21 March 2016

Culture weeks are fun, culture based events organized by our diverse student body. They provide students with yet another opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice, and they allow both students and staff to get a real feel for other cultures. So far this year, there have been three culture weeks: Chinese, Latin America and Japanese.

To coincide with Chinese New Year, Chinese Culture Week kicked off on the 15th of February with a Spring Festival Gala and a delicious Chinese New Year dinner. The gala consisted of a collection of traditional activities from singers and lion dancers, to tai chi performers and students modelling traditional Chinese clothes.

 

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Latin America Culture Week was next, and the celebrations began with screenings of the critically acclaimed ‘City of God’, which depicts the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, and ‘Relatos salvajes’. This was then followed by a dinner party. There were local specialties from Peru, Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil, as well as plenty of delicious food, drinks and desserts.

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After the Latin America Week, students then celebrated Japan Culture Week. Throughout the week, the organizing team planned great events such as a Japanese dinner party, with authentic Japanese dishes like sushi and sake, and a Japanese ‘virtual trip’.

The week’s main event was a fashion show that featured MBA students modelling beautiful kimonos and ‘cameos’ from famous Japanese characters such as sumo wrestlers, samurai, Pikachu and Mario. Students and guests were also able to pound mochi, a Japanese rice cake that is made out of mochigome, a short grain glutinous rice, as well as getting the chance to have their names written in Japanese calligraphy.

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All the culture weeks have been incredible so far and they are a true testament to the international focus of the HEC Paris MBA program!

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19 February 2016

Last month, the Finance Club organized a professional trek to London and twelve students from the September ’14 and ’15 intakes ended up seeing four firms over two days: HSBC, a bulge bracket investment bank, EBRD,  a large development bank, Chenavari, an HEC alumnus run hedge fund and Virgin Management, a family owned private equity/ venture capitalist firm.

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The trek concluded with drinks with alumni in the city and it was a success as good connections were made with alumni and firms who will hopefully recruit on campus in the future.

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Listen to Drazen Visnjevac (S15), the president of the Finance Club, discuss his experience of the trek on Soundcloud:

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31 January 2016

Last fall, Poets & Quants introducted new MBA students from our September intake. To complement this, we are presenting a few students from the January intake who together make up the Class of 2017. With experience from around the world in fields such finance, pharmacy and consulting, the newest set of students has already gone through welcome week and integration week and is now well under way in their first semester of core courses. Kumari A Kumari Aminarta

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Previous studies: Management and Finance, Institute for Financial Management and Research

Previous experience:  Associate, Goldman Sachs

What was your motivation to apply for an MBA program? Having worked predominantly in the finance industry, I wanted to learn and broaden my perspective on other functions like sales & marketing, operations, technology etc. At the same time, I also wanted to develop an international outlook. As a professional who is looking to work on and get involved in international assignments, I believe it becomes paramount to understand how different functions interact and complement each other and how they change in a global context. I think an MBA will help me achieve these.

What led you to choose HEC Paris? There were multiple reasons behind my decision. Given my educational background and 6 years of experience in the industry, I was looking for a short duration program. Also, HEC seemed the perfect place to help me develop a truly international outlook. The class size here is small but truly diverse, representing more than 30 nationalities, and the average experience of students is close to 5 years. Further, HEC Paris has an outstanding alumni network and is known to be the Alma matter of Europe’s top executives.  Close proximity to Paris makes the MBA experience more enriching. (more…)

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26 January 2016

At the end of the welcome week for the January ’16 intake, the MBA Council organized an integration weekend in the Les Orres Ski Mountain Resort. Over the weekend,  the new intake had the chance to bond and get to know each other even better, as they participated in activities such as trekking, sledding and ice-skating.

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Located in the southern French Alps, the Les Orres Ski Mountain Resort offers a 100km ski area, with trails for all different levels, from high gradients for experienced skiers to beginner slopes.

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“It was amazing!” said Larisa Burakova from the MBA Class of 2017. “I believe some students underestimate the importance of such a weekend. It is indeed a great way to integrate and get to know your peers from a different perspective. Actually, this experience helped us to win elections for MBAT. Mentioning that all ten of us were at the integration weekend was a strong advantage. The weekend helped us to become a team!”

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19 January 2016

What is it like to be a student at HEC Paris MBA? Student Voices is a student contributed section where current and past students share their first-hand experiences of life on campus and beyond.

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“Leadership has evolved over the last years…. people and companies used to be at the service of their CEOs and leaders, and nowadays a modern leader has to be at the service of their team, company and people.”

– Jean Yves Fillion

“This is just one of the many and very valuable lessons that I learned while having the opportunity to speak with and interview Mr. Jean-Yves Fillion (CEO of BNP Paribas North America and Head of the Americas Region).

This event, known as the CEO Speaker Series and organized by the General Management & Leadership Club, brings top CEOs and Business Leaders to campus for an evening of intimate discussion with the students. These guest speakers open up and talk about their past experiences in business and offer invaluable advice to the leaders of tomorrow, as well as answer any specific questions students may have.

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Engaging with these accomplished business leaders constitutes a golden opportunity for the students to learn from their experiences (and sometimes even their failures!) and listen to their secrets for success. For whilst we believe in “learning by doing,” we also realize the importance of reflection and learning by example.”

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Arturo Diaz Reynoso

President of the General Management and Leadership Club

Class of 2017

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16 December 2015

The first annual Fintech Talent Fair was hosted November 26th and gathered together some of the most promising Fintech startups and HEC Paris students interested in finance, technology and entrepreneurship.

 

 

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11 December 2015

What is it like to be a student at HEC Paris MBA? Student Voices is a student contributed section where current and past students share their first-hand experiences of life on campus and beyond.

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Priyanka MATHEW, Class of 2017

“I’m ecstatic to be the MBA Luxury Club president here at HEC Paris. This school attracts top-tier luxury companies, and we’re fortunate to be able to organize really interesting cultural and networking events in partnership with outstanding brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Cartier, Chloe, L’Oreal and more.

Luxury is a fascinating industry that stands apart from others as it defies most rules of traditional marketing. The mission of this club is to immerse our members into the world of luxury and expose them to exceptional brands in order to expand their knowledge as well as their network. The new council is already planning company visits in Paris, case competitions with Pluris and LVMH, networking dinners with executives from all facets of the industry, and treks in conjunction with other clubs.

Our first event, along with J15, was a “Digital & Luxe” themed night in Paris over wine and cheese with speakers from L’Oreal and Pluris. Alex Onish spoke to us about L’Oreal’s digitization strategy, and Oliver de Cointet told us about how he creates out-of-the-box campaigns for his luxury magazine to surprise and delight his readers and his partners.

 

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The members of this year's luxury club

The members of this year’s luxury club

We had a lot of fun with this event, and I’m looking forward to many more great moments this year with the Luxury Club.”

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02 December 2015

Two MBA teams have recently found themselves on top of the podium in case competitions held in both London and Singapore.

Listen to the SoundCloud podcasts below:

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HEC Paris MBA students present at the NUS Cerebration Case Competition

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26 November 2015

Earlier this month, a few of our MBA students took part in a professional trek to Berlin. The trip began at Wayfair, a US based startup looking to expand in Europe, where they talked with managers about their global strategy and career opportunities.

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Next, the group went to Makers, a venture capital firm that invests in tech startups, where they had the opportunity to pitch their startup ideas to the founders and cofounders of Makers.

The students were then given feedback on their pitches and ideas on how to move forward. “Even though I didn’t pitch, I got really high-quality insights from the entrepreneur at Makers”, said Patricia Tohalino, MBA Class of 2017, “Their broad, 360, vision and suggestions for their projects presented helped me to be aware of the type of feedback I will expect in the future as well of the structure and approach that my future business idea will have to have in order to deliver a successful pitch in front of a VC or investor.”

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Students pitching startup ideas to VC firm Makers ©Makers

“It was interesting to have the MBA students from HEC Paris pitching at MAKERS. They are future entrepreneurs that we would like to keep an eye on,” said Freidrich Neuman, the founder of Makers.

The trip then concluded with beers with alumni at Vagabund Brauerei. The trip was a success amongst the students that participated in it and Akash Narayanana from the MBA Class of 2017 described it as “a wonderful way for students to get introduced to the fascinating world of startups.”

Listen to what some other MBA students have to say about their experience on Soundcloud:

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23 October 2015

When you think about the traditional career path of an MBA graduate what comes to mind for many is a high-level position in a bank or consulting firm. However, in recent years there has been an active shift away from these traditional careers and into fields like technology and entrepreneurship.

One area that is gaining particular attention is the public sector. From NGOs and foundations to international organizations and think tanks, the public sector is becoming increasingly popular with graduates who have become interested in using their MBA expertise and skills towards social causes and progress.

Three recent graduates, Anne Reine Lapeyre (2011), Emily Groffman (2014) and Robert Johnson (2011) have all responded to the calling and are located in Haiti and beyond working on issues ranging from social enterprise development to global health.

Below, we ask each of them a series of questions about what they are doing now and how they see their post-MBA careers in the public sector.

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Anne Reine Lapeyre and Robert Johnson pose with former U.S. President Bill Clinton

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Can you talk to us about the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership and your current role?

President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation in 2002 with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (“CGEP” previously known as the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative) was established by President Clinton and the Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra in 2007. It is one of 11 initiatives of the Clinton Foundation and develops social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa.

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