In an academic year with minimal opportunity to engage in person, the D’Amore-McKim School of Business community demonstrated resilience and adaptability to help meet changes and challenges with the support of its dedicated alumni. Countless events and initiatives were supported by alumni, strengthening community bonds and forging new connections.
Outstanding alumni response in a time of need
More than 200 alumni joined virtual club meetings to present and share their industry knowledge, hosted coffee and fireside chats to dive into deeper conversations and networking opportunities, presided as judges for competitions, and presented in virtual classrooms. They spoke eloquently at the Undergraduate December Celebration and shared their stories as part of the first ever Alumni Career Conversation Interview Series, their diverse paths reminding students that there is no right way to pursue their careers.
Over the past 18 months, nearly 150 alumni mentors guided students through several new programs, such as the Peer Affinity Cohorts (P.A.C.s). In student organizations like Women in Finance, they offered industry insights to like-minded undergraduates, fostering lasting relationships beyond graduation and beyond the Boston campus.
Faculty have also leveraged their industry experiences in curriculum reviews to inform their work in key strategic areas including the DATA initiative. The NextGen Council, comprised of accomplished recent D’Amore-McKim graduates in a range of fields, identifies resources and expands connections in key industries and among community members, ensuring that students are prepared for the demands of the professional environment.
“Our alumni are simply amazing! They provide a unique perspective when engaging with our community that is invaluable. Their enthusiasm to be involved is humbling and their contributions offer a critical context connecting the student experience with the demands of industry,” says Mary Kane, Assistant Dean, Employer and External Engagement.
Alumni paving the way
The passion and pride alumni share in their student experiences inspires students to make an impact on the learners and young professionals who follow.
“My experience at Northeastern prepared me to navigate my career in ways that I carry with me to this day,” says inaugural NextGen councilmember Abby Lokshin, DMSB ’12. “I’m excited to pay it forward, supporting students however I can in their own career exploration.”
The D’Amore-McKim community extends a sincere gratitude to its alumni for all they have done in the past year and what they will do in the future. They truly enhance the ecosystem of industry connections, thought leaders, and changemakers, all while informing the way students prepare for an increasingly digital workforce. As the graduating seniors forge their own paths in the world of work, please remember these experiences and stay connected as well!