City advertising agency and film production company for 16 years. Among his peer distinctions are a gold and silver medal from the New York Film Festival and four CLIOs--an award considered the “Oscar” of the advertising industry. He also garnered two Emmy nominations–one of which earned the Emmy Award for public service in 1992 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Michael spent 13 years as a senior writer and producer for Bonneville Communications where he worked on the highly-acclaimed Homefront campaign for the LDS Church, and Fotheringham & Associates (now Richter 7). He began his career as a freelance print journalist and later moved to the broadcast side working in radio and television as a reporter and producer for KUTV (NBC) in Salt Lake City. Dunn graduated from the University of Utah where he earned a B.S. in Jounrnalism and Mass Communications, and an M.A. in Film. His service in the church includes a full-time mission in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Varsity Scout Leader, Bishop of the University 27th Ward (married students), Stake President of the Salt Lake University 2nd Stake and Stake President of the Holladay Young Single Adult Stake. He was Mission President of the South Africa Johannesburg Mission (2014-2017). In April of 2018 he was called to the Twelfth Quorum of the Seventy as an Area Seventy, and currently serves in the Utah South Area. Michael and Linda have three children and 9 grandchildren and reside in the Neff’s Canyon Ward of the Salt Lake Mount Olympus Stake. A devoted runner, cross-country skier and cyclist, he has completed more than 30 marathons and other endurance events including the Boston Marathon and the St. George Ironman.
info_outline Neal Harmon 01/26/2021
Neal Harmon Neal Harmon is CEO and Cofounder at VidAngel. Prior to VidAngel, Neal served as Co-founder, COO and Board Member at Orabrush as well as co-founder at Harmon Brothers, a marketing services company responsible for a variety of viral ads, for clients such as PooPourri and Squatty Potty. As CEO of VidAngel, Neal has led the company through a variety of challenges and successes, including major lawsuits from hollywood studios, bankruptcy, the development of VidAngel Studios, the creation of Dry Bar Comedy and distribution and growth of The Chosen. Neal is proficient in 10 computer programming languages and has a bachelor's degree in American Studies and a master’s degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology.
info_outline Donny Osmond 12/29/2020
Donny Osmond Donny Osmond has been a singer, actor, triple-threat television series host (talk show, game show, variety show), best-selling author (his autobiography entered the UK bestseller chart at #1), commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, and even a racecar driver. Throughout his illustrious career, Donny has earned 33 gold records; selling over 100 million albums becoming a worldwide music legend. He has made history by celebrating almost 6 decades in show business with the release of his 61st album, One Night Only: a live album accompanied by a DVD of his sold out UK tour in January, 2017. The current Flamingo Las Vegas show with Marie, began back in September 2008 and was originally scheduled to run for six weeks. The audience response was so overwhelming that the Flamingo renamed their showroom, “The Donny & Marie Showroom.” The show ran for an unprecedented eleven years! The Donny and Marie show received many accolades during their run. They've been awarded “Best Show,” "Best Singer,” "Best Band," and "Best Dancers” throughout the years according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. Throughout his career, Donny has notably entertained a vast array of audiences with his varied career choices. He has starred on Broadway as Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; hosted two television series on British network television; and performed at the Concert for Diana, seen worldwide by more than two billion viewers. The critically acclaimed song Captain Li Shang’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the Disney film “Mulan” was sung by Donny. The song and Donny’s singing of it received accolades from around the globe and ranks as one of the most popular and enduring Disney tunes of all time. 2008 marked the 50th year celebration of the Osmond Family in entertainment. The entire family made a historic appearance on Oprah, which set a daytime ratings record and made Oprah’s list of Top Ten Best Celebrity Moments. The family then toured the UK, Australia, and Asia for the first time in 27 years to sell-out crowds. In 2009, Donny was crowned Dancing with the Stars champion for season nine (the show garnered 37 million viewers weekly). One of Donny’s most notable appearances was his starring role as Joseph in Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which broke records during its six-year run with more than 2,000 performances in the US and Canada. In 2013 he launched Donny Osmond Home, a home furnishings line that marks the first time he’s ever collaborated with his wife Debbie professionally. It is available on sites like Wayfair, Target, Home Depot, Amazon, RC Willey, to name a few, as well as retail outlets all across North America. In Spring of 2018, Donny wrote a customized video birthday e-card for American Greetings with more than 1,000 names to choose from. Donny does the honors by dancing and singing his way through a fun birthday song customized for whomever you choose. People of all ages have been blown away by the personalized (and hilarious!) wishes in which Donny actually sings their name and age for a truly unique birthday greeting. In August of 2018, Donny collaborated with rapper Lil Yachty for Chef Boyardee's highly successful, vintage-style commercial. This unlikely pairing proves Donny's philosophy that sometimes you need to think outside to box to score a lasting impression. Judging from the public's reactions, Donny and Yachty wrote the perfect hip-hop jingle that expertly positions Chef Boyardee to all ages. Donny’s multi-generational worldwide fan base is reflected in the 100 million plus annual hits on his official website, Donny.com, and social media sites. Donny also just announced his return to Las Vegas and the Caesars Entertainment family with his first-ever solo multi-year residency inside Harrah’s Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas, opening Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. Donny and Debbie, his wife of 40 years, have five children and ten grandchildren.
info_outline Brad Wilcox 12/22/2020
Brad Wilcox Brother Bradley R. (Brad) Wilcox was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men General Presidency on April 4, 2020. Brad is a professor in the Department of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University. He is the author of the book, The Continuous Atonement, and the BYU devotional, “His Grace is Sufficient.” Brad grew up in Provo, Utah except for childhood years spent in Ethiopia, Africa. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile and later returned to that country to preside over the Chile Santiago East Mission from 2003-2006. He and his family have also lived for a time in New Zealand and Spain where he directed study abroad programs for Brigham Young University. Brad has served as a member of the Sunday School General Board from 2009-2014. Brad and his wife, Debi, have four children and eight grandchildren. Reading, writing, teaching, and traveling are some of his favorite things. He loves Peanut M&M's and pepperoni pizza, but he realizes that doesn't sound too healthy so he is really trying hard to learn to love salads.
info_outline Dr. Amos C. Brown 12/17/2020
Dr. Amos C. Brown A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Brown has been Pastor of San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church since 1976. As a scholar, theologian, preacher and social activist, he has maintained a marriage of piety and political action in his ministry. He became equipped for his distinct leadership through his training at Morehouse College, and earned degrees of Master of Divinity degree from Crozer Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. Before becoming pastor at Third Baptist, he served as pastor of Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania and Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. Known among world leaders, presidents, celebrities, and academics alike for his trademark activism, intellectual discipline, and masterful oratory, Dr. Brown is a legend in his own time. Tutored by Medgar Evers, Benjamin Mays, Samuel Williams, J. Pious Barbour, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (as one of the eight students in the only class Dr. King taught in his lifetime at Morehouse College), Dr. Brown was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Ministerial Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Black Church in America. He was also inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the King International Chapel at Morehouse College and for a second time was invited by President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama to a Christmas Reception at the White House. In 2019, Dr. Brown introduced President Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Conference, and helped bestow a service award upon our beloved Prophet.
info_outline Noelle Pikus Pace 12/16/2020
Noelle Pikus Pace Find information about Noelle's course at Noelle Pikus Pace graduated from Mountain View High School in Orem, Utah in 2001. In high school she competed in soccer, basketball, softball, track and field, bobsled and skeleton. She went on to run track and field at Utah Valley University and graduated in 2005 1st team All- American with a bachelor’s degree in community health. During that time, she also broke the UVU high jump record, was the NJCAA National Discus Champion and became the first American woman to ever win the Overall World Cup Title in skeleton. She was favored to win the gold medal going into the 2006 winter Olympics. At the U.S. Olympic trials in October of 2005 an unfortunate accident kept her from competing at the Olympic Games. A bobsled unexpectedly came out of the track and hit her. She sustained a compound fracture to her lower right leg and was unable to compete in the Olympics. One year later, she came back to win the World Championships by the largest margin the history of the sport. She continued on with her education and received a master’s degree in business administration in 2007. In 2008 Noelle decided to take a year off from competition and she and her husband Janson had a little girl, Lacee Lynne Pace. Noelle competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics, on a sled that her husband built, and was the top U.S finisher finishing 4 th , just one-tenth of a second out of the medals. She retired after the Olympics to spend more time with her family and Noelle and Janson had a baby boy named Traycen in 2011. The summer of 2012, Noelle and Janson decided that she would give it one last try to earn an Olympic medal, but only if their family could all travel together. Their dream became a reality February 14, 2014 as Noelle crossed the finish line, winning the silver medal at the Sochi, Russia Olympic Winter Games. The incredible moment was solidified as Noelle jumped into the stands to embrace her family while shouting, “We did it!”. In 2015, they added twin boys to their family. Noelle is the author of “Focused: Keeping Your Life on Track One Choice at a Time”. She and Janson currently manage their company, Inspire Higher, where they strive to help individuals live on purpose through elite online courses, masterclasses, programs and consulting.
info_outline Governor Spencer J Cox 12/10/2020
Governor Spencer J Cox Spencer J. Cox is Utah’s 8th Lieutenant Governor and soon to be 18th Governor of Utah. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah in Sanpete County and grew up just six miles north in the small town of Fairview. As a young boy, he worked on the family farm milking cows, moving irrigation pipe, plowing fields and hauling hay. After graduating from North Sanpete High School, he moved to Mexico for two years as a volunteer for his church. Upon returning, he attended Snow College and completed his associate’s degree. During that time, he also married his high school sweetheart, Abby, who also graduated from Snow College. He and Abby continued their education at Utah State University where Spencer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Abby obtained her degree in special education. Though accepted to several law schools, including Harvard, Spencer ultimately decided to attend Washington and Lee Law School in Virginia. Upon receiving his Juris Doctor, Spencer and Abby moved their small family back across the country to Salt Lake City where he practiced law with Fabian & Clendenin (now Fabian Vancott). Several years later, He and Abby missed their bucolic lifestyle and decided to return to Sanpete County where they could raise their children on the farm and give back to the community they deeply cherished. Once back in Fairview, Spencer joined the family telecom business, CentraCom, where he served as Vice President and General Counsel. It was at this time that Spencer’s career in public service began. He was first appointed to fill a vacancy on the city council and was later elected as mayor of Fairview. In 2008, he was elected as a Sanpete County Commissioner and served for four years before being elected to the Utah House of Representatives in 2012. During his tenure as a state legislator, Spencer sponsored and co-sponsored bills that championed STEM education, same-day voter registration, and water pollution, to name a few. After serving just nine months as a state representative, Spencer was selected by Governor Gary Herbert to succeed Greg Bell as Lt. Governor. He was confirmed unanimously by the Utah Senate and sworn in on October 16, 2013. Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Cox were reelected to another term in 2016. Lt. Governor Cox is by statute the chief election officer of the state and liaison between the governor and the legislature. He travels extensively throughout the state as he leads some of the state’s most innovative policy initiatives. He is committed to transforming education, increasing voter participation, supporting rural communities, utilizing modern technologies and empowering the homeless and impoverished. He currently sits on nearly 30 boards and commissions dealing with issues such as mental health, suicide prevention, women’s leadership, multicultural involvement and more. Lt. Governor Cox and his wife have four children and still reside in Fairview. In his limited spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family in Utah’s amazing backcountry, working on the family farm, tweeting about the Utah Jazz and playing bass with his brother in a local rock band.
info_outline Colonel Frederick D. Thaden 11/18/2020
Colonel Frederick D. Thaden Colonel Frederick D. Thaden is the ROTC Commander for Detachment 855 at Brigham Young and Utah Valley Universities. Colonel Thaden was previously the Director of the Talent Management Innovation Cell for Headquarters U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Colonel Thaden was commissioned in 1991 as a graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Brigham Young University. The colonel's assignments include duties as a behavioral scientist, social actions chief, manning division chief, squadron commander, vice commander, installation commander, and wing commander. He is a graduate of Squadron Officer School, the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College. Colonel Thaden is a veteran of Operations Joint Forge, Joint Guardian, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
info_outline Kirby Heyborne 11/10/2020
Kirby Heyborne An accomplished actor, musician and comedian, Kirby Heyborne wows audiences on the silver screen and in his live performances. Kirby’s comedic wit and charm will guarantee the audience a memorable performance in the upcoming Farrelly Brothers Fox feature The Three Stooges, opposite Sean Hayes and Sofia Vergara. Kirby plays “Teddy” a childhood friend, who accidentally becomes involved in a murder plot with the three stooges. Kirby’s interest in the arts began at 12 years old when he started writing his own songs on the piano. At 15, he picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play a Beatles song using a “How To” book. He soon started performing anywhere he could and quickly sold out of the 50 albums he recorded in a friend’s bedroom. Since then, Kirby has released four solo albums and has had his music featured in many films. He has delighted audiences across the country with his ability to blend heart-warming stories, beautiful music and comedic wit. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Economics, this dynamo signed with an agent and was immediately cast in an Idaho Lottery commercial. Two weeks later, he landed a role in the Indy feature Singles Ward. After completing the film, the producers cast him to be the lead in their next project, the lighthearted family comedy. The R.M. in which his song “Kolob” is featured. Kirby received critical acclaim for his starring role in the World War II drama Saints and Soldiers which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He also starred in the award-winning boy band mockumentary The Sons of Provo, and the award-winning quixotic comedy Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (The Weinstein Co.). Kirby was also a series regular on FBC’s series “Free Ride” and has appeared in numerous nationwide commercial campaigns including the upcoming Honda campaign featuring Mario Andretti. Creative, talented and versatile, Kirby has received a number of Audio File Magazine’s Earphone awards for excellence in narration. He has narrated over a hundred titles including: Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Black Swan Green, Breathers and The Genius. He is known to deliver raw emotion without drawing attention to the performance itself. This performer is a co-founder and director of the celebrated LA-based improv comedy group The Society, which sells out theaters all over the country. He is also the co-founder, co-producer, co-director, and co-writer of kerBLINK, a new video channel whose mission is to make the world laugh with ‘environMENTALLY friendly’ clean videos, films, songs, and creative content. Kirby lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children. He speaks fluent Spanish and is an Eagle Scout and currently serves as Cub master for his local Cub Scout Pack. He likes to swim, bike, hike, camp, snow and water ski and is a self-proclaimed board game snob, but his favorite activity is to cook and bake with his family.
info_outline Tom Holmoe 11/05/2020
Tom Holmoe Tom Holmoe was named Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University on March 1, 2005. He oversees a nationally recognized program with 21 intercollegiate sports, involving more than 600 student-athletes and a 190-person staff. Since his appointment, BYU has captured 120 conference regular-season and postseason championships, and more than 275 student-athletes have earned All-America status.
info_outline T.C. Christensen 10/20/2020
T.C. Christensen T.C. Christensen is an American cinematographer, film director, and writer best known for his work on films related to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration, Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men, 17 Miracles, and Ephraim's Rescue.
info_outline E. Gordon Gee 10/13/2020
E. Gordon Gee Dr. E. Gordon Gee is one of America’s most prominent higher education leaders, having helmed universities for more than three decades. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the top 10 university presidents in the United States. Recently, the website Great Value Colleges named him the nation’s top university president. In 2014, Gee returned to West Virginia University, where his career as a university president began. His leadership goals include putting students first, advancing the university’s research agenda, partnering with West Virginia communities and making sure that 1.8 million West Virginians know in their hearts and minds that West Virginia University is their university. Born in Vernal, Utah, Gee graduated from the University of Utah with an honors degree in history and earned his J.D. and Ed.D. degrees from Columbia University. He clerked under Chief Justice David T. Lewis of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals before being named a judicial fellow and staff assistant to the U.S. Supreme Court. In this role, he worked for Chief Justice Warren Burger on administrative and legal problems of the Court and federal judiciary. Gee returned to Utah as an associate professor and associate dean in the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and was granted full professorship in 1978. One year later, he became dean of the West Virginia University College of Law, and, in 1980, was named West Virginia University president. He served in that role until 1985. He went on to lead the University of Colorado (1985-1990), Brown University (1998-2000) and Vanderbilt University (2001-2007). He served as president of The Ohio State University from 1990 to 1997 and again from 2007 to 2013.
info_outline Pastor Derwin Gray 09/29/2020
Pastor Derwin Gray After graduating from Brigham Young University, Derwin played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). During that time, he and Vicki began their journey with Christ and experienced God’s faithfulness and direction as He moved their hearts to know Him and make Him known.
info_outline Collin Kartchner 09/16/2020
Collin Kartchner "Collin is a WARRIOR for our children." - Sean Reyes, Utah Attorney General In 2017, Collin started a popular parody Instagram account simply to make fun of social media and the culture of toxic perfectionism it has created. Instead of using his platform and large following to earn paid sponsor posts or ad dollars, he used his account to do good. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Collin used social media to crowd-funded over $125,000 for Hurricane victims which he and his wife Liz then personally delivered to many families in Texas. Soon after when Hurricane Maria hit, he helped a group raise $350,000 for people in Puerto Rico. He then raised over $30,000 for three Utah children fighting cancer and threw the largest social-media created Christmas party for the kids. In February 2018, he raised over $15,000 in less than 12 hours to put "You are Loved" and "You are Beautiful" billboards across Utah seen an estimated 1.18M times. In April 2018, Collin started a campaign to #SavetheKids from social media and screen addiction's negative affect on their mental and emotional health. His message has resonated with the masses, as he has since spoke to 500,000+ youth and adults across the country with a speaking schedule now booked out 12-18 months. He was even invited to speak at TEDxSaltLakeCity in 2018, as well as for invitations to speak at companies like Nike and Adidas. He has been interviewed for TV and newspapers on this topic many times, including Fox13, KUTV-2, KSL News, Fresh Living as well as articles in Salt Lake Tribune and authored articles for Deseret News. Collin's messages for students of all ages, parents, educators, and businesses is engaging, entertaining, emotional, and inspiring. Collin is on a crusade to help educate parents on the damage social media and 24/7 access to peer culture will have on their child's mental health. His goal is to help teens rise above social media comparison, negativity, cyber bullying, and the stress of being perfect. Every day Collin gets 100's of message from teens sharing how social media is hurting their mental health, and how his message changed or even saved their lives. His #SavetheKids Parent Awareness Nights have been a huge success, empowering parents to stop fighting their teen's phone use and start fighting FOR their teen. These events are usually standing room only. For more information on how to bring Collin to your school, company, community, or conference fill out the contact form to the right or visit
info_outline Ann Romney 06/13/2020
Ann Romney Ann Romney is the two-time best-selling author of “The Romney Family Table” and “In This Together” and Global Ambassador for the Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Mrs. Romney also sits on the Board of Directors of CharityVision, which focuses on empowering local physicians in the developing world to bring sight to those most in need.
info_outline Coach Mark Pope 05/12/2020
Coach Mark Pope Mark Pope was hired as head men’s basketball coach at BYU on April 10, 2019. He is the 19th head men’s basketball coach since the Cougars’ inaugural season in 1902-03. Pope came to Provo after serving as head coach at Utah Valley University for the previous four seasons. In his first season as BYU's head coach, Pope led the Cougars to a record of 24-8, the most wins for a first-year coach in program history. He became just the second first-year BYU coach to lead his team into the top 25 and the first to end his debut season ranked. The Cougars entered the top 25 as No. 23 in the AP Poll on Feb. 17 and jumped to as high as No. 14. BYU ended the season at No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Pope’s coaching career has included stints as an assistant coach at Georgia, Wake Forest and BYU before he was named the head coach at Utah Valley. As a player, Pope helped Kentucky win the 1996 NCAA National Title before enjoying a professional career that included stints in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets. Before joining the basketball staff at Georgia, Pope completed two years of medical school at Columbia University in New York. He did much of his pre-med course work while playing in the NBA. Pope and his wife Lee Anne have four daughters: Ella, Avery, Layla and Shay. Lee Anne worked at ESPN before serving as David Letterman's personal assistant for four years.
info_outline Jeremy & Kristin Andrus - Voices of Light 04/21/2020
Jeremy & Kristin Andrus - Voices of Light Jeremy and Kristin Andrus. Jeremy is the president, CEO, and board member of Traeger Grills. He joined Traeger in 2014 as he acquired the business with Trilantic Capital Partners. From 2005 to 2013, Jeremy served as president and CEO of Skullcandy, where he helped grow annual sales from $1 million to $300 million. Jeremy earned his bachelor’s degree from BYU and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
info_outline Steve Young - Voices of Light 04/09/2020
Steve Young - Voices of Light Prior to the inception of HGGC, Steve's professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News' Player of the Year from 1992 - 1994 and the NFL's Most Valuable Player for 1992 and 1994. In 2005, Steve was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the first left-handed quarterback to be so honored.
info_outline Davis Smith - Voices of Light 04/04/2020
Davis Smith - Voices of Light Davis Smith is a serial e-commerce entrepreneur. He is currently the founding CEO of Cotopaxi, a vertically integrated e-commerce brand in the outdoor space. Prior to starting Cotopaxi he was the Co-CEO of Baby.com.br, Brazil's leading e-commerce company focused on the baby care space. Baby.com.br has raised over $40M in venture capital, led by Accel Partners and Tiger Global. In 2004, Davis founded, and later sold, PoolTables.com, America's largest pool table retailer.
info_outline Bridgitte Madrian Interview 03/21/2020
Bridgitte Madrian Interview Brigitte C. Madrian is the Dean and Marriott Distinguished Professor in the Brigham Young University Marriott School of Business where she has a joint appointment in the Department of Finance and the George W. Romney Institute of Public Service and Ethics. Before coming to BYU, she was on the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School (2006-2018), the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School (2003-2006), the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1995-2003)