Sunday, November 3, 2013


Nineteen years ago this month, I walked into the Tanner Bldg at Brigham Young University to meet with the director of the MBA program.  The man was Dr. Gary F. McKinnon. 

And by a happy, fateful coincidence, I'd already been on a few dates with his second-to-youngest son.  But that was beside the point.  Over a Sunday dinner, Gary had urged me to come meet with him on campus to discuss my academic future.

My academic future??

I was a Freshman at BYU.  In other words... clueless.

Gary sat across from me in his office and leaned his elbows over his immaculate, organized table.  With a spark in his eye he asked me if I'd ever considered getting an MBA.

No.  I hadn't.

He then launched into his powerful pitch about the corporate spectrum, marketing, women in business and how acceptance into a top 25 MBA graduate program would skyrocket my career (the Marriott School MBA program is #17 last time I checked).  And then came the phrase I would never forget.  With all the persuasive foresight and understanding my future father-in-law possessed, he looked me straight in the face and wisely predicted,

"It doesn't matter where you go or what you do.  It will open doors for you."

That meeting set in motion my academic goals for the next several years.  Academically rigorous years combined with miraculous GMAT scores before that wonderful phone call telling me I had finally made it.  I had been accepted!  And never once during that time did I forget what Gary had said.

Because he was completely, 100% right. 

And he still is right.  

Thank heavens for the wise and sage counsel of family!  And the older I get, the more I find myself clinging ever more tightly to their guidance.  Blessed is my life and the lives of my children because of the wisdom of my parents.

Greg, Pretty Girl and Gary McKinnon


Lea said...

wonderful post - I didn't know this story. And obviously - you did well in that challenge because you are an amazing woman!

Jen T said...

I didn't know this story either. You work so hard and definitely deserve those doors to open for you and Greg!

kj said...

Wow. There's a lot more to this story that I need to hear. Hope things are going well for you!