One of the major highlights of the 2011–12 year was the Pan-European Reunion in London. Nearly 600 alumni and guests from 37 countries attended the weekend celebration, which included faculty-led panels at the historic Guild Hall and evening social programs at the Royal Courts of Justice and Royal Horticultural Halls. Alumni networked across classes and industries while also learning more about Dean Glenn Hubbard’s priorities for the School.
In New York, Reunion Weekend 2012 was one of the School’s most successful events, with nearly 2200 alumni and guests returning to campus for a weekend of diverse programming and social events. Reunion giving hit a new record, with 22 percent of reunion class members donating over $1.4 million to the School. Dean Hubbard thanks the over 450 Reunion Committee members for all their hard work rallying classmates to attend the weekend and support their alma mater.
Other special events this year included a Columbia Business School spouse event and a legacy gathering for those alumni who have family members who also attended the Business School. The School also hosted its first PhD Alumni Day and Reception. Together with American Express and Credit Suisse, the School also hosted two corporate gatherings celebrating the dual relationships between alumni from Columbia Business School and its corporate partners.
The Alumni Academy, a program designed to offer alumni professional development opportunities to maximize success at the executive level, continued to be well received by graduates.
The School is particularly grateful to its thousands of alumni volunteers for mentoring students, leading alumni clubs, and speaking at both on- and off-campus events.