Alumni will gather at Edward P. Evans Hall from May 5 to 7 for Reunion Weekend, getting a chance to see old friends, visit favorite spots at Yale, and participate in a variety of interactive programs. In conjunction with reunion, reunion classes are making generous gifts in support of Yale SOM.
Reunion classes have already pledged several million dollars; the Class of 1982 is leading the way, pledging more than $4.5 million. To encourage more alumni to join the effort, John Shrewsberry ’92 has offered a challenge: if at least 200 alumni make a new reunion gift to the Yale SOM Alumni Fund this fiscal year, he will increase his gift by $100,000.
The reunion gift effort is propelled by volunteer Reunion Gift Campaign Chairs, who work with their classmates to assemble a gift. We talked with several chairs about why they give, the rewards of the reunion gift process, and their memories of Yale SOM.
Teresa Barger ’82
35th Reunion Gift Campaign Co-Chair
CEO and CIO, Cartica Management
How would you describe the Class of 1982?
Of course, it is hard to describe a class, but I would recount an anecdote from our 25th Reunion.
Everyone was sitting in a circle and discussing what they did outside of work. Pretty much everyone was involved with community organizations and/or nonprofits and/or serious volunteer work.
Someone asked the group, “Do you think we all self-selected to go to Yale SOM, or did going to SOM change us in terms of our commitment to working for the common good?” One classmate from abroad immediately said, “I was an engineer and wanted to go to a business school in the U.S. that I had heard of. So I chose Yale SOM not really knowing what its mission was. Yes, SOM changed me.”
Hugh Sullivan ’82
35th Reunion Gift Campain Co-Chair
Chief Strategy Officer, Luum
What motivated you to serve as a reunion gift co-chair?
I was asked! I have learned through experience that when SOM asks me to do something, I seem to get at least as much out of it as I put in. In this case, the interaction with our classmates on the committee and the opportunity to connect with others over the phone has been great. I am looking forward to more on reunion weekend!
Linda Schupack ’92
25th Reunion Gift Campaign Co-Chair
Executive Vice President, Marketing, AMC/Sundance TV
What’s most rewarding about serving as a co-chair?
It has been so terrific to re-connect with old friends and see how generous they are with their time and treasure. SOM was such a special place for us; to be able to help facilitate giving back has been a real privilege.
Boon Sim ’92
25th Reunion Gift Campaign Co-Chair
Managing Partner, Artius Capital Partners
What do you learn from communicating with your classmates as part of the reunion gift process?
Everyone wants to help and give back to SOM. We only had to serve as a catalyst and ask. It has been a wonderful experience.
Jen Belliveau ’12
5th Reunion Gift Campaign Co-Chair
Senior Director, CCS
What motivated you to serve as a reunion giving co-chair?
I work in philanthropy, so every day I am reminded of the power of personal giving to impact organizations and communities. As part of the Class Gift team during our graduation year, I saw how our class came together to support something important and to make a difference for the students who will come after us. Serving as a reunion giving co-chair for our 5th Reunion is an opportunity to help this incredible group of people work together again in honor of what SOM means to us and the impact it has made on our own lives so far.