It was time for that one thing that you just can’t get enough of, if you are in an MBA program. Networking! That is one thing in the back of your mind when you are attending the group meetings, case-competitions or conventions, talking to your neighbors, having a chat with someone sitting next to you in the metro transit, striking up a conversation with the person standing in front of you in the queue at a grocery store, searching for and confirming the “friends” on Facebook, or connecting with the colleagues (current as well as former) on LinkedIn. Last week, our International MBA Association organized an Alumni Networking Dinner to provide an opportunity for the Smith International MBA students to meet with recent international alumni and gain valuable insights into their companies and the job market. We were fortunate to host the alumni guests representing different industries and job functions; Alexander Basilia (Pension Administration Office, World Bank, Smith ’05), Aditya Saini (Associate Director, The Advisory Board Company, DC office, Smith FT MBA ’09), Georgiana Condoiu (Analyst, CB Richard Ellis Group, Smith FT MBA ’08) and Gustavo Lopez (Manager, Deloitte Consulting , DC office, Smith PT MBA ’07).
The dinner, hosted at a restaurant in DC; The Marrakesh Palace, provided an opportunity to learn more about the Alumni’s “Smith Story”, their International experiences and professional interests. The night turned out to be great fun in the company of our fellow MBA classmates and ever friendly Smith alumni, along with the traditional Moroccan Tagines. The only thing that might have been missing was the belly dancing which usually lights up the place in the evening. No worries, we will make up for it later. Yeah right, that is another thing we MBAs can’t get enough of; Partying!!