On Thursday, November 8th, LEADS staff, student-athletes and students were joined by Mr. Andrew Nussbaum for the last Connection Dinner of the 2018 fall semester. Taking place at 30Boltwood at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst Center, selected student-athletes, coaches and members of the Amherst College community gathered to discuss the topics of pro bono work and life after Amherst College.
The Connection Dinner is an event built specifically to bring a group of eclectic people together to speak about pertinent subjects to the Amherst College community. Listening to one another allows for awareness for others’ perspectives and meaningful dialogue brings engagement to resolving potential issues on campus.
Mr. Andrew Nussbaum graduated from Amherst College in 1985. During his time at Amherst, Mr. Nussbaum was a varsity swimmer and a summa cum laude graduate. After his time at Amherst College, he furthered his education earning a master’s degree from Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, and later, a law degree from the University of Chicago. Mr. Nussbaum has served on Amherst College’s Board of Trustees since 2010, as an elected Alumni Trustee for six years prior to being appointed a term trustee in 2016. In 2018, he was elected Chair of the Board. Currently, Mr. Nussbaum is a partner in the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz, where he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, and corporate governance. He served on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library and as board chairman of the nonprofit Asphalt Green, which offers sports, fitness, and wellness activities for more that 35,000 children in the New York Public Schools, as well as adults in need.
Before dessert, Mr. Nussbaum presented the attendees with two distinct articles. The first was an article dedicated to the idea of pro bono work. Mr. Nussbaum highlighted the ideas that this type of work should be valued as not a requirement, but as a part of life for each individual as they move into their career paths. The second article is Justice Ginsberg’s speech at Justice Scalia’s memorial service. The article makes important points about collegiality and disagreement in the workplace (something that the students will most likely experience in future). Mr. Nussbaum finished his discussion speaking about the fulfillment he takes in his position as the Chair of the Board. More than that, Mr. Nussbaum spoke of his pride in being an Amherst College alumni saying that his heart will always “bleed purple.”
It is our hope that everyone walked away from the dinner learning a little something new and also meeting someone new. The idea of the Connection Dinner is meant to be taken and implemented on campus; always looking to opportunities to meet new people and learn new perspectives from others.
Amherst LEADS is looking forward to continuing with Connection Dinners in the spring semester!