#LoveAlumni for growth

Still an alumni romantic, fostering a growth mindset for/as alumni Dear Friends, I write to you this week en route to CERN for their signature alumni weekend, Third Collisions, where I am part of a career development panel. One of the key themes of our session is fostering the growth mindset as we navigate our […]

#LoveAlumni is back

Show your alumni you care!   Dear Friends,   Yes! It’s time! February is the perfect time to celebrate:   our alumni the crucial work of alumni relations (and other sectors from student affairs to career services that directly involve alumni in transformative work) the alumni-facing professionals and alumni leaders that make this magic possible. […]

Introducing The Alumni Hour

It’s time to turn networking intentions into action! Dear Friends, Last week I had the pleasure of the sunshine and warmth of Barcelona as a speaker at LUMENS ’24 – Pompeu Fabra University’s annual alumni event. Lumens is the amount of visible light we can see. This event was certainly illuminating – the alumni speakers […]

Connecting research and alumni

Alumni research enthusiasts: Submit your ICARe abstract today! Dear Friends, A few years ago, I met an alumni relations professional in Scotland at the CASE Conference. She shared with me that my academic research paper helped to convince her boss (an academic) that she needed additional resources for her alumni program. I was surprised and […]

Alumni engagement and nostalgia

What the research says might surprise you Dear Friends, This week I had a meeting with my fellow alumni to plan our upcoming reunion in May. One of the events is a throwback pub night, reminiscent of our student days (or at least for alumni who graduated in the 1980s or 1990s).  I wondered; what […]

Even more alumni sparkle for 2024

Have you met the Alumni Grinch? Dear Friends, This is the last Alumni Friday newsletter of 2023. As we wind down, it’s ok – nay necessary – to take some time to relax, to reflect and especially to rejuvenate to come back in January energized for the New Year.  I hope that as you joined […]

Alumni Friday Archive is live

Review the e-newsletter content again and again Dear Friends, Alumni Fridays are more than a weekly challenge. I love getting your email replies to say how they offer inspiration and motivation in your alumni work and/or in your alumni life! As a little thank you, I am grateful to my team member Emma Mullin who […]

Why alumni networks are special

Need to have, not a nice to have Dear Friends, If you are a regular reader to this newsletter, you will know my feelings on the essential nature of the alumni network, nay the alumni community that it serves and is served by its alma mater.   A couple of weeks ago a friend and […]

Alumni engagement secret sauce

Go bold not bland – plus 2 upcoming online events! Dear Friends, This week as you read this, I am in Geneva, Switzerland attending my final meeting of the CERN Alumni Advisory Board in the role of Expert Alumni Advisor. As my term ends, this is a chance to reflect on the experience. What is […]

International alumni alert

Learning exchange and strategy rolled into one! Dear Friends, As I write I am travelling to Berlin to deliver a workshop with my colleague and friend Sandra Rincón. This workshop is for the international alumni relations curious. (See photo below for details!). What excites me about this event is how it combines purpose and strategy […]