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2011 - 2012 Alumni Events

New York: October 2011

Alumni Event in NYC, October 2011Brandeis IBS hosted its Annual Alumni-Student Cocktail Reception at The National Restaurant. Over 100 alumni and students gathered for an evening of networking and a presentation on the changing global economic landscape by Brandeis IBS Professor Alfonso Canella. Members of our alumni relations, development and career services staff made introductions and caught up with familiar faces.


London: October 2011 

London Alumni Event, October 2011Brandeis alumni and friends gathered in London for a cocktail reception at the Hilton London Green Park Hotel. "Thriving in Turbulent Times" was hosted by Brandeis IBS and featured remarks and discussion by Dean Bruce Magid on the changing global economic landscape, new initiatives taking place at the business school, and strategic plans for the future. Over 40 alumni and staff were present for a great evening in London. 


New York: November 2011 - Women in Finance

Alumni Event in NYC November 2011An impressive group of twenty-four alumnae attended, ranging in class years and with industry experience in areas including investment banking, marketing, valuation and private equity. The panel included Amy Kessler ’89, MA ’90, SVP and head of Longevity Reinsurance within Prudential Retirement's Pension Risk Transfer business; Elida Reci, MA ’99, governance and public administration officer for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA); Violeta Sacara, MA ’08, assistant vice president at Barclays Capital; and Ruxandra Balasov, MBA ’01, VP, energy commodities finance at BNP Paribas.


Boston: December 2011 - Women in Business and Innovation


Boston Alumni Event, December 2011On December 6, Brandeis IBS hosted a “Women in Business and Innovation” panel discussion and dinner in Boston.  A dynamic and engaging group of thirty-six alumnae attended the event. The distinguished panel included Barbara Clarke, MA '91, national director for the National Alliance of Grieving Children; Emily Rumanek, MA '07, MBA '09, senior analyst at Observant LLC; Nisha Sheth, MA '00, director of transaction services at PwC; as well as Brandeis IBS Senior Lecturers Brenda Anderson and Grace Zimmerman.


Paris: June 2011

Alumni Event in Paris, June 2011Brandeis IBS hosted its first event in Paris at the end of June at Dorothy's Gallery. Over 25 alumni from the Brandeis community attended the event, which focused on building the university's global alumni network with professionals from the worlds of business, commerce and academia. MSP Program Director John Ballantine spoke about the future of the EU, with a particular focus on the current state of Greece. Hosts Jill Danger '71 and Hugues Blondet, MA '02 facilitated the event.


Boston: March 2011 

Boston Alumni Event in March 2011Nearly 50 alumni from the Boston area gathered at the Fireside Lounge in Ames Hotel for our first-ever thank you celebration to local alumni who responded to the Kessler Challenge by making a gift to the Peter Petri Global Fellowship. Mark Goldberger, MBA ’09, a beneficiary of the scholarship himself, emphasized the importance of the Peter Petri Global Fellowship in rewarding talented students at Brandeis IBS, and appealed to his fellow alums to give back to their alma mater.


Hong Kong: March 2011

Hong Kong Alumni Event March 2011The Brandeis University Greater China Alumni Association celebrated the launch of the Hong Kong chapter with a reception and dinner hosted by Tony Chang, PhD '83. Nearly 30 alumni were welcomed by Tony, who spoke about the importance of being part of the Brandeis family. Robin Tyrangiel '04, MA '05 and Aviva Zyskind '09, who flew in from Beijing to represent the newly formed club, touched on the importance of giving back to Brandeis and creating a regional alumni organization to grow the school's reputation. They gathered feedback and recruited alumni volunteers for future events. 


New York City: January 2011 

Alumni Event in NYC in January 2011Brandeis alumni and friends from the New York City area joined together for the Brandeis IBS Sixth Annual New Year's Celebration. This year featured a dynamic and engaging conversation with Bernard Schwartz, an industrialist, philanthropist and progressive public policy advocate. The keynote address was sponsored by the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership and Louis Perlmutter '56, founder of the institute and a Brandeis trustee, served as moderator. We were also pleased to have President Frederick M. Lawrence deliver introductory remarks. Despite the weather, nearly 100 Brandeis alums and friends attended the event.


Istanbul: January 2011

Istanbul Alumni Event in January 2011Brandeis IBS hosted its first alumni event in Istanbul, Turkey with coctails and dinner. Assistant Professor of Economics Can Erbil and Assistant Professor of Finance Elif Sisli Ciamara met with 15 alums to discuss developments taking place at the business school as well as introduce the new Hassenfeld Fellow Overseas Immersion Program. The program is a week-long, in-country experience available to first year IBS students and will give participants an intensive introduction to the business and economy of Turkey. Professor Erbil will return to Istanbul with 30 Brandeis IBS students and looks forward to seeing Brandeis alums again.