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Connecting across the worldwide community

Kristina Gulick Schaefer, Associate Dean, External RelationsKristina Gulick Schaefer, Associate Dean, External Relations

Dear Alumni,

In the Spring 2012 issue of the MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine, I am delighted to bring you stories of innovation and collaboration in health care delivery around the world. Our alumni, faculty, and students are leading initiatives to solve an increasingly pressing problem, and this important work is supported by the strength of the School’s global community. This year, I have seen firsthand how the mission-driven work of MIT Sloan alumni reinforces the School’s impact worldwide.

For example, School events this year have seen record attendance. The number of alumni gatherings worldwide has tripled since May 2011, up to 69 in total. The breadth and diversity of alumni events are inspiring, from a 300-person gathering in Cambridge MA, to a five-person meeting in Thailand. In every case, the scope and vibrancy of alumni activities have generated a global conversation about the mission of MIT Sloan in the world, and how it can be advanced.

Many of these events provided you the opportunity to meet and talk with David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean of the School, who traveled from continent to continent to get to know many of you. Throughout the world’s regions, Dean Schmittlein made it a point to share his vision for the School, while learning of your particular interests and commitment to the future of MIT Sloan. These events will only continue apace: We look forward to welcoming you at the next gathering in your region.

In addition to the excitement and enjoyment of social events that welcome alumni, students, and friends of the School, the impact of MIT Sloan’s global alumni network can also be felt in the daily life of the School and the work of its faculty and students. For example, Julie Chang, MBA ’02, (see page 9) experienced the power of the alumni network firsthand in 2010, when she began a consulting project in Morocco. The CEO of OCP, the client company, was an MIT Sloan alumnus who took a special interest in Chang’s work in sustainability. The project flourished, OCP executives visited the campus through the Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), and collaborative ties between the company and Kendall Square multiplied. Today, OCP is slated to join the 2012 roster of participants in the Sustainable Business Lab (S-Lab).

Reunion Weekend is an opportunity to reinforce these alumni ties, of friendship and professional collaboration, as well as to renew your connection to the School. Further, it enables you to reconnect with old friends and classmates, while learning more about the latest innovations and collaborations going on at MIT Sloan. We will welcome hundreds of alumni back to campus on June 7-10; and we hope that if your class is in a Reunion year, that you will join us. Reunion activities will feature presentations by faculty on their latest research, including professors whose innovative work in health care is featured in this issue of the magazine.

As the health care initiative demonstrates, the School’s impact in the world can only be brought to life through the generous support of alumni and friends. This year we have the ambitious goal of raising $3.1 million for the MIT Sloan Annual Fund. Your support, through unrestricted giving, has a tremendous effect on the life of the School, the opportunities we make available to students, and MIT Sloan’s future impact on the world. Please take a moment today to make a gift to the Annual Fund using the envelope enclosed in this magazine.

As upcoming alumni events approach, I look forward to welcoming you back to campus or meeting you where you live. You are an essential part of our community, and your engagement and commitment to MIT Sloan are deeply appreciated. I hope you will enjoy this edition of the MIT Sloan Alumni Magazine and the window it provides into what is happening on campus today, and every day, as we tackle today’s greatest management challenges.

Best regards,

Kristina Gulick Schaefer
Associate Dean, External Relations