Over £1 million donated so far for Reunion 2018
Over 1000 alumni and family were welcomed back to London Business School for the annual alumni Reunion, one of the highlights of the School’s calendar. The event was a resounding success again this year, with 1035 alumni attending events over three days of glorious sunshine (18-20 May).
The Reunion, aimed at alumni that graduated in years ending in 3 and 8, was attended by guests from all corners of the globe. The alumnus with possibly the furthest commute was a member of our 1st MBA class MSc01(1968), David Brawn, who travelled from a small Australian village 145 km south of Sydney.
The weekend gave attendees an opportunity to get involved in wide array of workshops, networking and social activities, as well has hearing news about the School's recent successes. It was also a chance for us to thank and recognise donors for their contributions as they added their name to our wall of support. Nearly £1,200,000 has been donated so far from over 450 contributors. Top of the leader board so far are graduates from MSc11 (1978) who’ve helped raise a total of £405,325 to date.
On Friday we welcomed back 40 alumni that graduated 25 years ago or more for a special ‘Pioneers Morning’ before Reunion officially started. The brunch involved an update with the Dean and a presentation from Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics, who discussed the findings from her new book.
After a packed day of talks, we held a spectacular gathering on Friday evening attended by 700 alumni and their guests at Sky Garden - London’s highest public garden. At this exclusive venue takeover, guests were greeted with food, drinks and live music and had a chance to enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the city, before catching the sunset from the observation deck.
One guest told us, it was a “Fantastic venue” and “The School couldn’t have lined up anything better than this... it was lovely to see so many friends”.
Over the Friday and Saturday 20 speaker sessions were held, presented by faculty and guest speakers with more than 450 alumni in attendance. Highlights included a packed out session from former Dean and Professor of Management Practice in Accounting, Sir Andrew Likierman, who shared his findings on managerial judgement, including how to measure and improve it. Dr Niro Sivanathan, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour, delivered a popular session on how understanding mental structures can enable us to present information in a manner that helps nudge others' decisions and behaviours.
The celebrations continued into the evening with 26 individual class events taking place around London.
On Sunday, alumni and their families were invited to relax and enjoy themselves at a celebratory garden party. There was fun for all the family with face painting, children’s games and a chance to soak up the glorious sunshine.
A guest said: “It was the most amazing family event the School could have organised. The School lawns are a beautiful venue. The food and catering was excellent. The kids had lots of stuff to do and really, really enjoyed themselves. It was amazing”.
We were extremely grateful to the 100 volunteers, across 33 classes that helped make Reunion 2018 possible. They all worked exceptionally hard to encourage classmates to come back and give back to the School.
There was so much to celebrate across the weekend, especially for those LBS couples who met while students - some of which took time to join in the Royal wedding festivities!