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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Young Alumni Make a Difference: Staying Engaged and Involved

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Michael Ly

Michael Ly, BS Accounting ’12, MS Accounting ’13, understands the importance of giving back to Mason Business. He serves on the board of the School of Business Alumni Chapter and also commits to annual giving.

“Giving back is important. I find that even if I can engage with a nominal gift, that’s better than nothing. It’s my way of showing support to the school,” says Ly, an assurance manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

He encourages young alumni to give back, regardless of the amount of their gift.

“Even if it’s a $5 gift, the cost of a coffee run, it makes an impact at the school,” he says. “As a beneficiary of scholarships from the School of Business, I know the importance of supporting students.”

Alumni can also volunteer their time by visiting as a guest speaker, mentoring, or just answering questions from students.

“An alum can be so helpful, even just by answering a call and speaking with another alum or student who’s interested to hear your story. You could change someone’s life just by spending 30 minutes talking with them,” he says.

Ly encourages alumni to reconnect and engage with the school. “It can start as simple as attending an alumni meeting, and your involvement can shift as you learn more,” he says. “There are so many things changing at the school. Even if it’s just coming back to visit campus, you’d be surprised at what has changed over the years. It’s eye-opening and exciting to see.”