Nearly 2,200 alumni and guests from 42 countries and 32 states returned to campus for Reunion 2012 April 20-23, tying last year’s attendance record.
Alumni celebrated the milestone anniversaries of the classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, and 2011. Members of the Platinum Classes — alumni who have previously celebrated their 50th reunion — also participated in the festivities.
Attendees kicked off the weekend with a workshop led by Professor Murray Low, director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, on a Columbia CaseWorks case. Meanwhile, Chris Mayer, director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy and the Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate, joined Andy Stern, the Richman Center’s Ronald O. Perelman Senior Fellow, for a panel discussion entitled “The Future of Labor Unions, Trade, Income Inequality, and Healthcare.”
In a special encore performance, Board of Overseers members Leon Cooperman ’67, Mario Gabelli ’67, and Art Samberg ’67 discussed their investment strategies during “Outstanding Investors Look at Investment Prospects: Five Years Later.” The alumni followed-up on their investment advice offered in 2007 with recommendations for the current financial climate.
Another timely session was moderated by Professor Jonathan Knee, director of the Media Program, on “The Future of the Business of Business Journalism” and featured William Cohan ’87, author of Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World (Doubleday, 2011); Jon Hilsenrath ’97, chief economics correspondent for the Wall Street Journal; and Timothy O’Brien ’92, executive editor for the Huffington Post. Sheena Iyengar, the S. T. Lee Professor of Business, spoke on her award-winning book, The Art of Choosing (Twelve, 2010). Additional sessions focused on the eurozone crisis, the healthcare industry, commercial real estate, women in business, global branding, and nonprofit board leadership.
Alumni and guests also enjoyed celebratory and landmark occasions together, with Dean Glenn Hubbard hosting a luncheon honoring the 50th Reunion class of 1962 on Friday, welcoming some alumni who had not returned to campus since their graduation. On Friday, more than 900 attendees raising their glasses at Cipriani’s 42nd Street during the festive Welcome Reception, and more than 1,600 alumni and guests attended dinners held in four locations on Saturday.
During his State of the School address, Hubbard encouraged all alumni to reach out to their local alumni clubs, sign up to mentor students, and get more involved with the School. He also encouraged alumni to continue to support the next generation of business leaders by making a gift honoring their Reunion year.
Next year’s Reunion will be held April 19-21, 2013. To learn more, visit www.gsb.columbia.edu/reunion