19 June 2014

When filming for our Student Profiles, there are a few topics that come up time and time again: the MBA Tournamentthe Leadership Seminar at Saint-Cyr, Professor Rosu’s Financial Markets Class, and, of course, the Global Consulting Practicum (GCP) in partnership with Wharton.

Indeed, the chance to participate in the GCP – a consulting project carried out by HEC Paris and Wharton MBA students (in total making a team of 11), in conjunction with a paying real-life client such as Microsoft or the Bill & Miranda Gates Foundation – is the decisive factor for many in coming to do an MBA at HEC Paris. “It was definitely one of my main motivations in coming here. Within a month of arriving on campus we had already made our team up and were looking for projects to get involved in,” says Hugo Kuo, one of the six HEC Paris students who took part in this year’s project.

This year’s project addressed the spread of cloud technology, and how that can play an important role in the expansion and sustainability of Small and Medium Enterprises in the Private Sector. You can read more about the details of this mission on the Wharton website here.

Once the project, client and teams were announced in October last year, our team were hard at work; researching, arranging interviews and organizing team meetings once a week, be it in person, through email or even via Skype. They also had to begin working closely with the Wharton contingent (no mean feat, with time differences, entire oceans and geographical distance standing between them) to find a good way to coordinate and synchronize.

In January, the team got stuck into their work as they departed for Benin and Rwanda to meet with the client and conduct interviews with employees and industry experts. This was also the first time that the two teams from Wharton and HEC Paris met in real-life; it would be the last time, too, until the final presentation in Philadelphia in May.

This field visit was the first practical experience of consulting for many of our students, as they got to grips with the task at hand. It also served as a stark example of the power and breadth of our Alumni network, as Hugo recalls, “There was one company in Benin that our client had been trying to arrange a meeting with for some time, but they just couldn’t get through the door. Luckily, we found out that the CEO was actually an HEC Alum, and so we were able to get in touch with him and arrange a meeting no problem!”

In fact, you could say that the GCP itself is an exercise in networking to a certain extent. Not only do the participants get to name both HEC Paris and Wharton on their CVs, but they also get to meet with prestigious clients and get a handle on the working culture of three different continents: Africa, North America and Europe.

Alongside this new knowledge of how to adapt to work within different cultures (the teams were multicultural within themselves, too), the GCP allows participants to gain a whole new transferable skillset that can be adapted to fit almost any industry, from Marketing to Consulting. “I learned a lot during the GCP,” says Iuliana Covaci, another of this year’s HEC participants, “how to present and deliver key messages, how SMEs in emerging countries function, how to manage large-scale projects, as well as how to work within a team of 11 when disagreements arise.” This is not just a project for budding strategists.

While it may seem that the field visit was the climax of the project, the real work really begun when the team returned to HEC Paris in February. With monthly check-ups with the client and the final presentation to the client in May approaching, our team really had to get down to work; Hugo – a Part-time MBA student at HEC Paris – took two months away from work in order to focus on the project.

For the final presentation in mid-May, our team flew into Philadelphia for one final meeting with the Wharton team. They then presented their final recommendations to the client and answered any questions the panel had. Recommendations made and job done, the client was delighted with the work of the HEC Paris and Wharton team and vowed to take the team’s recommendations on board. And the feeling was mutual. “They really made us feel as though we were part of the company,” says Hugo, “We weren’t just ignored for nine months and then judged only on our final presentation; they really made an effort to stay in touch with us, giving their comments and encouraging us to think in ways we wouldn’t have otherwise. They took our final comments into consideration and even agreed to collaborate with another company we recommended.”

For more information on the Global Consulting Practicum with Wharton, please visit our website.

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04 June 2014

Alyssa is a recent but welcome addition to our team at HEC Paris MBA, arriving in January. As Development Manager for the Middle East, Africa, Oceania and East & South Asia, Alyssa works to attract the best candidates from these regions. Her job means that she is often travelling, attending MBA fairs around the world and answering questions from candidates. When on campus, Alyssa attends Development events such as Roland Garros, campus visits and individual meetings with prospective candidates, either online or in person.

Despite all the travelling and country-hopping, for Alyssa, the best bit of her job is “getting to meet highly intelligent people… you have so many ambitious, motivated people all in the same room and you really have to up your game. It’s inspiring.” As diversity is one of the key values at the heart of our MBA ethos, with 85% of our students coming from outside of France, Alyssa’s job is crucial in ensuring that our student body is as multicultural as it is academically excellent.

Of course, Alyssa’s exposure to prospective MBA students makes her somewhat of an expert at spotting high potential candidates. When asked what she thinks makes a candidate stand out from this ambitious and intelligent crowd, she says, “For me, it’s all about showing real motivation and personality in your application.” She also, however, underlines the importance of creating a clear outline of your future goals and professional aspirations, “Obviously not everyone is going to know exactly where they’ll be in 5 years’ time, but you need to know what you are trying to achieve and get out of an MBA, such as networking, gaining a deeper understanding of business or developing key leadership and managerial skills.” Alyssa suggests getting in touch with our Alumni to help consolidate your plans, or even sending an email to one of our Development Team.

And as for advice, for those considering applying to HEC Paris MBA? “I would recommend targeting only 2-3 schools max; really focus and use your energy to get accepted into those programs!”

If you are interested in knowing more about our MBA program and your MBA potential, you can attend Development events such as MBA fairs and Networking Sessions, all over the world throughout the year. On the horizon for Alyssa is a tour of Asia and the Middle East, fall 2014.

See our full Development Calendar here.

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14 May 2014

There are a few subdued faces in the MBA today. Indeed, coming off the back of a weekend full of activities, sports and celebrations, Monday morning seems just that little bit harder with the post-MBAT comedown.

The annual MBA Tournament (MBAT) was held this past weekend (8th-10th May) on the HEC Paris Campus, with Europe’s top Business Schools coming to town; 1,400 students, from London Business School, Cambridge Judge Business School, ESADE and IE School of Business amongst others, all brought their best and brightest for a weekend of sporting competition.

Competition kicked off on Thursday afternoon and continued throughout Friday and Saturday, with a party being held each evening on campus. The sports on offer for participants and spectators included the traditional Basketball, Football, Swimming and Rugby, as well as sports such as Salsa, Pétanque, Chess and Ultimate Frisbee. With HEC Paris victories in the Football, mixed rowing and rock climbing, it’s safe to say that our players did not let us down, giving their all and working together to achieve results. Our team efforts were of course accompanied by the HEC Paris troupe of cheerleaders and our school mascot, the HEC Paris Zebra, who acted as the twelfth man out on the field.

Of course, the MBAT is not all about fun and games. The tournament itself constitutes a key part of our MBA curriculum as it embodies our ethos of “Leadership in Action.” The connection between team sports, leadership, teamwork and discipline does not need to be stressed, and it is easy to see how sports can prove a beneficial supplement to a Business Education. Providing the perfect opportunity to work in a team in competitive circumstances, the MBAT allows our students to collaborate with their peers on a real-life project, working towards a common goal.

The MBA Tournament is an entirely student-organized event; from logistics to marketing, our MBA students do it all. It’s a sometimes thankless task – with late nights, long hours and last-minute changes – but it’s one that is undoubtedly worth it in the end, as hours of preparation came together for 3 days of competition and fun. Huge thanks must go to all of the MBA Organizing Committee for their dedication and teamwork, as well as all of the volunteers who gave up their time to work at the welcome desk, behind the bar and in the cloakroom to make the MBAT run as smoothly as possible. Under the watchful eye of the MBAT Presidents, these students worked tirelessly to ensure that all of the participating schools had the best possible time at their MBAT; thank you and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

The winners of the 2014 MBA Tournament were London Business School: Congratulations! Oxford Said Business School and HEC Paris came 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

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15 April 2014

“In 20 years’ time, this will be the part of your MBA that you will still be talking about”

– Professor Kevyn Yong, Saint-Cyr Leadership Seminar

If you asked any of our soon-to-be graduating class of 2014 for their 3 most cherished MBA memories, you can almost guarantee that they would mention the leadership seminar at St Cyr. Every year, our entire MBA cohort (that is to say, the September, January and Part-time intakes) eagerly pile onto buses towards the elite Saint-Cyr Military Academy in Brittany, ready for 2 days of field-based team exercises to test their leadership abilities.

But while the word “seminar” may usually bring classrooms, clipboards and complicated theories to mind, it’s safe to say that this isn’t your standard lesson in leadership. Epitomizing the “learning by doing” philosophy that is at the very heart of the MBA program at HEC Paris, Saint-Cyr is a great opportunity for our students to work with and adapt their leadership style to their peers, receiving constructive feedback on their leadership from both fellow students and military leaders alike. Students are divided into ‘teams,’ supervised by a military mentor and they are each required to lead at least one field exercise.

The exercises themselves are as varied as they are exhausting; the first day consists of team-based exercises towards a common goal – rafts were built (and consequently sunk), bridges were built and planks of wood were used as walkways over imaginary swamps, acid pools and shark-infested waters. Not only did these exercises work to test leadership, but also the skills of delegation, foresight and preparation in working towards a set goal. While maybe not as physical as the other activities, the crisis center at the end of the day proved to be a mentally exhausting and incredibly rewarding exercise, as students were put under pressure as they had to cope and adapt to a set of scenarios with strict deadlines and ever-complicating constraints.

The second day, at the beautiful Fort de Penthièvre, sought to test our students’ ability to push themselves and continue in demanding – and sometimes frightening – circumstances. With zip lines, tightropes and climbing ropes, this day was no less team-based than the previous as the groups had to work together to encourage and calm their teammates as they scaled walls and walked across walkways 20-feet above the sea. The strong bonds between participants became abundantly clear, with some displays of teamwork and courage even bringing the staff close to tears!

Feats of determination aside, perhaps the most notable thing about the seminar was the clear change in our students over the course of only two days. While at first there was perhaps a tendency for the leader to rush in and immediately begin to call the shots in an attempt to assert their authority, later exercises saw the students take a step back and contemplate what they had to get done before doing it, leading to a marked increase in efficiency and confidence.

So, do we have some newborn leaders among our ranks, the future titans of business? Oh, definitely; there are no two ways about it. Providing the perfect chance to learn by doing in picturesque surroundings with expert support and peer encouragement, Saint-Cyr is a once in a lifetime experience. Not surprising it comes top of many of our students’ lists, then.

“It’s the confidence. If I can do all this when I am frightened, I feel like I can do anything. It’s like, what was I so afraid of?”

– Srinivas Kishore, Class of 2015

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04 March 2014

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” – John Dewey

They say that learning from experience is one of the best ways to learn. They also say that learning from the mistakes of others is an invaluable way to avoid making the same mistakes yourself. They are very wise.

Indeed, it is this ethos that is at the very heart of the theory behind the celebrated CEO Speaker Series at HEC Paris MBA. This series, organized by the General Management & Leadership Club, brings top CEOs and Business Leaders to campus for an evening of intimate discussion with our 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 our students may have.

Recent CEO Speakers have included Virginie Calmels, chairman of Disneyland Paris Supervisory Board and ex-CEO of Endemol and Jean Hornain, CEO of Le Parisien-aujourd’hui en France, as well as Fabrice Brégier, CEO of Airbus and Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas North America.

Engaging with these accomplished Business Leaders constitutes a golden opportunity for our students to engage in conversation with innovative and illustrious figures, learning from their experiences (and sometimes even their failures!) and hearing their secrets for success. For whilst we believe in “learning by doing,” we also realize the importance of reflection and learning by example.

But don’t just take our word for it; both Jean-Yves Fillion and Fabrice Brégier took time out from their visit to HEC Paris to talk about their thoughts on the CEO Speaker Series.

Jean-Yves Fillion is Chief Executive Officer for BNP Paribas’ North American Corporate and Investment Banking and Investment Solutions activities and is responsible for overseeing the North American operations of the Bank’s Asset Management and Securities Services activities. Fillion started his career with BNP Paribas in the Marketing team of the Investment Banking division. Fillion received a Master’s degree from Dauphine University and obtained an MBA from HEC Paris. He also studied at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University in Chicago.

Fabrice Brégier is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Airbus. He started his career in 1983 as a test engineer at Creys-Malville nuclear power station, becoming sales manager at Pechiney (Japan) in 1984. In 1986 he joined the DRIRE Alsace (Ministry of Industry) and was then appointed Director of economic and financial affairs with the Ministry of Agriculture in 1989, serving under several French ministers. Brégier joined Airbus in 2006 as Airbus Chief Operating Officer. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1980 and Ecole des Mines previously.

Both Jean Hornain and Jean-Yves Fillion are Alumni of the HEC Paris MBA program. To read about the careers of other Alumni post-MBA, visit our Alumni Profiles here.

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25 February 2014

Cultural Weeks are undoubtedly a highlight of the MBA calendar at HEC Paris. Providing the perfect opportunity to energize, socialize and above all organize, the cultural weeks are student-led and always prove a hit amongst students and MBA staff alike. They hold a lot of academic credit too; not only are they a lot of fun, but they also constitute a key leadership experience for our students as they lead and co-ordinate their teams to put on a week-long show for all to see.

With no less than 3 different cultural weeks taking place within the last month alone, it is safe to say that recently our schedule has been rather full. First up was a week celebrating all things Japanese, 23rd-24th January. Next was the Chinese Cultural Week – scheduled to coincide with Chinese New Year during the first week of February – followed by Latin American Week last week

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15 January 2014

January is traditionally the month of change. With Christmas over and the New Year underway, many of us find ourselves vowing that this will be the year we finally fulfill the resolutions that we have been so determinedly making for the last few years. But for many of our MBA students, January change affects not just their personal life, but even goes as far as their career, as they enroll at HEC Paris MBA and begin their professional transformation, whether they are part of the Full-time or Part-time intake.

The welcome weeks at HEC Paris MBA have been designed to make settling into HEC Paris life for our students as easy as possible, and the recent arrivals of the January 2014 intake were no exception.

Still fresh from their arrival, our MBA students completed their check-in with our team members, stepping onto the campus for the first time as students. Their first morning on campus was full of welcome presentations and ice-breaking activities, and by lunchtime the new arrivals were already starting to settle into their new lives as HEC Paris MBA Students.


The welcome week just wouldn’t be complete without a good team lunch. The buffet lunch, held in the magnificent Hall d’Honneur, provided the students with the opportunity to mix and mingle with members of the MBA Staff. With conversations ranging from Business School rankings to knitting, this was an opportunity for students to meet some friendly faces and learn their points of contact if they ever need help with a problem during their time on campus, all whilst satisfying their thirst for knowledge with bread and du bon vin.


Yet more presentations followed over the next two days – from the MBA Council and MBA Clubs, the Academics and the Careers Management Center (CMC), as well as a quick insight into our Rules and Policies – and by Tuesday lunchtime, our students were well-versed in the HEC Paris MBA culture, eager to throw themselves into the MBA experience.

And throw themselves they did. Our well-reputed ‘Act Your Success’ workshops got under way on the Wednesday, a three-day series of workshops designed to focus on and strengthen our students’ writing, presentation and improvisation skills. This was a great opportunity for the students to work on the fundamental skills needed in any comprehensive job search and allowed them to form bonds with their fellow students as they worked together in small groups to present their ideas to the group.

With all these workshops and presentations, it’s amazing that our students had the energy to stand at the end of the day, but they did and more! Thursday saw the return of the infamous “pbar” party, held in the Piano Bar in the Expansiel building. The evening, by all accounts, was a great success, with some students even lamenting that once a week just wasn’t enough!

We love your enthusiasm guys, keep it up and welcome to the program!

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31 December 2013

It’s an old cliché, but it’s hard to believe that 2013 is coming to an end; where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday we were lamenting the passage of 2012, and now here we are, a year older and getting ready to face 2014 head-on. But before we go rushing into the year ahead, full of New Year’s Resolutions and good intentions, it seems a good time to reflect on the year just gone, toasting our successes and reliving the memories.

Whenever we talk to our students about the defining moment of their MBA experience, more often than not their answer invokes either the St Cyr Leadership Seminar or the infamous MBA Tournament, and this year’s lot are no exception. The second weekend of April saw both our Part-time and Full-time intakes head to the elite St Cyr Military Academy for a weekend of field exercises and intensive leadership training from the French crème-de-la-crème. It’s an intense, sometimes grueling experience, but it’s worth it as it gives students a renewed sense of determination and leadership. We’re already looking forward to our next visit to St Cyr in four months’ time!

As for the MBAT, this year was one of the best yet. Dubbed the “MBA Olympics,” HEC Paris emerged as MBAT Champions 2013 following 3 days of intense but good-spirited competition between Business Schools from across the world. Congratulations to the team and the organizers, and good luck to our next batch of potential MBAT champions! See you on May 10th 2014 for the kick-off of what promises to be another landmark event.

At HEC Paris MBA, we pride ourselves on an accessible campus, with strong links to outside industries and nearby businesses in La Défense. At our MBA Open Day in February, prospective students were able to come to the campus for a day of presentations and information sessions on our program, the first Open Day since the new curriculum launch in September 2012. This was a brilliant chance for prospective applicants to get to know both the academic and extra-curricular sides of the HEC Paris MBA experience. If you are interested in attending our next Open Day on February 8th 2014, you can sign up here.

Another annual highlight of our program is the dedicated MBA Careers Day, which was held on the 26th September. This event saw prospective employers such as L’Oréal, Amazon and Google come to campus to meet with students, answer questions and make important connections for the future.

Students also got the chance to take part in Treks, which are educational visits to international companies. Treks are another great way to make sector-specific contacts all over the world, as well as gain first-hand experience of a new company or working culture, and we can’t wait to organize some more in 2014!

Closer to home, 2013 saw a wide range of speakers and companies visit the HEC Campus in order to meet with and present to our students. February saw the return of our on-campus Energy Day for the second time, organized by the Energy Club as over 90 MBA students and worldwide energy companies such as Schlumberger and Alstom came together to discuss the core questions at the very heart of the Energy Industry. Another club-organized event was HEC’s first-ever Start-Up Day, organized by the Entrepreneurship club in November as successful start-up owners came to campus to give talks and tips to our budding entrepreneurs.

Furthermore, our renowned CEO Speaker Series continued throughout 2013, with influential speakers such as Jean-Yves Fillion (BNP Paribas) and Virginie Camels (Endemol) making an appearance, not to mention Marc Onetto (Amazon) and Nicolas Monserrat (Accenture) also hosting conferences, too. Finally, our Sustainable Business Conference this year was held not on campus, but at Les Docks de Paris in February. Discussions were held, disagreements arose and horizons were broadened: this engaging event proved to be a winner for another year.

Of course, not all of the changes this year happened beyond the academic circle: things have been changing within the MBA program, too. Our new MBA course on Big Data and Business Analytics – launched in partnership with IBM – kicked off in October, as we try to respond to the demands of the job market and the shortage of MBA students capable of dealing and making use of Big Data, which is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s business world.

Our newly redesigned and revamped Entrepreneurship and Innovation Track became available to students in 2013, a launch that coincided with the opening of the brand new eLab in the MBA building; a place for budding entrepreneurs to collaborate, discuss and develop their ideas with the help of cutting edge technology and HEC Paris expertise. And who could forget the launch of our new website and new Communications campaign just last month? 2013 truly was a year of change for everyone at HEC Paris MBA.

Moving onto the social side of things, there were many events organized throughout the year for our students to enjoy, building friendships whilst putting their leadership and teamwork skills into practice. The last month alone has seen the Talent Show and the Indian Cultural Week both come into being; two events that have really set the tone for what looks to be a brilliant 2014.

Last but not least, it simply wouldn’t have been a year at HEC Paris MBA without the graduation of our old friends and the arrival of some new ones. Indeed, in 2013 we bid a fond farewell to the class of 2013 – who we wish good luck in all their future endeavors! -  and a cheery hello to the September 2013 intake, who already look set to be the MBA superstars of tomorrow. We hope you have enjoyed your first few months at HEC Paris and are looking forward to next year as much as we are!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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23 December 2013

Picking up on our Meet the MBA Team series, next in the hot seat is Michael Scott, Development Manager at HEC Paris for Europe and Latin America. Perhaps one of the more glamorous-sounding jobs in the team, Development Managers are your first point of contact with HEC Paris MBA, responsible for meeting our prospective candidates at MBA fairs around the world or through Virtual Information Sessions online. They are here to answer your questions and advise you on the next step whilst promoting our program all over the globe.

Michael first came to HEC Paris MBA in 2010, when he spent a year working in Admissions before becoming a Development Manager. This cross-departmental experience means that Michael knows our Admissions Process inside out, and is able to give our potential candidates the best possible advice.

Before coming to HEC Paris, Michael was already working in the Higher Education Sector, running business English seminars and international exchange programmes. But coming to HEC Paris still marked a complete departure for him. “Representing HEC is extremely exciting. We are the Alma Mater of CEOs in Europe and our network of alumni is extremely strong. I work in a highly networked position, supporting the work of colleagues across all the MBA departments by promoting HEC MBA internationally. I connect with and attract potential applicants from all over the world every single day.”

Indeed, it is the human aspect of Michael’s job that really motivates him day-to-day, as he meets and interviews highly talented individuals around the world, answering their questions and giving them vital pre-application support. Diversity is a key value at the heart of our program, and Michael’s position within the MBA team allows him to meet people from many different backgrounds, something which he certainly doesn’t take for granted; “International mobility is something I really value in my job. The whole world is here on campus. We have many different nationalities in the classroom: 85% international students. We go really far afield to ensure that the MBA is as diverse as possible.”

Michael in Argentina, as he works to attract and inform high-potential MBA candidates across the world

Considering his expertise and his close work with our Admissions Team, it would be rude to talk to Michael and not ask him for some advice for those considering an MBA at HEC. “I get asked this a lot! There are definitely regional trends and differences between the candidates I am meeting in different countries but in general the same advice applies to everyone. At HEC Paris, we value quality over quantity so you should apply when are in a position to submit the strongest, most competitive application possible; don’t rush anything simply to make the first round. Take your time and do the homework. Try to really express why you are going for an MBA and why HEC is your first choice of school.”

So, what’s next for Michael in his Development quest? “Over the coming months I’ll be going back to many countries I’ve visited previously, from which we have many excellent participants. I am also visiting some countries for the first time like Georgia and Bulgaria. That’s really exciting and I know already that we have great candidates waiting to meet us there.”

Thanks, Michael! Keep up the good work!

Michael’s upcoming events for January/February 2014:

  • 25th January – Paris, France
  • 27th January – Brussels, Belgium
  • 29th-31st January – London, UK
  • 3rd February – Madrid, Spain
  • 8th February – HEC Paris MBA Open Day
  • 11th February – Mexico
  • 13th February – Bogota, Colombia
  • 15th February – Kiev, Ukraine
  • 15th February – Lima, Peru
  • 17th February – Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 18th February – Rio, Brazil
  • 21st February – Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 22nd February – Moscow, Russia
  • 24th February – Santiago, Chile

To see our global Developmental Calendar, please click here

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16 December 2013

They are a talented lot, our MBA students. Not only do they have some of the sharpest business minds out there, approaching and tackling complex business cases without breaking a sweat, but they also count accomplished singers, dancers, artists and musicians amongst themselves. Not bad.

Now, we would be lying if we said that we took these talents into consideration when judging an MBA application – not once has a candidate been asked to don a Sumo Suit and wrestle during an interview, nor have they ever had to perform a complex dance mat routine whilst the Admissions Jury looks on holding clipboards – but that is not to say that their talents and accomplishments go unnoticed. Indeed, the MBA Talent Show, held every year in December as a grand send-off for the graduating class, is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the MBA calendar, and this year was no exception.

L-R: Erwann Germain and les cruisers, Arthur Hennes

It opened with a classically understated dance number – think spandex, bright colors and novelty sunglasses –  and from there the energy only increased. Talents on display ranged from the traditional – Indian Bollywood-inspired dance routines, Spanish guitar solos and a beautiful vocal performance – to the completely off-the-wall-how-did-they-think-of-that routines, such as a dance mat performance that took me longer to watch than it took the student to do it, a staged wrestling match between a sumo and a lightweight, and a live art performance that had the crowd holding their breath for the final result.

L-R: Claudia Lazo Visbal, Promiti Prosun, Victor Garibay, Elena Plaksenkova, Michael Hizmi

And live performances were not all that were on offer; one of the highlights of the evening would have to be the newly-released trailer for the upcoming blockbuster release: “HEC MBA: The Final Term,” coming soon to a theater near you, starring our students and teachers in a joint-collaboration to rival even the greatest of Hollywood partnerships. It was high adrenaline, high octane stuff with bombs, gun battles and explosions left right and center. Without wanting to give too much away, let’s just say that Jouy-en-Josas looks set to rival Cannes as the film capital of France, and with Oscars season looming in the distance it would hardly be surprising if there are a few familiar faces on the red carpet next year.

The Talent Show as a whole served as testament to the strength of the friendships that are built through the MBA experience: each performance was met with whooping applause and the final act, a fitting karaoke rendition of We are the Champions, was a powerful – albeit slightly out-of-tune – tribute to the HEC Paris MBA community.

L-R: Impreet Natt, Quartet (Apeksha Deval, Nikita Khandelwal, Pritam Ghoshal, Srinivas Kishore), Apeksha Deval

The evening was rounded off with the presentation of the Leadership Awards, marking the outstanding contributions of the graduating class. The chosen winners, elected by their classmates, were presented with their awards by Bernard Garrette, the Associate Dean of HEC Paris, as they took to the stage to thank their classmates for a truly amazing and life-changing 16 months.

Of course, an event on this scale doesn’t just happen overnight. The evening – and indeed, this very blog post –  would have been nothing without the tireless work of the September 2013 intake, solely responsible for the organization and execution of such a grand-scale event; you truly provided a fitting send-off for such a brilliant class. Special thanks to Arthur Hennes, the mastermind and our compere for the evening, as well as all of the performers, hosts and backstage crew for their efforts!

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to say another big thank you and congratulations to our graduating class; we hope that you have enjoyed your MBA experience as much as we have enjoyed sharing it with you. Good luck for your future and please stay in touch as you make the move from MBA students to part of our Alumni network: participation is mandatory.

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