Despite the very low activity of IE Strategy Club during the last few years, in 2016 the Club under new board of coordinators managed to become one of the most active Clubs in IE, bringing big international companies from different industries. In the beginning, we ran a survey to IE students asking them in which sectors they would like to work and what expectations they have from this Club. Surprisingly, the participation was high and the results clear. Technology and FMCG were the favorite sectors, followed by Pharmaceutical and Finance. Based on the results the coordinators of the Club focused their efforts to these industries and especially to the first three ones. From December the Club started contacting alumni of IE and other professionals who work in Strategy departments or in roles related to Strategy. The reaction of some alumni was very warm and they were excited to come back to their university to talk about their companies and their business. However, there were many difficulties to bring speakers from out of Madrid with main one the lack of time to travel to Madrid for presenting and meeting students. In addition, there was lack of funding for covering at least the flights and the accommodation of the speakers. Both problems with main one the lack of time had as a result many potential speakers to not be able to come in Madrid for a presentation till now. Some of them are Uber, Google, Nestle Innovation department, etc.
Despite the difficulties, the Strategy Club hosted events which attracted the interest of many students from different masters (mainly IMBA, MIM, Big Data and Communication) and increased its members in IE Campus and Facebook. Particularly, the first event was with the VP of Strategy of Amadeus, the leader of IT Travel industry. In the cocktail which followed the students had the opportunity to speak also to many other employees of Amadeus collecting information about several departments, such as M&A, Marketing and Finance. In this event, the IE Strategy Club managed to have as a sponsor the Jameson Whisky for first time in IE which provided some tasty cocktails with Jameson whisky. By this time, more and more Clubs started using the same sponsor bring a new ‘flavor’ to IE events.
In addition, four more big events took place. The director of NESTLE Spain Professional with base in Barcelona spoke online to the students about the trends in FMCG industry, the changes in Nestle and the key of an international career in FMCG industry. The next event was with two alumni of IE who work in GSK and they are members of ESPRIT program. Nuno and Maurizio gave us a really insightful presentation about the new strategy of GSK, the deal with Novartis and what changes are happening in Pharmaceutical industry. The event was hosted in cooperation with the Healthcare Club of IE. The other big event was with the Strategy department of the head office of Unilever with two speakers Daniel (alumni) and Ramiro. In this presentation, it was introduced for first time the method of mini cases which intrigued the students and helped them understand what kind of problems this team of Unilever is trying to solve. CMC helped a lot and sponsored the cocktail but also coordinated the interviews for the recruiting process of the two teams of Unilever Strategy department. The last event of IE Strategy Club was with Facebook (Dublin) where Prashant, alumni of Executive MBA with previous experience in Google and AIESEC, gave a very nice presentation about the changes in Facebook, the trends and challenges in the industry and the career opportunities in Facebook.
For all these events we had the total support of IE Campus, thank you very much Mihaela and Chiarra! Three of the existing main coordinators are going to graduate this month Arlon, Dimitrios (President of the Club) and Thais (VP). We would like to thank them for their hard work and contribution to make this Club one of the best Clubs in IE in 2016. Special bravos to Arlon Carl who designed all the posters of the club, to Dimitrios for contacting companies and bringing speakers and to Thais for coordinating processes and events of the Club. We wish to Aditi and Panos who are going to keep running the Club together with the new elected coordinators to continue the activity of the Club with even more ideas and contribute to IE Community.
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For more activities of the club, you can register in ie campus page and Facebook page of IE Strategy Club.