photoInternational Alumni Relations: A Focus on China

As of June 2014, Gretchen Dobson LLC will be based from Chengdu, China to better serve the interests and needs of institutions and partners that value a strong constituent base in China and Asia overall.

Contact us to learn more as we conduct our work throughout the year from our offices in China, Boston, London, and from our partner’s office in Delhi.

Making the Case for International Alumni Relations

You’ve heard it many times: We’re in the relationship business. But how do you build and maintain relationships with your alumni when they’re scattered across the globe? Should you even try?

For educational institutions pondering whether to implement an international alumni program, or for those wishing to improve their existing programs, Being Global: Making the Case for International Alumni Relations can offer guidance and insight.

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Gretchen Dobson LLC is excited to announce a partnership with FuturEd, an education sector consulting and service provider based in New Delhi, India. Our focus is building networks and capacity for Indian institutions and schools as well as advising international clients on how to best do business in India. With over 10 years experience in India, Gretchen is excited to open her office there this fall.  Read more about Gretchen’s partnership with FuturEd here.

Going Global

Gretchen speaks about the philosophy behind her work at The British Council’s Going Global 2012 conference in London, March 2012.

What Our Clients Say

Gretchen Dobson has a unique sense of global engagement, visible at every detailed level of her work.  Her vision and tactical approach make her a joy to work with and her execution and timeliness go a long way towards a successful end result.  We first worked with her as we strategized a method to engage our alumni in China.  She was key in orchestrating individual and group meetings, both leading to worthwhile outcomes.  Her personal touch is evident and her energy is contagious…I have strong confidence in Gretchen and her ability to help unite our alumni across the world.

– Derek Engelbart, Senior Director Alumni Relations, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Although private education and training providers don’t typically establish strategic global alumni networks, Gretchen applied her extensive knowledge and experience in this realm to our particular context and customised her coaching sessions to suit our needs.

– Ingeborg Loon, Assistant General Manager - Partnerships, Academies Australasia Group

I always came away from our session with lots of practical, cost-effective, ideas that would greatly enhance our programs. Simply put, Gretchen is amazing and I look forward to more sessions with her in the future!

– Austin Tomlinson, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations, Franklin College Switzerland

Our rapidly growing LL.M. program requires more alumni services in more places than ever before. Gretchen has helped us start to develop our global network; provided suggestions and expertise on event and activity programming, budgeting, travel planning and relationship-building; and served as a resource for information on how institutions of all kinds are developing international alumni clubs and chapters.

– Ms. Chaney Kourouniotis Communications & Alumni Relations, LLM Program University of California, Berkeley

The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading new universities, with a strong international focus: of 23,000 current students, over 8,000 come from outside the UK from over 120 countries.  We asked Gretchen to help us to engage more fully with our international alumni during the Fall of 2012.  Gretchen undertook an extensive round of interviews and focus groups with existing students, alumni, academic and administrative staff, and presented us with a comprehensive set of recommendations, many of which we expect to adopt. People responded well to her approach, which enhanced the quality of the report, and gave us a flying start to begin implementation.

– James Kennedy, Director International Office, University of Warwick

After engaging Gretchen, within a matter of 4 months we had an alumni association. She was persuasive, she was clear, she was direct, she could use case studies, and deal with very tiny institution.

– Professor Michael Earley, Principal & Chief Executive, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

Gretchen’s workshop excelled in its capacity to tailor for the needs of teams with different portfolios, to render in-depth analysis to specific case studies, and to provide useful pointers that help us to land on possible solutions.

– Ada Leung, Associate Vice-President (Development), City University of Hong Kong

I think Gretchen, in her book Being Global, makes quite good points all the way through. She really makes the point about the lifecyle of alumi: from a student, into an alum, into a donor, into a major shaper of policy within an institution.

– Professor Michael Earley, Principal & Chief Executive, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

With her years of experience, Gretchen was able to look at our programme and quickly assess its strengths and weaknesses. Her input was invaluable.

– Holly Peterson, Deputy Director of Development and Alumni Relations, University of Exeter

Ultimately, Bruford Connects is looking for opportunities for the institution. This new network of alumni engagement raises the flag for us. It’s really helped now because when I go around the world people know who we are and they didn’t know that three years ago.

– Professor Michael Earley, Principal & Chief Executive, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance