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  • Reunion Weekend 2014

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    MIT Sloan will welcome alumni from all MIT Sloan graduate programs in the classes of 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, and 2013 back to campus!

    Reunion Weekend offers MIT Sloan alumni a special opportunity to connect with classmates and members of the MIT Sloan community while providing social, networking, and lifelong learning programming throughout the 4-day event. This year, in addition to our Reunion activities, we will bring together all alumni to celebrate the centennial of Course XV at MIT by hosting a colloquium on Saturday, June 7, 2014. 

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  • Thursday, June 5
    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Registration and Check-in
    Make this your first stop to pick up your official Reunion Weekend registration materials or to register on-site if you have not done so already.

    10:30 a.m. – Noon
    Career Workshop: How LinkedIn Has Changed the Game in Job Searches—And How to Use It
    Bryn Panee Burkhart, Associate Director of Alumni Career Services and Christine Bolzan, Career Advisor
    LinkedIn has quickly become the world’s largest professional networking platform, and is a powerful resource for employers and professionals—regardless of whether or not you are a job seeker. Join us for an interactive session where we will explore how to craft an effective profile that will best represent your skills and experiences on LinkedIn. We will also look at how to effectively leverage the site’s features to maximize your networking opportunities, conduct research, stay current on industry trends, and benefit your overall career management strategy.


    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Reunion Box Lunch

    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    MIT Admissions Workshop: Who Gets In? Behind the Scenes at MIT Admissions
    Kim Lesley Hunter ’86, MIT Associate Director of Admissions
    Being accepted by a selective university becomes more difficult each year. Beyond perfect scores and perfect grades, what matters when applying to college, and specifically to MIT? Hear from an MIT undergraduate admissions officer about the current landscape in admissions and what MIT looks for in undergraduate applicants.


    1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    Action Learning Labs: Bringing Theory to Life
    Michellana Y. Jester, Director of Action Learning Program and Lecturer
    MIT Sloan is the leader in Action Learning in management education and has held that esteemed position for several decades. Our pedagogical approach develops principled, innovative leaders through the active integration of theory with real-world practice and personal reflection. This method brings together faculty and students to tackle complex managerial challenges. Through the process, students will enhance their leadership capabilities. Hear how our Action Learning programs are life changing—for the students who participate, the companies with whom they work, and the people across the world who are influenced by the groundbreaking project work that is part of every Action Learning endeavor.


    3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
    Executive Education Workshop: Modeling Choice with Limited Data
    Vivek Farias, Robert N. Noyce Career Development Professor, Associate Professor of Operations Management
    When consumers look at cars at an auto dealership, they have speed on their minds—and not necessarily the sort measured by 0-to-60 acceleration. Rather, they want to buy cars quickly. Evidence shows that people tend to purchase something that’s available on the lot, rather than waiting for an order to arrive from another site, even though an auto is a major purchase. This presents an interesting problem for dealers and manufacturers: Considering factors such as popularity and profit margin, what’s the optimal mix of models to showcase on the lot, given that buyers can be steered toward what’s available? Professor Vivek Farias, who teaches in the MIT Sloan Executive Education program, Developing a Leading Edge Operations Strategy, builds mathematical tools that can answer this question for automakers and dealers—as well as tools that can help businesses in online searches and recommendations.


    4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
    Boston Duck Tour
    Learn about Boston—its rich history and landmarks—aboard the original and world-famous Boston Duck Tour. This tour is a great way to start off your visit to Boston!

    4:45 – 7:00 p.m.
    Prelude to the Pops Buffet Dinner
    W20, Stratton Student Center
    Join MIT alumni for a buffet dinner and beverages before Tech Night at the Pops. MIT Sloan will have its own section of tables reserved. Business attire is suggested. One complimentary drink is included along with round-trip bus transportation to Symphony Hall.


    8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    Tech Night at the Pops
    Symphony Hall, Boston
    For 117 years, this has been one of the most beloved traditions at the Institute. This year, MIT Professor of Music David Deveau and one of his former students, Jee-Hoon Krska ’90, will perform the Mozart Double Piano Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra as part of our special program. Business attire is suggested. Register early to reserve seats with your classmates. For accessibility information, visit www.bso.org. Please note, children under the age of five are not permitted to attend.
    Friday, June 6
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Registration and Check-in

    9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
    Career Workshop: Positioning Yourself Using a Strengths-Based Framework
    Jackie Wilbur, Executive Director, Undergraduate and Master’s Programs
    This interactive session uses a framework based on your career accomplishments to work on the process of identifying your professional strengths and using them to position yourself for your next career move. This model, and the session’s activities, will help you create an understanding of your contributions and provide a framework to create compelling positioning statements based on your accomplishments.


    9:45 – 10:45 a.m.
    A Winning Combination: Invest in MIT’s Endowment, Generate Income, Reduce Taxes, and Make a Gift
    Are you aware that you can use cash or appreciated assets to generate income for yourself and others by creating an MIT Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), which is invested in MIT’s endowment? These types of trusts may be funded with $100,000 or more of cash, stock, or real estate. In addition to generating income for yourself and others, the benefits of creating an MIT CRUT include eligibility for a charitable income-tax deduction, attractive returns via investment with the MIT endowment, and a reduction in estate taxes, all while making a gift to MIT—a winning combination for both you and the Institute. Please join us to explore this income-generating vehicle that many people use in their retirement planning.

    10:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Fenway Park Tour
    Board a bus and travel to Fenway Park to tour the historic home of the 2013 World Series champions, the Boston Red Sox. Ticket price includes round-trip bus transportation.

    11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Executive Education Workshop: Maximizing Your Personal Productivity
    Robert Pozen, Senior Lecturer
    Since the Great Recession, many professionals are faced with more challenging schedules and more daunting to-do lists. This makes it all the more important for them to be able to get their work done quickly and effectively. Author of the best-selling book Extreme Productivity, and former President of Fidelity Investments and Executive Chairman of MFS Investment Management, Professor Bob Pozen will show you practical ways to achieve your work priorities more quickly so you can have more time to spend with your family or to engage in other activities.


    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Lunch with Graduating Students
    Join the graduating Class of 2014 and their families at the MIT Sloan Commencement buffet luncheon and welcome our most recent graduates into the alumni network.

    1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    Alumnae Workshop: Advancement of MIT Sloan Women Through the Decades
    Female graduates often face challenges in the workplace that are distinct from their male counterparts. Women from all Reunion classes are invited to this workshop, which combines small group conversations, general discussion, and a multi-class panel to address the most pressing issues for MIT Sloan women today and explore different paths for advancing their careers.

    1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    Alumni Workshop: Everyone Wants to Sell Their Startup
    Drew Banks, MBA ’89, Head of International at Prezi
    When we think about company acquisition, we tend to remember the biggest successes: YouTube, Instagram, and other $1 billion plus exits. But startups are hard. Even with a great product and a great team, sometimes the market fit or the timing just isn’t right. The ultimate key to selling is to stay in the game. Prezi is a virtual whiteboard that transforms presentations from monologues into conversations: enabling people to see, understand, and remember ideas. Prezi is helping to reinvent the art of presentation with over one million new users each month. This session will explore how Prezi presentations and other tools can help you, whether you’re looking to pitch, fund, market, or expand your company or idea.


    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Speed Networking
    Expand your MIT Sloan network during this fun, fast-paced, structured opportunity! Participants will be divided into industry groups so they can network with the people who are most relevant to them. You will start in pairs and interact for five minutes before switching partners until time runs out, maximizing your number of interactions. Your next business partnership or job may be waiting!

    3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Alumni Workshop: How Mindfulness Can Increase Regeneration, Vitality, and Wellness
    LeRoy Malouf, SM ’59, Business, Life, and Energy Coach, Owner of Energetic Well Being Process
    In our individual pursuits of happiness, we often lose sight of the things we want most in life, while refusing to let go of things that don’t serve to enrich our lives or better us in some way. In this session, we will explore this paradox and learn how to be more mindful, perceptive, and aware of our physical, mental and emotional wellness.


    7:00 – 10:30 p.m.
    Class Dinners at Westin Copley
    Westin Copley Place Hotel
    Reconnect and celebrate with all returning classes at an all-class reception, followed by your class-specific dinner. Classes will be joined by members of the faculty.
    Saturday, June 7

    8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Registration and Check-in

    8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    Continental Breakfast for Faculty Sessions
    Enjoy breakfast prior to heading back to the classroom with our world-class faculty who will be talking about the groundbreaking research and the transformative ideas that are keeping MIT Sloan on the forefront of management education.

    9:00 a.m. – Noon
    The Beer Game
    Come join in this MIT Sloan tradition and try your hand at the renowned system dynamics simulation game. See whether you remember the lessons you learned when you participated as a student, or test your supply chain management instincts and your aptitude for beer distribution for the first time. Breakfast will be provided starting at 8:00 a.m.

    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Faculty Sessions I
    1A-RETHINKING WORK IN THE SECOND MACHINE AGE
    Erik Brynjolfsson, PhD ‘91, Schussel Family Professor of Management Science; Professor of Information Technology; Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy
    Professor Erik Brynjolfsson has spent his career exploring the intersection of technology and business. In this session, he will talk about how massive technological advances are leading to what he and his co-researcher Andrew McAfee, Principal Research Scientist, call a “Second Machine Age.” Bryjolfsson argues that in a world where computers and robots have the ability to replace human beings in many industries, we must fundamentally rethink the way our society approaches work and education.


    1B-BIG DATA IN FINANCIAL SYSTEMS: POTENTIAL AND RAMIFICATIONS
    Roberto Rigobon, Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management; Professor of Applied Economics
    The age of Big Data has made it possible to collect more information than ever before, but how this data can be used to create knowledge remains unclear. Professor Roberto Rigobon, who helped launch the Billion Prices Project and PriceStats, two influential and widely used applications for measuring inflation around the world, will discuss the utility and ramifications of using Big Data to understand the global economy.


    10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    Faculty Sessions II
    2A-THE ROLE OF DEMOCRACY IN ECONOMIC GROWTH

    Yasheng Huang, Associate Dean, International Initiatives and Action Learning; International Program Professor in Chinese Economy and Business; Professor of Global Economics and Management
    An expert in uncovering the forces that stimulate and stymie economic growth, Associate Dean Yasheng Huang has been challenging commonly held perceptions about emerging economies for more than two decades. In his most recent work, Huang explores the role of democracy in economic growth, arguing that there are important lessons the Chinese government can learn from the mistakes of established democracies like the United States. In this session, Huang will ask: does democracy hinder or promote economic growth?


    2B-MAKING INNOVATION WORK
    Fiona Murray, Associate Dean for Innovation; Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship; Faculty Director, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Co-Director, MIT Innovation Initiative
    In the newly launched Innovation Initiative, MIT President Rafael Reif is challenging our community to "see an opportunity to substantially enhance our ability to deliver innovation: to identify problems and create solutions faster and more effectively, at everyscale and for every context …”. In partnership with School of Engineering Associate Dean Vladimir Bulovic, MIT Sloan’s Associate Dean of Innovation Fiona Murray is directing this initiative and exploring the forces that will drive continued success for our students and faculty as they address global challenges of today, and the future. In her session, Murray will explore how to make the next generation of innovation real at MIT.


    2C-FINANCE EDUCATION FOR THE PUBLIC SECTOR
    Deborah Lucas, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Finance; Director, MIT Center for Finance and Policy Professor
    Deborah Lucas has served as Chief Economist at the Congressional Budget Office and Senior Staff Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. She is director of the MIT Center for Finance and Policy (CFP), which investigates how financial analysis can and should inform public policy. Lucas will discuss principle-based policy making as a complement to data analysis, and the role of the CFP in bringing finance education to the public sector, where it can influence policy and regulatory practices.


    12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
    Networking Lunch and E62 Building Tours
    Catch up with friends and fellow alumni at this informal luncheon. Guided tours of MIT Sloan’s newest and greenest building, E62, will also be offered at this time.

    1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
    Faculty Sessions III
    3A-FINANCING BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

    Andrew Lo, Charles E. and Susan T. Harris Professor; Professor of Finance; Director, Laboratory for Financial Engineering
    Professor Andrew Lo is an internationally recognized expert on hedge funds, financial markets, and risk management. He will talk about his groundbreaking work bringing financial engineering to biomedical research, including his bold proposal to create a $30 billion megafund for early-stage cancer research.


    3B-MOBILE TECHNOLOGY AND VOTING IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
    Tavneet Suri, Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor; Associate Professor of Applied Economics
    Last year, Professor Suri and her research team sent text messages to two million Kenyans in order to gauge the impact of mobile technology on voter participation in the country’s national elections. Suri, whose research is focused on sub-Saharan Africa, will discuss this project and explore how mobile phones and emerging technologies have the power to change economic and political systems in the developing world.


    3C-THE GOOD JOBS STRATEGY
    Zeynep Ton, Adjunct Associate Professor of Operations Management
    Almost one in four American working adults has a job that pays less than a living wage. Conven¬tional wisdom says that’s how the world has to work. Bad jobs with low wages, minimal benefits, little training, and chaotic schedules are the only way companies can keep costs down and prices low. If companies were to offer better jobs, cus¬tomers would have to pay more or companies would have to make less. MIT Sloan Adjunct Associate Professor Zeynep Ton makes the compelling case that even in low-cost settings, leaving employees behind—with bad jobs—is a choice, not a necessity. Drawing on more than a decade of research, Ton shows how operational excellence enables companies to of¬fer the lowest prices to customers while ensuring good jobs for their employees and superior results for their investors.


    5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Course XV Commemorative Presentation by Dean Schmittlein
    In 1914, a group of visionary faculty and administrators at MIT introduced Course XV, marking the formal establishment of management education at MIT. As alumni of MIT Sloan, you are part of this bold and brilliant community that is advancing management practice and improving the world. Join Dean David Schmittlein as he reflects on 100 years of transformative work and looks ahead to the new ideas that will define the School as management education at MIT moves into its second century.

    6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Course XV Celebration Reception
    Our Colloquium program ends with a special reception to commemorate 100 years of rich history and innovation at MIT Sloan. Join Dean Schmittlein and your fellow MIT Sloan alumni as we celebrate the School with a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and great company.

    Sunday, June 8
    Noon – 3:00 p.m.
    MIT Sloan Family Barbecue
    Wrap up the weekend with a family-friendly, fun-filled barbecue and activities for kids of all ages, including arts and crafts, face painting, Toddler Town, carnival games, and more.

    MIT Sloan has arranged special rates at select hotels for Reunion 2014. Reserve your room today!  

     

    Mention MIT Sloan Reunion when making your reservation to get the discounted rate. 

    Rate cut-off dates vary from May 10 to May 16, 2014. 

     

    Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill  

    Rate $219 + tax

    Rate Ends: May 10, 2014

    Call 1-617-742-0461  

     

    Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston  

    Rate $289 + tax

    Rate Ends: May 6, 2014

    Group Code: 0605MITALU

    Call 1-617-806-4200 or 1-800-766-3782 

     

    The Westin Copley Place  

    Rate $299 + tax

    Rate Ends: May 16, 2014

    Call 1-617-262-9600  

     

    The Kendall Hotel  

    Rate $295 + tax, (Minimum three-night stay)

    Rate Ends: May 16, 2014

    Reservations Online (Promo Code: SLOANR)

    Call 617-577-1300 or 1-866-566-1300  

     

    Liberty Hotel 

    Rate: $349 + tax

    Rate Ends: May 16, 2014

    Call 1-866-507-5245  

     

    Hotel Marlowe 

    Rate: $269 + tax

    Rate Ends: May 16, 2014

    Reservations Online

    Call 1-617-772-5838  

    You don’t have to leave the kids at home to enjoy your Reunion! MIT Sloan and the MIT Alumni Association have arranged several different child care options for you.

     

    Kid Tech
    To make it easier for you to attend your reunion, the MIT Alumni Association offers Kid Tech, a fun and educational youth program for children ages 6-12. You can relax and enjoy your reunion knowing the children are in good hands with experienced student counselors.

     

    Kid Tech offers five sessions over the weekend.

     

    Friday Sessions: Saturday Sessions: 
    Morning: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.           

    Morning: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
    Afternoon: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
    Evening: 5:30 p.m. – midnight

     

     
    Kid Tech registration: Call the MIT Alumni Association at 617-253-8824.  Kid Tech registration will be available at the end of March when Reunion registration opens, and close on May 14. You must attend Reunion Weekend events in order to enroll your children.

     

    Child care for children under age six
    Babysitting services will also be available through Care.com (formerly Parents in a Pinch), a local childcare service provider. You may request services online at care.com/backupcare or by calling 855-781-1303, ext. 1, and identify yourself as an MIT alumnus. Please try to provide at least two days' notice of your request for childcare services.

    The rates for MIT alumni are $15 per hour for up to 2 children, and an additional $1 per hour for each additional child, and reimbursement for transportation costs incurred, up to a maximum of $20 per session (.56 per mile for use of personal vehicle or actual cost up to maximum for public transportation). Please note, alumni who request and later cancel services prior to their being rendered will be charged a cancellation fee of $30 by Care.com.

    Congratulations on your upcoming Reunion!

    As you reflect upon your time at the School and the impact MIT Sloan has had on your personal and professional growth, please consider supporting the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide essential, unrestricted support that allows the School to invest in new ideas and meet emerging challenges. This flexible funding supports innovation, knowledge creation, and community – ensuring that MIT Sloan retains its position as one of the world’s leading schools of management.

    Make a gift today in celebration of your reunion! 

    Every gift matters! As a celebration of your time spent at MIT Sloan, we ask that you participate in the Reunion Class gift – and consider a leadership contribution at the Dean’s Circle level to commemorate this milestone. The Dean’s Circle honors our donors to the Annual Fund who generously contribute an annual, unrestricted gift of $2,500 or more ($1,000 or more for graduates of the last five years).

    A gift of any size counts towards class participation percentages, and all gifts made before June 30, 2014, will be counted in Reunion totals.



    Have questions about Reunion? We have them answered in the FAQ! If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at mitsloanreunion@mit.edu.

     

    How can I make a gift to MIT Sloan in honor of my reunion?

    Easily! Please go to http://giving.mit.edu/sloangift and select the MIT Sloan Reunion Gift Fund, which supports the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Make your gift between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, in order for your gift to count towards your class gift goal. Thank you for your valuable support of MIT Sloan.

     

    When will I receive my registration information?

    Alumni celebrating a reunion will receive a mailing in late March with registration information. Alumni will be able to register online at that time.

     

    What is the cost to attend Reunion?

    Reunion cost is à la carte; you pay for what you want to attend. Workshops and Faculty sessions, are free of charge. The sessions that have a cost are meals, including the Class Dinner. Some class specific sessions may have a charge, but that is determined by the reunion class committee. You will see the breakdown of prices once you register.

     

    Do we have special hotel pricing for Reunion?

    Please review our accommodations page for the details on MIT Sloan Reunion hotel arrangements. It lists all the rooms reserved at a special MIT Sloan rate. The discounted rates indicated have been negotiated for the benefit of alumni and guests returning for reunion. Please be aware that they do expire in May (dates vary between hotels).

     

    How can I locate a classmate?

    You can use the online Alumni Directory. While you're logged in, you can also check and update your own personal information.

     

    I am having trouble logging into the MIT Sloan alumni pages. Can you help?

    You do not need to log in to register for the weekend. However, to see your Class Pages (includes information such as Class Specific Events and Who is Attending) you must log in using your @sloan.mit.edu account. If you need assistance, please contact Claudia de Jesús Suárez at cdjs@mit.edu or by phone at 617-253-3183.

     

    Can I change my class year?

    Yes. In order to change your MIT Sloan preferred class year affiliation, please send an email requesting this change to mitsloanreunionteam@mit.edu. Once your record has been updated you will ONLY receive information for the new class year.

     

    Does MIT Sloan provide any child care services?

    MIT offers a youth program, Kid Tech, for children ages 6–12. Babysitting services are also available through Parents in a Pinch, a local childcare provider. More information will be available in March when registration opens.

     

    What events are children welcome to attend?

    We welcome and encourage children to attend Reunion Weekend. However, there are a few events that do not have kid-friendly activities. Those include: Back to the Classroom Sessions, Class Dinners, and the Alumni C-function. Highly recommended events for children include: Kid Tech, Boston Duck Tour, Fenway Park Tour, and MIT Sloan Family Barbeque.

     

    What should I wear?

    The general dress code for the weekend is business casual. However, for your class dinners you may prefer semi-formal attire.

     

    Will I be able to attend Commencement?

    Alumni in the 50th reunion class can march in Commencement and bring one guest, who will be seated separately. Please visit the Commencement page for more details. All other alumni and guests can watch the proceedings by video broadcast on campus.

     

    Will I be able to access the Internet while on campus?

    When you are on campus, you can select the MIT WiFi server ‘MIT Guest.’ It will not ask for credentials.

     

    Will I be able to park on campus?

    There will be limited parking available in select lots on the east side of campus. Parking passes will be made available prior to Reunion Weekend with an email confirmation and at the on-site registration/check-in area during the weekend.

     

    Is there a way to get around campus?

    The MIT Tech Shuttle will be available to all alumni and guests throughout the weekend. Shuttles are white mini-buses and will be identified with electronic signs. Each vehicle can accommodate two wheelchairs in addition to other passengers. Shuttles will stop across from the Marriott at the Red Line - Kendall Square T stop and Building E51 (on the corner of Wadsworth and Amherst, across from E62 parking lot).

     

    What access is there for the disabled?

    Most of the MIT campus is accessible to the disabled community, and a detailed map is available indicating all ramps, elevators, and bathrooms. If you or a member of your family requires accommodations for a disability, please contact MIT Disability Services at 617-253-1674.

     

    Where can I pick up my Pops tickets?

    Tickets for Tech Night at Pops will be distributed at registration/check-in on Thursday, June 5 until 4:30 p.m. If you are not able to pick up your Pops tickets by 4:30 p.m. they will be sent to Symphony Hall for pick up beginning at 7:00 p.m. The performance begins at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Symphony Hall ushers will seat latecomers during the first convenient pause in the program. Symphony Hall does not allow children under the age of five to attend performances, and tickets are required for all patrons regardless of age.

     

    What is the dress code for Tech Night at Pops?

    Dress code for the Pops is smart casual or better. Those celebrating their 50th reunion and members of the Cardinal and Gray Society are encouraged to wear their red jackets. 

     

    How can I follow Reunion Weekend on social media?

    Get involved, stay connected, and follow the conversation! Follow us on Twitter @MITSloanAlumni and use the hashtag #SloanieReunion and visit our Facebook page.