It has been a year since Dr. Craig Spencer '13PH became New York City’s first and only Ebola patient. Shortly after returning from his time with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea in October 2014, he entered Bellevue Hospital with a 100.3 degree temperature and was admitted to the infectious-disease unit until he received a clean bill of health 19 days later.
Spencer's diagnosis brought more attention to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and raised questions about exposure, treatment, prevention, and resources with regards to the disease. In the year since his hospital stay, progress has been made in the battle against Ebola. But, in West Africa, the fight is far from over.Read more
When it comes to success, Maryam Banikarim '89BC, '93BUS, '93SIPA has figured out the perfect balance.
The global chief marketing officer of Hyatt Hotels brings her unique perspective to the brand, but values the opinions of those who have been in the field longer.
"When you come from the outside you look at things from a different lens. You might see different opportunities,” she told the Miami Herald. "But it's a combination of the view from outside, plus the expertise of those who know the business coming together that help you see a new path forward."
Banikarim told the Herald that leaders need to surround themselves with people of different backgrounds.
"People who aren't afraid to voice their opinions," she added.
Earlier in the year, Banikarim told Fortune that being patient is key in the workplace.
"When you come into a new organization, you have to spend a good amount of time listening and learning, and you have to come up with that process for listening and learning," she said. "You have to take the time to understand the nuances before coming up with a plan forward. I have learned that lesson over time, and it is a particularly important one as I think I about this next stage."
Banikarim is an active alumna, serving on the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) board, the CAA Alumni Outreach and Services Committee, and the Barnard Professional and Leadership Development Committee (PLDC).
"I spent many years at Columbia and I loved every minute of it," she said. "I made great friends, learned a lot and came into myself. I'm happy to share my love of all things Columbia with others."
It’s that time of year when we think about and celebrate the things we are thankful for, and there is no shortage of things to be thankful for when it comes to our 320,000+ alumni across the globe. With this selection of top 18 reasons we love our alumni worldwide, we thank you!
Tell us what you're thankful for with #LoveColumbia on social media.Read more
If you’ve thought about making a career change or sought job advice recently, you may have come across the Columbia Career Coaches Network – a group of over 20 accredited professional alumni career coaches who provide fee-based consulting and volunteer for the Columbia Alumni Association’s free professional development programs throughout the year.
One of those coaches is career expert Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC who is also a regular contributor for Forbes and Money and Time. Earlier this year, Caroline wrote about ways to structure your networking pitch, an important asset to develop at any professional level.
Check out Caroline’s advice below:Read more
You might have seen Shakespeare in the news recently. Over 400 years ago, the Bard published three of his most famous tragedies (King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra). Shakespeare's prolific year is the subject of a new book by James Shapiro ’77CC, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606.
The Columbia University Club of New York and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) are hosted a special conversation with Shapiro about his new book in November 2015. To listen to an excerpt from his lecture, check out the podcast.
Columbia News also posed five burning Shakespearean questions to Shapiro that you can check out here.
Amidst this publication news, there has been a flurry of Shakespearean controversy and Shapiro has been at the forefront of the debate.Read more
Columbia Business School alumni are having lots of success in the startup world.Read more
By the numbers:
1. Since the Nobel prizes were first awarded in 1901, there have been over 80 Columbians who have received this honor - among the highest number of Nobel prize-winners associated with any institution of higher learning around the world.
2. They include alumni, faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers, and administrators.
3. Columbians have won Nobel prizes in every field which the award is given.
4. Today, Columbia's faculty includes 8 Nobel laureates.*
5. Forty-two of Columbia's noble Nobelists are alumni.
6. The most recent prize awarded to a Columbian was in 2012 - a year that two prize categories were claimed by Columbia graduates: Robert J. Lefkowitz (Chemistry) and Alvin Roth (Economics).
7. U.S. President Barack Obama '83CC was the most recent Columbian to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.
8. Just this year, Columbia alumni have met with Nobel laureates Eric Kandel and Joseph Stiglitz at alumni events. You never know who you'll meet through your Columbia alumni network. alumni.columbia.eduRead more