How Annual Fund Gifts Help Johnson
Gifts made to the Johnson Annual Fund provide financial flexibility that enables the Dean to build on a tradition of excellence, which enhances the value of the degrees we offer and allows us to attract the very best students.
Below are only a few of the many benefits made possible, in part, by Annual Fund support:
- Four outstanding new faculty members: In 2012, Johnson hired top professors in corporate finance, labor economics, and corporate governance; emerging markets; organizational behavior; and investment banking.
- Salesforce CRM software to track students’ progress: This tool allows career advisors in the Career Management Center (CMC) to track the career search progress of each student assigned to them. It also provides the CMC team with current data on several “dashboards” in order to assess which categories of students need assistance at any time.
- Executive MBA Homecoming in Palisades, N.Y: The second annual Palisades Homecoming, held on September 22, 2012, coincided with the Ithaca-based celebration and was open to all alumni.
- New Director of Leadership Programs: Jerry Rizzo, retired Marine Corps Lt. Colonel and distinguished graduate of the Cornell-Queen’s Executive MBA program, joined the staff, reflecting Johnson’s increased commitment to leadership development.
- Expanded international courses and trip offerings: Students have the added choices to study and work in Brazil, Ghana, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, and Russia.
- Enhanced connections for PhD alumni: Johnson offered its first-ever PhD reunion for alumni, current PhD students, and faculty in conjunction with Cornell Homecoming 2012.
- Executive coaching pilot: This new program, involving ten Executive MBA students, was featured in a June 6, 2012 Wall Street Journal article highlighting Johnson’s leading-edge approach to EMBA career services. The program provides one-on-one and group professional and career development assessment and coaching. This unique approach uses the “Energy Leadership” assessment tool and represents a “best in class” approach to career/life coaching.
- Expanded research opportunities and mentoring: New Student Fellows Programs added to Johnson’s centers and institutes: Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise, Emerging Markets Institute, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, and the Parker Center for Investment Research.
- More Trifecta events: What started in 2006 as a single alumni event in Boston has expanded to include 16 receptions in cities across the U.S. and Canada, giving alumni opportunities to connect with prospective, newly admitted, and current Johnson students in all four programs.
- Additional Executive MBA career services: Laurie Sedgwick, senior associate director in Johnson’s Career Management Center, in collaboration with Lynne Allen, Johnson’s Executive MBA and alumni career advisor, is working to develop and enhance career resources and advising for Executive MBAs and alumni.
- New international admissions officer: Based in London, Charli Taylor will lead international recruiting in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and India.