Thursday, October 23, 2008

AIESEC Alumnus Martti Ahtisaari wins Nobel Peace Prize

Celebrating 60 years of activating leadership, AIESEC congratulates alumnus and Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari for his bold commitment to peace.

For the first time in 60 years, AIESEC is honored to congratulate an alumnus, and champion of the AIESEC vision of peace, for being awarded the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.

"Nobel Laureate Martti Ahtisaari is a role model AIESEC alumni. His lifelong commitment to peace, participation and diversity reflects the best of 60 years of AIESEC history, enabling the leaders of positive change our world needs. On behalf of over 30,000 young people in more than 100 countries, I congratulate Martti Ahtisaari for his contribution to peace and the fulfillment of humankind's potential" , said Juan Cajiao, President of AIESEC International.

Joining AIESEC as a young student in Finland in 1963, Martti Ahtisaari was immersed in an international environment that pre-empted his future as a global peacemaker. With his role in peaceful negotiations, Martti Ahtisaari has embodied bold leadership, forging international co-operation in seemingly intractable circumstances. Reflecting on his early engagement with AIESEC, Martti Ahtisaari welcomes the world to work more closely with young people in the pursuit of peace.
"I support the valuable activities of AIESEC in Finland and internationally. Therefore I encourage organizations and companies to find out more about AIESEC and support the work of these young people. " said Martti Ahtisaari.

As an AIESEC alumnus, Martti Ahtisaari joins over 800,000 former members, including fellow statesmen Junichiro Koizumi and Jan Eliasson. Today AIESEC has grown into a leading platform for young people to truly discover their leadership potential—and a real training ground for the world's next influential leaders.

"As a true leader of positive change, AIESEC thanks Martti Ahtisaari for his actions in bringing hope for a peaceful world to the young people of today" , said Juan Cajiao.

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Vacation in Puerto Rico to support AIESEC Life!

AIESEC NIU alumnus Jerry Allison and AJC International have generously offered a one week vacation in a beachside condo in San Juan, Puerto Rico to support AIESEC Life!

This premium 3 BR/ 2 BA oceanfront condominium in St Mary's Plaza is located in the Condado Beach area of San Juan. This high-rise development is in a gated community with a pool and is minutes away from popular tourist sights. The ocean views alone will leave you longing for the High Seas, but you will make many discoveries on land as you stroll though the cobbled streets and explore the historic forts of Old San Juan.

At nightfall, pick up the pace a little and savor a taste of the local life by dancing to the Latin beats or trying your luck at the casinos. Whatever your pleasure, San Juan is waiting for you to discover your new world. The condo is available either January 24-31, 2009 or February 21-28, 2009.

-The starting bid is $1500. You can enter your bid in the comments of this posting, or contact us by e-mail ( or phone (917-379-8439).

-Follow the current bids on our weblog.

-The auction officially closes at 5pm EST, Friday, October 31, 2008.

-Please contact us if you have any questions!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The First 30 Years of AIESEC

The attendance of alumni at the First 30 Reunion on Oct 11th, 2008  speaks strongly to the dedication of AIESEC alumni and the power of the alumni network. 

A special thank you to John Allen, Bob Jaffe, John Tuschman and Ken Morse for co-hosting the event and to Joe Loughrey for being the emcee – without their contributions, the event would not have been possible.

Quotes from the Event

“Honesty and integrity do count, and they are noticed.” – David Dempsey

“Let’s not forget there are five generations of AIESEC alums now who want to learn from each other” – Frank Foti

“The channeling of self interest is an important part to achieving the vision.” – Ken Phillips

“Think global, go local….best thing we can do is help LC’s” – Morris Wolff

“ CFIMITYM – Cash Flow Is More Important Than Your Mother”  - Ken Morse

Conference Output Summary

*Panel discussion about “How have you continued to live your AIESEC’s values past your time in AIESEC?”

-Panelists talked about their history in AIESEC, how they have applied AIESEC’s values to their work and lives, and interesting stories about how AIESEC experiences have influenced their lives.  Please contact us if you would like a copy of any of the slides prepared by the panelists.

- Special thank you to our panel participants: Morris Wolff, Boyd Griffin, Peter Otto, David Dempsey, Preston Zoller, Sarah Endline, and moderator Ken Morse

*Update from AIESEC Life

-AIESEC Life presented some of the accomplishments we have achieved in the last 18 months, such as:

-Raising $300,000 -- $160,000 secured from 175 alumni and $140,000 pledged over the next 4 years.

-Raising 20+ alumni leads for traineeships

-Holding alumni events in New York, Denver, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, and DC

-Awarding four scholarships to current AIESEC members to go to international Conferences

-AIESEC Life’s future plans include:

(1) Launch and grow the online system

(2) Provide core services to alumni, such as:

      Regular local and national alumni events

      Online job board / career / grad school help

      Structured opportunities to give back to AIESEC (scholarships, take a trainee, etc)

      Mentorship programs and smaller networks (e.g. entrepreneurship circle)

    (3) Build an endowment fund to reach long term financial sustainability

*Discussion: “How can we use an AIESEC alumni organization to pursue AIESEC’s ideals enjoyably and productively after graduation and beyond?”

-Many ideas were suggested, most of which were rooted in the belief that coordinating alumni efforts with AIESEC United States can have a direct, positive impact on the world.

-Some of the ideas include establishing direct communication between older and younger alumni, ways in which alumni can give back to AIESEC without interfering with the current membership, discussions about current events, coordinated international travel, etc. 

-We will continue to build on the ideas from this conversation, as well as any others that alumni come up with!  Please contact us if you are interested in leading a specific effort.

AIESEC alumni reunite in Chicago!

Over the last weekend in September, alumni converged on Chicago to reunite with old friends, learn from fellow alumni and build an AIESEC alumni organization (yes, it wasn't all fun and games...we actually did some "work"!)  

Conference Output Summary

             *Presentation from Clarke Caywood

-He provided an interesting history and perspective from an alumnus, along with the Olympic torch!

 *Thunderbird University, University of South Carolina

-We will announce information about the AIESEC alumni scholarships in the general newsletter, but feel free to contact us if you would like to speak with either presenter.

*Panel discussion about “living AIESEC’s values after AIESEC”

-Panelists talked about applying AIESEC’s values to their work and lives, dealing with the “AIESEC hangover”, and unexpected ways their AIESEC experiences have been applied in their lives.  If you have notes from this session you would like to share with other alumni, please send them to us!

- Special thank you to our panel participants: Jerry Allison, Candice Popiel, Joel Sanders, Cris Arens, Lynda Funke, Ryan Gembala, Ola Ayeni, and Michele Honomichl.

*Break out groups discussing how AIESEC Life can help them

- Rickesh and Jim reviewed all of the output about how an AIESEC alumni organization could be part of our lives.  We categorized all of the feedback into four broad categories: (1) Help alumni continue to live AIESEC values, (2) AIESEC Life could be the “one stop motivation shop”, (3) AIESEC Life could help alumni work on projects together which are related to AIESEC’s mission, and (4) AIESEC Life could help alumni stay connected to like-minded people. 

-We will continue to build on the ideas from this conversation, as well as any others that alumni come up with.

No Excuses Pictures

*  Adam Brand has set up an album for No Excuses, (available at to which can add your pictures! 

Weblog Content

Part of keeping the alumni community active is by ensuring there is a constant stream of user-generated content.  If you would like to write weblog entries that would be of interest to alumni (international travel stories, AIESEC histories, cultural perspectives, etc.), please contact Jim at