IESE Alumni Converge on Five Major Cities

Geneva, New York, San Francisco, Barcelona and Zaragoza

01/02/2013 Barcelona


In Geneva, Prof. Antonio Argandoña addressed the path toward economic recovery in the session "2013: Crisis, Recession, Recovery, Growth in the World Economy." He analyzed key features of markets that are currently critical in the global business world.

In New York, the session "Strategies for Controlling Costs: A Second Look After Some Additional Years of Crisis," led by Prof. Eric Weber, reviewed how simple tactics aimed at reducing costs can sometimes produce negative and unexpected results.

Also in the United States, more than 100 alumni and guests met in San Francisco for the session "Entrepreneurial Leadership," led by Prof. Hakan Ener. The event focused on the link between leadership and entrepreneurship, underscoring opportunities for new business creation, including inside organizations.

On IESE's campus in Barcelona the session "Five LinkedIn Keys for Executives: Strategies for Professional and Company Positioning" took place. The session is part of a special Professional Development Series and was led by Prof. Mireia Las Heras.

Finally, in Zaragoza, Spain, Prof. Santiago Álvarez de Mon provided the presentation "Living with Uncertainty: Leadership as Art." He addressed concepts such as happiness, failure and effort, and how they affect executives in daily life.

It's a noteworthy achievement: Last year, the Alumni Association organized 300 sessions in 80 cities around the world. The Continuous Education program offers international learning experiences for IESE graduates no matter where they live. The program stands out from others for the number of sessions delivered and the diversity of content, which allows all member of the association to stay up-to-date-with the latest management developments. Alumni also have the chance to meet up with former classmates, strengthening the network that exists among colleagues and with the school.

"The Alumni reunions and Continuous Education sessions provide fantastic opportunities to meet face-to-face with fellow alumni and professors, with a good balance of valuable professional learning and fun social activities," said Kristian Pedersen, a graduate of IESE's Global Executive MBA program.

IESE's alumni community comprises 40,044 business leaders and managers. They reflect more than 100 nationalities and are organized in 31 distinct international chapters. With one of the highest affiliation rates among schools, IESE's Alumni Association is a dynamic business community with links to firms all over the globe. Next Tuesday, the Association will hold its Executive Committee Meeting simultaneously in Barcelona and Madrid. During the event, new projects for the coming year will be presented, as well as the Research Excellence Awards for 2012. This year, winners of the awards are professors Pascual Berrone, Domènec Melé and Pedro Videla.