HBS Alumni Forum Services

What is an Alumni Forum?

Some people have said that being in a Forum is like having a personal board of directors or brain trust on their side. An Alumni Forum also has some of the elements that MIT Sloan students experience in case study discussions and study groups. The Forum makes it possible to develop the kind of meaningful relationships that are extremely difficult for people to achieve once they leave school. Alumni Forums are self-managing by peer-selected moderators who follow a specified Forum protocol, with orientation principles, methods and ongoing support from Alumni Forum Services.

Alumni Forums start with a discussion of work-related issues, and members gain access to perspectives that inform their work lives. Personal issues are inevitably addressed as the group builds a trusting bond. Alumni Forums can discuss anything that is of interest to them, with members learning from one another's experiences in a collaborative, structured setting. They typically deal with a gamut of matters (e.g. the effects of the economic crisis on your business, aging parents and other family challenges or even such things as sudden success). A Forum offers you a safe, completely confidential environment for discussing the issues important to you.

Benefits to Alumni

  • Provides ongoing meaningful relationships with fellow alumni and opportunities to learn from your peers’ successes and failures
  • Offers peer input on your most important life and business decisions
  • Supports personal and professional growth
  • Extends the MBA study/learning group experience by creating a similar safe space for learning among alumni
  • Instills communication habits that are useful in every aspect of members’ lives

Benefits to MIT Sloan Clubs

  • Supports MIT Sloan’s mission to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve the world.
  • Offers valuable professional development to alumni (in the form of peer support, just-in-time learning and ongoing networking)
  • Adds to the MIT Sloan Alumni Club value proposition the benefit most highly rated by members of the Young Presidents Organization and Entrepreneurs' Organization, at a fraction of the cost
  • Creates stronger bonds between and among alumni
More information about the value of Forum, time and cost commitments, and other aspects of Forum process, is available on the Frequently Asked Questions page.