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¨My EMBA journey Module 4: In the wrong place, at the wrong time¨

With this title, our student Moutaz A. El-Nahal reports on his last two classes of the EMBA program. The subjects of these classes were Business Information Systems and Marketing Strategy.

In the first, Business Information Systems, he comments how Professor Javier Busquets focuses the course on how new technologies are disrupting industries, and how these industries are benefiting from the digital world. Taking the example of the pharmaceutical company Novartis.

In the second one, Marketing Strategy, his Professor Andrés Cuneo who, after making an introduction with basic aspects of the subject such as positioning or segmentation, presents a case of the condom company Durex and invites them to propose new ideas for the brand.

To know the complete experience of this student visit this link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-emba-journey-module-4-wrong-place-time-moutaz-a-el-nahal/

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2019 Best EMBAs: Cristian Lago Rodríguez, ESADE

“An outlier and activist who finds the best stories in diversity, and passionate about life.”

Cristian is a young man whose teachers told his parents when he was in school that he would never finish high school. Cristian not only finished it but also studied Psychology, did one of the best PHD of his promotion and is now about to graduate in Executive MBA at ESADE Business and Law School. We must never stop pushing ourselves for what we want.

You rock, Cristian! #inspiringfutures

Here are some of his statements:

“I knew that ESADE’s support would make it that much easier to create and legitimise high humanitarian impact projects.”

After Cristian Lago graduated from his #ExecutiveMBA, he focused on creating a company in which functional diversity was no longer viewed as a handicap.

Discover his story here: https://esade.me/2jZ68wp

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Crowd fund your way to the EMBA

Our future EMBA Monthly – Class of 2019-21 participant Adam Berg is launching the first crowd funding campaign to partially support their Executive MBA at ESADE.

The crazy idea of using a crowd funding campaign as a financial aid tool came up in an Admissions team internal meeting. The logic behind was that FFF (Friends, Family and Fools) could invest in your talent and through the EMBA help you develop both personally and professionally. To promote it, ESADE committed to add the first 1.000€ to support the candidate.

However, except from Judith Puigbò (the cunning mind), nobody really believed in the idea… Until Adam read it in an old brochure, believed in the project and improved it with a social touch! From all the money collected, 1/3 will be for ESADEs Giving Program, 1/3 will be for cancer research (St. Jude’s Cancer Research Hospital) and 1/3 for Adam’s tuition.

In his own words:

“I want to give another student at ESADE the opportunity to achieve their goals by furthering their education and also support my good friend Mike Anderson, a St. Jude´s hero , while he runs 5k´s to half-marathon races to raise money for children´s cancer research. I plan to give 33.3% of the funds raised to the ESADE scholarship fund, 33.3% to Mike for his races supporting St. Jude´s and use 33.3% of it towards my own tuition.”

So, any quantity that can be divided by 3 is more than welcome!

This is the proof that when you think big, big things happen!

For donations and more info click here: https://lnkd.in/evVVjDg  #inspiringfutures THANK YOU, ADAM! With your ideas, social awareness and proactivity, you will be an excellent EMBA participant.

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Love is in the EMBA!

After graduating, the majority of our students say that ESADE’s EMBA changed their lives. Some of them got their dream job, others became the best version of themselves, others started their own business… and a few of them found the love of their lives.

This is the case of Kirill from Siberia and Anna from Germany, participants of the EMBA Monthly ‘16, who got married last May 30th (just one year after they  got engaged), in beautiful Costa Brava (Spain)!

They first met in Barcelona in the inauguration of the EMBA Monthly – Class of 2017-19. Their romance sparkled in the first International Study Tour in Brazil and they got engaged 7 months later in the second Study Tour in India.

Since ESADE was the link of union between the two, we couldn’t miss this special occasion.

Judith Puigbò, Associate Admissions Director, attended the wedding on behalf of ESADE (see pic) to witness and celebrate another important milestone in their lives. Their classmates, who accompanied their relationship along the 18 months, came from all over the world to join them in their day. This is another evidence that love knows no frontiers or cultures.

What ESADE has joined together let no man put asunder. And as we say in Spanish: ¡Viva los novios!

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A Rosé Future for ESADE Founders

The future is rosy, or rather rosé, for ESADE Executive MBA (EMBA) graduates Ferran Vilà and Jana Robles.

On May 9th, 2019 they officially launched their new rosé wine from Barcelona under the brand Born Rosé. The pair met in 2013 while on the bi-weekly format EMBA programme. Ferran is heading Born Rosé’s operations as he has wine-industry experience, while Jana is taking charge of marketing and sales.

For now, Born Rosé is sold only online but it will be soon be available in some selected cool places as well. Jana and Ferran have started with wine but plan to expand Born Rosé into a chic lifestyle brand.

The launch party was held in the super-cool Red Fish restaurant on Barceloneta beach. Many of their EMBA classmates were present, as well as several members of ESADE staff and faculty – we are one big family! Everyone agreed the wine was superb, and we all wish these two brave entrepreneurs huge success!  

Follow Ferran and Jana on Instagram or visit their website.

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Executive MBA participants launch ‘good causes’ initiative

ESADE Executive MBA participants have launched a fundraising initiative they hope will become a programme tradition.

The outgoing EMBA 2017 cohort, with invaluable support from EMBA 2018, started the project, which involves raising funds each year for the following cohort to distribute. The criteria for the initiative are:

  • Money raised must be used for good causes, charities or other community projects that the cohort chooses.
  • The tradition should be continued by EMBA 2018 raising funds for EMBA 2019 to distribute, who should then in turn be encouraged to ‘pass the torch’ to the 2020 cohort, and so on.
  • Participants must have fun during the process, as EMBA studies are stressful enough!
  • Those involved should provide occasional updates on what they have been doing.

The tradition will build a more close-knit ESADE EMBA community, working together for sustainable progress.

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‘Blame it on Carlos’ by Moutaz (EMBA 2020 class delegate)

Introducing Moutaz El-Nahal, the Executive MBA (monthly format) 2018 class delegate.

Moutaz is a Saudi-based pharmacist, originally from Egypt, with an innate talent for writing!

After talking to his classmate Carlos, Moutaz decided to step out of his comfort zone and document his personal and professional transformation during the EMBA. In his first post, ‘Blame it on Carlos’, Moutaz shares his personal experience of deciding which MBA to pursue. He reflects on the many doubts that were going through his head before he started the EMBA: Why an EMBA? What format? Is now the time? Should I take the GMAT?

He offers valuable advice to people who are currently thinking about doing an MBA. We loved it and are already looking forward to the next instalment.

You can read his post here.

Thanks, Moutaz!

Sincerely,

Admissions Team

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The best of both worlds

On 14 March 2019, ESADE hosted the event ‘Women in Business’. The event sought to connect current students from the Full-Time MBA (FTMBA) with participants on the monthly format of the Executive MBA (EMBA) who share an interest in creating a more egalitarian workspace.

Judith Puigbò, Associate Director of Admissions for the EMBA, kicked off the event with an aspirational speech about the objective of the get-together, namely, to allow attendees to get to know each other, create spaces for debate, share career opportunities and foster joint initiatives.

She highlighted the importance of connecting talented and committed women (and men) because of the potential synergies that could arise between them, especially by combining the strengths of the two profiles: the energy and fresh ideas of the FTMBA students with the seasoned experience and expertise of the EMBA participants.

Afterwards, Emily Lu (Netherlands), president of the Women in Business Club, presented the student-created organisation, which aims to promote diversity and gender equality in business and leadership roles, as well as the activities they organise.

“Our objectives are to provide a platform for the ESADE community to discuss gender-equality-related topics and to provide better opportunities for the ESADE women’s community to become future leaders and role models for the next generation.”

Later, EMBA participants Neveen Hussein (Bahrain) and Dania Jouni (Lebanon) explained their experience as the winners of the Women Empowerment Programme at ZAIN, a leading telecom company in the Middle East. ZAIN has been sponsoring them to pursue the Executive MBA at ESADE since they won an internal competition held amongst all of its female employees in the Middle East.

 

The event wrapped up with a cocktail hour, offering the participants an opportunity to network and share ideas in an informal setting. You might think that most of the participants were women, but actually 50% were men! At ESADE we are happy to see men increasingly stepping up and joining women in this cause, in order to achieve the equality we need on both sides. Raising awareness amongst men is crucial, as they too will be future business leaders.

Together we are stronger!

Sincerely,

Admissions Team

 

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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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