Tepper Alumni Chapter Roundup

The Tepper School of Business has alumni groups around the United States and abroad to provide social, networking and professional development opportunities for current and future alumni. A few chapter leaders are sharing the latest happenings in their area of the Tepper School Network.

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Washington, D.C.

“Our chapter has gained momentum over the last year to hold events that bring our D.C. Tepper family together, ranging from the Class of 1964 to the Class of 2019. We toasted the holidays in December at the now-annual D.C. Chapter Tepper Holiday Party hosted by ❊ Swetha, MBA ’09, HNZ ’09, and ❊ Zach Arbuckle, MBA ’10, at their home in Virginia. We spent time with Dean Robert Dammon when he visited our region in April. Our Summer Welcome Event in June was hosted by Joyce and ❊ John O’Neill, MSIA ’80, at their home in Virginia, where we welcomed an incoming student to Tepper. Later in June, we brought our families together (human and canine) at an outdoor beer garden in D.C., where we met both current and future students, and even had a Tepper family drive in from Pittsburgh to join us! The committee is passionate about bringing together our alumni across the classes, along with their partners and families, for educational and social events during the rest of 2017. Hope to see you at our next event!”

Submitted by chapter leader  Swetha Arbuckle, MBA ’09, HNZ ’09

Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most rapidly growing Tepper School alumni communities. As more Tepper School alumni arrive in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley region, we are looking to ramp up our activities and strengthen our community. We warmly welcomed interns and new grads at the reception hosted by Kalpesh Kapadia, MSIA ’99. Our annual wine tasting in Napa at   Bart O’Brien’s, MSIA ’81, vineyard is one of our largest events, and we had a great turnout in the 100-degree heat! In January, we hosted over 100 Tepper School students on their annual trek at our companies as well as at alumni events ranging from a happy hour in San Francisco to an engaging fireside chat with Dean Robert Dammon and marketing faculty Kannan Srinivasan and Tim Derdenger at VMware. We also organized a student and alumni reception and alumni panel at the Los Altos Golf and Country Club hosted by Jean Mou, spouse of Tepper School alumnus and Carnegie Mellon University Trustee  Yoshiaki Fujimori, MSIA ’81. Our Entrepreneurship Panel at LinkedIn was moderated by  Dave Mawhinney, MSIA ’90, and industry insights were shared by our panelists Doug Camplejohn, MSIA ’88, E ’88; Matt Humphrey MBA ’08, CS ’07; and Vishwas Prabhakara, DC ’02. We networked at happy hours across the region organized by Alumni Board members  Lee Diamond, MBA ’05, and  ❊ Michael Hermeston, MBA ’08, and had our first Women in Business dinner hosted by Kera Binns, MBA ’16, with honored guest ❊ Cindy Padnos, MSIA ’80. Come join our alumni committee, and we can do even more! 

Submitted by chapter president ❊ Lee Diamond, MBA ’05, and Felix Amoruwa, MBA ’12


The Pittsburgh alumni community joined MBA students for a special Tepper Women in Business reception. Insights were shared by alumnae panelists Fei Yang Adams, MBA ’14, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis at Alcoa;  ❊ Kimberly Madia, MBA ‘06, Director of Product Management for Cloud Solutions at Industrial Scientific; Mara McFadden, MBA ’10, Director of Product Management at 4moms; and Kristen Wall, MBA ’14, Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the Integration Office at Ascensia Diabetes Care.

Alumni were inspired by a presentation by Alan Scheller-Wolf, Richard M. Cyert Professor of Operations Management, senior associate dean of faculty and research on “How U.S. Manufacturing Can Compete and Win.” CEO Justin McElhattan, MBA ’06; Scott Jubeck, MBA ’08; and our alumni at Industrial Scientific hosted the reception and gave us a tour of their new, state-of-the-art headquarters.

The part-time on-campus MBA cohort hosted a breakfast with Tepper School professor Sevin Yeltekin, professor of economics, senior associate dean of education, on debt and taxes in the U.S. John Brady, MBA ’13, and his company St. Moritz Group hosted the event.

 Burton Hollifield, Ph.D. ’92, professor of financial economics, hosted the annual panel of alumni investment experts in January 2017 for an interactive discussion on the investment outlook for 2017. The alumni panel included Todd English, MBA ’06, Managing Director of the Derivatives Products Group at PNC; Katie Heagy-Glass, MSIA ’99, Vice President of High Yield Research at Federated Investors; Jeff Moyer, MBA ’09, Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at Greycourt; Mike Maglio, MSIA ’87, Vice President and Senior Director at BNY Mellon Wealth Management; and Christopher Sidoni, MBA ’09, Chief Investment Officer at Gibson Capital LLC.

Dean Robert Dammon led a discussion at the Hotel Monaco on how innovation and analytics are changing business and how the Tepper School is uniquely poised to lead b-schools in this critical area. Also featured were Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair, professor of operations management, who discussed how startups like OrganJet and Mitra Biotech are influencing important areas of health care, and E. Austin Webb, MBA ’17, CEO and co-founder of RoBotany Ltd., who is bringing robotics into urban agriculture.  

An international expert in artificial intelligence and robotics, computer science professor Manuela Maria Veloso, E ’92, hosted a joint event with Tepper School and School of Computer Science alumni on how AI is already changing the world we live in and how it will influence business in the future. An award-winning scholar and researcher, Veloso is the Herbert A. Simon University Professor in the School of Computer Science and the head of the machine learning department. She offered an engaging discussion on how humanity and AI will be inseparable in the future. The event was supported by ❊ Justin Krauss, MBA ’09, and his firm JPMorgan Chase.

Closing out the calendar was the Tepper Family Picnic, hosted by chapter leaders Michael Zhong, MBA ’15, and Jack O’Malley, MBA ’07. Over 50 Tepper alumni and their families came together to create a spirited atmosphere in Schenley Park.

Submitted by Jack O’Malley, MBA ’07 and Justin Krauss, MBA ’09.