Assistant Professor Renée Richardson Gosline
The 2015 MIT Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC) is one month away. ALC is the Alumni Association’s cornerstone event for volunteers and alumni who want to reconnect or stay engaged with MIT. More than 600 attended last year’s conference, and this year’s schedule is packed with even more brainstorming sessions, networking events, and volunteer training.
Whether you’re a longtime volunteer or a first-time attendee, this year’s conference has sessions personalized to your MIT interests. Plus, each year ALC culminates with the Leadership Awards Dinner, a festive cocktail reception and dinner in Walker Memorial that celebrates dedicated MIT volunteers.
Thinking about registering for ALC? Check out 10 reasons to join hundreds of fellow alumni on campus next month. Then visit the ALC website and register for the conference.
- Glimpse behind the Scenes. MIT leaders, including chancellors Cynthia Barnhart and Eric Grimson, MIT faculty, and the academic deans from MIT’s five schools, will discuss new academic initiatives and MIT’s future plans.
- Boost Your Professional Development. In the Friday morning sessions “Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader,” certified career coach Ann Guo ’98 will discuss a step-by-step approach to build your career.
- Strengthen Your Career Toolbox. In Saturday’s “Strengthening Your Career Advisor Toolbox,” share your own experiences with career conversations then hear an MIT career counselor discuss the best ways to solicit and receive advice.
- Connect with Students. Current undergraduate students will discuss present-day life on campus and current graduate students will discuss their research.
- Receive Entrepreneurial Guidance. In a Friday even panel discussion, successful alumni entrepreneurs will discuss the obstacles and challenges they faced after graduation from MIT.
- Plan Your Best Event Yet. This year’s ALC is packed with sessions on planning reunions and special events, and how get the biggest return for your club or group with the least financial investment.
- Expand Your Network In-Person. The two-day schedule includes a Friday evening reception with current MIT graduate students and local alumni entrepreneurs; two networking lunches; a Saturday afternoon volunteer opportunity fair; and more than 10 events hosted by alumni clubs and affinity groups.
- Expand Your Network Online. This year’s conference includes a customizable app—created by the MIT alum-founded startup Presdo Match—that allows you to see who is already registered and connect with attendees before, during, and after the conference.
- Attend on Your Schedule. Can’t attend for both days? Register at a reduced rate for Friday or Saturday only. (Saturday’s registration includes the Leadership Awards Dinner).
- Celebrate! Reconnect with friends throughout the weekend, then enjoy delicious food and drink the Leadership Award reception and celebration.