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Scores of Isenberg students were honored with substantial scholarship assistance at the annual Isenberg Scholarship Celebration, on April 21. The principal speakers—Vinnie Daboul ’87 and Marty Boyle ’15—praised Isenberg as an engine of opportunity and upward mobility. They urged alumni and students to support the school financially and through personal engagement.
“My UMass degree assisted me from day one. It opened doors that I didn’t know existed,” emphasized HTM’s 2015 Stephen Elmont Award recipient Robert F. McCarthy ’78 in his keynote address at Isenberg’s Hospitality & Tourism Management on April 16th. Rob was one three honorees at the event at the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel. The Elmont Award, inspired by the entrepreneurial and industry-transforming accomplishments of the late Stephen Elmont ’64, is the HTM program’s alumnus of the year award. A second accolade, the Distinguished Industry Leader Award, honored James J. Murren, Chairman & CEO of MGM Resorts International. And the Stephen E. Elmont Alumni of the Year Scholarship went to Vimbai Moyo ’16, a junior-year HTM major.
Isenberg Citizens First and the Jewish Leaders in Business hosted Roger Fine, Retired Johnson & Johnson Senior Executive. He present a talk about "The Paradox of Business - The Power of Putting People Before Profits"
Entrepreneurs came together for the Idea Jam in February to pitch their business ideas and to hear other’s interesting ideas. Participants were able to network with other entrepreneurs, find team members for their ventures, and hear feedback from mentors and other students. Look out for announcements of future Idea Jams!
Recruiters from diverse industries—hotels, food services, property management, senior living, clubs, and casino gambling—were in force at HTM’s 41st annual Career Day on March 4th. Four to five hundred students attended the daylong event to learn about opportunities at the 74 companies and to network with alumni and company representatives.
Sport Management students gained invaluable career insights and advice from alumni and other practitioners at the inaugural McCormack Future Industry Leaders Conference. The event featured a panel, case work, and networking.
The second annual Women of Isenberg Conference took place on February 7. Coordinated by the student group Isenberg Women in Business, the day-long event attracted 210 members of the Isenberg community, including 42 alumnae, a dozen Isenberg faculty and staff members, and 150 students. Alumnae and faculty participated on nine panels that explored career development and workplace issues.