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2012-2013 Alumni Events

Berlin: July 2012 - World Financial Centers Trip and Alumni Dinner

Berlin Alumni Event July 2012On July 6, members of the Brandeis community joined students and staff from the Brandeis IBS World Financial Centers trip for a dinner in Berlin. The dinner served as a farewell to the students participating in the WFC trip, who spent the week participating in lectures and talks by German academics, business leaders, commentators, and officials. The trip took them to Leipzig, Freiberg and Berlin, and was led by Brandeis IBS professors John Ballantine and Jens Hilscher.


Shanghai: August 2012 - Alumni Dinner

Shanghai Alumni Event August 2012Members of the Brandeis community gathered for a casual dinner in Shanghai, China. Twenty alumni of the International Business School and greater university attended the event, which was hosted by Robin Tyrangiel '04, MA '05. The dinner served as a wonderful kickoff for the 2012-2013 programming year.


Mexico: August 2012 - Alumni Reception

Mexico Alumni Event August 2012Brandeis IBS Professor Alfonso Canella, along with Assistant Director for Development Matt Magida, traveled to Mexico in August for the launch of the Latin American Initiative. The trip included visits to various business partners and universities in the area, with the hope of creating ties between Brandeis IBS and these institutions. The Initiative seeks to increase the Brandeis IBS presence in the region and to recruit more students from Latin American countries.


San Francisco: September 2012 - Alumni Technology Presentation at GigaOm

Alumni event at GigaOm in San Francisco, CAOver 25 alumni in the San Francisco area gathered at the GigaOm office for an evening of cocktails, networking and a keynote. The presentation, entitled "It's All About Tech and You Don't Even Know It: How Technology Permeates Everything We Do," was given by Om Malik, founder and senior writer at GigaOm. The event was hosted by alumni Paul Walborsky '88, MA '89 and Liann (Schottenstein) Walborsky '88. Brandeis IBS Dean Bruce Magid made brief remarks, and enjoyed a great evening with a diverse group of alumni.


New York: October 2012 - Annual Alumni-Student Networking Reception

NYC October 2012 Alumni EventOver 50 alumni gathered in New York for the Annual Alumni-Student Networking Reception. Members of our Career Services staff traveled with 50 students to the event, which featured remarks from Professor Alfonso Canella. Members of the New York Alumni Committee met with students one-on-one throughout the evening to review resumes and provide interview advice.


Hong Kong: October 2012 - Faculty Presentation and Networking

Hong Kong Alumni Event 2012Brandeis IBS and University alumni gathered in Hong Kong for a faculty presentation by David Keller, managing director of research for Fidelity Investments in Boston and adjunct professor at Brandeis IBS. Professor Keller presented his findings on how technical analysts at Fidelity have been visualizing the financial markets for decades, and how they've used these tools to advise portfolio managers. Alumni enjoyed the opportunity to network throughout the evening and engage with Professor Keller.


London: October 2012 - Alumni Reception and European Challenge Launch

London Alumni Event October 2012Alumni from the UK and surrounding countries gathered at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel to network and hear brief remarks from alumnus and Board of Overseers member Georg Muzicant '02, MA '03 and alumnus Matthias Wurmboeck, MBA '11. The two launched the Brandeis IBS European Giving Challenge; every gift made from an alum living in Europe will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $20,000, by Georg and Matthias. The funds raised will support the tuition of a student from Europe next year.


New York: November 2012 - Second Annual Women in Finance Dinner

NYC Alumni Event in November 2012A gathering of Brandeis IBS and university alumnae took place at the Muse Hotel in New York City. The evening was hosted by Amy Kessler '89, MA '90 and featured Christine Marcks, president of Prudential Retirement. Attendees enjoyed a lively, yet intimate conversation discussing what it is like to be a woman working in the fields of finance and business, and other hot-button issues.


Boston: January 2013 - Effective Networking with Diane Darling

Boston Alumni Event in January 2013Brandeis IBS and university alumnae joined current students for remarks by Diane Darling of Effective Networking. Diane's presentation gave both the alumnae and students a chance to practice and refine their networking skills.


Boston: February 2013 - Second Annual Women in Business Dinner with Tania Zouikin

Boston Alumni EventTania Zouikin, former chairman of Batterymarch Financial, joined a group of Brandeis IBS alumni and staff members for an intimate dinner at Avila in downtown Boston. The group benefited from hearing about Tania's experience in the business world and joined in on a lively Q&A discussion for the remainder of the evening.


Istanbul: May 2012 - 2nd Annual Cruise on the Bosphorus

Istanbul Turkey Alumni Event Brandeis IBS hosted over 20 alumni, parents and friends of the business school onboard the 2nd Annual Cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey. They were joined by current Brandeis IBS students participating in the Hassenfeld Immersion Trip to Turkey, led by Professors Can Erbil and Brad Morrison and program coordinator for Student Services Matt Rocker.


Boston: May 2012 - 7th Annual Future Alumni Donor Reception, featuring Wendy Weiss, MBA '01

Future Alumni Dinner 2012Over 25 alumni, in addition to Brandeis faculty and staff, attended the 7th Annual Future Alumni Donor Reception at the Mandel Center for the Humanities to congratulate and welcome the 2012 graduates to the global alumni community. The program for the evening was developed by the Future Alumni Committee, who presented videos and slideshows reflecting on their time at the business school. Alumni remarks were provided by Wendy Weiss, MBA '01. This year, Dean Bruce Magid challenged the second-year class to get at least 50 percent giving participation before the FADR. The class reached almost 60 percent participation, setting a wonderful precedent for future commitment to Brandeis IBS.


Boston: April 2012 - Image Management at Work with Professor Sandra Cha

Alumni Event with Sandra Cha on Image Management in Boston, April 2012On Wednesday, April 25, Brandeis IBS alumni in the Boston area gathered for a presentation on Image Management at Work by Professor Sandra Cha. The evening continued with a Q&A featuring James Elterman, MBA '04, and Brandeis IBS associate director for corporate relations Katherine Prum. Over 40 alumni joined us at the Langham Hotel for an informative and opportunistic evening.


Paris: April 2012 - Brandeis and Business: Trends in Marketing with Grace Zimmerman

Alumni Event April 2012 in ParisOn Tuesday, April 10, Professor Grace Zimmerman met with undergraduates and business school alumni and friends in Paris for a discussion at the Galerie de Bayser. The intimate group discussed current trends in global business marketing and shared memories of enjoyable experiences at both the university and the business school.


Boston: March 2012 - Student, Staff, and Faculty Visit to EMC Headquarters

Alumni Event at EMC CorporationOn March 23, Brandeis IBS led a group of students to EMC headquarters in Hopkinton, MA, to listen, learn and network with EMC executives and alumni. A highlight of the visit included an EMC Brandeis alumni panel featuring Cristina Gotia, MBA '08; John Hose '96; Jon Louis, MBA '08 and Basuki Winoto, MBA '09. Current student Jessica Stanford, MBA '12, enjoyed the opportunity to hear from the group: "I liked having the chance to be in a room with Brandeis alumni who have gone on to have successful careers at the same company. It didn't feel like the typical panel discussion - even though some of the panelists graduated some time ago, we all come from the same school and the same community, and therefore had an unspoken bond which made it feel like we were conversing with friends."


New York: February 2012 - Private Equity Discussion with Michael McKay

NYC February 2012 Alumni EventOn February 29, Brandeis International Business School hosted a presentation and discussion on private equity, led by Brandeis IBS Adjunct Professor Michael McKay. Over fifty alumni in the area joined in for an engaging and informative evening at Benoit Bistro. The evening was a great success, much in part of the work done by the Brandeis IBS Alumni Chapter of New York and our alumni volunteers. Many thanks to Oleg Chizh '02, MA '03; Irene Fishman '05, MA '06; Susan Kasser '97, MA '98; Melissa Rotter '10, MA '11; Liza Shabetayev '99, MA '00; Preston Bays '09, MA '10; and Anna Oshchepkova, MA '08.