NYU Stern Alumni Return to Campus to Celebrate Reunion 2015

The NYU Stern Reunion tradition, now in its 5th year, continued as alumni returned to their alma mater for a dynamic all-day event that featured SternTalks: TED-x style faculty talks, alumni presentations, a career workshop, and a fun-filled evening at the Waldorf Astoria. This year nearly 500 undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA alumni attended Stern reunion, which coincided with NYU Alumni and Parents Day.

“Reunion has become a strong Stern tradition that alumni look forward to because it gives them a chance to reconnect - not only with each other - but with the School and faculty", said Sarah Marchitto, Executive Director of Alumni Relations at Stern. “The day offers something for everyone, whether it’s a chance to hear from thought leaders or just to enjoy the party.”

Back to the classroom
The reunion program kicked off with a keynote from Luke Williams, Executive Director of Stern’s W.R. Berkley Innovation Lab and Clinical AssociateProfessor of Marketing, who is known for his groundbreaking work in the field of innovation strategy. Additionally, Professor Charlie Murphy shared the latest trends in the finance industry, Professor Jill Kickul explored developments in social entrepreneurship, and for those who wanted to return to the classroom, Professor Sonia Marciano led a refresher in strategy. Alumni seeking to spruce up their LinkedIn profiles came away with tips during a networking session with Stern’s Career Center for Working Professionals.

Alumni also played a key role during the day. Todd Fellerman, MBA ‘09, Chair of Stern’s Alumni Council and Senior Manager and Industry Head of CPG/Food Beverage at Amazon, gave a talk on the relationship between business and technology, and Seth Elliott, MBA ‘96 President of Vincent Longo Cosmetics, discussed the thought-provoking topic of consumer choice and free will in the age of marketing.

As part of NYU Alumni and Parents Day, Stern alumnae from the Stern Women in Business (SWIB) Alumnae Committee hosted “Mastermind Mentoring,” a session to share strategies and experiences of courageously pursuing career goals. The event was organized by Sharon Li, MBA ’11, SWIB Vice Chair, Stern Alumni Council and Director of Accounting, Spindrift Equities and Rozaliya Stoyanova, MBA ’14, Associate Banker, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, and panelists included: Jennifer Gootman, MBA ’10, Director of Social Consciousness & Innovation, West Elm, Karen Rubin, MBA 1992, Managing Director, Talking Talent North America, and Lilian Tan, MBA 2014, Senior Consultant, Grant Thornton.

Evening celebration
All Stern alumni joined Dean Peter Henry at a special luncheon on Gould Plaza where he shared a State of the School. He also expressed his gratitude for the generous way Stern alumni engage with the the School  - giving their time, talents and financial support.

The evening celebration took place at the historic Waldorf Astoria, where everyone celebrated memories from their college and b-school days over cocktails, dinner and dancing. Both Dean Henry and Geeta Menon, dean of the undergraduate college, toasted alumni and the power of the Stern community.

Stern Reunion 2016 will be held on April 1-3, 2016 for classes ending in “1” and “6.” Keep your contact information up to date and join NYU Stern’s LinkedIn group to learn about upcoming reunion details.