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Virtual Reunion 2021 Schedule

The Virtual Reunion 2021 schedule continues to evolve! Check back often for updates.


The Tepper School Reunion is held in conjunction with Carnegie Mellon University's annual Spring Carnival. In addition to the Tepper School's social and academic opportunities, you'll have access to supplemental events happening across the virtual campus during Reunion week, April 13-20
 

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Register for Tepper/GSIA Reunion Activities on the CMU Spring Carnival Website

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

CMU Carnival Signature Event: New Spaces Are Loading Tour
Tuesday, April 13 | 4-4:45 p.m. EDT 
Join Bob Reppe, CMU's Senior Director of Planning and Design, as he takes you on a virtual tour of some of the newest spaces on campus, including Ansys Hall, Scott Hall, TCS Hall, the Tepper Quad, and more. Q&A will follow.

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1986
Tuesday, April 13 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1986 classmates at a virtual Tuesday Barcrawlers and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 35th Reunion. The first half-hour, from 8-8:30 p.m., will include a wine tasting with CMU alumnus Eric Hiltz (H&HS '98) of Bin412, with "Barcrawlers" and social breakout rooms to follow. 

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1996
Tuesday, April 13 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1996 classmates at a virtual Tuesday Barcrawlers and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 25th Reunion. Keep your eye on your inbox the week before the event as your committee sets out to collect "fun facts" from classmates for an upcoming game.  

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

CMU Carnival Signature Event: Innovation Is Loading 
Wednesday, April 14 | 4-5 p.m. EDT 
Join world-leading CMU faculty experts as they share their research in emerging technology and learn more during the discussion's Q&A.

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1975
Wednesday, April 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1975 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 45th Reunion.


Tepper Class Gathering: MBA Class of 2015
Wednesday, April 14 | 8-8:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MBA 2015 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 5th Reunion.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1980
Thursday, April 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1980 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 40th Reunion. We'll kick off the call with some special insights and stories from select classmates before opening up for discussions around the room. 

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1981
Thursday, April 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1981 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 40th Reunion. There will also be light trivia, engaging prompts, and breakout rooms for small group discussions. 

Tepper Class Gathering: MBA Class of 2006
Thursday, April 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MBA 2006 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 15th Reunion.

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1995
Thursday, April 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1995 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 25th Reunion.

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Classes of 1990 & 1991
Thursday, April 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with both your MSIA 1990 & 1991 classmates for a joint meet-up, and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 30th Reunions.

Friday, April 16, 2021

One-on-One Career Coaching Mini-Session with Julie Thornton *SESSION IS FULL*
Friday, April 16 | 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT 
Sign up for a complimentary 45-minute one-on-one introductory career coaching introductory session with the Tepper School's Executive Alumni Coach, Julie Thornton
Note: Limited to 6 participants.

CMU Carnival Signature Event: Insider's Look With CMU Deans
Friday, April 16 | 4-4:45 p.m. EDT 
Join us for an opportunity to meet all of the CMU deans, including the 10th Dean of the Tepper School, Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, and get an insider’s look into their lives as they share fun and interesting facts about themselves that will be sure to surprise and entertain.

School Updates With Dean Bajeux-Besnainou
Friday, April 16 | 2-2:30 p.m. EDT 
Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Professor of Finance.
The Dean will discuss the current state of the Tepper School and share other relevant updates. Time will be reserved for Q&A.

Friday B**rs With Faculty
Friday, April 16 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. EDT 
All MBA/MSIA alumni are welcome, and we encourage the following classes especially to join us for class-specific breakout rooms during the event: 1970, 1971, 1985, 2000, 2005, 2019, & 2020

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 1976
Friday, April 16 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 1976 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 45th Reunion. The committee has prepared engaging GSIA-themed trivia; keep an eye on your inbox the week before the event for a sneak-peek of clues and questions! 

Tepper Class Gathering: MBA Class of 2016
Friday, April 16 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MBA 2016 classmates and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 5th Reunion. 

Tepper Class Gathering: MBA Classes of 2010 & 2011
Friday, April 16 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with both your MBA 2010 & 2011 classmates for a joint meet-up, and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering with trivia games to celebrate your 10th Reunions.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Tepper Talks With Faculty 
Saturday, April 17
Join esteemed Tepper School faculty as they present brief, but impactful 15-minute talks on important aspects of their research as it relates to business and society, with Q&A to follow each session:

  • Professor Robert Kelley, Distinguished Service Professor of Management
    1:30- 2 p.m. EDT 
    The Critical Path: How "Knowing-What-to-Do" Separates the Winners From the Losers.

    In his previous research on star performers, he only got the answer to on-going high-performance half-right. It is not just how the stars do their jobs that separates them from their average peers; the stars also distinguish themselves by what they work on. They identify what makes a difference for the company’s economic success, i.e the critical path, and then they apply their star work strategies to those tasks. By not getting on the critical path, too many employees make themselves average and dispensable. In contrast, stars align with and add value to the critical path, thus making themselves indispensable.

  • Professor Dennis Epple, Thomas Lord University Professor of Economics
    2:15- 2:45 p.m. EDT 
    What Have We Learned About Educational Vouchers?

    Sixty years ago, Milton Friedman proposed the adoption of an educational voucher system that students could use to attend a public or private school of their choice. He argued that competition for students would induce schools to operate efficiently and reward quality teaching. Effective schools would establish good reputations and ineffective schools would close for lack of students. Families would have educational choices not bound by the residence restrictions embodied in neighborhood public school systems. In this presentation, Professor Epple will provide an overview of voucher programs in the U.S. and a brief summary of evidence with respect to their effectiveness.

  • Professor Anita Williams Woolley, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory
    3-3:30 p.m. EDT 
    Can AI Make Teams Smarter?

    We all find our personal technologies indispensable, but an important question is whether there are technologies that can help teams function more effectively. This talk will provide an overview of some new research highlighting when technology does, and does not, enhance team collaboration. 

Tepper Entrepreneurship Alumni Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 17 | 3:45- 4:35 p.m. EDT 
Moderated by Dave Mawhinney (MSIA ’90) Executive Director, Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship; Executive Director, Donald H. Jones Center for Entrepreneurship; Associate Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship.

Alumni Panelists:
John Levinson (MSIA 1980), Founder and President, Westway Capital
Meredith Meyer Grelli (MBA 2010), Co-Owner, Wigle Whiskey Distillery
Bharani Rajakumar (MBA 2011), CEO and Co-Founder of LearnBop LLC (acquired by K12)
- Asha Banks (MBA 2020), Founder and CEO at CheerNotes

Networking Session With Entrepreneurship Alumni Panelists
Saturday, April 17 | 4:35-5 p.m. EDT 
Join our Tepper entrepreneurship alumni panelists for post-event discussion in breakout rooms.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Alumni Panel: Tepper & GSIA Perspectives Over the Decades
Sunday, April 18 | 12-1 p.m. EDT 
Join us for an informal discussion as alumni panelists from 1970-2019 share their unique Tepper and GSIA perspectives, while comparing and contrasting their shared experiences.

Moderated by Auseh Britt (MSIA ’01), Vice President, Growth Marketing, Terminus

Alumni Panelists:
- Marc Onetto (MSIA 1975), Retired SVP Operations and Customer Service, Amazon.com
Paul Wellener (MSIA 1986), Vice Chairman, US Industrial Products and Construction Leader, Deloitte LLP
PJ Juvekar (MSIA 1996), Managing Director, Global Head, Citi - Chemicals & Fertilizers
Ian Buggs (MBA 2011), Head of Finance - Gulf, Amgen
- Alexandra Gerson (MBA 2019), Consultant, Bain & Company

Follow Me: Virtual Escape Room
Sunday, April 18 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. EDT 
Your partner is missing, and only your team can help!  Communicate and work together with your live Detective and piece together the clues and riddles that will save you from the dreaded Mr. E. Shot in stunning 360º this adventure is sure to push your skills to the limit in our maximum overdrive race to save the world!
Note: This class is limited to 25 attendees.

Tepper Cooking Class With Jalsa By Veda: Potato Masala Pierogies
Sunday, April 18 | 3-4:30 p.m. EDT 
Join Veda Sankaran for a 90-minute hands-on cooking demonstration and lesson*, and learn to make potato masala pierogies with jalsa spiced caramelized onions. She will be joined by sommelier Adam Knoerzer, of ‘Burghundy LLC, and who will be sharing his expertise and pairing suggestions while she demonstrates fundamental techniques of Indian cooking and creative ways of incorporating Indian flavors with familiar foods.

Veda Sankaran is a recipe developer who started her business, Jalsa By Veda, in 2019. As a first-generation Indian American immigrant growing up in small-town central Pennsylvania, she has always been fascinated by the intersection of food, culture, and identity. Now, through her business, she tries to bring global flavors together in unique and delicious ways as a means of exploring identity and telling stories through food.

Notes: This class is limited to 50 attendees. While the class is free to attend, registrants will be responsible for purchasing their own ingredients/supplies to participate in the class.  

Monday, April 19, 2021

One-on-One Career Coaching Mini-Session with Julie Thornton *SESSION IS FULL*
Monday, April 16 | 10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. EDT 
Sign up for a complimentary 45-minute one-on-one introductory career coaching introductory session with the Tepper School's Executive Alumni Coach, Julie Thornton
Note: Limited to 6 participants.

Wine Basics: How It's Made and How to Taste Like a Pro
Monday, April 19 | 7:30- 9 p.m. EDT 
Sommelier Adam Knoerzer of 'Burghundy LLC will walk you through some wine fundamentals to help you better understand how the grape gets into your glass, as well as how to taste it like a professional. More specifically, you'll get a window into grapes and grape-growing, winemaking, and you'll learn how wine pros can look at, smell, and taste a glass of wine and have a good idea of what grape it is and how it was made.

Notes: This class is limited to 50 Attendees. While the class is free to attend, registrants will be responsible for purchasing their own wine/supplies to participate in the class.  

You'll practice those tasting techniques together in class as a group, and any wine you have on hand will work for the lesson -- the information you learn here can be applied to any style of wine. So whether you like sparkling or still, dry or sweet, red, white, or rosé, come join in on the fun and learn along the way!

If you'd like to taste along with Adam, he'll be sampling Babylon's Peak Chenin Blanc 2020 from the Swartland of South Africa, as well as Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Franc 2018 from New York's Finger Lakes. If you can't get those specific wines, try for another Chenin from South Africa or Cabernet Franc from another Finger Lakes producer.

Meet the Sommelier: Adam Knoerzer is a wine educator, writer, and consultant based in Pittsburgh, PA, where he founded his company, ‘Burghundy LLC. Adam is a WSET Diploma candidate and a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is also the reigning United States champion in the triennial Wines of South Africa Sommelier Cup. His writing has appeared in Wine Folly & local publications, including Table Magazine.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

School Updates With Dean Bajeux-Besnainou
Tuesday, April 20 | 8-8:30 a.m. EDT 
Dean Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou, Professor of Finance.
The Dean will discuss the current state of the Tepper School and share other relevant updates. Time will be reserved for Q&A.

GSIA Class Gathering: MSIA Class of 2001
Tuesday, April 20 | 8-9:30 p.m. EDT 
Connect with your MSIA 2001 classmates at a virtual Tuesday Barcrawlers and enjoy a relaxed and informal social gathering to celebrate your 20th Reunion. The first half-hour, from 8-8:30 p.m., will include a wine tasting with CMU alumnus Eric Hiltz (H&HS '98) of Bin412, with light games and small group breakout rooms to follow.