At the MBA Convocation two years ago, Veena Jayadeva proudly walked up on stage with fellow Class Officers and presented Dean David Schmittlein with a class gift of $250,000 to support the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. It was just the beginning of her fundraising legacy at MIT Sloan.
“Presenting that check was a crowning moment for the Class of 2010. We raised the second highest amount in the history of Sloan, which was impressive during a recession,” said Jayadeva, who was class gift chair. “We understand the importance of giving back, so that the next generation of Sloanies has the same great experiences we had.”
For Jayadeva and her classmates, it was a defining moment for their class. “That day we announced that ‘we are the Class of 2010 and we want to be leaders in the Sloan community, and we believe in our School.’”
The MIT Sloan Annual Fund is the School’s most powerful giving program. The fund helps support operational and academic resources and other initiatives, including conferences, alumni gatherings, and fellowships, as well as areas of greatest need.
Two years have passed since Jayadeva first presented the quarter million dollar check to Dean Schmittlein. And, today, she is still fundraising for MIT Sloan as a highly devoted alumna.
As Class Agent and Class Officer, Jayadeva is currently responsible for spearheading alumni giving efforts to support the Annual Fund. She is good at it, too. She helped break the school record for a first-year reunion class with 54 percent of her class partaking.
“I've never been in an environment that is as special or inspiring as MIT Sloan. I just don’t think there are many places in the world like it,” said the Rochester, N.Y., native. “It's something that you feel in the air—it's palpable—and after you graduate, it's definitely something you miss.”
Jayadeva’s passion for MIT Sloan goes beyond fundraising. She regularly publishes the MBA/LGO Class of 2010 Newsletter, which is packed with photos and notes from MIT Sloan alumni around the world.
"It's been a great way to stay connected, share personal and professional developments, and celebrate the many ways to remain engaged—from recruiting to attending events to supporting the Annual Fund," said Jayadeva, who has published numerous newsletters since graduation.
“If you’re passionate about something, it comes through. I believe in Sloan, and I believe that it changed my life,” said Jayadeva, who transitioned from a pre-MBA career in microfinance and corporate social responsibility to working for The Boston Consulting Group.
As a student, the Seley Scholar headed up Sloan Women in Management (SWIM), revitalizing the MBA women’s association by building membership, creating programming, and fostering community among women. Today, Jayadeva is vice president of membership for the Association of MIT Alumnae (AMITA).
“It was such a transformative experience, and I want that for the folks who come through the doors next year and the year after. This is a special place, and it's our job as alumni to keep it that way.”
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