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II ESADE Alumni Annual Conference in Madrid

12/02/2008 (dd/mm/yyyy) | Madrid


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The event was hosted by Xavier Sánchez, Director of ESADE Alumni. Germán Castejón, President of ESADE Alumni, opened the conference by noting that ESADE currently enjoys worldwide recognition. A major factor in maintaining the business school's unquestionable competitive position, he said, is its 'large alumni network'. Mr. Castejón reminded the audience of ESADE Alumni's mission and expressed his desire to continue expanding the network: 'As we gain more members, the network becomes stronger, our alumni become stronger, and ESADE becomes stronger'.

The conference continued with a photographic tour of the places around the world where alumni and faculty have spoken about the 50th anniversary of ESADE and about the business school's extraordinary international work. Carlos Losada, Director General of ESADE, then took the floor to share the motivation behind the institution's 50th anniversary celebration: 'looking to the future'. Mr. Losada noted that the future will bring new social, economic, technological and cultural challenges for professionals and companies. In this context, he said, 'ESADE absolutely must continue "inspiring futures", as the slogan of the 50th anniversary states, by providing education, conducting research and bringing knowledge to the social debate'. The business school must do this, he said, 'from a sociological standpoint, from ESADE's greatest asset - its institutional vision, which has been handed down directly from the founders'.

The next speaker was Pedro Navarro, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Fundació ESADE, who summarised the school's three main objectives: 'To continue being a point of reference and a leader among business schools; to help alumni develop their careers through seminars, lectures and Executive Education programmes; and to promote debate within the business community on topics of importance to society at large'. Mr. Navarro added that 'ESADE has positioned itself as the institution that awards the most prestigious brand award' and expressed his gratitude to the people whose everyday efforts make the institution's operation possible.

The next lecture, entitled 'Attitudes and Self-Realisation: Keys for Executives of the 21st Century', was given by Àlex Rovira Celma, writer and Lecturer in the Department of Marketing Management at ESADE. Mr. Rovira reflected on the future from the viewpoint of 'that human dimension that runs so deep', which he described as fundamental to any organisation. ESADE's task of creating the future, he said, depends on 'the development of conscience, talent and all types of intelligence as the competitive variables of the future'. According to Mr. Rovira, courage is one of the institution's cardinal values, 'because ESADE is made up of entrepreneurs and other people who take risks'. He then mentioned other values, such as responsibility, optimism, self-confidence and audacity.

Mr. Rovira illustrated his points by citing important authors and extraordinary examples of people who have overcome adversity. 'In order for the future to become reality', he said, 'we need a purpose, which I understand as willpower and dedication'. He called ESADE a 'very important supporter' of the value of humility. He mentioned trust, saying it must always be accompanied by integrity and consistency. Finally, he highlighted the power of love and cooperation as key elements in the construction of ESADE's future.

The last speaker was Paloma Adrados Gautier, Minister of Employment and Women's Issues of the Community of Madrid, who spoke on behalf of Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Community of Madrid. Ms. Adrados talked about the actions being taken by the regional government to promote business. These actions, she said, enjoy the support of 'solid, high-quality Spanish business schools that are among the best in the world, such as ESADE'. Ms. Adrados then reflected on the history of ESADE: 'For 50 years, ESADE has been training people at the highest possible level, in both personal and human aspects as well as the professional dimension. This is a laudable effort to transmit the values and principles that identify true professionals in such a competitive world'. Lastly, she highlighted the need to promote the advancement of women to executive positions. She mentioned the actions of the Community of Madrid, and the active collaboration of ESADE, in this regard. 



Programme:

At this edition of the ESADE Alumni Annual Conference in Madrid, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of ESADE (1958-2008) and pay tribute to everyone who has helped make ESADE one of Europe's top ten business schools.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 7.30 pm in the Mutua Madrileña Auditorium.

Under the slogan 'E50: Inspiring Futures' and with the participation of the institution?s leaders, the 2nd Annual ESADE Alumni Conference in Madrid aims to promote contact between the members of our community.
The event was hosted by Xavier Sánchez, Director of ESADE Alumni. Germán Castejón, President of ESADE Alumni, opened the conference by noting that ESADE currently enjoys worldwide recognition. A major factor in maintaining the business school's unquestionable competitive position, he said, is its 'large alumni network'. Mr. Castejón reminded the audience of ESADE Alumni's mission and expressed his desire to continue expanding the network: 'As we gain more members, the network becomes stronger, our alumni become stronger, and ESADE becomes stronger'.

The conference continued with a photographic tour of the places around the world where alumni and faculty have spoken about the 50th anniversary of ESADE and about the business school's extraordinary international work. Carlos Losada, Director General of ESADE, then took the floor to share the motivation behind the institution's 50th anniversary celebration: 'looking to the future'. Mr. Losada noted that the future will bring new social, economic, technological and cultural challenges for professionals and companies. In this context, he said, 'ESADE absolutely must continue "inspiring futures", as the slogan of the 50th anniversary states, by providing education, conducting research and bringing knowledge to the social debate'. The business school must do this, he said, 'from a sociological standpoint, from ESADE's greatest asset - its institutional vision, which has been handed down directly from the founders'.

The next speaker was Pedro Navarro, Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Fundació ESADE, who summarised the school's three main objectives: 'To continue being a point of reference and a leader among business schools; to help alumni develop their careers through seminars, lectures and Executive Education programmes; and to promote debate within the business community on topics of importance to society at large'. Mr. Navarro added that 'ESADE has positioned itself as the institution that awards the most prestigious brand award' and expressed his gratitude to the people whose everyday efforts make the institution's operation possible.

The next lecture, entitled 'Attitudes and Self-Realisation: Keys for Executives of the 21st Century', was given by Àlex Rovira Celma, writer and Lecturer in the Department of Marketing Management at ESADE. Mr. Rovira reflected on the future from the viewpoint of 'that human dimension that runs so deep', which he described as fundamental to any organisation. ESADE's task of creating the future, he said, depends on 'the development of conscience, talent and all types of intelligence as the competitive variables of the future'. According to Mr. Rovira, courage is one of the institution's cardinal values, 'because ESADE is made up of entrepreneurs and other people who take risks'. He then mentioned other values, such as responsibility, optimism, self-confidence and audacity.

Mr. Rovira illustrated his points by citing important authors and extraordinary examples of people who have overcome adversity. 'In order for the future to become reality', he said, 'we need a purpose, which I understand as willpower and dedication'. He called ESADE a 'very important supporter' of the value of humility. He mentioned trust, saying it must always be accompanied by integrity and consistency. Finally, he highlighted the power of love and cooperation as key elements in the construction of ESADE's future.

The last speaker was Paloma Adrados Gautier, Minister of Employment and Women's Issues of the Community of Madrid, who spoke on behalf of Esperanza Aguirre, President of the Community of Madrid. Ms. Adrados talked about the actions being taken by the regional government to promote business. These actions, she said, enjoy the support of 'solid, high-quality Spanish business schools that are among the best in the world, such as ESADE'. Ms. Adrados then reflected on the history of ESADE: 'For 50 years, ESADE has been training people at the highest possible level, in both personal and human aspects as well as the professional dimension. This is a laudable effort to transmit the values and principles that identify true professionals in such a competitive world'. Lastly, she highlighted the need to promote the advancement of women to executive positions. She mentioned the actions of the Community of Madrid, and the active collaboration of ESADE, in this regard. 



Programme:

At this edition of the ESADE Alumni Annual Conference in Madrid, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of ESADE (1958-2008) and pay tribute to everyone who has helped make ESADE one of Europe's top ten business schools.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, 12th February 2008 at 7.30 pm in the Mutua Madrileña Auditorium.

Under the slogan 'E50: Inspiring Futures' and with the participation of the institution's leaders, the 2nd Annual ESADE Alumni Conference in Madrid aims to promote contact between the members of our community.

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