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Creating a Legacy from Industry to Academics: Shaping the Next Generation of World Ready Leaders

Dean Magid and Professor Bergstresser

Reflections from the Fifth Annual Dean’s Forum, held March 28, 2014
April 3, 2014

At the age of 11, Bruce Magid peered outside his childhood home in Sharon, MA in the midst of a winter storm.

“It was snowing, and I thought to myself – there’s a big world out there. It’s got to be a lot warmer in other places. I’m going to find that world.” The future Dean of Brandeis IBS knew then that he wanted global career. 

At the Fifth Annual Dean’s Forum, Magid shared stories and wisdom that reflected on his dynamic global career, which has taken him to over 27 countries and five universities. In a room packed with over 85 students, faculty, and staff, his vision for the school rang clear.

“Our goal is simple: relentless pursuit of talent around the world. We measure our talent not only by a test score, but by what we believe is the individual potential of our students, and what we perceive as our ability to transform lives.”

Magid pushed for the community to stay true to the business school’s core values by maintaining a thirst for innovation and mutual respect for one another. “We never want to become static,” he said. “We’re constantly revisiting our curriculum to respond to the futures you all seek. We want to educate our students for tomorrow’s careers, not yesterday’s jobs.”

The Dean shared the power of international connections, noting the piqued interest of external institutions that are actively seeking to partner with the business school’s dynamic programs and faculty and increase interactions with our community.

“You can’t lead unless you’re inspiring others to join you,” said Magid. “People should want to be a part of what you’re talking about.”

Associate Professor Dan Bergstresser joined the conversation and encouraged students to embrace the risks that come with creating a legacy. “No matter which side of the divide you sit on, don’t forget that you live life in the present and the future is unknown,” he advised. “Don’t get lost in the craze of daunting tasks that will appear throughout your career. Be humble about change. Find a new perspective.”

The event concluded with a Q&A session featuring six student panelists. The Dean encouraged the rest of the student body to provide continual feedback and ask questions as a catalyst for positive, constructive conversations.

“Legacy is built by creating change. Your involvement helps us determine how the school can transform lives and move your goals forward. We make an impact through the impact all of you will have on society. So when you become the next Jamie Dimon or Warren Buffett, I hope you’ll remember us and the power of this community. I hope you’ll stay connected for life.”