Amy Rees Anderson

BYU

Bust Out Those Hoodies and Pass The Candy Corn!

I cannot believe it is the middle of October already! Holy cats people, it’s time to bust out those hoodies and pass the candy corn because Fall is officially in season and Halloween is only a few weeks away!  That means we get to carve pumpkins for the front porch, we get to bust out

An Adventure In The Land Down Under

I never thought I would visit the land down under, but my husband and I have just completed an amazing adventure there traveling with a great group of people from the BYU Founders Board that I serve on. Our adventure started with an incredibly long flight from Salt Lake to Sydney Australia. That was for

Weekend Forecast: Gain an Hour and a Few Pounds

Happy Halloween Weekend Ahead! Not only do we gain an entire hour of extra sleep Saturday night when the clocks fall back (yay, more sleep!….I am so happy about that!), but we get to look forward to gaining a few pounds from eating candy, candy, candy!!!  Dang that candy… We really love Halloween at our

We Are Not Human Doings, We Are Human Beings

Today I was involved in the President’s Leadership Council board meeting down at Brigham Young University. As part of the program a great speaker named Brad Wilcox gave an inspiring talk. There were a few comments he shared that really stood out to me and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. First he

Focus on what you can control

Focus on what you can control, not what you can’t. We only have so much energy to expend each day and every second we waste focusing on things we have absolutely no control over we are wasting that energy and our time. Instead we need to put our entire attention toward focusing on the things

You Never Know the Impact You Can Have On Someone

I have to start tonight’s blog off by saying I am the luckiest mom in the world and here’s why – Today I was asked to give two keynote presentations for two different groups down at Brigham Young University. The groups I spoke to were both awesome and amazing and I loved every minute of

Graduation Day – Presenting Dr Anderson :)

We come into this world with two things:  Agency and Intelligence.  We leave this world with what we have done with that agency, and our intelligence – which has hopefully deepened significantly during our life, either through education or experience or a combination of both. I am a great believer in education and I have

One of the greatest things about being an adult…

 “One of the greatest things about being an adult is the feeling of euphoria when you get to change into pajamas.”   SO TRUE!!!!  Today was possibly one of the longest days I have had in a very, very long time. It actually started just after midnight last night when I found myself still awake, working

Why Did This Have To Happen?!?!

I was working hard on preparing a Powerpoint presentation for a talk I will be giving at a University tomorrow evening when my computer crashed, and of course it crashed before I had saved my work. After hours of hard work I yelled out “Why did this have to happen?!?!”  Arggghhhh!!! So frustrating, right!?! At

“Choose to be a Hero”

Today, former republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney came to speak to 15,000 students down at Brigham Young University (BYU). I wasn’t able to make it down for the talk but both of my kids did and they came home this evening to go to a Utah Jazz basketball game with my husband and I and

All We Can Become

Today I went down to give a lecture at Brigham Young University on Entrepreneurship.  Speaking at the Universities is one of my very favorite things to do because I just love the students!  I love their energy and their passion and excitement for life.  I love that they are full of hopes and dreams for

Be thankful for the bad things in life

“Be thankful for the bad things in life.  They open your eyes to see the good things you weren’t paying attention to before.” A story about something that happened this weekend will help explain why I started today with that quote. Friday night my husband and I were invited to watch the BYU Football game

Help them see their unlimited potential

Today I had the BYU (Brigham Young University) Founders Board Meeting. The Founder’s Board consists of people from all over the country who travel in for the board meeting each year.  The day started with me hosting the women’s luncheon at my home.  We had about 60 women attend and we all had a fabulous

Happiness is a CHOICE

“Happiness is a choice”. That is the saying that my daughter has on a sign on the dashboard of her car that she looks at every time she gets in her car to go anywhere.  When I asked her the other day if she had a favorite saying that was her motto of sorts in

The Greatest Thing About Becoming Successful (Forbes Article)

One of the greatest things about becoming successful in business is the ability to take time to mentor young people who are just starting out. This week has been filled with one entrepreneurship extravaganza after another. It began with the IPOP Foundation (www.ipop.org) event at Alta High School with high school students pitching their entrepreneurial

Our Brazilian Adventure

Every year the BYU Founders Board gathers together from different parts of the country to meet in a location for a week-long adventure.  Last year we went to the Dominican Republic.  This year we went to Brazil to embark on a cruise that left from Sao Paulo, Brazil.   For the last week my husband and

What an Incredible Day!

What a day today was!  I started my day at 5:00am this morning so I could get downtown for an early morning meeting with President Wheelwright, the President of BYU Hawaii.  He and I had a wonderful talk about the Entrepreneurship activities going on at his University in Hawaii.  They are doing some really incredible

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Today I spoke to a large group of students at BYU.  I love speaking to the students.  They have so much energy and enthusiasm and joy for the future.  They are so young and full of promise for their life ahead. In preparing to speak to them I really tried to consider the messages I

Sometimes You Just Need To Take a Time-Out in the “Happy Chair”

When my kids were little time-out at our house consisted of sending the kids to sit in the “happy chair” where they would have to stay until they were able to be happy again.  Our “happy chair” was a bright yellow chair with a sunshine and happy kids painted on it – all designed to

Today Was A Great Day

Today was a great day. I felt so honored to receive the ACG (Association for Corporate Growth), Dealmaker of the Year Award today at a wonderful event in Salt Lake. Former U.S. Secretary of HHS (Health and Human Services), Secretary Michael Leavitt gave the Keynote speech at the award luncheon and he did a fantastic

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

Today I had a really great day.  I was able to go down to BYU in the morning to do a mentoring session with the female students.  I absolutely loved meeting with the girls and getting to know them.  It was so fun to hear about their hopes and dreams for the future.  The one

THAT BIG FORCE OF ENERGY

This week is Entrepreneurship week at BYU.  They have huge events for entrepreneurs and investors going on this week, with networking, business plan competitions, and speakers.  I was asked to speak on one of the panels today that was focused on Going to Market Strategies.  It was a fun session and we talked about the

I am an Entrepreneur!

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen and others make it happen” – Michael Jordan Today was a great day.  I was able to go down to BYU to speak to the students involved in the Women’s Entrepreneurship program at BYU.  First, let me say how much you feel your age



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