On October 10th, 2018, Southern Utah University welcomed Mitt Romney, current Utah Senate candidate and former presidential candidate, as a speaker for the Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a course on campus that invites various successful business owners and executives to present to the class each week. Speakers present on their accomplishments, challenges, and wisdom they’ve gained from their path to success.
During Romney’s presentation, he shared insight with SUU students about leadership in business, having strong core values, and being optimistic.
Romney graduated from Brigham Young University and earned his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School. He worked for a Boston-based consulting firm, Bain & Co. and was eventually asked to be the founder of what is known today as Bain Capital, an investment firm. Bain Capital was one of, if not the first, investment firms in the United States. Bain Capital has turned many small businesses into huge, well-known franchises, including Staples, Domino’s Pizza and Sports Authority.
Today, Bain Capital is one of the world's leading investment firms. Outside his work at Bain Capital, Romney is a published author, a father of five, and a nationally-renowned politician. He is the former Governor of Massachusetts, was a Presidential candidate in the 2012 elections, and is currently a candidate for Utah’s open senate seat.
In his presentation, Romney shared various stories about successful business owners and the primary qualities they possess that have helped lead them to where they are now. In each of the stories, he emphasized that many business owners sacrifice wealth or praise in order to uphold their personal values. He reminded students that success in life is not measured by wealth, but rather by your relationships with family and friends.
“I really liked that you could tell how important Mitt Romney’s values are to him,” said Carson Matthews, junior finance major. “That is rare to find in a politician.”
The Entrepreneurship Speaker Series is a one credit upper division class, designed to give students the opportunity to learn from successful business owners. There are no prerequisites and the class is open to any majors. All students are welcome to attend, even if they are not enrolled in the course. The class is held Tuesdays from 11:30-12:20 in the Dixie L. Leavitt Business Building in room 126.