IMD MBA alumni gather to explore reinvention and rediscovery
Disruption is a major focus in IMD’s teaching and research but in most cases it is about companies and organizations. This week IMD is putting the spotlight on how disruption affects the lives and careers of individuals.
For the third consecutive year, IMD is hosting the All MBA Alumni Event, which brings together 260+ IMD MBA graduates from as far and wide as Brazil, China and Senegal, and from classes spanning from the 1970s until 2017.
Speaking with representatives from the IMD Alumni Office, it becomes evident that a great deal of effort went toward making the event focused on the Alumni themselves and topics they were personally interested in exploring. IMD reached out to Alumni while planning the event and their feedback informed much of the program.
This year’s theme is: “Navigating the great unknown – new paradigms for our business, careers and ourselves.” The theme reflects that while disruption is upending organizations, individuals face disruption as well and with this 1.5-day program IMD seeks to provide guidance to it MBAs how to constantly renew themselves.
On day one, Professor Ben Bryant will lead a session on how people learn differently towards midlife. Day two features sessions on rediscovering your purpose by Professor Vanina Farber and Professor Bill Fischer will lead a session on using design thinking to reinvent yourself.
Putting the IMD MBA also front-and-center on the event’s program, President Jean-François Manzoni will give the opening speech on IMD’s vision and role of the MBA as Flagship program. Seán Meehan, Dean of the MBA Program will give Alumni an update on the class’s recent activities, while Professor Cyril Bouquet will highlight how the program has been building innovation capabilities through an intense innovation-focused week.
“This year the red threads running through the event are self-rediscovery and self-reinvention for the participants, and highlighting the importance of the MBA program for IMD,” said Dorthe Busk from the Alumni office, who has played an important role in organizing the event. “The program this year was about showcasing what’s new – a new faculty member, new content and themes we haven’t explored before.”
In parallel, there will be the IMD EMBA and MBA Women round table and a reunion for the MBA class of 2013.
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