Every year, more than a thousand people volunteer their time to enhance the Olin experience and support students by helping them develop into the best employees. We call these important volunteers, “Friends of Olin.” They are formal and informal mentors, case competition judges, practicum sponsors, speakers, employers hiring fresh talent and much more. They provide meaningful real world experiences for our Olin students.
Dean Mahendra Gupta and Olin invited these wonderful people on May 28 to the Atrium of Knight Hall for a reception to say, “thank you.” More than 100 attended.
Alex Goldberg (BSBA 2016)
After Dean Gupta’s welcome, there were three speakers.
Alex Goldberg, BSBA 2016, spoke about the opportunities presented to him through many memorable examples, some included student group speakers, company visits, and formal mentoring programs.
Michelle Duguid, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Olin Business School
Professor Michelle Duguid spoke of the inaugural Women in Leadership class she led as well as other projects, speakers and faculty research partners.
Rodney Kinzinger, Managing Partner, Deloitte
Rodney Kinzinger, Managing Partner at Deloitte, spoke on behalf of corporate partners who engage with Olin on a regular basis. “Any one of you could be up here,” he commented, looking around the room.
Around the room were screens displaying quotes from students and pictures of events and visits from various corporate friends throughout the year. See those slides here.
Below are some pictures from the event:
Kim Shaw Elliott (EMBA 96) and Anne Elliott (PMBA) with Mike Ferman (BSBA 68)
Michelle Brady (EMBA 08) and John Bacilek (EMBA 08) with Alex Goldberg (BSBA). In the back are Dean Meyer (EMBA) and Steve Degnan (EMBA 08).
Tim Mickelson and Nick Bhambri (EMBA 07).
Kurt Dirks, Christopher Gaskin and Michelle Duguid
Jim Klingler, Marvin Anderson and Jacob Siewert (BSBA 13)
Olin friends, students, faculty and staff had a great time reconnecting and networking.
Steve Degnan (EMBA 08), Dean Mahendra Gupta, John Bacilek, and Gil Bickel (BSBA 66)
Nick Bhambri (EMBA 07), Bob Balk (BSBA 67) and Associate Dean Steve Malter
Ken Hunt (BSBA 51)
Dick Mahoney, Sean Arp, and Dan Feder look on with the crowd as the speakers present.
The Friends of Olin Reception 2015 was a great success. We thank all of you who have participated with Olin in broadening the education of our students and helping our faculty with their research.