An exemplary leader herself, Heather Walker Benson Sandstrom now serves as chapter president of BYU Management Society, whose focus is “growing moral and ethical leadership.”
“It’s an amazing organization, with chapters in Turkey, Brazil, Canada, and all parts of the world,” Heather says. While sponsored by BYU, the organization is open to any interested men and women.
“We have chapter meetings throughout the year, with great guest speakers who talk about becoming good leaders, with good morals and ethics,” she says.
The meetings are typically held at East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa.
“We have half an hour for networking and making connections. Then, when the meeting starts, we introduce ourselves, and say if we are looking for a job or if someone we know is hiring.”
The Management Society also emphasizes service, helping organizations like Helen’s Hope Chest and collecting books for needy children as part of Read On Mesa.
“We do a lot of service, and we raise a lot of money for scholarships every year.”
Scholarships go to students attending BYU, Mesa Community College, Pathway, BYU-I and other colleges and universities.
Heather, who graduated from BYU in broadcast/journalism, worked as a news anchorwoman, reporter, and TV talk show host.
After marrying Dr. Paul R. Sandstrom in 1980 in the Salt Lake City Temple, she gave up her career to focus on her family, which now includes 5 children and 13 grandchildren. Heather has taught ballet, piano and organ and loves playing the organ in the Mesa Temple every week. She speaks frequently at EFY and was narrator for the Mesa Temple Easter Pageant for 12 years.
A member of Mesa Arts and Entertainment Alliance Board, Heather is a past board member of Southern Virginia University, Ballet Etudes and United Families International. She was on the state and national boards of American Mothers and was selected AZ Young Mother of the Year.
She and Paul served on the National Leadership, Finance and Election Team for Romney for President in 2008 and 2012, she was president and vice president of the Mesa and Arizona Republican Women and, in 2012, was elected as a Republican National Committee delegate.
Heather was Stake Relief Society President prior to being called to the Stake Relief Society Presidency for the Mesa East Young Single Adult Stake, where Paul serves as Stake President.
Heather teaches at Red Mountain Institute, and, as a survivor of thyroid cancer and brain surgery, she also speaks for “Facing Cancer with the Faith Community.”
“Every day, I feel so blessed to be alive,” Heather says.
As Management Society president, Heather will continue to live by her motto, “Don’t ask the Lord to guide your footsteps unless you’re willing to move your feet.”
“I want to raise more scholarship money,” she says, “and to start a mentoring program so young adults can work with a mentor who can help them learn and improve skills to succeed in their chosen field.”
In particular, she wants to maintain Phoenix East chapter’s designation as a Gold Chapter of Excellence.
“Our chapter has a great legacy,” she says.
To learn more, visit PhoenixEast.byums.org or BYU Management Society – Phoenix East Chapter on Facebook.