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Future Alumni 2012

Class of 2012 joins the ranks of Brandeis International Business School alumni

Future Alumni Reception

May 16, 2012

On Wednesday, May 16th, the newest group of Brandeis International Business School (IBS) alumni gathered for the 7th Annual Future Alumni Donor Reception at the Mandel Center for Humanities. Co-hosted by the IBS Development and Alumni Relations department and the student-run Future Alumni Committee, the event offered sound advice to the Class of 2012, encouraging them to value what they had learned during their time at the business school and to stay engaged as alumni.

Featured alumni speaker Wendy Weiss, MBA ’01, founder of Hot Flash Financial, told the graduates to value their new friendships with a talented array of individuals from across the globe. “These friendships with highly trained IBS graduates turned into something that is extraordinarily important in the job market today,” she explained. “These are networks that helped many of us build careers.”

Dean Bruce Magid also addressed the graduates, challenging them to reach at least 50% participation in class giving with the promise that he would make a commemorative gift in their honor if they managed to do so. As of May 31, 56% of the Class of 2012 had donated, with new gifts pouring in each day.

With an abundance of Brandeis IBS staff and faculty in attendance, along with 20 alumni and 75 members of the graduating class, the event stood out in a hectic week of commencement events for the Class of 2012. “I think we were all sad that our time as students had ended,” said Jessica Stanford, MBA ’12, a member of the Future Alumni Committee. “But we’re excited to be alumni, and the Future Alumni Donor Reception marks the beginning of that chapter.”

Click here to watch highlights from the event, including Wendy's speech and the 2012 Future Alumni Committee Presentation.