Bette and Stephen W. Gibson
When Bette Mignon Christensen graduated from BYU in 1964 with a B.A. in Home Economics, she had no idea it would lay the foundation for nearly fifty years of teaching, writing, globe-trotting, and raising three handsome boys, one patient daughter, and a husband. Her three boys turned out to be an English professor, a Hollywood producer, and an entrepreneur. And her daughter is married to a doctor and has three boys and a daughter.
After earning an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University Colorado at Denver, in the early 1990s, she taught at Arapahoe Community College, and BYU Provo, where she oversaw an Early Childhood lab and worked with student teachers in Early Childhood Education.
In 1999, she moved to the Philippines with Steve to co-found the Academy for Creating Enterprise (ACE). During her 19 months there, Bette oversaw all the logistics of housing and feeding hundreds of students and a full-time staff. She also develop 25 lessons for non-native English speakers. She has also had responsibility for helping edit three other volumes of Where There Are No Jobs curriculum for the Academy.
A few years following their living in the Philippines, Steve and Bette relocated to BYU Hawaii. Where she taught Book of Mormon and, once again, helped Steve with his entrepreneur courses.
Currently she spends time serving on the curriculum committee for the Academy as well as spending lots of time with her 15 grandchildren.
She and Steve enjoy cruising Europe, Alaska and New Zealand. She also enjoys gardening and has a new and flourishing hobby of taking pictures, which she turns into family scrapbooks.
Stephen Gibson has created more than a dozen entrepreneurial businesses, including Barclays Oxygen Homecare, which was named as one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in the U.S. by Inc. magazine. Gibson co-founded the Utah Angels, a group of Utah investors, which has provided well over $30 million in financing to Utah entrepreneurs. He has authored 150 articles on entrepreneurial topics for the Deseret News, Salt Lake City’s leading daily newspaper. He and his wife, Bette received the BYU Social Innovator Award as well as the UVU Social Entrepreneur Award. Gibson is also heavily involved with microenterprise education for the poor. He and Bette, founded the Academy for Creating Enterprise in the Philippines in 1999. The Academy is a school designed to teach microenterprise development among returned missionaries primarily in the Philippines, Mexico and Peru. The curriculum is used in nearly a dozen additional companies including those in Africa, Europe, Central and South America. Its curriculum was recently donated to the LDS church and forms much of the current PEF/Self Reliance curriculum. Nearly 10,400 returned missionaries have been trained by the Academy. It’s alumni are formed into 219 worldwide chapters in countries from Peru to Cambodia.