How Annual Fund Gifts Help

Gifts made to the Johnson Annual Fund are unrestricted, which provides Dean Soumitra Dutta the flexibility to support activities that strengthen our academic programs, enhance the school’s reputation, and increase the prestige of the degrees we offer.

Johnson Annual Fund gifts strengthen the school by:

Deepening intellectual capital

Johnson hired nine new tenure-track faculty who are widely recognized for their talents in teaching and research. The six new junior faculty below are receiving significant support from the annual fund.

  • Catherine Barrera, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Li Chen, Associate Professor of Operations, Technology, and Information Management
  • Yao Cui, Assistant Professor of Operations, Technology, and Information Management
  • Ryan Guggenmos, Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Darien Huang, Assistant Professor of Finance
  • Shawn Mankad, Assistant Professor of Operations, Technology, and Information Management

Supporting the Management Library to benefit alumni and students

Both students and alumni have access to Johnson's Management Library, which was recently listed as the second of the “Most Impressive University Business School Libraries” by businessresearchguide.com. The library staff offers frequent workshops on how to conduct job searches, manage your online reputation, and use industry tools such as Bloomberg, Capital IQ, and Mintel. Alumni and student entrepreneurs also benefit from the expertise of library staff who assist budding entrepreneurs in accessing resources available through the library that are key to formulating their business plans.

Advancing management education and practice by sharing knowledge

In November 2014 Johnson was ranked #3 for intellectual capital among 85 U.S. business schools by Bloomberg Businessweek.  Honors awarded to Johnson faculty include:

  • Thomson Reuters recognized Andrew Karolyi as one of the world’s most influential scientific minds in business and economics. Professor Karolyi is an internationally-known scholar in the area of investment management with a specialization in the study of international financial markets.
  • Dana Radcliffe, senior lecturer of management, led a seminar in Washington, D.C., on “The Consequences of Power” as part of the U.S. Army’s Senior Leader Development Program. Most of the participants in the course were one- and two-star generals. This was Radcliffe’s second time to conduct the course, which is a main component of the Army’s executive education program for senior officers.
  • Vishal Gaur, professor of operations, technology, and information management, and associate dean for MBA programs, was appointed department editor of Management Science, a leading journal that publishes scientific research on the practice of management.
  • William Schmidt, assistant professor of operations, technology, and information management, received the Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
  • Professor Murillo Campello received the annual “Best Paper Award” from the Review of Corporate Financial Studies, a top journal in the finance discipline.

Covering research costs for faculty and PhD students

Financial support for research is important to our faculty members and is a key factor in our ability to recruit and retain people who are in great demand both in the United States and elsewhere in the world. Faculty research costs include travel expenses that enable them to interact with practitioners and collect data, cover database licensing fees, survey tabulation expenses, and provide financial support for PhD students.

Supporting alumni and executive MBA students in their careers

Executive MBA students and alumni need different kinds of career services than graduating students, and the school is responding to these needs. Starting in 2014, Johnson has offered one-on-one career counseling for alumni during Reunion weekend. Professional career counseling sessions, offered to alumni by Laurie Sedgwick, senior associate director, Career Management Center, and Lynne Allen, associate director, Alumni Career Services, were highly rated in post-reunion surveys in 2014 and 2015, and we will provide these services again at Reunion 2016 (June 9-12).

Helping alumni reconnect

  • Three new alumni clubs were added last year in Austin, Texas, in Oklahoma, and in Norway. Johnson now has more than 45 domestic and international clubs.
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs hosted nine Predictions Dinners in the following cities: Boston, Chicago, Ithaca, London, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. with a combined attendance of nearly 1,000 alumni and friends.

Bringing our intellectual capital to the Big Apple

The Office of Alumni Affairs, in collaboration with the Johnson Club of Metro NY, launched the Thought Leader series designed to showcase Johnson faculty and broaden the school’s footprint in New York City. Thought Leader events in 2014-15 included:

  • September 16 lecture on “Finance and Sustainability: The Final Frontier?” featuring Mark B. Milstein, Director of the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise and Clinical Professor of Management.
  • October 20 session on “Private Equity Portfolio: An Executive Roadmap,” moderated by David J. BenDaniel, Don & Margi Berens Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management.
  • November 19 session on “Healthcare Technology: Security, Ethics, and the Future,” moderated by Robert H. Frank, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics.
  • December 10 lecture on “Nonprofit Leadership at Johnson,” featuring Risa M. Mish, Senior Lecturer of Management.
  • February 25 session on “Entrepreneurship - What You Really Need to Know” moderated by Zach Shulman, Director, Entrepreneurship at Cornell.
  • March 23 lecture on “High Frequency Trading” featuring Maureen O'Hara, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management and Professor of Finance.
  • April 22 session on “The Internet of Everything” featuring industry experts from AT&T, AOL, Eaton, Nuance, and Open Tech Works.

Supporting the Women in Investing (WIN) initiative

The Parker Center’s WIN conference provides a forum for MBA women from Johnson and other top business schools to learn from distinguished investment industry practitioners and benefit from different perspectives on investment careers, as well as showcase their stock-picking skills.

Assisting with travel costs for faculty on international study trips

Faculty-led international study trips are an important part of the Johnson curriculum, and students benefit from having faculty accompany them on these trips.