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 […]

Alumni seeking something new

What’s around the bend? Dear Friends, This week I was on the road – Sligo-Galway-Dublin-Cork-Donegal –phew! This took me across the island of Ireland. Despite the travels one thing remains constant – you will find me running the paths and roads usually early in the morning. When running an unfamiliar path, I am often curious […]

Why alumni reunions still matter

Are you planning (or planning to attend) yours?Dear Friends, I am an alumni reunion junkie. I love going to a dedicated weekend that includes all things alumni. I oscillate between the joy of nostalgia and meeting old friends to the pride of where the institution is today and making new friends. Alongside my day job […]

Your to-do and your ta-da list

What are you already doing well?   Dear Friends, Every morning I create a long and usually ambitious to-do list. This is peppered with connections that need a direct message response or making an introduction between two amazing people in my network. In an internal meeting I mentioned this illustrious, seemingly never-ending list with boxes begging […]

Draw breath on Alumni Friday!

Taking time to reflect Dear Friends, I am on a travel hiatus at the moment, after a swirling schedule the last 6 months, this is my first full month at home before travel is in full swing again in November. This is my chance to draw breath. It’s Alumni Friday so why not? We can […]

Feeling lucky? 13 things to do this Alumni Friday

Inspiration when you need it the most! Dear Friends, As we approach the end of the year, it’s easy to lose steam. Personal and family events can often put the go-go-go of our lives in perspective. It was Thanksgiving for my friends in Canada – hope you enjoyed it – and I had a makeshift […]

Celebrating – it’s The Alumni Way’s second birthday

A fun giveaway for you inside – get inspired! Dear Friends, The Alumni Way book is 2 today! This is a special milestone because over the past year the in-person events are back and I had the first-ever book signing event! My aim is to get the book into the hands of as many students, alumni […]

Connecting students and alumni

Read, Listen and Watch content to inspire students to become alumni ready! Dear Friends, This week I am going to break from convention and focus this newsletter on resources to inspire students to begin to build their alumni network.   In Ireland and nearby countries it’s the beginning of the academic year and it seems […]

Alum BEFORE Day One

It’s time to think radically about our alumni together   Dear Friends,   Last week I had the privilege to moderate an incredible panel of seasoned alumni professionals at the CASE Europe conference in Edinburgh. CASE is the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the professional association for advancement and alumni-facing professionals. As […]