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Introductory Week – Class of 2019

3, 2, 1, Go!

Class of 2019 will be starting their HEC Lausanne Executive MBA next August 27th.

For many of them, the last time they set foot in an academic institution was years ago. The Introductory Week, taking place off-campus at the Lausanne Palace, is therefore a way of kick-starting the return to studying, helping get re-acquainted back into a learning mode.

It will be the first of the programme’s three capstone projects that will tackle the week; the Strategy & Sustainability Project. Based on a real case study brought up by one of our partner companies, Nestlé, participants will explore in groups the challenges of aiming for competitiveness and sustainability along the entire value chain.

The Introductory Week is intensive but also has a strong social aspect, very much oriented toward mingling and networking events. An efficient class dynamic comes from hard work and commitment but also by having fun and sharing great moments.

 

 

Be open-minded and curious! This is a life-changing and exciting experience. Don’t look at it with an examination-oriented mind. Enjoy the experience in itself!Violet S Balakrishnan, Alumna 2017
Don’t try to do it, do it to try! Find your rhythm and don’t focus on the finish line! The Executive MBA is like a very long race and you will be pushed to the limits of time, patience and energy. The goal is how you get to the end! Have fun and enjoy the incredibly exciting moments!Raphaël Lüdemann, Class of 2018

Module Abroad – Class of 2018

A week in Milan!

Stepping out of the classroom and into a new environment is always an enriching way to learn a new subject. In line with our desire to foster international business perspectives, we collaborate with recognised academic institutions to organise a week-long study tour for our participants.

Last week, right before summer break , our 50 participants left for their Module Abroad at SDA Bocconi in Milan.

The week was filled with a great mix of learning methods; theoretical lectures were complemented by practical analysis and discussions on case studies as well as group work and business simulations. Guest speakers and trips to visit local companies such as Maserati or Cassina also enabled our participants to gain insight into new industries and outstanding business practices.

Tu sum up, the Module Abroad represents a stimulating and complementary addition to the programme. Between company visits, case studies and social activities, there was no time to get bored!

Medical Decision Making – 30 June 2018

 

The HEC Lausanne Executive MBA has welcomed Professor Julian Marewski, teaching Data Analytics in the programme, for a special decision making workshop that took place on Saturday, June 30th.

Medical Decision Making 101: Better Patients, Better Doctors, Better Healthcare Management?

This extra course was offered to Alumni and Students and was destined not only to those working in the healthcare sector but also to those more generally interested in decision making processes, risk management, uncertainty and statistics.

For this second edition of Medical Decision Making, the course was characterised by a mixed pedagogical approach; while working on cases and exercises together with the Professor, “brain jam sessions” enabled attendees to share and pool their knowledge and expertise. “By stimulating associative thinking processes, it allowed us and the professor to better fix the discussed concepts and to discover new paths of reflection by bringing up new ideas!”, reflects Laurent Seravalli (2015).

Medical Decision Making 101 was all about deepening the understanding of a subject valuable in one’s everyday life while “developing and reinforcing our EMBA community’s team spirit by cross meeting with participants from different classes”, concludes Laurent.

BBQ on the Rhine – 21 July 2018

Network with your Executive MBA community and don’t miss out on the next Basel Alumni Chapter!

The Basel Alumni Chapter has recently been put into place upon initiative of Alumnus Nicola Maiorano (2017) and completes our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA Alumni gatherings.

Since March, Alumni and Students from the area have been meeting for drinks every other month and the next edition will take place in Birsfelden on July 21st for a special BBQ on the Rhine from 3pm. If the weather allows it, a swim in the river will definitely be on the menu too. So, make sure to save the date!

For further information about the event, please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Maiorano.

Zürich Alumni Chapter – 2 July 2018

Network with your Executive MBA community and don’t miss out on the next Zürich Alumni Chapter!

Every first Monday of the month, Alumni across classes and current participants meet at the Au Premier Brasserie above Zürich’s main train station. The next event will be taking place on July 2nd from 6.30pm so… save the date!

This is your opportunity to network and meet Alumni and participants who have experienced or are still experiencing the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA journey. New Alumni Committee member, Sergi Fernandez (2017), will also be present and looks forward to your wise feedback in regards to the Alumni Association’s activities and presence.


Are you around Lausanne, Geneva or Basel? Don’t miss out on the following events…

  • Lausanne Alumni Chapter: 6 July, at “The Punk Bar”
  • Geneva Alumni Chapter: 12 July, at “The Key & Eagle”
  • Basel Alumni Chapter “BBQ on the Rhine”: 21 July, in Birsfelden (contact Nicola Maiorano for more information)

OMEGA Visit – 24 May 2018

A few weeks ago, part of the current Class of 2018 joined a visit organised by the programme to the OMEGA headquarters in Biel/Bienne.

After a warm welcome upon arrival, our participants dove right into the subject with an “All about OMEGA” presentation by CEO Mr. Aeschlimann. “A great example from a leadership and public speaking point of view. He was prepared and managed to make references to companies some of us are working for. “, highlights Fabrice.

Mr. Aeschlimann truly transmitted the passion of his brand, from the incredible history to the vision of the future.”, recalls Raphaël. The presentation covered also today’s challenges and how the company faces them; connected watches, quartz watches, influencers, Millennials, Snapchat… “The world is changing and Omega will be part of it.”, he adds.

The HEC Lausanne Executive MBA participants then moved on to the visit of the new factory for more technical insights. “A clear, transparent, extremely well organised building”, says Raphaël. “The glass and wood architecture invites to dream and observe watchmakers assemble step by step the final product.”

The outing ended with a well-deserved apéro and the visit of the OMEGA museum. “A trip totally worth it”, sums up Ziroli.

 

MBA-HEC Alumni Association

Goodbye, Hello!

Our Alumni community represented by the MBA-HEC Alumni Association is leaded by a small committee that has been chaired by Laurent Wenker (2008) since 2010.

Last April, Laurent stepped down after eight years of Presidency and handed over to Olivier Genton (2016). We take this opportunity to thank Laurent for his great involvement in building a strong EMBA community and welcome Olivier wishing him all the best for this new challenge.

Quentin Ladetto (2010), Joanna Bosredon (2012), Christophe Pollien (2012), Laurent Barsin (2013) and Annelies Garcia (2015) are also retiring from their Alumni committee duties giving way to three new members; Eszter Petrovics (2016) as vice-president, André Reis (2016) and Sergi Fernandez (2017). Thank you to all of them for their past and future commitment to the Association.

Pierre Guillemin (2009), Petko Nedev (2013), Ramin Kaweh (2014), Alexis Zawodnik (2014), David Fonjallaz (2014) and Steven Dornan (2016) are returning and complete the 2018-19 committee. Thanks to them for their enthusiasm and continuous support!

Make sure not to miss the 2018 Homecoming event organised jointly by the programme and the Alumni Association on November 10th.

Alumni Homecoming – 10 November 2018

 

Book your seat for this year’s Alumni Homecoming event taking place on Saturday, November 10th 2018 @ Casino de Morges! Meet your former classmates, network with great people and party with your EMBA community!

Registrations are now open until October 28th, 2018.

Following the great success of the first Homecoming with more than 100 of you present, the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA programme and the MBA-HEC Alumni Association are teaming up once again to offer you a festive and fun evening.

Last year, Class of 2016 won the award of the most represented class. Who will it be this year?

Programme
18h00 – 18h30 : Welcome
18h30 – 19h55 : Networking Aperitif
19h45 – 20h00 : Alumni Association Speech
20h00 – 22h30 : Gourmet Dinner
22h30 – 01h30 : DJ Dancefloor Warm-up
Price
CHF 130.- / person

Let’s keep building a close and active network together!

Paddle for Cancer – 2 September 2018

 

The Flying HECkers are coming back once again this year to paddle against cancer! Join the team to support this great cause and have plenty of fun with your EMBA community!

The festival is a charity event to support the English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA), a recognised non-profit association providing emotional support, practical help and information in English to cancer patients.

This is a great opportunity to have fun with your EMBA community, raise funds for a good cause and practice team work as paddling on a dragon boat is all about communication and team spirit!

The event will take place on Sunday September 2nd 2018 at the Lake of Vallée de Joux.


Registrations are open until June 10th. After that, please contact us at executivemba@unil.ch if you wish to join the team.

We will contact the team members for further practical information. Please note that if you register to participate in the race, you will also be invited to a training session prior to the event.

You can also support the ESCA by making a donation on the programme’s fundraising page anytime ahead of the event.

We look forward to participating for the third year and representing our EMBA community!

Alumni Story – Olivier Girard (Class of 2016)

 

Olivier Girard, 2016 alumnus, has an academic background as mechanical engineer specialised in ergonomics. He also followed a paramedical education in posture therapy in Holland before moving to Morocco where he opened his business venture. Unfortunately, it was not successful and he had to find a new job that took him to Switzerland, at the Institute for Work and Health (IST). In parallel and since 2006, he was strongly committed to managing a small clinical practice TRAIN YOUR POSTURE offering B2C services complementary to the B2B ones offered by IST. At this point of his career, Olivier felt the need of undertaking an Executive MBA at HEC Lausanne: “I wanted to gain assertiveness and confidence in my discussions with executives as well as improve my management skills for my intrapreneur job”.

Olivier’s reflects further on his EMBA experience and particularly on his Strategy Consulting Project (SCP), where he acted as an in-house consultant for IST for almost a year. “My SCP was about an M&A project related to the company I worked for at that time. Throughout the months, I developed a 360° understanding of strategy and management as well as a strong sense of coherence.” More specifically, Olivier mentions the Balanced Scorecard as a tool he chose to learn for himself and to apply to all aspects of the project, highlighting the hands-on aspect of the HEC Lausanne Executive MBA: “These newly acquired skills and tools were directly applicable to my professional environment. First, they enabled me to create a novel approach to reposition occupational health as a strategic tool for IST’s client and to contribute to growing my department’s efficiency by 25-30% a year. Secondly, they allowed me to refine the strategy for TRAIN YOUR POSTURE and clearly differentiate its services from IST’s.” He adds: “I believe the Balanced Scorecard can not only be applied professionally but also to all situations of life including in the personal environment.”.

By the end of his experience at HEC Lausanne, Olivier who entered the programme with specific motivations explains that the outcomes were even higher than expected: “More opportunities than I thought arose from the EMBA and I felt I was capable of seizing them and doing more.”.

Just a year after completing the Executive MBA at HEC Lausanne, Olivier, better equipped, gives another try to entrepreneurship and opens his own limited company Erg’OH Conseil Sàrl completing therefore the offer of his still-existing one-man business TRAIN YOUR POSTURE. Both share a common vision: “All businesses must rely on healthy employees if they want to succeed.”, outlines Olivier. “This is where all the EMBA values I developed meet.”, he continues.

The challenge is now to manage the quick growth of both businesses, in particular to pursue his project of developing a franchise system for TRAIN YOUR POSTURE. Olivier is also preparing his presence at the Salon Planète Santé, taking place in October at Palexpo, in Geneva. Thinking of his new entrepreneurial life, Olivier concludes: “Freedom is expensive but has no price!”

Olivier Girard’s story inspired you? Contact him!