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The Power to Become conference is not just for BYU-Idaho students, says Will Gurkie. It's an opportunity for students and community members alike to see successful BYU-Idaho and BYU Provo alumni. At the conference, students and community members discover their passion, tell their story, and learn how to network effectively.

February 8, 2018
Writer: Matthew Christensen

Every other semester, BYU-Idaho hosts an inspirational conference entitled "P2B," or "Power to Become." But as it says on its website, P2B is not just a conference, it's an experience. The experience features guest speakers who have found success and passion in the careers they have pursued and, what's more, they are all alumni BYU-Idaho or Brigham Young University.

"It's to hopefully inspire them to see what they can do," said Will Gierke. "We want to show them that these alumni are nothing that they can't be. It's all about career development and how to get to the next level." Gierke is with the Internship and Career Services office at BYU-Idaho, and is the hosting coordinator for the Power to Become Conference every nine months.

Gierke explained his role in reaching out to individuals who will be speaking at the event, "They're very honored when we reach out and say, ‘hey, we'd love you to come back to your alma mater,'" Gierke said. "This group is specifically excited about coming."

The speakers for this conference include Beth Vanderwalker, the director of a large regional medical center; Greg McKeown, author of "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" and CEO of McKeown, Inc.; Martin Havran, a 3D concept modeler for Havran Productions; Christopher Galbraith, the Operations Executive at Mity Incorporated; and Ernie Lopez, MBA who works in marketing with Adobe Systems.

Gierke emphasized the value of the experience for BYU-Idaho students and community members alike, "We do invite the community," Gierke said. "We usually have a couple hundred from the community come out to each P2B." Tickets are $15 for community members and $10 for BYU-Idaho students, and check-in's begin Friday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with late check-in's from 4 p.m. in the Hart Auditorium at BYU-Idaho.

You can listen to the full interview below.