Amy Rees Anderson

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The Importance Of Saying Thank You

My two year old grandson came barreling in the door of the house calling out “Grandma…Grandma” as he ran over to me to give me a hug.  I’m telling ya….that is seriously just about THE GREATEST thing in the entire world! As I sat with him playing it made me long for the days when

Do Not Become Discouraged

“Ships don’t sink because of the water around them; ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don’t let what’s happening around you get inside you and weigh you down.”  – Unknown It’s fairly normal for us to feel discouraged at times in our lives….times when people disappoint us, times we disappoint ourselves,

Who You Are Is Evident In The Way You Treat Others

When I was CEO of my company interviewing people to hire, I never once had an interviewee choose to use their time in the interview to bash the other candidates applying for the job. And if they had, I certainly wouldn’t have been willing to hire them.  I would hire the candidate who shared our

Get Past The Feeling Of Never Being Enough

“How do you get past that feeling of never being enough when you are trying to juggle being a mom, working a full-time job, going to school, etc. It just feels like I’ll never be enough”  That was the question one of the women asked me today after hearing me talk at an event for

Support Really Good People Doing Really Good Things

I spent the evening tonight with a group of incredible philanthropic givers with a heart toward the area of education in Utah and dear friends of my husband and I’s so we could talk about how we can expand an incredible program called Youth Entrepreneurs throughout Utah’s High Schools as well as the Universities Entrepreneurship

Changing The World For The Better

Today was a really big day – it was the groundbreaking for the new Scott C. Keller Business School Building at Utah Valley University.  This is a project our Woodbury School of Business National Advisory Board I’m Chairing has been working on for years so it was fantastic to see it actually happening. And I’m

Never Work A Day In Your Life?

Last Thursday was quite the whirlwind of a day!  I started off my day in the morning heading down to Provo Utah to speak at an event put on by RevRoad. RevRoad is a business accelerator for entrepreneurs that offers coworking space, legal services, marketing, accounting, mentoring services, etc in return for equity.  They asked

Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not

Is It Messed Up To Already Be Decorating For Christmas?

Is it messed up that I started putting up my Christmas tree last night?!? I just couldn’t help myself…it’s crazy cold outside and it started snowing which made it feel like Christmas…and Christmas happens to be my very favorite holiday of all time…so yeah…I got excited and BAM…the decorations came out….so like it or not,

Happily Ever After Doesn’t Happen By Chance

“Happily ever after doesn’t happen by chance, but rather by choice.”  Dr. John Gottman Over the weekend my husband and I went to a marriage workshop that covered material from The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work, written by Dr. John Gottman. Drs John and Julie Gottman are renowned experts on marriage and have done

The Price We Pay For Love

“When you love people very much, isn’t it grand to be able to join in their happiness? Like everything else in the world, however, there is a price to pay for love, for the more happiness we derive from the existence and companionship of other human beings, the more vulnerable we are when there is

Stand And Be Celebrated

As I sat Friday night in the BYU Marriott Center (with its seating capacity of around 19,000 people), and they flashed my photo onto the jumbotron screens and had me stand and be recognized by the audience for receiving BYU’s Honorary Alumni Award it was completely surreal. That’s how they started the BYU Spectacular event

The Answer: Courage

“Courage!  What makes a king out of a slave?  Courage!  What makes the flag on the mast to wave?  Courage!  What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk?  What makes the muskrat guard his musk?  Courage!  What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder?  Courage!  What makes the dawn

Be Authentic And Show Some Enthusiasm!

This evening I spoke at the University of Utah for a Master’s of Business and Master’s of Finance Class. I shared some of the lessons I learned as an entrepreneur and gave the class some advice on raising venture capital. With that fresh on my mind I thought I’d share one of the points we

What Joy Looks Like

Did you know that Psychologists have linked family tradition and routine family rituals to overall family happiness, emotional well-being, lower anxiety levels, higher academic success and higher marriage satisfaction?  Cause they have… Family Traditions are what joy looks like. As a kid my family moved a lot.  With all the moving from State to State,

Everyone has a history that can be used to inspire others

Everyone has a story…a history…a series of failures and mistakes that have shaped them into the person they are today.  I, for one, believe we shouldn’t be ashamed of our story. Our story is what helped us become the person we are. That story is what taught us great life lessons that we might not

Standing Among Giants

Last week I flew to Washington DC to meet with Charles Koch.  My husband and I have been blessed to get to know Charles and Liz Koch over the last several years and they are an inspiration to us because Charles and Liz spend their time finding ways to help others to excel and they’ve

Join Me For This Weekends Semi-Annual REFRESH!

It’s time for a semi-annual REFRESH!  That’s right…every six months an entire weekend is dedicated to refreshing, renewing, and re-centering your spirit!  It’s the BEST!  This semi-annual conference is a live broadcast that streams over the internet over a weekend every October and again every April, and this weekend is the October conference! I’M SO

Insanity is doing the same thing expecting different results

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Einstein If you don’t like the way something is going in your life you can’t sit back and expect someone else to fix it for you. You’ve got to be willing to fix it yourself. For example: If you don’t like

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Today I went and spoke at the Intro to Entrepreneurship class at Brigham Young University.  Speaking to the students is one of my very favorite things to do because I look out into the crowd of young faces and I see so much about them that they haven’t even begun to recognize yet.  I’ve sat

Don’t Carry Excess Baggage

I’d packed and unpacked my suitcases so many times this last year that I wouldn’t even finish unpacking for one trip before I began packing again for the next one. Then I finally got around to unpacking them after my last trip but I left my suitcases sitting open on my bedroom floor because I

The Put Your Oxygen Mask On First Before Helping Others Principle

I sat staring at the computer screen.  It was an empty page to begin typing todays blog onscreen and I sat watching the curser blinking at me.  I thought to myself “What can I write about today?”…several more minutes went by as I just staring at the screen….that’s when I realized “I got nothin’”…My mind

How To Raise Money For A Cause – Getting Inside The Mind Of A Donor

I spend a tremendous of my time helping with charitable causes with missions I believe in.  And given that I get approached by countless charitable organizations wanting donations I’ve learned a thing about what they do to solicit donations that works and what doesn’t work . In the spirit of helping charitable organizations in their

Day Two Of Fall And It Feels FABULOUS!

Yesterday was the official start to FALL!  I personally like to say Autumn rather than Fall because it just sounds so much prettier to say…and pretty is exactly how I’d describe Autumn.  There is very little that compares in beauty to seeing a full array of fall colored leaves on the mountainside – it’s truly

To Have Known Then All We Know Now

Tonight I hosted the female students that are in my Amy Rees Anderson Academic Entrepreneurs program at The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University in my home for a dinner and some girl chat. I also invited two of my female friends from the business community to join me and the students

Don’t Let Your Mind Be A Dumping Ground

“If you suffer from worry, from grief or shame, from jealousy, disappointment, or envy, I have something to tell you. Somewhere near your home there is a vacant corner lot. Although adjoining yards may be well tended, a vacant corner lot somehow is always full of weeds. There is a footpath across it, a bicycle

If I’d Given Up…

Last Friday I was humbled to receive the Leadership in Business Award from the YWCA for my business accomplishments and the work I do championing women and girls through my foundation (the IPOP Foundation).  They put on a beautiful event of around 1,200 attendees Friday and I told them it was the sweetest way to

Best Birthday Present In The World!

Tonight I came home to find my children had come together to write a blog post for my birthday present – best birthday present in the world! Here it is: To the Woman who Does it All, Happy Birthday! Often our mom dedicates a special blog to each of us on our birthdays, and we

Remember when you were a kid and you thought being an adult would be fun?

Remember when you were a kid and you thought being an adult would be fun?  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOL That quote literally made me laugh out loud when I read it because it’s so hysterically yet painfully true!  As little kids we couldn’t wait to grow up…to be old enough to “do whatever we want”, and stay



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