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.
“Challenge the future. You are the ones who are going to make the difference. You are the ones who have to show that another future is possible. Here at ESADE, we want to generate this change with you.” This was how Jordi Brunat, Director of ESADE Executive Education, welcomed new participants to the monthly Executive MBA (EMBA) on Welcome Day. “Be positive, courageous and daring, but above all, keep your mind open. You cannot even imagine where you will be 10 years from now.”
With these words, a new class of students, 40% of whom are women, embarked on the EMBA journey. “We are very proud of this figure and we want it to keep increasing,” commented Esteve Mogas, Director of the EMBA. “This is a change that all of us must be involved in.”
During the welcome session, the new participants shared their reasons for undertaking this new adventure: “We are here to start a new life,” said one student; the rest of the class responded with a round of applause. Indeed, the EMBA is synonymous with change. The new participants are about to encounter endless possibilities and new horizons, both professionally and personally. “Let the EMBA surprise you,” said Mr. Mogas during his remarks.
The new participants also had the chance to share their concerns about this new journey with participants who were in the same situation one year ago. “Here you’ll find time to reflect: Who are you? What kind of leader do you want to be? You only get to do an MBA once in a lifetime, so take a deep breath and enjoy it!” commented Aurora Martínez, a representative of last year’s graduating class.
Daniel, also from last year’s class, stressed the importance of the group’s support: “One of the key points of the EMBA is that you are united as a class. This adventure is also about building personal and professional relationships.” “You’re here to learn from each other,” added Aurora. “Don’t be afraid. Get out of your comfort zone and make mistakes!” challenged Daniel.
Indeed, the EMBA is quite a challenge. The new participants understand this, but they also know that hard work will bring them great rewards. “New professional opportunities”, “creating my own business”, “having a transformational experience”, “learning from my colleagues”, “building a great group” and “growing together” – these were just some of the reflections shared during Welcome Day.
Finally, we would like to pass on the words of encouragement and gratitude that Mr. Mogas shared at the end of the event: “Thank you for being here today. Thank you for your excitement and energy. Thank you for your trust in ESADE and welcome to the new Executive MBA class of 2017-2019!”
“If you’re here now, imagine where you will be in 15 years.” This was how the Director of ESADE Executive Education welcomed new participants to the Executive MBA (EMBA) in his institutional welcome remarks. “The EMBA is a programme that will transform you and help you learn a lot. But my message is: enjoy it!” said Jordi Brunat . He added: “You are incredibly privileged, so make the most of this experience. Welcome to ESADE – your home.”
“Future”, “progress”, “change”, “challenge”… These were the words used by the new participants in the Barcelona-based weekly EMBA when asked by the programme director, Carlos Royo, what it meant to them to be starting along this new path. Indeed, the EMBA transforms people and opens up new horizons.
“You will change throughout your time at ESADE. The EMBA gives you a new perspective,” explained Alba Cura, a member of the 2018 EMBA graduating class, reminiscing on how she had embarked on this path just one year ago. “Starting now, you will have lots of professional opportunities,” commented Albert Canela, another member of the EMBA class of 2018 and a classmate of Cura’s. “You will enjoy yourselves greatly during this journey,” he added. “The EMBA will shake you up. It is such an impressive experience, and it is sure to unite you. Trust in your classmates. The support of the group is fundamental in this adventure,” declared Cura.
The EMBA is based on three pillars. The first is making decisions from a position of authenticity. “ESADE believes in collaboration as a means of creating great leaders,” explained Royo. The second pillar is internationalisation. During the programme, participants spend time in Europe, Asia and the Americas, getting to know the realities of these societies and becoming leaders with a global business vision. The third and final pillar is entrepreneurship. The EMBA will let you to take charge of your career and make the professional leap you’ve been dreaming of.
The inaugural session of the new edition of the weekly format of the Executive MBA (EMBA) programme began on the 29th of January. On their first day at ESADE, the EMBA freshers who had entrusted the School with their training over the next 16 months, were very enthusiastic about starting this new stage in their personal and professional development.
The venue for the inauguration was the ESADE building in Madrid. The participants met Michele Quintano, the Programme Director, and some of the faculty who will teach them. The participants also got the chance to share their backgrounds and aims with their fellow students.
After this promising beginning, we wish tomorrow’s senior managers a highly enriching and successful EMBA programme. We wish you luck!
Starting ESADE’s Executive MBA (EMBA) programme is always a great experience, as the freshmen beginning the latest edition EMBA fortnightly format in Barcelona will testify. The programme started on the 21st of January.
The Avinguda d’Esplugues building on our Pedralbes campus was the venue for the programme inauguration. The event gave the participants the chance to meet one another and discover the first steps in the ESADE experience. Jonathan Wareham, Dean of Faculty & Research, spoke of the School’s global presence and Esteve Mogas, the Programme Director, commented on key features of the EMBA, ranging from academic organisation and courses to international stays in France, India, China, and Georgetown (The United States). He also recalled that taking a programme like the EMBA one involved considerable effort that “enables one to grow in both personal and professional terms”.
Mogas also stressed the importance of teamwork in ESADE programmes both from the standpoint of collaboration and of healthy competition. Here, he noted that “ESADE does not cut you out but rather challenges you to improve”.
The final part of the event involved presenting the programme participants. Most of the freshers were drawn from the fields of Operations, Marketing, Sales, and General Management. The company profiles were very varied, ranging from family businesses, multinationals, major banks, and public bodies. This diversity of fields and sectors greatly enriches the EMBA programme and participants’ experience of it.
The participants of the ESADE Madrid Executive MBA (EMBA) programme attended an enthralling session on global geo-politics and economics given by Javier Solana, President of ESADE Geo. The event took place on Thursday 6th of March.
The main subject of discussion was the crisis in The Ukraine — something that was then a burning subject of debate. The talk covered the background to the crisis, its consequences for the world and expectations of how it would develop.
¨Both the content and delivery were superb and had the audience spellbound. Solana shared interesting historical moments with the audience and clarified the issues¨.
A wonderful talk, it was a privilege to hear Solana speak.
The ESADE campus in Madrid received the 2014-15 intake of the first participants in the 2014-2015 Executive MBA (EMBA) programme. On Thursday the 30th of January, a welcoming session was held at which participants got the chance to get acquainted with their future classmates and to receive general information on the programme.
The participants started their first class on Friday the 31st with the course on General Management, given by Prof. Joaquín Cava. The course is part of the first part of the EMBA studies and falls within the ¨Company Setting and Function¨ section of the programme. This section (Company Setting and Function) ends in April. The new edition in the weekly format thus opens with a select group of professionals with excellent prospects and high expectations, swelling the ESADE community.
All those beginning this new stage are to be congratulated on taking a programme that will improve their lives and give their careers a big boost.
The Executive MBA was launched on the 9th of January 2014 (fortnightly format) with almost 40 executives from various functional areas and industries. The ESADE Dean, Alfons Sauquet, gave a brief welcoming speech. The programme started with the General Management course, which featured Jerome Boesch, CEO of Danone, as the guest speaker.
The following intakes will be in September (weekly format) and October 2014 (fortnightly format) and October 2014 (the new modular format in English).
We begin the ESADE Executive MBA web log with the chronicles of the writer’s trip to China. In general, we will publish news, events and comments in this blog site that you are likely to find interesting.
18th March 2013. Journey to Asia by ESADE EMBA students
EMBA students recently took part in the second international stay in a series of three trips dotted throughout the programme. Participants of the Madrid and Barcelona editions travelled together to their destination (there were two choices — India or China).
The ¨Doing Business in China¨ module was held at Fudan University School of Management in Shanghai, where students had the chance of attending classes given by local faculty. The themes included: ¨The Chinese Culture of Political-Economy¨; “Doing Business in China”; “A View of China from a Foreign National Perspective¨; ¨Marketing in China. An Overview¨; ¨China Talent Management¨; ¨Chinese Firms´ Internationalisation¨. They were also able to visit European firms established in China, such as FICOSA and Roca, as well as the impressive Suzhou Industrial Park and the Baosteel Group Corporation. Dinners were also held to give the students the chance to exchange impressions with ESADE alumni who were already living in Shanghai.
The ¨Discover India¨ module was held at the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad. The students attended sessions on subjects such as ¨The Indian Economy and Industrial Sector¨, ¨Trends Innovation in Emerging Markets¨, Micro-Finance — Financial Services to the Bottom of the Pyramid¨, and Entrepreneurship as a Driver of Growth¨. Some of the companies visited were Schneider Electric India Pvt. Ltd. In Hyderabad and Hindustan Unilever Limited, and More Mischief Boutique in Bombay.
Likewise, the students who visited China were able to exchange views and network with ESADE alumni living in the area, with a dinner being held to mark the occasion.