Archive for the ‘IE Stories’ Category

20
Jul

Marianne Ribert
Executive Director of the GXMBA
IE Business School
From: Denmark

In January of this year, I had my 10th anniversary as IE staff.

In my time at IE, I have always worked in Program Management in one way or another. I have been involved in full time and part-time programs, face-to-face and online. The Program Management is in a very central position; we get to work and collaborate directly with all the different internal stakeholders at IE – Faculty, Planning, Admissions, Careers, Alumni, Administration and Documentation, just to mention some of them. But most importantly, we get to work with the most important stakeholder of IE: the students.

This week I have the distinct pleasure of seeing another group of amazing students graduate from IE Business School.

It is always a very stressful week for us. We have to make sure the grades are in on time, we have to coordinate schedules and exams and students, we have to follow up on grades, on deliverables and on GPAs. Not to mention the printing of the rankings, the certificates and all the other paperwork.

So it can sometimes be difficult to remember to stop and breathe for a minute and remember to enjoy and appreciate the honor it is to have been able to follow the transformation of a group of people as closely as we have. Some students undergo minor transformations, others make great leaps. Some seemed to fly through the program, others struggled visibly. Each journey is different, it is definitely always bumpy, but they all came here, rich and poor, high and low, young and … well, less young, and trusted us with their time, their hopes and their eagerness to learn.

And that is a true honor and a privilege.

So, I will take this opportunity to congratulate all the students who are graduating this week. 1700 students, no less! As always, it has been a pleasure to be a very small part of this important journey, I hope we all made the bumpy ride a little bit smoother. I look forward to seeing you back as alumni, colleagues, collaborators and speakers!

Bio: Marianne Ribert is the Executive Director of the GXMBA. She is originally from Denmark where she got her BA in Arts. She has lived in Spain for the last 15 years and before coming to IE Business School, she worked in communications and marketing in Madrid and Barcelona.

13
Jul

Emanuele Sacchetti: a letter to upcoming students

Written on July 13, 2017 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Emanuele Sacchetti
IE International MBA September 2016 alum
Former coordinator of IE Sailing Club and IE Italy Club
From: Italy

Dear students, dear folks about to start this incredible adventure at IE,

This is a letter for You. My IMBA program at IE ended just few hours ago, presenting at the Venture Day, and my airplane is rapidly taking me back to my home country. While the sun goes down, painting the clouds of purple, this need to share the following words is arising.

Living at IE, you will soon understand how central the sense of being part of this Community is. With this word, Community, I refer to You, starting this journey, and Us, waiting to embrace you in the Alumni family few months from now.

I wish you could ask yourselves what this Community means for you. For me, it’s the union of Women and Men sharing experiences and goals, their Past and their Future. Yes, sharing, because IE
is US, all together. The Present is yours, live it intensely and don’t forget about the Past and the Future.

This year, Time will be your scarcest resource. Use it wisely, and you will be able to be generous. Our community needs your passion, your engagement and willingness to share your amazing skills.
For example, pitching to each section, our amazing IE Sailing Club coordinators were able to double the number of participants to the IE Winter Regatta (Lanzarote, 9th – 12th March 2017). Many students had so much fun that joined for all the other Regattas, such as the Global MBA Trophy, organized by London Business School in Athens. These events combine sport, great fun and networking among students from the top Business Schools! It’s all about people, it’s all about you!

As my grandfather used to say, Ideas walk on people’s legs. So, I wish you to be the legs of your ideas and to make the most out of your time. Contribute to the community, enroll as Clubs
coordinators, participate in Campus Life, create your experience with passion. If you’ll give up a small part of your time in favour of the IE Community, you will all get a greater benefit.

Welcome to IE and best of luck for the upcoming year to you all!

Bio: Emanuele is an Italian IMBA alumnus from the September 2016 Intake. After achieving his M.A. in Law, he developed his passion for entrepreneurship, founded two startups and decided to join IE to learn the secrets that can turn an entrepreneurial mindset into a successful story. At IE, he developed his third startup project and he contributed actively to the Community by coordinating the IE Sailing Club and the IE Italy Club Madrid Chapter. 

6
Jul

Gabriela Alvarado
Doctor in Business Administration
IE Business School
Associate Dean of MBA programs, ITAM
From: Mexico

I have always believed that higher education has the power to transform the lives of individuals by providing them with the required knowledge, skills and values to contribute to the development of better organizations truly committed to building a better world. This is why I have worked at ITAM, one of the leading universities in Mexico, for the last 24 years of my life.

I started at ITAM as a marketing professor at the undergraduate level and a few years later I joined the group of professors who teach in the MBA and Executive Education programs. The marketing professors team really wanted to have an impact beyond the classroom so we launched a marketing magazine aimed at executives in the late 90’s which was distributed throughout the country and merged with Dirección Estratégica, ITAM’s business magazine after 11 years. In 2003, I was appointed Associate Dean of MBA programs and was fortunate to lead the launch of ITAM’s first three MBAs with international partners and residencies abroad.

Nine years ago, ITAM supported me to study a Doctorate in Business Administration at IE Business School and it was when I had the privilege to start being part of the IE community. I was so excited to study in one of the top business schools of the world! My professors and my mentor at IE taught me what it meant to be a true scholar through their living example and unwavering enthusiasm and inspired me to start my research on business education around the world.

This year, as part of my sabbatical, I spent five months at IE writing a book about the future of management education in Latin America and actively participating in some initiatives for two of the current IE business school’s programs: one aimed at young professionals and the other for senior managers. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to be involved in a project devoted to form the leaders of the future and another to support present leaders with the challenges facing organizations and societies nowadays with a forward-thinking.

But above all, I feel extremely fortunate for the opportunity to better know IE people, learn from them and develop lifelong relationships with them. Every single day, I was impressed by their remarkable leadership, passion, generosity, high-level thinking and way of understanding the current and future challenges confronting business education. After these months, I fell completely in love with IE and its people. They are truly committed to reinventing higher education for a better world!

Bio: Gabriela Alvarado is the Associate Dean of MBA programs at ITAM, Mexico, where she also teaches Marketing Management and Marketing Research at the graduate level. She holds the degrees of Doctor in Business Administration from IE Business School, and MBA and B.S. in Actuarial Science from ITAM. Gabriela was part of the team who developed the Executive MBA, Global MBA, and Americas MBA programs at ITAM and is also the publisher of Dirección Estratégica, ITAM’s business magazine. Her research examines the influence that international accreditations and global rankings exert on business schools’ strategies and actions and currently she is writing a book about management education in Latin America.

22
Jun

Joël McConnell
Director for Europe and Central Asia
IE International Development Department
From: Vancouver, Canada

Originally from Vancouver, I grew up in English speaking part of the country but in a French-speaking home – something that would later prove very helpful when I moved to Spain and had to learn Spanish, my third language. When it came time to go to university I chose to move to Montréal, a city where I could study my Bachelor of Commerce in English, but live in a city where I could also speak my other language. At university I was very involved in student life, having held many student government positions and being part of the case competition initiative we had in place, where senior-year bachelor students were sent out in groups, all over the globe, to compete in competitions against other top schools.  When it came time to move into the working world, I joined a corporate rotational program in the financial services sector, and I shared the next 3 years or so between the US and Canada, before joining the MBA program at IE Business School – which looking back now, was probably one of the smarter professional decisions I’ve made to date.  What I didn’t know was that my move to Madrid would be a permanent one!

Since arriving in Madrid, I’ve not only completed several master and executive courses at IE, but I’ve also completed senior leadership programs at Judge Business School (University of Cambridge) and Saïd Business School (University of Oxford), but more recently at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business as well.  And it’s not only been about studying! I also lead market development and marketing initiatives at a successful industrial process automation company, held senior leadership positions at the IEEE –  a global engineering standards organization, completed an internship in Senegal in microfinance via the joint venture of the CRS and Caritas, and perhaps most importantly, built a successful career at IE via three roles: Director of Financial Aid, and then both Director for Asia Pacific and Director for Europe, within our International Development Department.  An added and important benefit of the roles I’ve held since moving to Madrid is that all of them have allowed me to travel extensively, all over the globe. Today, I’ve travelled to 58 countries worldwide, and perhaps as importantly, given my work at IE, I’m in constant contact with top professionals from all over the world – something that makes my work particularly enriching.

As part of the leadership team of the International Development Department at IE, I’m contributing incrementally to the building of the IE brand globally, thereby strengthening the relationships the institution has with our alumni, corporate and institutional partners, and making IE the first-choice school for degrees that are characterized by a strong focus on technology and innovation, regardless of the field of study, and by an well rounded experience that is infused with unmatched diversity and a real focus on entrepreneurship. We’re leading new projects that bring us closer to top global organizations, partner schools, and companies, and engaging with top regional events such as the Nordic Business Forum in Finland, FT events across the region, European Business Forum in Denmark, OECD Summits in France, and the Drucker Forum in Austria, among many others. Our next big opportunity will be to reinvent and position ourselves around the IE Exponential Learning portfolio of programs, which includes not only an updated executive education courses, but more innovative programs such as our High Impact Online Programs (HiOPs) and Bootcamp offering – short, technology focused programs that were initially pioneered by organizations like General Assembly, but that increasingly leading business schools are offering as a complement to their degree-based programs.  And we’ve got lots in store for the coming year, so stay tuned and join us at one of the more than 1000 activities we organize across Europe and Central Asia every year, events that are lead by the 7 offices and 25 members of my team.  IE is a top-ranked school, but we lead through actions that demonstrate real innovation and true focus on providing better learning and professional development experiences to our students, and after graduation, to our alumni.

Bio: Joel has worked in Field Operations at Novartis and Fleet Management at Enterprise, and completed the Headquarters Rotational Program at Edward Jones Investments before joining the MBA at IE.  From a study perspective he completed the Global MBA, Executive Master in Finance, and the Luxury Management EDP at IE before completing a Certificate in Strategic Performance Management at Cambridge, the Postgraduate Diploma in Global Business at Oxford, and most recently, he completed the Global Senior Management Program at Chicago-Booth. Some of the more exciting and far-flung places he has particularly enjoyed travelling to include Mongolia, New Zealand, Georgia, and Colombia.

15
Jun

Ferén Barrios: Passion and Commitment

Written on June 15, 2017 by Campus Life in IE Stories

 

Ferén Barrios
IE Store assistant
Philosopher
From: Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

I was born 27 years ago in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, and I came to Madrid 4 years ago with the idea of starting my own business, which I actually did: my wife and I used to run a bookstore and bookbinder’s in Malasaña. But things have changed for the better over these years, and now I am pursuing my doctoral degree in Philosophy while I work at IE Store.

There are many great things that captivated me when I found this job—or did it find me?  I was amazed by IE’s emphasis on the humanities, which is so necessary for today’s global society; also, I felt IE’s strong commitment to leading the unfolding of an exciting, promising future as a duty of my own to a world that never before was so close to overcoming scarcity and misery through a wise use of technology; not to mention the incredible professionals I work with, and the diversity outreach I experience and enjoy every day.

Believe it or not, there is even more: the most important and attractive feature of IE, something that you learn only by spending time with all these wonderful people, is that we care about our world. We believe passionately that what we do, big or small, counts and matters.

While globalization brings titanic struggles for domination of the Earth and its resources, it also carries new opportunities to create a wealthy, fair world for the coming generations. This is arguably the most profitable business of all! Higher education institutions who train our future leaders and entrepreneurs have the noble responsibility to fill their hearts with passion and commitment, and their minds with solid scientific knowledge, all of which will be invested in a planet that requires to be managed and cherished as a whole.

This is the reason why I am so proud of IE Store’s endeavor to promote eco-friendly consumption: merchandising and institutions should not be good only for themselves, but also for the world they exist in and depend on, and for the people around them. Moreover, I am proud that this is actually IE’s policy as a company, and it is a privilege to be a part of a community that is always changing for the better. So please, dear colleagues and students, do not stop fighting for your dreams, because they are the dreams of the world, and do not stop believing that we can go beyond: actually that is how we get there!

Bio: Ferén Barrios is a 27-year-old philosopher, currently writing a Ph.D dissertation on metaphysics and advanced technologies from a Nietzschean point of view. He has been a bookseller and bookbinder in his own startup, La Agonía Libros, and has worked in education and publications since he was 18. In September 2016 he was appointed assistant at IE Store, where he expects to learn more about businesses and startups while supporting IE’s global focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness.

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