Zdenek and Michaela Bakala, Founders of the American Bakala Foundation, were honored guests at the 250th anniversary of Zdenek’s alma mater the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth. Board of Trustee members Marshall Winn and Bill Keen also attended the gala dinner held in the historic halls of Guildhall, London. During the gala, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth expressed appreciation of a generous donation from The American Bakala Foundation, announcing it as the largest gift commitment in Tuck history.
“Solving humankind’s most complex challenges requires leaders who can work effectively across cultures,” said Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon D’77. “Through Michaela and Zdenek’s inspiring investment, Tuck will remain at the forefront of developing such global business leaders. We are all tremendously grateful for their vision and commitment.”
The donation will support the strengthening and expansion of TuckGO and create the Bakala Suite. TuckGo, short for Tuck Global Opportunities, is an innovative program focused on developing the practical skills of future global leaders. Global education experiences cultivate a student’s ability to work across diverse cultures. TuckGo believes these are skills future leaders need to address the significant challenges facing humanity. The Bakala Global Suite, future home of the TuckGo offices and meeting space will become the hub of the program, facilitating efficient collaboration between students and their professors.
“Zdenek’s life and career is the very model of global engagement. This wonderful gift ensures that our graduates will embark on their careers with the cross-cultural abilities and acumen to engage with our diverse world of business.” – Matthew Slaughter, Dean of the Tuck School of Business.
Zdenek Bakala announced the gift accompanied by Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon and by Matthew Slaughter, Dean of the Tuck School of Business.