Suzette Meade & Gabrielle Rajkumar
International MBA Student, September 2017 & International MBA Graduate, January 2017 intake
From: New York, United States, & Trinidad and Tobago

The IMBA Program provides access to many valuable opportunities beyond the classroom. Recently, Gabrielle Rajkumar, graduate of the IMBA January 2017 intake, and Suzette Meade, current student in the IMBA September 2017 intake, identified a career learning and networking opportunity with Google through the IE Talent & Careers Achieve portal. Google hosted the “2017 Top Black Talent Forum” at its London office. This event was part of the tech leader’s core mission to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Gabrielle and Suzette were invited among 55 students from top European institutions selected through a competitive process of more than 1000 student applicants.

For two days, students enrolled in bachelors, masters and MBA degree programs participated in customized activities further to build their knowledge of the company, network with employees across a range of disciplines and learn helpful skills from the HR and recruitment team to enhance future job and internship applications. Also, attendees had the option to participate in variety of “soft” and “hard” skills” workshops, such as digital marketing (Ad Words), leadership development and building one’s personal brand. In addition, to the corporate context, the Forum included a lively Q&A session with successful external content creators from the YouTube network, which demonstrated how Google partners with and provides a platform for the broader community to monetize social media engagement. To cap off the experience, the group took a tour of the unique office space to get an inside look at the environment, new technology on display and day in the life of a Googler.

A message that came through loud and clear from the EMEA University Programs Team and company leaders, who took time out of their busy schedules to present at plenary and breakout sessions, is how much Google values highly qualified MBA graduates as part of its future talent pipeline around the world. The combination of education and work experience that MBA candidates offer is viewed as an asset to the company as it continues to grow and expand its business offerings and talent pool. An example of this is the fact that the Forum added an ad-hoc Q&A session with a Senior Director exclusively for the dozen MBAs in attendance. This session was not on the original agenda, but was inserted midstream to provide a small group experience for MBAs, and was yet another example of how being nimble and adaptive are part of the organization’s DNA.

Whilst the Top Black Talent Forum was aimed specifically at recruitment and networking for students of ethnicity from the global African diaspora, like Gabrielle and Suzette who have cultural roots in the Caribbean, it is just one manifestation of Google’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace. During the Forum, students learned about other Googler Networks such as those dedicated to the LGBTQ community, differently abled individuals and other underrepresented ethnicities. Ultimately, Google as a business is sustainable insofar as it remains a relevant utility for its users. By employing people who contribute diversity of culture, thought, ability, experience, etc. to the workplace, Google helps to ensure that its products and services reflect the expansiveness of its users worldwide.

Overall, Gabrielle and Suzette had a fun, informative and memorable experience at Google UK, and were thankful to IE for raising awareness of this opportunity, which has helped them as they pursue their post-IMBA career paths.


Gabrielle Rajkumar: Gabrielle Rajkumar is a graduate of the IMBA 2017, January intake. She is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and prior to moving to Madrid, lived in New York City where she worked in the Office of the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations. During her MBA, she was the treasurer of the IE Family Business Club and a member of the Net Impact and Soccer Clubs.

Suzette Meade: Suzette Meade is a first-generation Caribbean-American, born and raised in New York, USA. At IE she serves as a Careers Representative and is engaged in leisure and industry clubs. Prior to starting the IMBA program in September 2017, Suzette spent more than 10 years as a corporate communications and public relations professional at global hospitality corporations and consulting agencies. She has visited nearly 50 countries and is “mom” to her dog, Sassy.


Imad Khochman: a message to new IE students

Written on January 11, 2018 by Campus Life in IE Stories

Imad Khochman
International MBA Graduate, January 2017 intake
From: Abidjan, Ivory Coast

To all the inspiring people joining the IE community very soon,

You are about to embark on an uplifting journey and certainly have many expectations. You are probably wondering how this year in Madrid will transform you and help you on your way to being a more accomplished individual. Well, let’s put it this way: It will be what You make it!

It is about how much you’ll get involved in the community, how well you’ll embrace diversity, how open you’ll be to change and how enthusiastic you’ll be to share experiences with your peers. This might seem trivial now for smart people like you, but when the workload will start to peak up, when tensions will appear in some work groups (not all obviously), when you’ll get over the super-excitement of starting your MBA and meeting hundreds of new genuine and creative people; then you might be slightly drained and overwhelmed.

We all have different reasons to be here, different objectives and different ways to deal with more complicated situations: Some will choose to get lost in the crazy Madrid nightlife, others will travel around, some will prefer the calm of their own bubble or even study. As far as I’m concerned, I found Sports to be the perfect element for my personal balance.

Teamwork and Leadership are two key master skills that the IE experience aims to teach. You’ll get the opportunity to develop those skills not only during your MBA classes but also in the different clubs that are available for you to join depending on your areas of interest. Getting involved in those clubs is also a great way to meet more people from different intakes and boost your network. (Going out for drinks is also a good option! You’d be surprised by how much Gin Tonic can help skyrocket your professional network and personal career).

Looking back at my year with the IE Football and Running clubs, as well as at an exciting Triathlon experience in Barcelona, I am very grateful for the friendship and camaraderie that our teams could build regardless of our differences. I am also very proud of the positive attitude and team spirit that we developed while traveling around for sport events in Spain, France and the UK. I have learnt a lot of bad Spanish words on the pitch but I’ve also been inspired by outstanding teammates.

It’s up to you to go out there and make it a special year! All the best!

Bio: Imad is an alumnus from the Jan. 2017 Intake. Originally from Lebanon, he was born and raised in Ivory Coast. After achieving his Masters in Engineering in France, he moved to Canada and the US where he worked in the energy industry before launching a start-up in Montreal. In 2017, he was IE coordinator at the MBATournament in HEC Paris, Member of the IE Football Club and won tournaments in London Business School, Barcelona, Bronze Medal in HEC Paris, was a finisher at the Santander Olympic Triathlon in Barcelona, member of the IE Running Club and Coach of the IE Women Football club.


Alicia Moder
Executive MBA Student, 2017 intake
From: Madrid, Spain

I’m a mother of two children, passionate about digital marketing and very ambitious. It’s difficult to make everything compatible, but I try.

Two years ago, I decided to start writing a blog about digital marketing in health industry to force keeping me updated about the digital transformation that we are living. Especially at the beginning, it was very difficult to manage time between family and “hobby”, but I’m steadfast and I got it.

I noticed how ill-prepared people in this sector are about digital marketing. That’s why, I decided to go ahead and took the first step to write a book, starting teaching at the same time. It took me and my co-author more than a year to write this user manual of digital marketing in healthcare, but we finally succeeded!

Months ago, due to my continuous process of professional development, I realized I needed to take the next step in my professional career and I decided to start an MBA.

During my search for a right business school I realized that IE Business School was internationally well positioned and plays an important role in innovation (that is a must for me), so in October I started the Executive MBA at IE Business School.

I want to be well prepared to manage a team and as Steve Jobs said: “management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could”. IE Business School offers me all the tools I need to be a disruptive leader knowing a company in a 360 degree.

I think it’s the best way to be inspired constantly, by speakers, classmates, teachers etc… Being ambitious it’s important to step up in my career in an environment of innovation, where to learn new skills to better achieve my goals with gorgeous people as the ones I’ve met in IE Business School.

Nevertheless, my family is the most important for me and I want to be inspirational for my children too.

Looking forward, I hope to manage in a right way my personal and professional life without losing sight of what motivates me.

BIO: Digital & Communication Manager- Abbott Diabetes Care. Executive MBA graduate 2017-2018. Coauthor of the book “Marketing Digital-Healthcare” and author of the blog aliciamoder.com. Passionate about Digital Marketing and new technologies, with more than 13 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in a wide rage of fields including Marketing, Sales, eBusiness and Communication. Currently a professor of Digital Marketing in Healthcare, and speaker in different Digital Health Marketing events.



La Taquiza

Written on December 20, 2017 by Campus Life in Geographic, Social

During the month of September Mexico suffered two major earthquakes, the first one on September 7 with a magnitude of 8.2 affecting mainly the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca and the second on September 19 (31 years after the fateful earthquake of 19 September 1985) which damaged the states of Puebla, Morelos, and Mexico City.

When we heard the tragic news, we worried about our loved ones, at the beginning it was difficult to contact them and know they were well. As soon as more news arrived, we realized the magnitude of the tragedy and each minute that passed increased the sadness and the impotence of not being in Mexico and helping those affected by the earthquake.

From the abovementioned, it was that the IE Mexico Club and all our Mexican IMBA colleagues decided to organize a series of events with the aim of raising the largest amount of funds and use them to help the victims of earthquakes and focusing efforts on the reconstruction of the affected areas.

Being one of the most important events “La Taquiza” in which we managed to raise more than 800 euros which will be used for the reconstruction of the affected areas of Puebla, Morelos and Mexico City.

To organize “La Taquiza” we have the support of several Mexicans, especially the IMBA and MIM of the January 2017 intake who supported donating sodas, waters, beers or cash. In addition, we must thank Las Mañanitas because without their support this great event could not have been carried out. During the event, we offered beers, water, soft drinks for two euros and a plate with three tacos beans and rice for the amount of 6 euros.

As a Mexican, I will always be grateful to all the IE Family who participated in the event, showing their support, solidarity and good wishes, which confirms once again the great solidarity that exists within the IE Community. After all the support received in this difficult stage of the IMBA I know that the IE Community is a great family, that always supports you in difficult moments.

Finally, in the Annex to this document, we can see some photos of the event that show the great support of this great IE Family.


Future Plans in 2018 for IE Automotive Club

Written on December 20, 2017 by Campus Life in Professional

After an excellent year when IE Automotive Club has revved its engines with exciting activities, it is time to think forward and plan ahead for the future. We strongly believe that 2018 will be at least as fruitful as 2017 for IE Automotive Club and, to make our point, we will share with you some of the activities that we are organizing throughout next year.

PSA factory visit
We are happy to announce that a factory visit to one of the greatest automobile plants in Spain has already been scheduled for the beginning of June 2018. PSA Group is a French multinational manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles sold under the Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall brands. Stay in touch with us to find out more information about the visit as we get closer to scheduled date.

Guest speakers
As you already got used to, we will keep bringing relevant people from automotive and mobility industries here in IE. Some of the companies that are under our radar for next year are BMW, Mini, Uber, Daimler, Emov, Volvo and many others. These events are a great opportunity to expand your network in the sector and to learn more information about each company so get ready to make the most out of them by being present and asking relevant questions to our guests.

Fun activities
One of the reasons that brings us together here in IE Automotive Club is the passion for cars. That’s why we are planning some exciting activities outside of our academic environment, such as karting and drive test sessions. It’s going to be a great opportunity to network and bond with the other club members who share the same interest for automobiles.

We hope that our future activities have captured your interest in joining IE Automotive Club in the upcoming year and we are looking forward to meeting you in January when our first event of 2018 will take place.

Until then, good luck to your finals and happy holidays from IE Automotive Club team!

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