Whew… I don’t know where the last few months went since I last updated but I think it is time!
Since I last wrote, MIT Sloan hosted the 3rdannual Sports Analytics Conference. This year’s conference, held the first Saturday in March, was a smashing success that only continued to grow from the past years. Again, working with Jessica Gelman of the New England Patriots and Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets was a pleasure and a great experience. I mainly oversaw the launch of the Research Paper Track and the Coaching Analytics Panel. I had the distinct pleasure of working with Ric Bucher of ESPN, former NBA star Brent Barry, statistician Nate Silver, Buck Showalter, former NBA star and coach Avery Johnson, and head coach and football innovator Kevin Kelley of Pulaski Academy. It really was a tremendous experience that was worth the months and months of planning that went into it. The Sports Conference has been one of the highlights of my time here at Sloan and I will surely miss it. Speaking of the conference though, it will be held on March 4 and 5 of 2011 and again there will be a Research Paper Track so get your submissions ready: http://sloansportsconference.com/uploadfiles/pdf/2011_Call_for_Papers.pdf
Staying on the sports topic… I ran the Boston Marathon on April 19th and just recently finished the San Francisco Marathon on July 25th. Both of them were incredible and unique experiences. Boston was tough because it has a lot of downhill and everyone’s quadriceps muscles are so shot by mile 23 or 24 that walking is sometimes forced… San Francisco was a tough marathon as evidenced in this Wall Street Journal article: http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB10001424052748703283004575363214110587160.html It was extremely hilly and some of the hills were very steep but I was prepared extremely well and ended up finishing in 4:06:41 which was in the top 20% of women so I think I did pretty well. After the marathon I was able to explore San Franciscoand discover for myself what a fantastic city it is. One thing I was surprised about was the weather. The temperatures did not go much over 65 the entire time I was there and hovered around 55-60 on a daily basis. I certainly wasn’t complaining seeing that it has been about 90 everyday this summer. I really had a good time and stayed with a 2011 Sloanie, Sung You, who made a good time into an absolutely fantastic time. My next marathon will be on December 4 in Memphis, TN!
I will definitely miss school. I easily had two of the best years of my life at Sloan and truly loved my classmates and MIT Sloan faculty and staff. I will miss random nights at the Hong Kong in Harvard Square, BHP, trips and treks, classes, and the everyday laughs I shared in the hallways at Sloan. I know I have made lasting friendships and that despite the fact that we are scattered across the globe, I will continue to call, e-mail, and Facebook everyone in my class and at school. Graduation occurred on June 4th and was preceded by MBA Convocation on June 3rd. Christiana Obiaya was our class speaker and she did a fantastic job of summing up our experience and getting the festivities off to a good start. I had a tough time with graduation though because, while it was fun and good times were had by all, I am really, really sad that it is over. Thank you to MIT Sloan for such an incredible time. Class of 2011, good luck being second-years and enjoy it because it flies by! Class of 2012, WELCOME and enjoy! Work hard, core will be challenging but totally worth it. You certainly have the support of everyone at school as well as alumni. And to all class years, stay in touch and reach out! I guess I am officially alumni now (when did this happen?) but will always be me, accessible, friendly, and willing to give back to a school that gave me so much. (Deirdre.firstname.lastname@example.org or look me up on Facebook)! That’s it for now, I will continue to update on occasion! J