Alison Lin '10 (holding drink) talks with K. Ming Wan '74 MBA (at left, with back to camera) at the Global 'Cats Connect event in Shanghai on March 12. (Photo credit: Le Wen Jie)

The Northwestern Alumni Association's inaugural Global 'Cats Connect events were a hit, as nearly 1,000 alumni and their guests gathered in 36 cities across the United States and around the world March 12 to meet and mingle with other Northwestern graduates.

The gatherings enabled alumni on six continents to expand their networks, meet fellow graduates and show their purple pride, all on the same day. Events

were held in cities including New York; London; Tokyo; Sydney; Johannesburg; and Santiago, Chile.

“Our goal was to provide all alumni — regardless of school, campus or program — an opportunity to expand their Northwestern network,” says Sarah

Wagoner, the NAA’s senior associate director for global engagement. “We’re eager to continue the program in 2016 and add new locations around the world.”

Alumni posted photos from the events on social media, including Our Northwestern.

If you’re interested in helping coordinate a Global ’Cats Connect event in your city in 2016, please email naainfo@northwestern.edu.