Reflection: A Welcome Activity for Alumni Relations!

Curious about The Alumni Way traits? While the book presents the traits of  Reflection – Curiosity – Passion – Generosity for alumni directly, this series of weekly blog posts focuses on how they can be adapted for energizing, effective alumni relations practice.  Earlier this month, I dusted off  the suitcases for my first work related international business trip […]

Yes, I’m an Alumni Romantic

Last year, in the throes of trying to finish my final book manuscript and in the middle of yet another COVID-19 lockdown, I had a bout of alumni romanticism. It was inevitable: I was writing and talking about alumni all the time, immersed in its potential. This article was the result- and apart from the […]

5 Must-Read Articles on Networks for Alumni Professionals

Alumni networks are powerful. As alumni professionals, we know this is to be true in our gut. After two years of creative and innovation programming as part of a great alumni relations pivot, we are tired and need a momentum boost. The purpose of this post to give you a chance to dive in and […]

From a distance: Alumni Connection from the Insight – Out

After only a month into my new role as Interim President and Chair of the Alumni Association Board at the University of St Michael’s College – University of Toronto – I wrote about my experience connecting at such a distance- it’s easier than you think! Here’s a quote: “The future of alumni connection is one […]

Foraging: Our Alumni Networking in Action

It’s blackberry season. This year, there’s a bumper crop. So far this month, I have filled baskets of blackberries. For anyone who is a foraging enthusiast like I am, you will know what a meditative practice it can be. In the weeks prior to my book launch (30th of September!) this remains a welcome escape. […]

Is Higher Education Worth It? Start with Your Alumni Network

At graduation, questions pop up on the value of a higher education degree. I was contacted by Transforming Society Blog to write a piece to offer some insights into some ways alumni networks add value to students. (Side note: I love this photo associated with the blog! It’s very appropriate for the power of our […]

‘Alum from Day One’: An essential strategy that matters

I didn’t coin the phrase ‘alum from day one.’ While that might be true, I still talk about it everyday. I discuss this with clients, colleagues and even alumni. Students should be thought of–and treated– like a member of the alumni community from the moment they register, start classes and step foot on campus. It’s […]