The weekend kicked off on Friday night with class cocktail receptions in a tent on Gould Plaza and in Gardner Commons at Stern, which gave alumni a chance to reconnect with their classmates in a casual setting, and mix with alumni from other years. On Saturday morning, the day started with an elegant brunch outside of Paulson Auditorium. Erin Malone, senior director of alumni relations, welcomed everyone and then Paul Hardart, marketing professor and director of the Entertainment, Media and Technology Program, kicked off the faculty presentations which included TEDx-style talks from professors Jonathan Haidt, Deepak Hegde, Anat Lechner, Natalia Levina, Robert Salomon, and Arun Sundararajan that touched on topics ranging from the future of work to the pros and cons of globalization for businesses.
During the seated luncheon on Gould Plaza, Dean Raghu Sundaram and Gary Fraser, MBA ‘92, who recently returned to Stern as the first associate dean for diversity and inclusion, held a fireside chat focused on how the School has evolved, its latest program innovations, and the record-breaking number of applicants to the Undergraduate program over the last several years. Melanie Wong, MBA ‘94, gave the opening and closing remarks for the lunch program.
Throughout the day, the Career Center for Working Professionals offered sold-out individual career advisement sessions and hosted a workshop on Leveraging a Dynamic Network. Alumni have access to lifelong career support and career coaching at no cost through the Career Center. Learn more here.
Evening Celebration and the Reunion Committee VIP Reception
After months of work helping support fundraising efforts and attendance for Reunion, committee volunteers came together for a private VIP Reception in the Maini Courtyard at Tavern on the Green to celebrate their hard work. The event took place just before the evening celebration began, and gave the committee members a chance to present checks to Dean Raghu Sundaram, which added up to a record-breaking $3 million dollars raised for scholarships at Stern.
The Reunion Committees, which include some of Stern’s most loyal and dedicated alumni, kicked off their fundraising efforts in the fall of 2018. Their role includes:
- Driving fundraising efforts for their class
- Engaging in peer-to-peer outreach to support attendance
- Moderating programs during Reunion weekend
- Demonstrating leadership with philanthropic support
- Leading giving challenges among their peers
As the grand finale of Reunion Weekend, all classes came together at the iconic Tavern on the Green in Central Park. The celebration featured food stations, full bar, photo booth, candy bar, and a DJ.
Planning is already underway for Reunion 2020, which will be held on May 1 and 2, 2020 for classes from 2019 and those in years ending in ‘5 and ‘0. Alumni interested in learning more about how to be part of their classes' Reunion Committee for 2020, please contact Callie Short, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Evening Class Cocktail Receptions
Saturday Daytime Program
Saturday Evening Celebration