Message from the Chair

January 15, 2014
Wendy Pangburn MC/MPA 1986, Chair, Alumni Board

Helping HKS Alumni Connect with the School and Each Other: An Update from the Alumni Board

As we begin the new year, I am reminded of how special our Kennedy School alumni family is. The journeys that took us all to HKS are different, but we arrived at the School with a common purpose: to make the world a better place. And as alumni, we continue to exemplify John F. Kennedy’s call to “ask what we can do” to improve our world.

I have the privilege of working with my fellow board members from eight countries around the globe. Our task is to build a stronger alumni network that will benefit not only the School but the alumni, students, and, through our commitment to serve the public, the world.

In my role as chair of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors, I have the opportunity to hear many wonderful stories about the amazing work of HKS alumni. I hope you take a moment to visit the School’s website and read stories about how our peers are creating positive change.

Our #youarehere campaign shows HKS alumni around the world making a difference in their communities. Take your red “You Are Here” sign from the last HKS Magazine (or print one) and snap a photo of yourself doing something that connects you to your HKS education. Visit our Flickr site to see photos of alumni who have done just this—and put yourself on the map by taking a photo with the sign in a setting that conveys the work you are doing now. Directions for submitting the photo to us are on the printout, and I also encourage you to share your photos on your own using #hks #youarehere.

Our Kennedy School community is a source of strength and inspiration. I am continually reminded of how remarkable a network we form—a network that is more than the sum of its parts but is a collection of individual alumni who, through our creativity and perseverance, are engaged in some of the most important work in the world.

Thank you for doing all you can do to make a difference. May 2014 bring you much peace and joy.

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Wendy Pangburn MC/MPA 1986, Chair, Alumni Board