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Joseph Irineo, CEMBA '13

Joseph Irineo, CEMBA '13

Apr 19 2012

Homecoming Weekend

Oh, how sweet it is!  I’m still on a sugar high from all the chocolate that I had this past class weekend.  I’ll explain why this was the case momentarily…

Kudos to Cornell’s Office of Alumni Affairs and Development for hosting a great Johnson School “Homecoming” Banquet event this past weekend at Palisades, NY for the Executive MBAs and alums.  This was a festive occasion with food and drinks after Saturday’s classes for students from the Class of 2012 and 2013 to mix and mingle with each other, as well meet with with Johnson School alums who were visiting with their families from previous class years.

It was doubly “sweet” to have Jim Goldman (Johnson School ’85) on hand to deliver the evening’s remarks.  Jim is the President and CEO of Godiva Chocolatier and, naturally, he came supplied with enough chocolates to feed an army…  which is essentially what we were!  Also on hand to introduce Jim was Rich Marin (AB ’75, Johnson School ’76), former CEO of Bear Stearns Asset Management and the current Chairman of the Johnson School Advisory Council.

This past weekend’s event was a perfect example of just how committed Cornell is to its Executive education programs at Johnson.  Even though our typical classes are held hundreds of miles away from the main campus in Ithaca, it’s great to have the Cornell administrators with us literally every weekend that we get together for classes in the NYC-area.  The fact that the Johnson School coordinates to have alumni, the development office and the Deans come to visit us is really the cherry on top…  or shall I say, the Godiva chocolate frosting?  Cue drums for lame joke!

Below are some pics from the evening:

Class of 2013 guys with Cornell's Big Red Bear


Homecoming kickoff by Cornell Executive MBA Dean, Danny Szpiro


The Watson Room at Palisades


Rich Marin, Chair of the Johnson School Advisory Council, introducing the evening's speaker


Complimentary chocolate led to sugar-high all around


Jim Goldman, CEO of Godiva, comes on stage


Jim Goldman


Jim Goldman holding court


Total: 5 Comment(s)
It was a great event to build our community of students and alums. Looking forward to next year's homecoming, which will coincide with all of homecoming festivities in Ithaca.
Joseph Shin - · reply · 0 0 0
One thing that strikes me at these events is the genuine and thought provoking conversation had by all. In particular, Alums of all stripes, whether they are CEO's like Jim Goldman or still up and coming in their career, are equally willing to discuss business strategy, marketing efforts, career concerns, job opportunities etc... Generally all topics are on the table. Makes you truly feel apart of the Johnson Community.
Tom Procida - · reply · 0 0 0
With a mid-term on the horizon the next day, I sat near the back, just in case studying worries overcame me. However, I stayed the whole time. Mr. Goldman's overview of Godiva's priorities today and what's on the horizon were inspiring. And the conversation at my table with professors and other students was equally attractive. It was a very nice break from the thoughts of discounted cash flow that was swirling around in my head the rest of the evening. And the mid-term the next day wasn't terrible either, thanks to a devoted professor who regularly holds study sessions and takes time outside of class to answer questions.
Allison Watters - · reply · 0 0 0
Congratulations for the best pictures. They show the atmosphere of the event really well. It was an unforgettable evening for the connoisseurs of good taste and I don't mean only the delicious chocolate.
London - · reply · 0 0 0
Congratulations for the best pictures. They show the atmosphere of the event really well. It was an unforgettable evening for the connoisseurs of good taste and I don't mean only the delicious chocolate.
London - · reply · 0 0 0

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