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Inspiring Leader Series

Written on July 1, 2019 by Campus Life in Geographic, Professional

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.

Lorena Giraldo


Global Village Colombia Club

Written on July 11, 2016 by Campus Life in Geographic

The Global Village is an activity that takes place around the world for students of different nations to show what their culture is all about. At IE Business School we were given the opportunity as the Colombian Club to demonstrate what Colombian Culture was all about. Ever since we entered as officers for the club our predecessors told us about the importance of the Global Village Event. gv colombia


The preparations began with the decorations for our booth. This decoration was brought from Colombia so we could really give the experience of our home country. Colombia is a vast country with different attributes all over it’s regions. Since we have people from all around the country we certainly could share our vast but very common culture. The decorations had the colors of our flags and our stand popped out as soon as you entered the pavilion. Flags, totumas (Colombian hand-made shot glasses) and Sombreros Vueltiaos (the hats) were our main protagonists. GV colombia 3

The second step was thinking about the food we were going to share with the participants of the evening. We established a relation with a very well-known Colombian restaurant so that we really had our most known dishes for everyone to try. We had salt and sugar snacks that would offer people the opportunity to really understand what it is all about in our country. We would even have people mistake our food with our neighbor country’s food, but that made experience even richer. Getting to explain what our food is all about with different people is all about Colombian character and we were all into it.

At last we participated in the dances presented during the day. This activity was the most challenging since we talked to a folkloric group from Colombia that currently resides in Madrid so they could help us out. We met once a week for 3 weeks so that we could manage a choreography between us and the group.

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The dance consisted of our own dances and costumes so that everyone could get to know what we really dance to back home. The results were spectacular everyone wanted to take pictures with us and at the end even got to dance with us.

This is definitely a memory that we will carry and cherish for the rest of our lives. Thanks to IE and the Campus Life staff for helping us organize this events in which we may share and get to know people and theyw’re culture from all around the world.


IMG_0925 On the 7th of July we had the chance to host one of the most important presidents in Colombia and Latin America, Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

He was president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010, until now he has been the only one with 3 presidential periods in the country. He founded the Democratic Center political party and is part of it today.

He is recognized for his continuous efforts to defeat Colombia’s greatest problem, which is the guerrilla, mainly the one known as FARC (Revolutionary Army Forces of Colombia).IMG_0936

In his conference we where able to listen to his point of view of what’s happening in Colombia right now, which is the peace process that is being held by the current president Juan Manuel Santos.

After his speech, there was space for questions from the attendees, there where inquiries about the future of Colombia’s peace negotiation, about Venezuela’s future, about Latin America in general. During this open discussion, students where also able to show their respect and appreciation to him.


At the end of the conference, the Colombia Club President Oscar Zapata gave to Mr. Uribe a present in the name of the IE Business School; he received the present very kindly and was very touched by the meaning of it.

These types of conferences with important and influential people are very important to students, they are able to broaden their point of view of certain past and current events of the politics of a country.


Colombian food and football match with the National Team

Written on July 23, 2013 by Campus Life in Geographic

Colombia2Colombia1On June 11, 2013 IE Colombia Club held an event in a typical Colombian food restaurant PATACON PISAO. 35 Colombians from different programs of IE attended the event, creating an opportunity to meet students from all IE programs and to share experiences with Colombians living in Spain while watching the match of Colombia team around a typical meal that was sponsored by the club.

The match was one of the most important ones the Colombian team has had in recent years; this was due to its good qualifying campaign in South America making the team very close of returning to the World Cup after 16 years of absence. The IE Colombia Club created this opportunity so the Colombians at IE could support their national team from a distance in another crucial step in its career to Brazil.

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