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Commencement 2011

Brandeis International Business School graduates encouraged to innovate and do good

Students smiling at commencement 2011

May 22, 2011

A life sciences leader noted for her role in expanding the industry in MA urged graduates of the Brandeis IBS to innovate while seeking fulfilling lives. Speaking at the school’s seventeenth commencement exercises, MA Life Science Center President and Chief Executive Susan Windham-Bannister PhD ’77 said there are more important career objectives than obtaining a hefty salary.

"A successful career is not always one that is personally gratifying," she said. "A truly fulfilling career also allows you to do good things for others. Financial success in your profession is great, I acknowledge that, but a fulfilling career is measured by the people you touched and the lives you make better through your work."

Addressing 185 graduates representing 48 countries, Windham-Bannister encouraged them to seek new ways to make their way in a rapidly changing world. "You are joining the global workforce at a time when a new economy is emerging—what we are coming to call an innovation economy… The old rules and the jobs of the old economy are falling quickly away… Your careers will be built on finding new paths and new types of work, not on following the paths of generations before you, or stepping into the jobs that we have held in the past."

Windham-Bannister, who earned a Ph.D. at the Heller School at Brandeis, was awarded the Dean's Medal for her exemplary leadership and significant professional accomplishments in the field of life sciences. Windham-Bannister has been charged with overseeing the state’s $1 billion effort to promote innovation and growth within life sciences. Under her leadership, the center is encouraging unprecedented public-private collaboration and making strategic financial investments in translational research and work force development.

While at Brandeis, graduates gained the tools they need to be innovative in any field, said Bruce Magid, dean of the school and the Martin and Ahuva Gross Chair in Financial Markets and Institutions. "You will seize and create opportunities - even as the global economy continues its seismic shifts. You will confront and overcome obstacles; utilizing your interdisciplinary, multicultural education."

Student speaker Pamela Hanafi MA '11 from Indonesia stressed that commencement is the start of an exciting new chapter for herself and her classmates.

"While we were busy learning, the world has changed, we have changed, and we will continue to change," she said. "Our education has not come to the end. It is simply the beginning. Our diploma is not a stop sign; it is a license to keep learning."

Brandeis International Business School awarded degrees in Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Science in International Economics and Finance, and Doctor of Philosophy in International Economics and Finance.

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