Global Gathering 2012 reaches corners of the world

March 20, 2012

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MIT Sloan alumni and their families at the Bangkok Global Gathering

For the first time in MIT Sloan history, alumni gathered simultaneously in nine cities around the world on January 27, bringing together 150 MIT Sloan alumni and guests for a series of special events and celebrations.

Members of the Classes of 1997, 1998, and 1999 experienced the rewarding opportunity to rekindle great memories and make new ones, all thanks to the efforts of their classmates who coordinated these events.

It was a global affair, indeed, with alumni meeting up in the following cities: Bangkok, Boston, Denver, London, Madrid, Menlo Park, Miami, New York, and São Paulo.

Frank Samuels, MBA ’98, flew from Dallas to Bangkok, Thailand, to partake and to see classmates he hadn’t seen in 14 years. “It was smashing and a really good event; we sat around, reminisced and had great fun,” said Samuels, a London transplant, who hopes there is another Global Gathering in 2013.

“I am a bit torn, because my friends in Thailand want me to come back next year, but I would really like to attend a similar gathering somewhere in South America, hopefully Argentina,” said Samuels, who is a big proponent of these class events. “The Sloan program remains very important to me, and I want to keep the brand name out there.”

At the gathering, Samuels and former classmates reflected at length on their MIT Sloan experiences, projects they collaborated on, the C-Functions, and former professors like Stewart Myers and Arnold Barnett.

“If you were not a part of Global Gathering 2012, please plan on being at one over the next few years. You get to see old friends and to continue networking. It also keeps you closer to the Sloan program,” said Samuels.

On the other side of the world, Ricardo Olivares, MBA ’98, organized an alumni dinner at Café Sambal in the Mandarin Oriental Miami, which offers stunning views of Biscayne Bay. “It was an excellent spot; right on the water. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect night,” said Olivares, who is a member of the MIT Sloan alumni clubs in Boston and Miami.

All of the alumni who attended live in the Greater Miami area and expressed an interest to Olivares to meet on a more regular basis.

“I have been talking to alumni left and right. When I speak to them, I encourage all Sloanies to participate in the gatherings. Not only do you get to see people you had a lot of fun with years ago, but you also get to compare notes and network at the same time,” said Olivares, who is also helping to organize the MIT CIO Symposium on campus in May.

To view photos from Bangkok, Miami, and other cities, visit Global Gathering 2012’s Facebook page here.

Global Gathering 2012 was made possible entirely by the dedication and efforts of 22 alumni volunteers, like Ricardo, from the Class of 1998; 11 of whom volunteer regularly as Class Agents.

If you would like to help plan class-specific events like a Global Gathering, maintain class connections, encourage support of the MIT Sloan Annual Fund, or volunteer as a Class Agent, contact Moira Sharkey in the Office of External Relations at 617.452.2682 or sharkey@mit.edu. With nearly 26,000 MIT Sloan alumni in 114 nations around the world, what type of gathering would you like to create?