10 November 2014

The HEC Paris MBA Net Impact Club and Women in Leadership Club recently organized Driving Change, a roundtable in which three exceptional women shared their experiences, explaining how they drive change in both for-profit and non-profit activities.

The guests speakers included: Estelle Mironesco, a consultant and coach in Sustainable Leadership, Christelle Van Ham, a consultant in Social Entrepreneurship, and Emilie Vuillequez, the co-founder of Pro Bono Lab.

The aim of the event was to present unconventional stories. The guest speakers had all benefited from an excellent educational background and had started their careers in business, but, after a few years, they decided to switch from the more traditional finance and consulting sectors into professions which focus on sustainable leadership, social entrepreneurship, and innovation-led practices.

“They are now successful entrepreneurs because they didn’t limit themselves: they wanted to have an impact in society and were committed to creating value; they weren’t afraid of hard times and took risks to achieve their goals.” (Giovanna Santaniello – Class of 2015)

Both male and female MBA participants found these women inspiring, and were eager to learn about their personal backgrounds and career trajectories. They also wanted to discover more about their ways of thinking: the skills they found crucial for driving change in today’s society, and the key challenges faced in making conventional financial services act more responsibly. Looking ahead, the speakers and participants also discussed what consumers and stakeholders can expect from business leaders over the coming years in terms of sustainability.

The event marked a breakthrough moment, with these remarkable speakers being considered not only guests, but influencers and opinion makers.

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