A recent breakfast held on the Florida International University (FIU) campus brought together new and past alumni board members to celebrate the successes of the 2010-2011 fiscal year and to create excitement for the upcoming one.
More than 25 alumni—including representatives from the College of Business Administration’s Accounting Alumni Council (AAC), Business Alumni Chapter, Chapman Executive Women’s Association (CEWA) and Real Estate Alumni Affinity Council—as well as FIU Business faculty and staff members attended.
“The breakfast was a great way to recognize the achievements of our last fiscal year and welcome all the new alumni board members,” said Michelle Joubert (MBA ’10), assistant director, advancement, alumni and corporate relations.
Attendees greet the day that offered a packed agenda.
The morning began with a welcome from Executive Dean Joyce J. Elam and culminated in a 30-minute professional development session led by Stephanie Anding (EMBA ’10), director of business development in the college’s Office of Advancement, Alumni and Corporate Relations and one of the founders of CEWA.
Her presentation dealt with identifying behavioral styles.
“A useful takeaway from her remarks focused on solving business problems,” said Gary Opper (MST ’83), AAC president. “She recommended that when you are tackling a business problem, you should step back and ‘don’t make the problem harder than it is.’’’
Gathering is catalyst for joint alumni board efforts in the future.
Opper noted that one spontaneous side benefit of the breakfast was that it “placed alumni board members together in one room where we had the chance to talk about what we do and hear what others are doing.”
This triggered productive discussions around how the different boards can work together more in the coming year.