The first IE Family Business Summit!

Written on November 9, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

Family Business SummitIE Family Business Club organized its first Family Business Summit in Madrid past October. “Next Generation at a Crossroad, truths and myths about the challenge ahead”, was aimed at helping the NextGen handle topics that arise, for instance, from ending an MBA to the succession some years ahead.

After the opening statements by Ricardo Pineda, president of the Club and Cristina Cruz, professor Family Venturing at IE, Santiago Perry and Carlos Boggio discussed the issue of succeeding or not in the family business. Luis Baón, consultant from EgonZehnder, followed to give his outsider perspective into the family company. Closing the day, a panel of three MBA alumni (two from IE) shared their experience on how they joined their businesses.

Saturday started with the “Finding your authentic leadership” workshop, led by coaches Carmen Lence and Borja Raventos. Next, Julia-Carolin Schmid continued with “How to manage the soft side of the family through a Shareholder’s Office”. Jesus Casado, Secretary General of European Family Businesses, shared his perspective on family businesses within Europe. The Summit was closed by an excellent presentation from Andrew Keyt about the challenges of succeeding a legend.

The first edition of the summit was a success! More than 100 participants shared and learned insights on how to take another step towards a sustainable family business future! We look forward to the next one!


IE R&B Climbing Club organizes climbing courses

Written on November 7, 2013 by Campus Life in Sports


This course is for people who want to learn how to climb from the beginning, acquiring the necessary techniques and practice safely this impressive sport.


To acquire the basics about gestures and safety for autonomous climbing.


Basics about using the climbing material.

Gesture techniques: postures and movements.

Safety: how to use the safety systems.

Lead climbing on equipped routes.


5 days/15 hours

Monday to Friday or weekends

*Ask for other options

Price: 190 €/person (Monday to Friday version)

          220 €/person (Weekends version)

Includes the rent of all the necessary material.


Monday to Friday: Morning from 10:30 to 13:30

                             Afternoon from 19:00 to 22:00

Weekends: Day 1 and 2: From 10:00 to 14:00

                  Day 3 and 4: From 9:00 to 17:00

* For this course it is not necessary to fulfill any special physical conditions or to have any experience.




To acquire basic gestures, to learn and practice the basic techniques of safety

To learn how to use and enjoy the most the indoor climbing.


Developing of gestural techniques.


Climbing with pulley: basic skills


2 days/6 hours

Two sessions of 3 hours

-Monday and Wednesday, from 19 to 22h

-Tuesday and Thursday, from 19 to 22h

-Saturday and Sunday, from 16 to 19h

*Ask for other options

Price: 75€/person (rock shoes and material rent included)

* For this course it is not necessary to fulfill any special physical conditions or to have any experience.




To acquire and improve special techniques.


Advanced climbing skills


1 day

Place: Rock climbing zones around Madrid.

Price: 92€/person (insurance included)


From 10 to 17 hrs

*For this course it is necessary to dominate basic climbing techniques.


If you are interested or have any questions, get in touch with the club at R&BClimbing.Club@ie.edu


DHL2October 18, 2013. Madrid, Spain – IE Operations Management Club has organized an event with Antonio Andrés, Business Process Optimization & Account Manager, DHL- Supply Chain to present the Lean management and Continuous Improvement techniques in logistics services business.

Antonio explained the evolution of the continuous improvement practices at the DHL World of supply chain and logistics. He also explained us “The need to focus on process improvement and integration of First Choice in the organization as First Choice is a continuous improvement process that applies to all levels of management, processes and all employees of the group”. He also explained the practical application of the full DMAIC cycle (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control) as part of the continuous improvement process.

Dhl ConferenceLater on, the customized tool to track the continuous improvement initiatives at DHL has also been explained in detail to illustrate how defects are minimized by the operations team using the Bottom up approach. Antonio also shared his valuable insights on the various case studies on the application of lean techniques at Ontígola. This includes the Unilever case study where Antonio explained the Root Cause analysis, error minimization, Process optimization, and Layout definition. Following this, the improvements achieved as result of Lean implementation has been shown to make the audience to understand the importance of Linking Business Objectives with targets on team level.

Bharath Kumar (IE Operations Management Club President) and Alvaro Buitrago Alvaro (IE Operations Management Club Alumni Advisor) along with the audience applauded Antonio for his knowledge sharing and innovative ideas provoking discussion.

Antonio has vast experience in the domain of Supply Chain, Process optimization and Possesses 10+ years of professional experience with DHL in Iberia where he is Responsible for process optimization and account management, being part of the Direction Committee of Retail. He also manages all continuous improvement initiatives assuring they are making under DMAIC methodology and also in charge of implement the Lean Thinking and Management in all Retail´s sites.


The 4th IE GrassRoot Soccer Tournament

Written on October 23, 2013 by Campus Life in Sports

foto winnersla-foto1okOn October 12th and 13th at Green Canal, IE Football Club organized the 4th IE GrassRoot Soccer Tournament. Football teams of IE, IE Alumni, IESE, INSEAD and LBS were in Madrid to compete against each other in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

There was a first phase, in which all teams played against each other, followed by semi-finals among the best four and then the final. In total, 31 goals were scored in 13 exciting matches. This year the trophy went to France, as INSEAD became the champion after beating IESE in an thrilling final match that finished 0 – 0, followed by a penalty kicks dispute (4 – 3 for INSEAD).

futbol3Both IE and IE Alumni got to the semifinals but lost to INSEAD and IESE, respectively (1 – 0 and 0 – 0 (4 – 3 PK). But most importantly, all teams had fun playing football and enjoyed the opportunity to network with students from different business schools.


We are also pleased to announce that 3000$ raised during the tournament will be donated to GrassRoot Soccer organization which uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV.

You can check the photos of this fantastic weekend HERE.


IE SRF Alumni Award – “Social Means Business”

Written on October 22, 2013 by Campus Life in Professional

srfThis year, the IE Social Responsibility Forum would like to recognize an outstanding IE alumni for their exceptional achievements in incorporating sustainable practices and social conscientiousness into their everyday personal and professional life.  Furthermore, their continued dedication to inspiring others around them stands out among their peers and provides a model for future alumnus.

If you would like to nominate either yourself or another IE Alumni who embodies this “Social Means Business” philosophy, please submit a small description of the individual, the year they graduated from IE, and why they deserve the award to srforum@ie.edu.

Submissions will be received until Friday, November 8th. The award will be presented either in person at the IE SRF event on November 23, 2013 if the individual attends this years conference or via other means if he or she is not in the Madrid area.

We look forward to hearing all of the wonderful ways that IE Alumni are making an impact and changing the environments in which they work.  For more information about the 8th Social Responsibility Forum “Social Means Business” please visit our website: http://srforum.ie.edu

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