Events

Upcoming Ivy Council Events:

Friday, January 12, 2018: Ivy Council will partner with the Harvard Club to host a social mixer and musical performance by the Phoenix Symphony Prior to the performance, we heard a presentation by former Conductor Tito Muñoz.  The concert will include symphonies of Leonard Bernstein and Johannes Brahms.

Saturday, December 30, 2017, the Ivy Council will partner with the Stanford Alumni Chapter of Phoenix to organize the 12th Annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Alumni Volunteer Event. Each year, we have reached full capacity by generating participation of 140 alumni volunteers with a wait list of additional volunteers interested in helping.  As such, please RSVP with Tracy Jaffe at tracyjaffe@alumni.stanford.edu to participate.  Tracy will send you the volunteer waiver form that is required for participation.

Past Phoenix Ivy Council Events

Wednesday, November 8, 2017: Ivy Council hosted a private luncheonat the Arrogant Butcher for a presentation by Admiral Stavridis, who is the Dean of the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the U.S. Navy (Ret.) Former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO, 2009-2013.

Friday, October 27, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Marshall Gallery of Fine Art to host a Tavit Tashjian piano concert and art show. The piano concert was followed by an art show featuring presentations by prominent artists of paintings, drawings, sculpture and jewelry.   The alumni reception of tasty appetizers and wine was sponsored by Malee’s Thai Bistro. 100% of event’s net proceeds are dedicated to support creating jobs and providing therapeutic music and dance enrichment activities for adults with developmental disabilities and for veterans.

September 19, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Harvard Business School Alumni Club for a presentation by Harvard Professor Ariel Stern on how the state of precision medicine will shape the 21st Century.  She shared her insights into the economics of precision medicine and what it means for drug prices, innovation and new business models in the healthcare space. The event was held at Hotel Valley Ho.

July 21, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Cornell Club to host a happy hour at the newly rebuilt Mountain Shadows Resort. The resort provided a wonderful assortment of appetizers and beverage options for our alumni participants.  This event was so successful that the Ivy Council plans to partner with the Cornell Club to arrange several more alumni happy hour events.

July 12, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Cornell Club to participate in an evening of storytelling from the journalists at the Arizona Republic. We met at the Hob Nobs Café for an alumni social gathering prior to the event.  The featured storytellers were: Rebekah Sanders, Maricopa County politics and government reporter; Kaila White, reporter; John D’Anna, editor; Craig Harris, state agencies reporter; and Yihyun Jeong, public safety reporter.

June 7, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Cornell Club to host a job development presentation with John Cressey, an experienced corporate recruiter, titled “30 Smart Tips for Job Hunters”.

April 22, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Southwest Shakespeare Company to host the critically acclaimed Wittenberg play at Taliesin West. We provided an alumni reception prior to the play for this well attended event.

April 2, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Smith Alumni Club for a reading and discussion with three highly acclaimed female authors. The three authors and their books were: a) Nancy Marshall – A Dry Hate: How Do You Explain Arizona; b) Amanda Orr –  A Spoonful of Sugar; and c) Kiki Swanson – My Will Be Done.

March 10, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Harvard Club to have Phil Boas, Editor-in-Chief, Arizona Republic, provide a presentation on: a) how the Arizona Republic made the decision to endorse a Democrat for the President of the United States for the first time and the resulting critical feedback generated by this endorsement; and b) the emerging role of the press in national politics.

February 24, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Phoenix Chamber Music Society to host a Pacifica Quartet concert. Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles, including winning a Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance.  We held a special pre-event reception for the Pacifica Quartet for an Ivy Council Q&A session.

January 30, 2016: Ivy Council partnered with the Stanford Club to host an education forum and buffet dinner by Stanford Professor Henry Greely, titled “The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction “.  The event was at full capacity with 60 alums attending the event.

January 20, 2017: Ivy Council partnered with the Harvard Club to participate in a social mixer and musical performance by the Phoenix Symphony. Prior to the performance, we heard a presentation by former Conductor Tito Muñoz. The reception was at full capacity with 90 alums attending the reception.

December 31, 2016: the Ivy Council partnered with the Stanford Alumni Club to co-hosted the 11th Annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Volunteer Event to pack food for this food bank.  We had a total of 140 alumni volunteers pack enough food for 54,800 meals for hungry Arizonans.

November 13, 2016: the Ivy Council hosted its second FilmBar classic film event with Film Studies Professor Joe Fortunato.  We watched the classic film To Kill A Mockingbird with a wine and cheese happy hour before the film.

October 27, 2016: Dr. Michael O’Neil, prominent political commentator and pollster, shared his insights into the 2016 national and local elections at the University Club with a happy hour before Mike’s presentation.

October 20, 2016: Phoenix Ivy Council partnered the Southwest Shakespeare Group to host a Merchant of Venice play at the Mesa Arts Center with a social mixer on the rooftop before the play.  Professor Kent Sorensen shared his insights to our alumni group about the play.

June 1, 2016: Ivy Council Young Alumni Social Mixer event at the at the ZuZu patio at the Valley Ho Resort Hotel.

March 8, 2016: Ivy Council Young Alumni Social Mixer event at the Kelly’s at Southbridge in Scottsdale.

March 5, 2016: Ivy Council partnered with the Stanford Club to participate in an educational forum and Tempe Mission Palms resort buffet luncheon by the nationally recognized immigration scholar, Stanford Professor Albert Camarillo, titled “How Immigration from Mexico Reshaped America”.

February 6, 2016: Ivy Council partnered with the Phoenix Chamber Music Society to host a Dover Quartet concert with pre-event private Q&A session with members of the Dover Quartet, a world renown string quartet

January 22, 2016: Partnered with the Harvard Club to our participate in a social mixer and musical performance by the Phoenix Symphony. Prior to the performance, we heard a presentation by former Conductor Tito Muñoz.Presentation

December 26, 2015: 140 alumni participated in the 10th Annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Volunteer Event.

December 6, 2015: The Ivy Council hosted a wine and cheese happy hour followed by a presentation by ASU Film Studies Professor Joe Fortunato at a private showing of the classic movie Casablanca at FilmBar in downtown Phoenix.

September 30, 2015: Presentation in Scottsdale by ASU Professor Rhett Larson, Kathryn Sorensen and Sarah Porter Sarah Porter of the Kyl Center on Water Policy discussing potential water drought issues facing Arizona.

May 30, 2015: Grand Canyon Hike followed by dinner at the El Tovar Restaurant

April 26, 2015: All Ivy Tennis Tournament at the Paradise Valley Country Club

April 18, 2015: Lost Boys Found play with presentations after the performance by the playwright, cast and members of the Sudanese refugee community at the Arizona Opera Center

February 11, 2015: Presentation on the Future of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence by MIT Professor Joel Moses at the Arizona Science Center

January 26, 2015: Social Mixer and presentation by Bret Hovell, White House Reporter and Good Morning America Producer, Changing Hands Bookstore

January 16, 2015: Social Mixer and musical performance by the Phoenix Symphony. Presentation by Conductor Michael Christie at Symphony Hall

December 27, 2014: 125 alumni participated in the 9th Annual St. Mary’s Food Bank Volunteer Event.

December 6, 2014: Hike at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve followed by lunch at First Watch restaurant