The annual HEC Lausanne EMBA Alumni Homecoming event took place on November 10th 2018, at the Casino de Morges.
The programme and the Alumni Association teamed up again to offer the community a second edition of flashbacks, fun moments with old friends and networking opportunities. We welcomed around 100 Alumni and Students (20%), representing almost all classes since the beginning of the Executive MBA back in 2006!
Special congratulations to Class of 2016 for being the most represented with almost 50% of graduates present. Both from this class, the two main speakers for the evening, Steve Dornan and Andre Reis came up with a well-cooked quiz (or examination, they would say). Part of it was a refreshing set of questions taking the guests back in their EMBA time… too long ago sometimes. Indeed, it was not easy for everyone to remember the course of Business Economics and what term is used to describe a market where demand meets supply or that of Strategic Management and Porter’s 5 forces.
A special thank you to Steve and Andre for entertaining the guests throughout the evening and to everyone for taking part in this memorable reunion.
See you next year!
Paddles up, Attention, Go!
It’s all about team spirit… and our HEC Lausanne Executive MBA team understood that very well at the 2018 Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival that took place on September 2nd.
For our third participation in the event, our team of Alumni, Students and Staff managed to break their record. We jumped from being 19th in 2017 to wining the competition this year.
Although there was no real performance objective set, we exceeded that of team experience and spirit. As Deniz recalls: “A quick hello in the morning turned up to become great hugs in the afternoon. 17 people constituted our amazing team full of openness, friendliness and dedication. It was a great journey!”
Thanks to all the team members and programme directors for making this a fun event always bringing the Executive MBA community closer. It was a wonderful day also enlightened by the team members’ families that were present to support us… A huge thank you to them too!
The Paddle for Cancer Dragonboat Festival is a charity event is organised by the English Speaking Cancer Association (ESCA) in order to raise funds and help them in their day-to-day activities.
Participants from Class of 2019 have just started their EMBA journey at HEC Lausanne and we wish them a warm welcome!
- 35 participants
- 39 years old on average
- 13 years of professional experience on average
- 30% of women
- 14 nationalities
Class of 2019 also distinguishes itself by the highest number of companies represented in proportion to the number of participants. With a mix of 34 SME’s, multinational corporations, start-ups and public institutions, the HEC Lausanne EMBA community will definitely be growing this year and the networking opportunities will be increased.
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
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!
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.
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?
18h00 – 18h30 : Welcome
18h30 – 19h55 : Networking Aperitif
19h45 – 20h00 : Alumni Association Speech
20h00 – 22h30 : Gourmet Dinner
22h30 – 01h30 : DJ Dancefloor Warm-up
Let’s keep building a close and active network together!
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 email@example.com 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!
Congratulations to all participants from the Class of 2017, who celebrated their graduation on December 15th 2017. Comprised of 44 students representing 21 different nationalities, this class was the last one to graduate with their fellow EPFL EMBA participants, hence marking the end of this great collaboration between the two programmes.
A special congratulations to Marc El Hage – winner of the BCV Best Grade Award – , Lukasz Starzyk – winner of the Caran d’Ache Strategy & Sustainability Award – and Sergi Fernandez, who was awarded the Best Buddy Award sponsored by the MBA Alumni HEC Lausanne Association.
Congratulations Class of 2017 and we look forward to seeing you again soon as part of our alumni community!