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MTC Vice Chair Jane Marquardt Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree

Weber State University (WSU) is pleased to recognize Jane Marquardt with a doctorate of humanities honorary degree. As a businesswoman, philanthropist, and social activist, Jane Marquardt has a lifelong passion for lifting others through her service and giving.

“My family moved to Ogden, Utah, and we actually lived on 37th and Tyler, so right across from the college,” Jane says. “If you’ve ever looked in the history books of what Weber State looked like in 1960, it was just four little buildings and a whole lot of green lawn. I was a little 8-year-old running the horses back and forth along all that lawn and I met the Weber State security first!”

Currently, Ms. Marquardt serves as vice chair on Management & Training Corporation’s board of directors and as the director of international business development, guiding and overseeing almost 9,000 employees worldwide as they help disadvantaged populations succeed through academic and technical training.

“We call ourselves a family business and it really fits because [MTC is] not only primarily owned by our family, but we are also working for families. We don’t make trucks or sell refrigerators – we make people better,” she says.

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Jane Marquardt.

With her background as an attorney, Ms. Marquardt advocates for social justice and equality, creating opportunities for women and prioritizing human rights so all can thrive in their personal and professional lives.

“I just knew I had to stand up and be myself, and what I discovered in being openly gay probably by the early 90s is that I just became a much more powerful person,” Jane states. “And it didn’t hurt my business as a lawyer because people are looking for a representative who’s authentic and honest and I was being that way about myself. It just made me be a more powerful speaker about anything.”

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Jane Marquardt.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Ms. Marquardt strives to see every individual treated with respect and dignity. Jane and her wife, Tami, established the Marquardt Peace and Possibilities Speakers Series as part of the LGBTQ+ center at Weber State.

“It’s not always possible to solve people’s problems, but just by being a visible lesbian person in this community, in Northern Utah, I can say, ‘Hey, I’m doing it, so can you.'”

Ms. Marquardt previously served as a trustee at Weber State University and received a WSU Salutes award in 2016.

“My best advice to young people (and anyone who would like to listen to me) is to pay attention to your relationships,” Jane says. “Because you will go through whatever schooling you’re able to complete, but you’ll forget the names of the classes that you took and you’ll probably forget the names of most of your teachers. But, you won’t forget the names of the people that became your best friends. And if you do it right, those people can be your friends for life.”

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Jane Marquardt.