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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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New York

The New York Alumni Chapter continues to be a hotbed of alumni activity for the Tepper School community. Faculty speakers brought cutting-edge research to our alumni at a variety of events. Marvin Goodfriend spoke on “Negative Interest Rates and the Economy” at a breakfast in the fall and a reception in the spring. Bryan Routledge spoke at CMUThink NYC on “Fixing the Future.” Michael Smith discussed his new book, Streaming, Sharing, Stealing: Big Data and the Future of Entertainment, at a reception hosted by Charles-Andre Brouwers, MSIA ’90.

Lilly MacEachern, MBA ’09, hosted a Tepper Alumnae Brunch, and Randi Constant, MSIA ’93, hosted a “Women in Banking” dinner. A barbeque hosted by Chris Gassman, MBA/JD ’12, at his riverfront rooftop; a summer picnic in Central Park; and a summer camping trip organized by Alex Huber, MBA ’11, were new additions to the calendar for the chapter.

The chapter welcomed Tepper School MBA students on their annual GFA and Consulting Club treks to New York. Justin Kaufman, MBA ’04, and Christine McGarry, MBA/BSBA ’09, hosted the Alumni Wall Street Alumni Roundtable at PwC. Alumni panelists included Brouwers, from BCG; Russell Ewing II, MSIA ’96, from Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Keishi Hotsuki, MSIA ’89, from Morgan Stanley; and Kelley Mavros, MBA ’01, from Strategy&. 

The chapter collaborated with the university’s New York alumni chapter to organize entrepreneurship panels. One featured Dave Mawhinney, MSIA ’90, and Robb Myer, MBA ’06.

John Namovic, MSIA ’90, also hosted a CFO Alumni Panel at Deloitte featuring Tepper School alumni from leading corporations.

Submitted by chapter leaders Chris Gassman, MBA/JD ’12; Dapo Fakunle, MBA ’10; Lilly MacEachern, MBA ’09; and Dave Moylan, MSIA ’97
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Boston

The Boston alumni chapter has been active in offering a diverse set of events, starting with Tepper School Professor Sridhar Tayur, who spoke of “Entrepreneurship and Capitalism in the 21st Century” to a full house. Peter Handrinos, MSIA ’91, BSIM ’90, hosted the event at his Latham & Watkins offices, which overlook the Charles River and Fenway Park.

It was followed by three big summer events in the city, the first being an evening with Tesla CFO Deepak Ahuja, MSIA ’93, at the Copley Square Tesla showroom. Ahuja shared his personal journey with the group, and the alumni in attendance were then offered test drives in Model S and Model X cars up and down the Mass Pike.

The chapter closed out the year with a unique culinary experience at Formaggio Kitchen, which provided a guided artisan cheese tasting class with expert and professional “cheesemongers.” Gregg Lebovitz, MSIA ’89, hosted the event. Boston alumni continue to show great engagement with the school community. In March, Lori Heinel, MSIA ’92, hosted a private tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, one of the most significant art museums in the country. Professor Robert Kelley arrived in the city later in the spring to speak on “Star Performers and the Critical Path,” again thanks to the generous hosting of Handrinos.

In addition to all these events, the Boston alumni community regularly engages Tepper School clubs that visit the city for professional treks, as well as individual students who come to the area for networking and job interviews. The chapter is built on the engagement of alumni and students, and we hope that all alumni become engaged in whatever form fits their time and interests.

Submitted by chapter president Justin Shaka MBA ’11

Los Angeles

A new team of alumni relaunched the Tepper LA/Orange County Chapter. In December, they organized a holiday celebration at the home of alumna Kia Gaines, MBA ’09, followed by a January welcome reception for visiting Tepper School MBA students on their entertainment and technology trek at a Santa Monica wine bar. In March, they joined with the larger Carnegie Mellon alumni community to welcome President Subra Suresh and his wife, Mary, along with Dean Robert Dammon, to Los Angeles. They invite you to join them in building a strong alumni community.

Submitted by Zac Colman, MBA ’15; Douglas Dent, MBA ’05; Kia Gaines, MBA ’09; Jonathan Garrison, MBA ’08; Juhi Dudani Gummi, MBA ’13; Marc Hronec, MBA ’06; Kunal Sharma, MBA ’13; and Ellen Vayner, MBA ’03