Weatherhead alumni, friends and students came together for three days of festivities, food and faculty instruction during the 2016 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend. Students pitched start-up businesses to alumni entrepreneurs, a panel of alumni women leaders shared their first-hand experience in the workplace, the Outstanding Alumna Award was bestowed, and faculty impressed upon attendees the importance of the design strategy curriculum at Weatherhead.
(Left to right) Mickey McKee-Hammad, NUR ‘73; Judy Strauss-Schwartz, Western Reserve College ‘84; Rebecca Montague, EMBA ‘88; and Nancy Fink, Western Reserve College ‘73 enjoy the annual Blue Block Party.
The weekend’s festivities launched with two faculty-led programs featuring Weatherhead alumni from around the country.
KeyBank Professor and Professor of Organizational Behavior Diana Bilimoria, PhD, presented her research on women’s strengths as leaders and the complex factors in business. Bilimoria led an insightful discussion on Women in Leadership, joined by alumni Susan Burnoski, CPA, BS '07, MAcc '07; Lynnette Jackson, MBA '07, Vice President, Relationship Manager, Key Private Bank; Susan Mucciarone, MBA '84, Director of Private Client Relationship Management/Managing Director, Glenmede; and Joan Zoltanski, MD, '03, MBA '98 Chief Experience Officer, University Hospitals Health Systems. Along with the audience, the group addressed particular challenges women face in the workplace and shared their personal and professional experience leading to strategies for growth and success.
(Left to right) Lynnette Jackson; Susan Burnoski, Joan Zoltanski, Susan Mucciarone
Concurrently, students of Assistant Professor of Design & Innovation Michael Goldberg and Adjunct Professor Mike Belsito, MBA '05, each brought their start-up business plans into full view as they pitched their companies to Weatherhead alumni Anand Swaminathan, BA '97, MBA '99, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company; and Rex Tibbens, MBA ' 98, COO of Lyft. The gentleman who joined via video conference, along with attending alumni and friends in the room, provided the student entrepreneurs with valuable feedback and lessons gathered from their firsthand work with some of the world’s most valuable technology companies.
(Left to right) Rex Tibbens, COO of Lyft (AV screen); Mike Belsito, Adjunct Faculty Member; Michael Goldberg, Assistant Professor of Design & Innovation.
Fred Franks, MBA ’10, and family show their team spirit at the CWRU Corner Alley gathering. Go Tribe!
Programming continued on Saturday with interactive lectures by Youngjin Yoo, PhD, and Simon Peck, PhD. Both sessions focused on the importance of implementing design strategies and provided specific business examples of integrating management by design concepts into the corporate culture and the strategic planning process.
“We teach design strategies because technology alone does not allow for innovation,” said Yoo. “Our students’ understanding of technology and design is what will lead to next-generation, transformative change.”
Youngin Yoo, PhD, Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Design & Innovation, and Simon Peck, PhD, Associate Dean of MBA Programs and Associate Professor of Design & Innovation, lead an interactive design thinking session.
The weekend concluded with a celebration of Weatherhead’s best. Susan Mucciarone, MBA ’84, was bestowed the 2016 Outstanding Alumna Award for her volunteer support and leadership at Weatherhead. Mucciarone is a member of Weatherhead’s Visiting Committee.
(Left to right) Laura Desmond, Associate Dean of External Relations; David Moore; Susan Mucciarone, MBA ’84 and 2016 Outstanding Alumna; Simon Peck, Associate Dean of MBA Programs and Associate Professor of Design & Innovation.
Thank you to all alumni, friends, students and faculty who attended and participated in this year’s annual gathering. Your support of Weatherhead continues to resonate with the school community and it was a delight to reconnect with so many over the homecoming weekend. Thank you.
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