A Very Sporty Welcome

On October 18th, the current EMBA Monthly cohort (Class of 2017) welcomed the newcomers (Class of 2018) to ESADE and Barcelona in a very original way.

The day after the formal EMBA kick-off event, the class of 2018 was challenged to a football match by the current EMBA group. Even though the final score has not been disclosed, the players ensured us that they will repeat the experience, as it is a fantastic way to decompress after three full days of class! This is teamwork in its truest sense.

They all look very happy and relaxed. Seems like this could be the start of a very healthy and amusing friendship.

 

Keep it up EMBAs and ¡que no pare la fiesta!

Best wishes,

Admissions Team

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Zain Group and ESADE for Women Empowerment!

We are delighted to announce that Zain Group, a pioneering company in mobile telecommunications across Middle East and North Africa, has chosen ESADE Business School as its learning partner to encourage and reward talented women within its organisation.

The initiative ‘Woman Empowerment Ambassador Program’ clustered 80 high-potential women leaders from branches in nine countries (Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, and Sudan). The participants underwent intensive workshops aimed at improving their leadership and story-telling skills to become better connected with their teams and achieve targets at Zain with excellence.

The programme concluded with a two-day workshop in Amman, Jordan, where the two future EMBA participants were announced: Nevin from Zain Bahrain and Dania from Touch Lebanon. Congratulations! We are looking forward to meeting you in October and willing to learn from your diverse backgrounds!

In ESADE we are especially touched by this initiative because our goal is to have an EMBA cohort with 50% women. Last year’s intake (2017/2018) reached a new high of 40% women, and this year’s class profile looks even better! Also, we are very proud that our Full Time MBA is considered the ‘Best MBA for Women’ in Europe by the Financial Times. You can read more here.

Zain Group’s initiative give us hope and makes us believe that our goal of closing the gender gap is getting closer!

Nevin and Dania Zain winners ESADE

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EMBA celebration… in Ibiza!

The fifth graduating class of the Monthly EMBA (2016-2018) graduated on 20th April 2018, and what better way to celebrate than with a three-day trip to Ibiza?

Yet another class has graduated and will have to fill the void left by the EMBA after spending three days a month together for the last 18 months, travelling together across the globe, working in virtual groups, sharing personal milestones, and above all… lots of great moments! But rather than focusing on their wounds, they decided to recreate one last (extracurricular ;-) ) “international week”.

Such a cohesive group, united by such a special experience, could only go out with a bang. The paparazzi trailing the group sent us this photo:

Photograph of participants Executive MBA ESADE in Ibiza

Notice the details… Still can’t see it? Zoom in.

Photograph participants Executive MBA ESADE Ibiza

ESADE Rocks Graduation!!! They certainly rock!

As Aurora said: “I am confident that our group will remain united. This has been a great farewell and also a great new beginning – a sign of things to come.”

Good luck, champs!

EMBA Admissions Department

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EMBAboys were back in town – this time to learn about business!

Students of EMBA 2017 had a complete makeover of their existing beliefs when they travelled to Brazil as part the “Organizations Transformation & Change Management” course. ESADE students were hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in the two biggest Brazilian cities; São Paulo, the financial hub, and Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa [wonderful city].

The events were kicked off with a city tour of São Paulo followed by a traditional Paulistana BBQ & entertainment in the evening organised by one of the Brazilian students. The hospitality continued into the next day when the cohort visited Meninos de Morumbi, a nonprofit organization that teaches dance and music to vulnerable children from underprivileged backgrounds. An extremely inspirational experience watching these young children being converted to be confident and successful adults – what a way to make a real impact in the society! The infectious energy of the kids got everyone on stage with percussion instruments and perfecting their samba moves which no doubt, came in useful later on!

There were motivational talks from highly accomplished executives covering different industries. The topics ranged from sharing life experiences and key lessons to gender equality in Brazil and importance of sustainable working in the country.

The educational trip then moved to Rio de Janeiro enriching the understanding of Brazilian culture and the demographics. Although very subtle to an outsider, the differences could be clearly seen between the two cities. Representatives from Santa Marta favela, presented the amazing work that they do for the community. It was a humbling experience and the class proactively raised funds during the presentation which was handed over to the representatives who were extremely delighted. No visit to Brazil is complete without feeling like a Carioca at Copacabana and visiting El Cristo Redentor overlooking the city and Pão de Azucar, all of which was very well organized by the university.

Organized activities, presentations and visits highlighted key challenges of doing business in Brazil with high taxes, lack of talented work force, social inequality, lack of long term planning and political uncertainty. Despite all this, Brazil has the most diverse mix of cultures that can be found anywhere in the world and is the biggest economy in the South America. It offers abundance of resources and business opportunities for anyone who is interested in a great lifestyle with amazing food, sun and most importantly the delicious caipirinhas!

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Sandra is closing the gender – tech gap!

We are very proud to announce that the start-up Wisar founded by Sandra Arévalo (EMBA Bi-weekly 14/15) was the winner of the 2nd edition of the Global Hack D Gap challenge. This is an initiative from 4YFN and GSMA Women4Tech that rewards digital solutions that aim to promote and create gender diverse teams, in an inclusive work environment within the mobile and tech industry.

 

Double challenge

Sandra started the EMBA journey while she was pregnant with her first child. At that time, she enjoyed a very stable professional life and the word “entrepreneurship” had never crossed her mind.

Doing an EMBA while working is a challenge, but imagine doing it while being a new mum! During the 18 months she found innovative solutions to balance her new role as a first-time mum with EMBA (like creating a schedule to feed her little baby in-between classes, with the invaluable help of her husband). The way she overcame the double challenge inspired her to take up on a new one!

 

Do it yourself

After the EMBA, she discovered that the inflexibility of the corporate world was no longer compatible with her personal life. She decided to make the most of her new situation and find an innovative solution on her own. It was then when she set up the company Wisar that offers a quality service to professionals that want autonomy and flexibility to manage their own time. EMBA gave her the tools to foster her professional and personal transformation… and her vision, passion and determination did the rest.

On February 28th Sandra was able to demonstrate that she is not only an entrepreneur and mother that successfully combines her professional and personal life, but most importantly, she helps others to do so.

Great work Sandra!

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Toilet paper in a Marketing Strategy class?

Our monthly Executive MBA participants recently dealt with a case that was somewhat out of the ordinary: that of Renova’s black toilet paper. The activity was the topic of their Marketing Strategy class, involving a case study which would put all their newly-acquired knowledge to the test. At the end of the class, Prof. Andrés Cuneo resolved the case with the group, explaining the final outcome.

ESADE’s EMBA is a 4-phase programme, which focuses on Management Development from all vantage points. The Marketing Strategy module in particular, is carried out in Phase 1 -entitled “Company, Environment & Function”- touches on innovative aspects of management, which are learned, discussed and debated in-depth, offering a current vision of the company and its reality.

During the session in question, the participants reflected on the Renova case and offered their own perspective on the managerial decision-making process behind choices of this kind, and how they affect the success, or otherwise, of business models. To everyone’s surprise, including Professor Cuneo himself, one of the students came bearing gifts: everyone in the class got to take home a roll of black toilet paper!

ESADE EMBA Marketing Strategy

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Women Leadership Event: supporting female talent!

ESADE’s Executive MBA has broken a new record of which it is very proud: 40% of the participants in the monthly edition of the programme that began last October are women. This figure is quite an achievement, given that women account for more than 35% of EMBA students at only 11 business schools in the world.

Women Leadership Event ESADE

To mark the occasion, ESADE organised the Women Leadership Event, featuring talks on women’s leadership in the business world by outstanding professionals, including Eugenia Bieto, Director General of ESADE.

Women Leadership Event ESADE

ESADE is one of the few business schools worldwide to be led by a woman. Bieto encouraged the women in attendance to believe in themselves, whatever decisions they might make, whether they choose to pursue their career or focus on their personal and family life. In this regard, the ESADE Director General explained that she decided to take time off from her own career when she was 30, but that she was later able to jump back in. According to Bieto, the key to continued professional growth is to never stop learning.

The event continued with an inspiring talk by Isla Ramos, an ESADE EMBA alumna who decided to make a radical career change after becoming Executive Direcr of Lenovo. She chose to pursue other personal projects related to education and transformation processes at organisations.

ESADE-ISLA-RAMOShe event ended with a networking cocktail hour with alumnae from all formats of the Executive MBA programme: weekly, biweekly and monthly. Beatriz Soler, associate director of the programme, reaffirmed ESADE’s commitment to equal opportunity for women and men and the institution’s desire to include male colleagues in its efforts to tackle this challenge.

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Konnichiwa!!

One of the highlights of ESADE’s Executive MBA is the flexibility and ability to personalise your experience. Students can either spend the final phase of the programme focusing on elective subjects to take their career to the next stage, or opt to finish their studies with a touch of global exposure, taking part in a 3-month, full-time exchange programme at an international partner business school.

Student Didac Cristóbal is currently on a 3-month break from his job at Airbus in Hamburg, spending his final immersion trimester at the International University of Japan.

See for yourself what the experience is like through his vlog posts!  Discover the possibilities for yourself!

The Japanese Break - 01 Pilot

The Japanese Break - 02 Getting Installed

The Japanese Break - 03 The First Week

The Japanese Break - 04 Back to Tokyo

 

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Congratulations to the graduates of the Executive MBA!

Day, 19 January, 2018. ESADE Campus in Barcelona. The time has come.

The day everyone was waiting for has arrived after 16 months of effort and dedication: including visits, experiences, projects and classes. For the participants of the Executive MBA, the graduation ceremony means the completion of a professional and personal transformation that started with a group of strangers and ends with classmates, friends, colleagues, and even partners.

ESADE Executive MBA Graduation - Barcelona, January 2018

Graduation is always an emotional moment – with family and friends accompanying the EMBA participants at the diploma collection ceremony. Carlos Royo, programme director, and ESADE Executive Education director, Jordi Brunat, addressed the attendees to remind them that the end of the programme is just the beginning of a new stage.

Alba Cura, Pau Imaz, Begoña Martínez and Silvia Segalés spoke as student representative to recall the most amusing moments and shared memories, but above all, to reinforce the group feeling that was forged during these 16 months.

Congratulations to all the graduates of the Executive MBA in Barcelona (twentieth year)!

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What is the link between water, EMBA and women in Tanzania?

No doubt you will wonder what on earth the connection is between these things. Yet there is one – the 2017 Aquatech Innovation Awards. These awards are strongly committed to sustainability and – as their name suggests – to innovation.

Tecnoturbines, a company founded by Jaime Lledó, a former student of the 2016 EMBA programme, has won one of these top awards. Lledó´s start-up, headed by the former ESADE student and three engineers from Alicante, received the prize in the Transport & Storage category for its picoturbine, an economic and efficient solution which allows for energy generation to monitor installations with difficult access to the electric net. The award was made in Amsterdam on the 30th of October 2017.

The purpose of Lledó’s company is to develop technology that allows one to use water pressure to generate electricity. The secret lies in the installation of micro-turbines in the water distribution network to reduce or take advantage of over-pressures.

Companies that store large quantities of water can use the firm´s products to save resources and thus cut costs. Some of the potential customers of Tecnoturbines are enterprises operating in the irrigation sector, industry, and the distribution of drinking water.

Tecnoturbine´s project will revolutionise its target market. Its pioneering products, solutions and services in the hydraulic industry are precisely what the Aquatech Innovation Awards have been heaping accolades on for years. In this edition of the awards, Tecnoturbines was chosen from among 13 leading companies and projects by a jury of top experts from firms such as Wetsus, Akzo Nobel, Shell, and Stowa.

Water is a scarce, valuable resource that needs to be treated in a socially responsible manner. Innovation plays a key role in achieving this goal. The 2017 edition of the Aquatech awards (which were held in Amsterdam this year), showed their commitment to social and environmental sustainability by donating the registration fees to AMREF Flying Doctors — an NGO. AMREF is currently carrying out a project in Tanzania to: eradicate the practice of female circumcision; provide drinking water for women and children; improve community hygiene and sanitation.

During ESADE´s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme, students come up with projects whether within their companies or as a new line of business/entrepreneurial venture. How are these projects brought to fruition? The last stage of the EMBA programme — the Business

Capstone Project — puts the finishing touches to the plan to create a new business. Experts tutor students and evaluate the project. The projects themselves are chosen by programme participants depending on their track records, backgrounds, and aims. These projects often go beyond the classroom and end up as successful companies. The aim is clear-cut: to provide EMBA participants (who are all professionals with great potential) with the tools to reflect, learn and act in making their dreams come true.

Jaime Lledó is a prime example of the way the EMBA programme helps participants develop their entrepreneurial flair and projects. Tecnoturbines — Lledó´s brainchild while he was at ESADE — has grown to the point where sales have reached the one million Euro mark. The EMBA programme was key in laying the foundations for this success. Furthermore, Lledó and his team are bent on making the firm grow and they are opening up international markets to this end.

These four young professionals are pioneers. Their training, professionalism and determination means the sky is the limit!

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