2018 Fab 40: Cory Leonard

Meet one of Utah Valley Magazine's 2018 Fab 40


City: Provo

The Journey As associate director of the Kennedy Center for International Studies at BYU, Cory launched the Global Opportunity Scholarship Initiative four years ago. He is passionate about giving students the multicultural experience he never got as a college student. The program has sent more than 100 students from every major at BYU on a study abroad, including first-generation students and those working several jobs to support themselves. Cory has also taught diplomacy and negotiation courses for more than 20 years.

Mile Markers “I have learned so much from speakers and faculty on topics from key aspects of Brazilian culture to a detailed understanding of the war in Syria. In working on documentary film projects I have heard fascinating stories that force me to rethink what I know about the world. I have participated in UN conferences on every continent (except for Antarctica) where I have seen benefits of dialogue. Teaching students around the world on study abroad and mentoring them in various parts of their lives has been most rewarding.”

Road Blocks “Losing my mom recently after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s and aphasia has been dificult.”

Local Destination “You can’t beat our backyard fire pit surrounded by family and friends, with homemade ice cream in hand. I also think Slab is the essential local place for noshing as well as meeting. Rosemary Potato Bacon is the best.”


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