Sunday Message: Thanksgiving Break

Dean Jon Levin writes to the Stanford GSB community with wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2020

We marked the end of fall quarter instruction this week with a wonderful Executive Challenge that involved hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The first-year MBA students showed poise and composure in their virtual case presentations. Alumni joined in from multiple countries to serve as judges. Special thanks to the dozens of GSB staff who managed the logistical complexities, and to everyone involved for their good spirits in making the day enjoyable and rewarding.

On a broader scale, we celebrate the work of the scientists at Pfizer and Moderna and their vaccine trial results reported over the last two weeks. The accomplishment of developing novel vaccines in under a year, using new and pioneering technology, is truly extraordinary. And congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden as he prepares to tackle the continuing pandemic and hopefully to make progress in repairing our national divisions. As I’ve mentioned before, we all have a role to play in moving the country forward — and I know the GSB community will contribute through action, innovative solutions, and leadership that spans business and civic life.

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving celebrations, I know many of you will be traveling to be with family and friends. Please take precautions and be safe given the heightened health risks. I wish everyone a joyous, restorative, and well-earned Thanksgiving holiday.

Jonathan Levin

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