Last Thursday 28th of June, the IE Colombian Club hosted a discussion panel on Inspiring Leaders with four amazing speakers: Natalia Bayona, the Leader of the Innovation and Digital Transformation Strategy of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). An IE Alumnus, She also organized the first South Summit Pacific Alliance, which connected the entrepreneurship ecosystem of Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Peru; Sergio Cabrera, who has directed some of the most emblematic films and television series in Colombia in recent years, and has collected a great number of awards and recognitions – such as the 1st Prize of the Embassy of Spain in Colombia for the Best Artist of the Year; Juan David Aristizabal, founder and President of Los Zúper, a non-profit organization equipping young people with 21st century skills. Juan was Recognized in Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs” and was Co-Chair at the World Economic Forum in Davos; Nick van Dam, Chief Learning Officer of IE University, Nick has over 30 years of experience as a former partner and Chief Learning Officer at McKinsey & Company and has authored and coauthored more than 25 books.
The panel was moderated by Juliana Pereira, who is half-Colombian and currently the director of Campus Life. Juliana has 20 years of international professional experience in advertising, marketing and PR. She has lived in New York, London, and Spain, where she has worked for major brands such as BBDO, Gucci, BURBERRY and Tiffany & Co. The discussion focused on two main topics: Leadership models and Innovation. These topics were chosen because they represent two of IE’s core values, and speak to our strength as a community and institution. The speakers brought four unique perspectives on innovation from their different backgrounds and discoursed on the leadership required to bring about innovation and change. The main takeaways from the discussion gravitated around the importance of authenticity, growth mindset, resilience, and persistence as the prime competencies required today in leadership. It also focused on how important it is for professionals to have the ability to change and reinvent themselves in the Fourth Industrial Revolution era.