Your education was just the start


At Gies College of Business, we are committed to living up to the high standards set by our alumni. Our 70,000+ alumni lead some of the world’s most successful businesses and produce results that make the world a better place. We’re following your lead by pushing the boundaries of business education. Your continued support and engagement are critical for the success of our mission. Email our Office of Advancement if you want to speak to a class, make a gift, or find another way to share your time and experience with the next generation of business leaders.

 

Join IlliniLink and GiesLink

IlliniLink is a virtual community that enables you to engage with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from across the university and to participate in our Gies Business Group within IlliniLink. Join IlliniLink.

GiesLink, our professional networking hub within IlliniLink, connects Gies alumni with each other and with current iDegree and residential MBA students. Join GiesLink.

Get Involved

No one knows the value of a Gies Business education like our alumni. You play a valuable role in our continued success. We encourage you to get involved in whichever ways you can.

 

Gies College of Business Awards

Gies College of Business has tens of thousands of exceptional alumni and friends who work every day to make the world a better place. The following awards are presented each year for outstanding career achievements and service to Gies Business.

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award: James R. Elsesser, '66, '67, CEO, Interstate Bakeries, and CFO, Ralston Purina (retired)

2021 Gies College of Business Appreciation Award: Cary D. McMillan, '80, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, True Partners Consulting

READ MORE ABOUT CURRENT AWARD WINNERS

VIEW PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS 

Gies Business Alumni Association

The Gies Business Alumni Association (GBAA) works to enhance and advance the relationship between Gies College of Business and all of its alumni. GBAA also recognizes alumni achievements and supports various awards and scholarships.

Gies Business alumni automatically become members of the GBAA when they join the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Involvement in the GBAA board is by invitation.

VIEW THE CURRENT ROSTER OF GBAA BOARD MEMBERS

Gies Young Alumni Committee

The Gies Young Alumni Committee (GYAC) serves Gies Business by strengthening connections with young alumni.

The GYAC reviews applications for membership each summer.

VIEW THE CURRENT ROSTER OF GYAC MEMBERS

Learn New Skills

The changing world of business needs leaders who evolve to meet new challenges. We provide extensive programs and opportunities that empower you to be such a leader. You trusted in Gies to build your business skills. You can trust us to help advance them, too.

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."