An MIT Alumni Association Publication

This month’s MIT Alumni Leadership Conference (ALC), which takes place September 16–17 in person and on campus, will bring to light the many ways that members of the MIT community work together to make a better world in their roles as volunteer leaders. (Register by Wednesday, September 7.

The multiday conference will feature opportunities to foster connections with your fellow alumni volunteers, leadership development programs, and only-at-MIT content and conversations with senior leaders. Highlights include a special thank you from MIT President L. Rafael Reif, who announced earlier this year that he plans to step down as president of MIT at the end of 2022. 

This year’s ALC keynote speakers, professors of Media Arts and Sciences Deb Roy SM ’95, PhD ’99 and Rosalind Picard SM ’86, ScD ’91, will discuss their research, with a focus on how modern technologies can be in service of better human health and wellbeing, and how attendees can apply those technologies to their role as MIT volunteers.  

And, of course, volunteers will celebrate at ALC! The conference includes the festive Leadership Awards Celebration, where MIT will recognize the outstanding service of its volunteers. Attendees are also invited to the casual Puzzles and Pints event on Friday and networking breakfasts and lunches throughout the weekend.  

Scan the list of selected featured speakers below, then view the full schedule for the full list of 30-plus events, with something for every MIT volunteer. Registration closes Wednesday, September 7— sign up today

Opening Keynote: Constructive Dialogue and Technology

  • Professor of Media Arts and Sciences   Director, MIT Center for Constructive Communication

    Deb Roy SM ’95, PhD ’99

    Professor of Media Arts and Sciences; Director, MIT Center for Constructive Communication

A Discussion with MIT Chancellor Melissa Nobles 

  • Melissa Nobles

    Melissa Nobles


Saturday Keynote: AI (Artificial Intelligence), Technology, and the Future of Mental Health

  • Rosalind Picard

    Rosalind Picard SM ’86, ScD ’91

    Professor of Media Arts and Sciences; Codirector, Advancing Well-Being Initiative; Faculty Chair, MIT MindHandHeart

Institute and Alumni Association Update

  • Reif

    L. Rafael Reif

    President, MIT

  • Barnhart

    Cynthia Barnhart SM '86, PhD '88


  • Baker

    Stephen Baker ’84, MArch ’88

    President, MIT Alumni Association

  • Espich

    Whitney T. Espich

    CEO, MIT Alumni Association

The New Admissions Landscape

  • Schmill

    Stu Schmill ’86

    Dean, Admissions and Student Financial Services

Customize your schedule to attend just one day, a few sessions, or Saturday evening’s Leadership Awards celebration. Register now. 

And don’t forget: The online ALC Training Academy features one-hour skill-building sessions, relevant to all volunteers, throughout September.