Alumni Association Kicks Off SVMP 2009

Ongoing with SVMP tradition, the Alumni Association hosted the 2009 Kick‐Off Event & Alumni Reunion in Spangler Hall at Harvard Business School (HBS) on June 20, 2009.


Spearheaded by Bridgette Adams, Event Planning Director for the Alumni Association, this year’s kick‐off program featured a welcome addresses from Deirdre Leopold, Executive Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS, and officers from the Alumni Association, as well as an icebreaker session and a panel of SVMP and HBS alum alike, capped off with an alumni gathering later that evening.


Members of this year’s Executive Board shared their insight on the importance of making meaningful connections at SVMP and the program’s impact on one’s career. This year’s panelists included Ian Hardman, HBS alum and President of Management Leadership for Tomorrow, SVMP alumni Jonathan Lee Kelly, Steven Kennington II and Daniel Serna, and HBS student Luis Robles. Panelists provided advice on the pursuit of a MBA degree and reflected on how they have capitalized on their experiences at HBS and SVMP. “You shouldn’t be surprised about what’s possible for you,” Kelly told this year’s class. One lucky SVMP participant won a full suite of GMAT preparation materials, courtesy of Manhattan GMAT.


Without a doubt, this year’s SVMP Kick‐Off Event was an inspirational evening to learn, make connections and grow. As Hardman said to an audience of aspiring leaders, “If your journey is rooted in passion, then you are unstoppable.”


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