Hosted at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston, the annual Isenberg Business Leadership Awards 2018 was a tremendous success. Isenberg honored former P&G Chairman Edward D. Shirley '78 as its Business Leader of the Year. Also honored was Melcolm Ruffin '13, Associate Manager, Business Operations for the NBA, as the first peer decided Driven Leadership Award winner.
Students in the MBA, MS and PhD programs celebrated their graduation from Isenberg on May 10th and 11th. MBA students participated in the Oath Ceremony, PhD students attend their robing ceremony, and all graduates could walk during UMass Graduate Commencement.
Isenberg Seniors, Faculty and Staff gathered on a bright afternoon to celebrate the class of 2018. The senior gift campaign was on site collecting donations to reach their goal of 75% participation rate to be able to "Dunk the Dean". They came close enough to their goal that Dean Fuller proudly took the seat to be dunked.
Isenberg’s 2018 Spring NYC Alumni Night was held on April 26th at the High Bar Rooftop. Over 120 alums, faculty and students gathered to network and mingle over food and drinks while taking in the spectacular views of the city.
Eight alumni and 26 students received honors and scholarships at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management’s Annual Awards Banquet in the Campus Center on April 10th, 2018. Award recipients were able to share their experiences, wisdom, and advice with current students during small breakout sessions and when addressing the banquet attendees. Despite their varied career paths they all shared one common piece of advice – build strong relationships.
The Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) held their Annual Awards Dinner on April 4, 2018 at the Boston Park Plaza. This incredible networking event recognized and promoted the HTM Department as well as provided support for the ever-growing hospitality industry. A special Congratulations to the honorees.
On Saturday, April 7, the social entrepreneurship club hosted the 2018 Social Innovation Conference for students and the local ecosystem. A variety of speakers and presenters spoke about trends in innovation and how social entrepreneurship is transforming traditional business. Bill Baue, CEO of Reporting 3.0, delivered the opening keynote. Panels were held discussing how the finance industry is addressing impact and the role of technology in social enterprise. Michael Alden, VP of Ascentria, led a Design Thinking Workshop, demonstrating the tools to effectively develop sustainable solutions to social problems. Emily Kawano, Co-Director of Wellspring Cooperative, delivered the closing keynote.
On Thursday, April 5, the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship awarded $65,000 to three ventures at Innovation Challenge: The Final. Seven student-led ventures pitched to a panel of seven VIP judges. Alexander Smith’s eBiologics won $30,000. Ryan Landis’ Phytos Therapeutics won $20,000. KINASE, Inc. was awarded $15,000.
For over 40 years, students from the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) have been organizing HTM Career Day. This event brings recruiters from more than 50 companies to meet with hundreds of students and features a central career fair in the Campus Center Auditorium, individual information sessions hosted by recruiting firms, and a lavish reception and networking event for recruiters and senior students, held in HTM's Marriott Center for Hospitality Management.
The Spring 2018 Boston Alumni was held March 29th at the UMass Club. With over 130 alums, faculty, and current students in attendance, it was a fantastic night for making new connections and seeing fellow alumni.
“It isn’t working hard that gets you recognized. It’s working smart,” emphasized Victoria Vega ’88, keynote speaker at the 5th annual Women of Isenberg Annual Conference* on February 24. Vega’s remarks formed the basis of a prevailing theme throughout the day-long conference, which stressed a changing landscape for women in the workplace and the importance of finding one’s own way even in challenging circumstances.
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge continued with The Semifinal on Wednesday, February 28. In front of a panel of four judges, 12 student-led teams gave five-minute pitches describing their ventures and participated in a 10-minute Q&A session. The judges selected seven teams to advance to Innovation Challenge: The Final (April 5), where $65,000 in seed money will be distributed.
Road-tested advice for women contemplating financial careers and networking opportunities with their peers and Boston area employers were highlights at Isenberg’s first Women in Finance Luncheon on December 1. Presented by State Street and coordinated by Isenberg’s MBA program and the school’s (undergraduate) Women in Business student group, the event at the UMass Club in downtown Boston attracted 51 students from Isenberg and five other area universities. Read the full coverage here.
Hosted by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, the four-part Innovation Challenge continued with The Seed Pitch on Wednesday, November 29. In front of a panel of three judges, 13 teams gave five-minute pitches of their venture ideas and participated in Q&A with the panel. With assistance from the sponsors, EY and Bud Robertson (Isenberg ’72), $15,000 in prize money was awarded to four ventures.