True to its global character, Northeastern kicked off Empower, the university’s most ambitious campaign ever, with celebrations that began in Boston, then spread to London and Paris. At these gatherings, the first of many, President Joseph E. Aoun and other university leaders issued inspiring calls for support and engagement—and the community turned out in force.
As the Empower campaign progresses, Northeastern will continue to hold exciting events that will advance the university’s ongoing mission to support students, faculty, and research, while supporting our position as the world’s leader in experiential learning. Drawing on the themes of innovation and interactivity, these events will focus on people—the faculty, students, alumni, staff, and supporters who are empowering Northeastern’s future.
We hope you will join us in celebrating our forward momentum.
Boston | November 15-16, 2013
The Northeastern community celebrated the university-wide launch of its $1 billion Empower campaign with Empowerfest, an exciting showcase featuring dozens of interactive exhibits that highlighted innovative student and faculty research projects, as well as musical performances, food and many fun activities for all ages.
Empowerfest served as the centerpiece of Homecoming Weekend, which brought together generations of alumni and current students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the university’s momentum and show their Northeastern pride.
“Many of you have told me that you love what you are seeing here today,” President Joseph E. Aoun said during his welcoming remarks. “But this didn’t happen by itself. The students, staff, and faculty have been working hard. But more importantly, you empowered them. You made it happen because many of you have invested in them.”
The Launch of Empower: The Campaign for Northeastern University
Boston | May 23, 2013
Reflecting Northeastern’s distinctive mix of classroom and real-world learning, the Empower campaign’s Boston launch was a dynamic, interactive experience. More than 400 lead supporters and friends gathered on campus on May 23, some from as far away as Singapore. Guests mingled with faculty and students on a basketball court transformed into a showcase of research projects and ventures. They enjoyed exciting, hands-on activities that showcased Northeastern’s problem-solving, action-driven ethos.
The Empower campaign’s alumni co-chairs explained the motivations behind their record-breaking $60 million gift in 2012 to the business school. Richard D’Amore, a 1976 graduate, and Alan McKim, who earned an MBA in 1988, lent their names to what is now the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.
“We recognize Northeastern’s potential, just as Northeastern recognized our potential as students,” said McKim, a university trustee.
“We’re tremendously proud of our university,” added D’Amore, vice chair of the board, who called all gifts to Northeastern “a bold investment in the future.”
The Global Launches of Empower
London | July 2, 2013
Paris | July 8, 2013
The campaign’s energy reverberated across the Atlantic. In London on July 2, 140 alumni, parents, students, and friends convened at the Four Seasons at Park Lane, joined by men’s rowing team members, who were competing that week in the Henley Royal Regatta. On July 8, a smaller group shared their Northeastern stories over dinner in Paris at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée.