Investiture Closes Out Another Stellar Year for CDS Student Programs

June 17th, 2016

Topics: Culture Social

Each year we in the CDS reflect on our student programs and the knowledge gained and shared across the year. First, we want to recognize all of our 2016 MBA fellows for their hard work and success. Three in particular were recognized at Tuck Investiture Ceremony:

  • Rob Wilson, Justin Holzwarth and Neil Kulkarni were all named as recipients of the Julia Stell Award. The award is given to students who have made a substantial contribution to the Tuck community through their leadership in school programs and functions, and for their extraordinary efforts to help fellow students, especially in scholastic efforts. This prestigious award is named for the wife of Edward Tuck and co-founder of the Tuck School, Julia Stell.
  • Rob Wilson was also named an Edward Tuck Scholar, recognized for his academic achievements.


Our student programs reached a huge number of Tuck students this year from a wide-ranging list of events featuring guests from an excellent assortment of companies from around the globe..
As you can see in the infographic below, CDS welcomed 31 individual executives to campus (physically and virtually) from two dozen companies. Our programs reached an audience size of 820 students across our Britt Technology Impact Series, Digital Drop-In videoconferences, and other programming. A few highlights from the year:

  • We kicked off the year in August at Google’s Mountain View headquarters with a talk from Pandora Media on the future of streaming music
  • We welcomed a group of alumni MBA fellows from the classes of 2006 and 2011 back to the center to meet with MBA fellows
  • The Tuck Technology Club held its annual conference to a record crowd of over 150 students in October, and included several members of the center’s Roundtable on Digital Strategies as panelists on the topic of personalization technology
  • Amazon’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Business Development, Jeff Blackburn D’91, filled Georgiopoulos Classroom for a unique look inside Amazon’s evolution and future growth strategies, including details on streaming video and the use of drones to deliver goods
  • The team from frog design spoke to a standing room-only audience followed by a student design-thinking workshop with students, staff and faculty to practice tools used by frog designers
  • MBA fellows learned about pure-play ecommerce companies moving into physical retail from Warby Parker’s Director of New Stores and Facilities, Sarah Apgar T’11 in a Digital Drop-In videoconference
  • We wrapped up the year discussing topics ranging from the blockchain to autonomous vehicles with financial services companies in May


As we look forward to next year, we also want to share with you our wonderful 2017 MBA fellows. We’re so excited to have such a great group once again this coming year, and look forward to sharing more about each of them in across the next 12 months.

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