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Student Initiatives

Alumni participation in student initiatives is a critical component of maintaining a strong Columbia Business School community. There are a number of ways to get involved.

By becoming a Columbia Career Network Mentor, you can help guide new students by answering questions about your industry and career path, and Uris Unplugged gives alumni the opportunity to be paired with students during informal dining sessions where you can discuss shared interests and affiliations.

You can also connect with students by becoming a classroom speaker or join a SPARC, Students Partnering with Alumni to Reignite Connections, series event, which brings young alumni back to the clubs they connected with as students.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Megan Shaughnessy at

Classroom Speakers

Faculty members strive to enhance the MBA experience and augment their instruction by bringing real-world practitioners into the classroom, including alumni like you. By visiting, you provide insights that allow students to see theoretical concepts at play in the real world. You also give current students a firsthand look at the post-MBA possibilities. Participating executives also gain brand exposure to potential hires, while simultaneously giving back to the aspiring business leaders of tomorrow.

If you are interested in being a guest speaker or panelist and would like more information, please contact Megan Shaughnessy at If you would like to sign-up online, please log in to the Network section of the website, select "Edit My Profile" from the left hand-side menu, and click Volunteer Sign-up under edit my interests.


Students Partnering with Alumni to Reignite Connections (SPARC) is a joint initiative between student clubs and Alumni Relations that started in 2012. Each year, SPARC programming connects young alumni back to the student clubs they participated in during their academic tenure in an informal setting, usually a happy hour or cocktail reception. Past SPARC series have included a Black Business Student Association Holiday Happy Hour, Military in Business Association Networking Reception, EMBA Young Alumni-Student Happy Hour, and Cluster Q Reception. If you would like more information on SPARC events or if you would like to reconnect with the student clubs you participated in, please contact Megan Shaughnessy at

Uris Unplugged

Uris Unplugged is a semiannual opportunity for students to engage with alumni in an informal context. The Alumni Committee organizes informal dining sessions where students and alumni are paired based on industry interest and affiliation. To learn more, e-mail Megan Shaughnessy at or 212-851-4327.

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