Cornell Connections: Building on the power of Cornell-wide collaboration
Dear Alumni and Friends:
It was wonderful to see all the alumni who came back to our beautiful Ithaca campus to celebrate Reunion 2013. Martine Kok, MBA ’03, of the Netherlands, was among the 400 members of the Johnson community who came from across the U.S. and 15 countries to celebrate and, in her words, to “meet friends again and get inspired by what they do, what drives them, and how their careers have progressed.”
Throughout Reunion, it was clear that people came back to reconnect not only with Johnson, but also with Cornell. I believe that every member of the Johnson community takes pride in being a Cornellian. Certainly one of Johnson’s biggest strengths is being part of this enormous, great university.
Cornell’s schools, faculty, students, and alumni constitute a tremendous breadth and depth of talent, and as many of you know, business today entails solving a variety of problems that require collaboration among diverse partners. That’s why one of my goals is to engage more deeply with selected schools across the university.
The best way to achieve deeper collaboration is through specific projects, and we’re doing it with the School of Engineering already, by collaborating in helping create Cornell NYC Tech. When Mayor Bloomberg called for bids to create a cutting-edge tech campus, his goals included attracting tech talent to NYC and creating a new generation of tech startups in the city. Collaboration across engineering and business is the best way to make this happen. So we’re working very deeply with our sister engineering and computer science schools as part of the Cornell Tech project.
Johnson’s students have benefited from the power of creating Cornell-wide connections and collaboration. Cornell's Entrepreneurship@Cornell program fosters entrepreneurship not only across Cornell's many schools and departments, but also across its worldwide network of alumni. Among its many events, activities, and achievements, Entrepreneurship@Cornell collaborated with Student Agencies, Inc. in 2008 to establish eLab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing business acceleration services to Cornell University entrepreneurs. Rosie Applications Inc., a startup founded by Johnson student Nick Nickitas, MBA ’14, is one of eLab’s and Johnson’s great success stories this year. A leader in online and mobile predictive shopping applications for the retail sector, Rosie won Central New York’s biggest business competition, Startup Labs Syracuse, and the company already has 60 employees. It is a testimony to the power of this collaboration.
We know that fostering cross-collaboration at Cornell is a model that works. At Cornell Tech, we have an unprecedented opportunity to build on our strengths and create a new alchemy for innovation and commercialization. As we move Johnson forward, I look forward to finding and fostering more collaboration with sister Cornell schools.
As we evolve Johnson towards higher levels of excellence, the school will build on its foundations, keep its core strengths and emerge as a stronger school. So please do stay connected with us. Thank you for your support, your generosity, and for your passion for Johnson.
Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean