With the formation of a new chapter on the west side and its first-ever Women’s Networking and Mingling Event, the BYU Management Society continues to find way to meet needs and offer networking options in the Phoenix metro area.
Open to men and women, and not just to BYU alumni, or only to members of the LDS Church, the “BYU Management Society is a worldwide network of men and women with a shared vision of moral and ethical leadership and a common code of business conduct and integrity,” the website states.
Chapters across the country hold meetings during most months of the year to focus on developing careers, networking, serving the community and supporting BYU and the Marriott School.
In addition, the BYU Management Society has a scholarship program for students who will be attending BYU or one of the Arizona schools. “The Phoenix chapter has provided tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships over the last several years,” says Jordan Nelson, current president of the BYU Management Society Phoenix East.
Claudia Walters, past president of the BYU Management Society Phoenix East Chapter, says, “I’ve gained so much over the last two years as president as I’ve gotten to know really great people who care about the mission of the Management Society and who come to meetings to enrich themselves, to learn and grow, to help others and to interact and network.”
She says they planned the women’s networking meeting because, “Women tend to experience their careers differently than men do.”
Claudia led the discussion, beginning with stories about women’s career paths and how different from men’s they can be. “I shared some key things about going into an interview, about negotiating, and about career development and volunteer work,” says Claudia, who retired from fulltime work last year and now runs her own small business. Bottom line, “I told the women, ‘You need to manage you own career—whether you are in the years of being an at-home mom, years of self-employment or part-time work, or years of working full-time, you need to manage your career.”
Taking Claudia’s place as the new president of the BYU Management Society Phoenix East Chapter is Jordan Nelson, of the Mountain Ridge Ward, Glendale North Stake. Jordan, who graduated in finance from BYU in 2007 is an investment banker with Columbia West Capitol. While he lives in the west valley, his work is in Scottsdale, so the Phoenix East Chapter meetings are more convenient for him.
Jordan says the Management Society has so much to offer and members are so diverse and at such different places in their careers, that “It really comes down to the individual and what that person wants and is able to gain from the group.”
Randy Keadle, of the Garden Lakes Ward, Phoenix West Maricopa Stake, is the president of the BYU Management Society Phoenix West Chapter. Randy, a corporate pricing manager with On Semiconductor, says he looks forward to seeing the new chapter grow.
“The new chapter enables people on the west side to develop networks with fellow BYU alumni or others who are interested in fostering ethical leaders,” Randy said.
For the next several months, each of the two chapters will post the activities and announcements for the other chapter.
Basic membership with the BYU Management Society is free. With a basic membership, an individual can attend the monthly luncheons, can participate in the service projects and will receive email updates about coming events. Anyone who is interested in learning more can go to www.phoenixeast.byums.org or www.phoenixwest.byums.org. The websites explain the perks available to those who are paid members ($50).