NYU Stern Alumni Celebrate at Reunion 2024

A weekend of connection and celebration
Stern alumni celebrating Reunion at the New York Public Library.

NYU Stern welcomed back over 1,450 registered alumni and friends for Reunion 2024, a three-day event that took place on Friday, May 3–Sunday, May 5. Alumni from the Class of 2023 and class years ending in ’4 and ’9 gathered to reconnect, reminisce, and create new memories. All Stern alumni were invited to attend faculty talks. This year’s events took place at NYU Stern and at The New York Public Library.



Friday “Back to School” Night

Reunion weekend kicked off with a special pre-reception with Vice Dean Robert Whitelaw to celebrate alumni from the BS in Business and Political Economy (BPE) and BS/MS in Business degree programs.


After the reception, Stern Alumni Council members Diana Charlite (MBA ’15) introduced the faculty talks and Chase Mathew (BS ‘11) kicked off a panel discussion on generative artificial intelligence (GEN AI). The faculty talks and panel discussion included:

  • Deepak Hegde on "Endless Frontiers” 
  • Sonia Marciano on "The Human Capital Dilemma in Concentrated Markets” 
  • Thomaï Serdari on "Beyond Haute Couture: The Business of Culture”
  • Johannes Stroebel on "Social Capital in the United States" 
  • David Yermack on "Corporate Managers and Anti-Woke Shareholder Activism"


Srikanth Jagabathula, director of the Khubani BS in Business, Technology and Entrepreneurship Program, moderated the GEN AI panel which featured Lori Mazor (MBA ’14), CEO and founder, SYNTHETIVITY; Christine Miao (BS ’13), founder, Godfrey; and Vijay Nair (BS ’09), managing director, innovation/investments, Hospital for Special Surgery 


Friday evening concluded with a "Beer Blast" style reception, a nostalgic nod to the longstanding tradition begun by Dr. Ellery Karl (MBA ’86). Now known as “Stern Social,” “Beer Blast” began as an on-campus social event that has evolved into themed gatherings at local bars for current students. Alumni who donated to the School received a special NYU Stern pint glass to commemorate the evening. Beer for the Reunion event was generously donated by Jeremy Cowan (EMBA J24), founder and partner, Alphabet City Brewing Company.


Audience at faculty talks

Alumni at faculty talks


Alumni at a “Beer Blast” style reception

 Alumni at a "Beer Blast" style reception


See photo highlights from the Friday "Back to School" events



Saturday Day Programming at NYU Stern and an Evening Celebration at The New York Public Library

The on-campus Saturday programming included a speed networking session for all alumni and career coaching appointments by the Working Professionals Career Team. Tony Watkins (MBA ’11), chair of the NYU Stern Alumni Council, introduced a fireside chat with Dean Raghu Sundaram and Professor Jonathan Haidt about his best selling new book, The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness. A luncheon followed the fireside chat.



Alumni speed networking event

Alumni at the Saturday morning speed networking event


Fireside chat with Dean Raghu Sundaram and Professor Jonathan Haidt

Professor Jonathan Haidt discusses his new book


See photo highlights from the Saturday day program



On Saturday night, alumni from the Class of 2023 and class years ending in ‘4 and ‘9 reunited at The New York Public Library for an elegant evening celebration at the iconic venue. Attendees had the chance to explore The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures, a collection that spans 4,000 years.


5.4.24 Reunion 2024:Class Celebrations at The New York Public Library 


See photo highlights from The New York Public Library celebration



Sunday Identity Affinity Community Brunch 

The weekend came to a close with a community brunch on Sunday hosted by Stern’s identity affinity groups, including: Stern Women in Business (SWIB) Alumnae, Black and Latino Alumni (BALA), LGBTQ+ Alumni, and Military Veterans Alumni. With opening remarks from Director of Alumni Diversity and Inclusion Ava Danville, classmates from all Reunion years and identity affinities celebrated shared experiences. Learn more about NYU Stern’s alumni groups.


5.5.24 Stern Reunion 2024: A Community Brunch Hosted by the Identity Affinity Groups 


See photo highlights from the Community Brunch