Friday, June 16, 2017

The Isenberg School of Management Rocks Boston

Yesterday, the fifth annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards Dinner took place at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston.

Since I am now a Summer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and now living in Cambridge, this made for an easy commute to this special event. My husband and I took the Red line and then the Green line which dropped us off right in front of the hotel.

There were over 300 alums, faculty, administrators, special guests, and even students at this gala evening.

We were there to honor two special Isenberg School alums and honorees: Earl Stafford, an executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, and Nick Markey, a CPA with Deloitte.
 The menu was exquisite as was the actual food.
What made this Business Leadership Awards dinner truly special for me was seeing two of my former MBA students, now very successful executives, Kevin Koswick and Vinnie Daboul, whose daughters are now Isenberg School alumna, as well!

It was also terrific to hear the speakers, including our outstanding, super energetic Dean, Dr. Mark A. Fuller, whose exceptional leadership has propelled the Isenberg School of Management in the various rankings. We are also in the midst of a very exciting addition to the infrastructure of the school with a $62 million addition of a Business Innovation Hub.

The Boston Globe had the featured ad below in yesterday's edition, which the Dean noted. It recognized that 66% of the graduating seniors of the Isenberg School gave to the school - quite the accomplishment and all their names were listed!

Also present at the gala dinner was our fabulous UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy and Professor Dick Simpson who taught accounting at the Isenberg School passed the age of 80!
There were several Operations and Information Management alums at our table as well as Finance alums and the jobs our students get are so impressive - with top companies such as EY, Deloitte, JP Morgan, IBM, to name just a few, and even SpaceX (one of Elon Musk's companies).
It was terrific to see many of my Isenberg School colleagues, including a great turnout from the McCormack Department of Sports Management, with Associate Dean Lisa Masteralexis, Professor Steven McKelvey, Professor Nefertiti Walker (our new Director of Diversity and Inclusion), all bringing their exceptional professionalism and smiles to this event.
Plus, what would an evening be without our Marketing colleagues, Professor Bruce Weinberg, Head of the Marketing Department, and Professor Easwar Iyer, joined by several alums.
And, as we exited from a lovely evening and terrific networking event, we were offered the Annual Dean's Report.
In it, I was thrilled to see Hailey Cockrum, who was one of our amazing Operations and Information Management majors, and who graduated in May 2017. Hailey took both my Transportation and Logistics class and my Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare class. She is the one now working at SpaceX in LA.
 The Isenberg School Rocked Boston!