Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

22 April 2013

“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head-that’s assault, not leadership.” – General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Our MBA students take to the field at the foremost military academy in France to put some practical leadership skills to the test.

April 8th-12th saw our Full-time and Part-time MBA students embark on our annual off campus leadership seminar, at the St Cyr military training academy in Brittany.  The idea was to see how leadership and teamwork using military training exercises could connect skills and competences between military and business success.  The results we saw and experienced came through courage, trust, commitment, motivation, decisiveness, self-knowledge, team work and responsibility of the students, tomorrow’s business leaders.

Now in its 5th year, the seminar plays a vital role in our curriculum. Led by French military leaders, the seminar is aimed to instill sound leadership abilities, and to equip our MBA class with the experience necessary to cement pre-acquired knowledge and strategic thinking.

Upon arrival at the site for the seminar, Ecole Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, students were kitted out and organized into small teams of ten, with whom they would live and work together to overcome challenges.  Teams were composed of a mixture of January 2013 and September 2012 MBA intakes; all from a multitude of nationalities, professional backgrounds, all mentored by one member of the French military.   What made the seminar more interesting was that some of the MBA students where actually coming from military professions in their respective countries. Our September 2012 intake welcomed four Full-time army officers this year, who played a vital role in the seminar, as mentors of four teams: Tugdual Barbarin, Charles-Emmanuel Daviet, Benoit Olié and Hervé Fernando. These four MBA participants, together, share around 50 years of military experience, and did an excellent job supporting their fellow classmates through atypical situations. (more…)

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10 April 2013

Students of HEC Paris MBA celebrated their 10th year organizing the Sustainable Business Conference (SBC) on March 22nd 2013; in conjunction with their fellow students from the MSc. in Sustainable Development.

The focus of this year’s conference was “From the Green Line to the Bottom Line: Creating Company Value through Sustainability”.

Prominent worldwide figures in corporate, food, environmental and business sustainability, gathered to present and debate topics relating to sustainable development, green culture and business models.

For the first time in a decade, the event was transported from its traditional home on the HEC Campus to the newly renovated Les Docks de Paris where the event was split into 3 locals.  This event showcased the level of professionalism and commitment of our students in showing dynamic leadership skills need to organize such a massive and influential event.

Speakers and panelists included Robert G. Eccles of Harvard Business School, Ioannis Ioannou of London Business School, John Elkington of SustainAbility, Bruno Bensasson of GDF Suez, Maximilien Rouer of BeCitizen,  Virginie Helias of P&G, Ariane Thomas of L’Oreal, Rodolphe Durand and Bernard Garrette of HEC Paris and Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris.

Many interesting key points were discussed during the conference – one challenging point in particular, that had the audience’s full attention, came from one of the closing keynotes given by London Business School Professor Ioannis Ioannou who stated that there is far more “green washing”; a lot of talk about sustainability, rather  than companies actually doing it in a strategic way thats not focused on creating another marketing lever to push products and services. Even though there is now new research that shows that “Sustainable organizations outperform in the long term!”

We were very pleased by the large crowd turnout  and media support and look forward to next year’s SBC to be bigger and better where perhaps more corporations will  have made some advances that don’t seem to focus on sustainability as a trend but as an important means to preserve the environment.

See you next year!

Here are some photos from the event:


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03 April 2013
Here is a breakdown including deadlines of some of the events we are looking forward  to this April!

Admissions News

April 4th – we will announce the list of first batch for the january 2014 intake
April 12th – we will announce the list of scholarship recipients via email.

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Our Off-Campus Leadership Seminar at St. Cyr

is a once a year event where students participate in field actives over 2 days under the supervision of French Army officers. Starts April 8th.


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Online Chat Sessions

These virtual sessions are ideal if you can’t make it to one of the cities we’ll be visiting because of your location or simply because of your schedule.

Online Info Chat session available here with one of our Admissions reps: http://bit.ly/XDHGy2
April 8th – Latin American Candidates with Michael Scott
April 11th – North American Candidates with Melissa Terrio
April 19th – Chinese Candidates with Pierrette Doz-Perdrix

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Drop in Sessions in Paris

April 11th and 25th in Paris.
No sign- up required - More information available here.
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Campus Visits

Your visit will include a presentation and discussion by members of staff from the Career Management Center, Admissions and Recruiting departments. Following the presentation, candidates go on a walking tour of the HEC campus, led by one of our current participants.

April 10th and 23rd

Sign up Here

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Events Worldwide / MBA Tours

Our MBA Team will be coming to a city near you to talk about the HEC Paris MBA and you’ll have the opportunity to get information on your profile, GMAT and scholarship information among other topics:
Date: 6 April 2013: Abu Dhabi - Access MBA
Location: InterContinental Abu Dhabi, Bainouna Street
Time: 1.30pm – 7pm
Date: 8 April  2013 :  Dubai – Access MBA
Location: Dusit Thani Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Burj Khalifa/ Dubai
Time: 4.30pm – 10pm
Date: 10 April 2013: DOHA - Access MBA
Location: La Cigale Hotel, 60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Saad Area
Time: 5pm  – 10pm
Date: 11 April 2013: Kuwait – Individual meetings with candidates
Location: Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
To book a time slot, please click here .
Time 3pm-6pm
Date: 16 April  2013 :  Athens – QS Connect 121
Location: Hilton Athens, 46 Vasillissis Sofia Avenue, Athens, 11528 Greece
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Date: 14 April 2013: Dubai – Networking event with HEC MBA Dean
Location: Dubai Creek Golf Club, Legends Restaurant. Please click here for your invitation.
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Date: 18 April 2013: Madrid – QS Connect 121
Location: Hotel Husa Princesa, Calle Princesa 40, 28008 Madrid
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Date: 18 April 2013 :  Sofia – Access MBA
Location: TBC
Time: TBC




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20 December 2012

David ZHU Profile Photo HEC Mba Paris Student

Background:

Name: David Hsu

Age: 27

Nationality: American and Taiwanese

Intake: September 2012 Full-Time

Club Involvement: President of Luxury Club, VP Corporate Relations for Wines & Spirits Club, VP Communications for MBAT, PR & Digital Marketing Officer for MBA Council

Prior to starting my MBA at HEC Paris I was a Publicist and Social Media Consultant in New York City. I had lived in the “Concrete Jungle” for a little over four years before the big move to Paris. Having done PR and social media for hospitality and luxury brands I wanted to make the switch to business development and strategy for the same type of brands.

I was attracted to HEC Paris because of its strength in luxury and its proximity to Paris. The opportunity to study with Jean-Noël Kapferer and Vincent Bastien, authors of “The Luxury Strategy,” was too good an opportunity to turn down. The added bonus of being able to pursue the Luxury Strategies Certificate, where I would learn from practitioners in the field of luxury and gain hands-on experience working on a project for PPR Luxury Group, further reassured me that I was making the right decision when I ultimately chose HEC Paris over other U.S. based MBA programs.

Boarding my one-way ticket to Paris was nerve wrecking to say the least; but my experiences since I’ve been at HEC Paris have confirmed that this was the best decision I’ve ever made. Even before arriving on campus my HEC Paris experience began; during the application process I realized how helpful the current students and more importantly the alumni are. One alumnus in particular advised me throughout my application process, gave me tips once I got admitted and has since welcomed me with open arms and introduced me to the “City of Light.” The alumni and classmates from the earlier intakes, with their enthusiasm and generosity have made the transition easier than I had expected.

HEC Paris MBA Student and Alumni 2013

Party with Alumni

Besides the alumni, the professors here are first class in their fields of expertise. For someone that is essentially allergic to Quant and had no interest in Finance before setting foot on campus, my Financial Markets professor, Ioanid Rosu, was able to not only teach me the subject but also pique my interest. This one class actually has me considering the Finance Track during my Personalized Phase of the program, those that know me understands how shocking this is.

Luxury Club Buddy Program Holiday Dinner

Luxury Club Holiday Dinner


Saving the best for last, my favorite aspect of a day at HEC Paris is when classes are finished and club activities and the social life commences. There is basically a club for every professional interest, but if there’s something that interests you but no club exists, the MBA Council is very welcoming in helping you create one. For instance, one of my classmates founded the Wines & Spirits club, and every month we have a tasting and a speaker that teaches us about wine and the industry. Clubs play a huge part in my life here and even before arriving on campus the president two terms ago was incredibly helpful in introducing me to the Luxury club. As a result, I was able to hit the ground running and immerse myself in the Luxury club immediately.

My Study group from the end of core termWhich brings me to the most surprising and beneficial aspect of the program in my opinion. The admissions committee has gathered an extraordinary and truly diverse student body. Over the summer, the number one thing on my mind was what would my future classmates be like? I now have friends from all corners of the world whom I can turn to when I need advice, help or simply to share a drink and unwind after a long day of classes and club activities. Whether it’s during study groups or at a party in the Piano Bar, I’ve learned more from my classmates and they’ve taught me more about myself than I thought was possible.

On-Campus Raclette Dinner in Expansiel

On- Campus Raclette Dinner in Expansiel

Although I’ve only been here for one term, the past four months have been spectacular and as corny as it sounds have truly changed me. Who I am now would not have been possible just eight short months ago, before I replied to that acceptance letter with a Yes.

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If you would like to learn more about my MBA experiences at HEC Paris you can get a first hand view from my twitter: @Hsud. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions.

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