Global Alumni Week 2018: April 16th to 22nd

#GAW2017 saw over 50 events organised across 27 countries involving CEMS Alumni, Students, Academic Members, Corporate and Social Partners in Webinars, Workshops, Skill Seminars, Panel Discussions, Networking Cocktails…and more! The aim is to make #GAW2018 an even more engaging campaign. We can do this together!

The Global Alumni Week (GAW) is a globally organized week of activities involving all CEMS stakeholders, CEMS Alumni, Students, Academic Members, Corporate and Social Partners, with a special focus on engaging alumni with the CEMS community.

Global Alumni Week 2018 (#GAW2018) Webinar:

Global Alumni Week 2018 (#GAW2018) global events overview

AALTO: Helsinki  
18th-April

Nordic Forum Sitsi Party

AALTO: Helsinki  
20th April

Lecture by Juha Äkräs from Hintsa Performance

AALTO: Helsinki  
21st April

Brunch with alumni 

CBS: Copenhagen 
TBC

Alumni Brunch 

CBS: Copenhagen 
16th-April

Global Webinar 

CBS: Copenhagen 
16th-April

Panel Discussion / Company visit 

CORVINUS: Budapest 

19th April

Alumni Mixer 

ESADE: Barcelona 

Date TBA

Workshop 

ESADE: Barcelona 

Date TBA

Discussion Panel 

ESADE: Barcelona 

Date TBA

Dinner with alumni 

HEC: Paris

11th April

Picnic at Tuileries

HKUST: Hong Kong 

17th April

CEMS Alumni Sharing 

HKUST: Hong Kong 

19th April

Company Visit-Kerry Logistic 

HKUST: Hong Kong 

20th April

Alumni Dinner 

IVEY: Toronto

TBA

Alumni Mixer in Toronto 

Contact CEMS Club for more info!

KOC: Istanbul

TBA

CEMSies International Dinner  

KOC: Istanbul

TBA

Company Visit – Şişecam Turkey 

LSM: Louvain-la-Neuve

17th April

CEMS Alumnight 

LSM: Louvain-la-Neuve

17th April

CEMS Alumni evening 

NUS: Singapore

5th April

CEMS-SINGtional Monthly Soireé 

NHH: Bergen

16th April

Global Alumni Week Webinar   

NHH: Bergen

16th April

Global Alumni Week Webinar   

NOVA: Lisbon

16th April

CEMS Alumni Rooftop 

NOVA: Lisbon

19th April

Rotation Dinner 

RSM: Rotterdam

18th April

Start-Up Panel 

RSM: Amsterdam

19th April

Alumni Student Networking Drinks 

SSE: Stockholm

18th April

CCS Mess-Up Night 

LSE: London

11th April-

Alumni Brunch  

USYD:Sydney

16th April

TED Talk / Career Discussion Panel 

USYD:Sydney

18th April

Triva Competition Alumni/Students 

USYD:Sydney

20th April

Rotating Cocktails

UCD: Dublin

TBA

Bowling Event

Contact CEMS Club for more info!

UAI: Santiago

TBA

CEMS Alumni After-Office 

UAI: Santiago

TBA

Bowling 

UAI: Santiago

TBA

Bowling 

UB: Milan

16th or 17th April

“Speed Dating” with Alumni 

UB: Milan

20th April

Video Night with Alumni’s experiences

UB: Milan

18th April

Round Table with startuppers

UoC: Düsseldorf

18th April

CEMS goes TimeRide VR Cologne

UoC: Düsseldorf

16th April

Innovation at Bayer + Gin Tasting

UoC: Düsseldorf

18th April

CEMS goes TimeRide VR Cologne

HSG: St. Gallen

16th April

Global Alumni Week Webinar

HSG: St. Gallen

18th April

CEMS Alumni Career Panel

HSG: St. Gallen

20th April

Student X Alumni Get-Together

WU: Vienna

TBA

CEMS Alumni Panel Discussion 

WU: Vienna

TBA

CCV goes Bowling with Alumni

WU: Vienna

TBA

CCV goes to Escape Rooms with Alumni

Local Contacts:

CEMS Clubs (Students):

http://www.cems.org/about/contacts/cems-club

CEMS Alumni Association Local Committees:

http://www.cemsalumni.org/community/alumni-local-committees

CEMS Academic Member Contact Details:

http://www.cems.org/academic-members/our-members/list/

FLASHBACK of Global Alumni Week 2017

Global Alumni Week 2017 (#GAW2017) Webinar

  • Global Webinar featuring Alumni of 2016

    The week was kicked off by a Global Webinar where the winners of Alumni of the Year 2016, Senior Leader Karin Jestin (HEC/ Bocconi) and Young Leader Joeri van der Geelen (RSM/ NHH), shared their experience and discussed the following subject: “How can business leaders commit to helping society improve?”
    Karin mentioned her vision about everyone’s 88,000 hours, the “working time we have at our disposal to make a difference in the world”. For her, we have only that much time in our career and we “need to decide what we will do of each of these hours and why.” Karin explained by her personal example in changing career from a McKinsey consultant to philanthropist.
    Both speakers agreed on the importance of finding a career that resonates with one’s values and true desires: “Find your passion that doesn’t feel like work”, said Joeri, “once you find that passion, share it with your friends and colleagues so that they can help you along the way”.

Global Alumni Week Local Events from USYD: Life After CEMS Alumni Talk

  • Alumni Talk- life after CEMS

    The University of Sydney threw a very successful Alumni Talk, based on the model of TED Talks, about life after CEMS. They invited six Alumni from different backgrounds, media, consulting, entrepreneurship, and asked them to share their experience with 60 CEMS students presented that night. It was a great opportunity for students to broaden their perspectives of career possibilities after graduating from CEMS while networking with their cohorts and local alumni.

    Global Alumni Week Local Events from RSM: Panel Discussion with Alumni on Startups

    • Start-up panel discussion

      RSM organized a start-up panel discussion where six entrepreneurs discussed on the following topic “Why you shouldn’t waste your 20’s in a corporate or consulting career”. “The talents of today should not be tricked by selling diapers and shampoos”, one of them said during the panel. While a lot of CEMS are attracted by corporates and consulting, they showed them that start-ups are also an option to considerate, because even if the risks are important, the rewards are on the same scale.

      CEMS Global Alumni Week 2017 (#GAW2017)

      • Main Objectives

        1. Strengthen the interaction between CEMS stakeholders, specifically its students and alumni;

        2. Encourage professional networking and events to be organised in CEMS context;

        3. Enhance CEMS alumni engagement with the CEMS community;

        4. Raise awareness for the CEMS Alumni Association, CEMS Student Board and Clubs and

        activities and opportunities for student-alumni engagement across the year.

      • Testimonials from GAW 2016!

        “This event organised by our External Relations Team was one of the best opportunities of this semester to expand my business network and get some valuable insights from today’s most desirable employers!”

        “I really thought there was just a couple of us here in Sydney – but it turns out there’s quit a lot of awesome people.”

        “Alumni Panel Discussion and Networking Dinner organised by the CEMS Club Vienna with around 60 participants, there of 30 alumni. Huge success, thanks for the organisation! Re-connect alumni and students.”

        “GAW was a good idea, it was very helpful to meet Alumni and to strengthen relationship with ex CEMSies. It gave students and Alumni the chance to meet and share some good time talking about different topics, among which career choices and entrepreneurship.

      • 1st Event GAW2017:

        Global Webinar on Monday 20 March, 10am CET

        The Global Webinar is led by the CEMS Alumni Association and CEMS Student Board, featuring the winners of the CEMS Alumni of the Year 2016 and will be globally broadcasted to the CEMS world. CEMS alumni, students, and friends can access the webinar from laptop, smartphone, and tablet easily, anywhere. Suggested to local CEMS Clubs is to organize a get-together in the university and attend the webinar and participate in the Q&A session together. Dial-in details will be shared with you shortly on the Facebook page and CEMSalumni.org website!

        CEMS Alumni of the Year 2016

        Senior Leader – Karin Jestin (1993, HEC/ Bocconi) 

        Karin is a high-impact philanthropy and corporate social responsibility professional. She started her career at McKinsey & Company. Afterwards she chose to dedicate her skills to the social sector working, amongst others, for the International Red Cross, and more recently at Lombard Odier, where she developed their philanthropy. In 2015 the company was awarded by the Financial Times the “Best Private Bank for Philanthropy Services” Award. She since set up her own firm, PHI – Philanthropic & Humanitarian Initiatives, advising private funders in their giving . She is also a Member of the Board at SwissFoundations.

        Young Leader- Joeri Van Geelen (2011, RSM/ NHH)

        Joeri currently works in the Far East of the Russian Federation on the Sakhalin-2 project; one of the most complicated energy / engineering projects in the world, as Category Manager and Team Lead. Previously Joeri worked at Shell, Siemens Wind Power and Statoil. While at Shell, Joeri was awarded #1 Best Young Professional (below 34 years of age) for his forward vision on sustainable and renewable energy solutions within the Oil, Gas industry.

      • Recommended format of events and best practices

        WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS

        Workshops/ seminars organized in small teams on topics of current business relevance. Aim: to involve alumni as speakers, mediators to share professional experience and lead the workshops/ seminars with active and in-depth interaction with the students.

        – Suggested topics: Digitalization, Big Data, Corporate Culture

        – Required resources: voluntary speakers from alumni, schools, Corporate & Social Partners, spacious rooms for sessions.

        – Estimated time: 1-3 hours in the evenings during weekdays or during the day in the weekend, optionally followed by a brunch, lunch, apero, dinner or networking session

        [Best Practices]

        1. Skill Seminar workshop “Digitalization mega trends” organized by Alumni Local Committee and CEMS Club Istanbul, supported by CEMS Corporate Partner Vodafone & KOC University

        2.“Efective Leadership” and “Neuroscience in Leadership” workshops initated by WU and CEMS Alumni Local Committee Austria, led by a global executive coach and organizational development consultant

        PANEL DISCUSSION

        Invite alumni or representatives from Corporate & Social Partners as guest speakers to lead discussions in a topic of common interest of CEMS alumni and students. The discussion is led by a student, professors or alumni and followed by an open Q&A session.

        – Suggested topics: Global Talent Hiring, Career Abroad, Disruptive Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Social Impact, Thought Leadership, Work Life Balance, …etc.

        – Required resources: Voluntary speakers, rooms, mediator

        – Estimated time: 1 hour, late afternoon/evening, optionally followed by a networking session

        – Example: WU’s Panel Discussion on the topic: “How to successfully motivate people and hold them accountable – from a manager’s perspective”, followed by a cocktail dinner after the panel discussion.

        SOCIAL EVENTS

        Social events in various forms according to local cultures and the availability and preference of alumni and students. This is not only a great opportunity to catch-up with old friends, but also to meet and mingle with new CEMSies. It is a week full of inspiration and fun!

        – Examples:

        1. Networking cocktails/ dinner after professional events

        2. Alumni-Student Picnic/Brunch/Apero

        3. Alumni & Student Running Dinner

        4. Alumni class reunions involving the current CEMS students

        5. Wine Tasting

        6. Museum, Galeriy Visit, Hiking, Hanami, Escape Rooms, etc.