Over CHF 3 000 was raised for disadvantaged youth in rural Nigeria and for the IM Alumni graduation prize at the Bid for a Boss event on Thursday 27 April. Fifteen bosses, all offering unique opportunities, went under the hammer with most of the proceeds going to a charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke. Apart from the entertaining auction (thank you, Robert) there was time to network and have fun.
Supporting this event were loads of others: Pernod Ricard sponsored with a great bar and mixologist, and food (soups, ice cream, nibbles) were offered. Student volunteers manned the bar. And two photographers (Corinne Köpfli and Kierin Mulholland) documented it all.
We’ll be posting more soon to give you the details of the fundraising and what happened next when the “winners” called in their bids. There were also separate donations of money and laptops to C4C, some bosses offered a second service and there are more pix in the pipeline – so there’s loads to still let you know about. Meanwhile, all we can say, is a very big thank you to all of you.
So here’s the full catalogue: 15 bosses offering unique oppotunities. Highlights include: personal consulting from an SRF economics reporter including a visit to a TVshow such as Arena or Sportpanorama, a 2-day excursion to Brussels (flights and accommodation included) to sit in on a workshop on Swiss-EU relations, a day in a communications agency, behind the scenes at a hotel including learning how to make ice-cream, joining a CEO on a visit to Europe’s largest tradeshow in Nürnberg…..
2017 Bid for a Boss Event_programme and auction catalogue
For those of you who can’t make it but would love to win one of these opportunities: mail us at email@example.com to set up phone bidding on the night.
Bid for a Boss, 27 April from 1830. Register here or on Facebook
Kelechi Madu. Paying forward.
This is Kelechi Madu. He is 17 years old and comes from a humble family in a rural community in eastern Nigeria. Normally, he would have completed primary school and probably become a child labourer. Secondary school or university would have been very difficult if not impossible. John Uwaeke heard about the bright young man and sponsored him through secondary school. This year he will sit his final examinations. Kelechi hopes to study Electrical Engineering or Civil Engineering at university.
It takes more than this diploma though: Kelechi received the opportunity to do a computer course and through the Buddy2Buddy (B2B) initiative he was then given a laptop and trained as a trainer. He is now one of 2 pioneer instructors who are a vital link in the Catalyst4Change programme. It is not enough to simply collect or buy second-hand laptops and donate these to remote and poor communities and schools in eastern Nigeria: the children need to be taught how to use them.
Without B2B or C4C, Kelechi would not have been able to develop his tenacity for learning and his innate leadership abilities. Without a laptop, or computer skills, he would have little chance of competing for a place at university. His self-esteem has blossomed, he is training other young people in IT and through that more youngsters will have better chances to succeed at school but also to have options to stay and work in their communities and not join the many who are forced to seek work in the cities.
Bid for a Boss. 27 April. Register now. And bid generously.
Free entry. Bar (including a mixologist) and soup from the Suppenstube at reasonable prices. Nibbles and ice-cream for free.
Register here or on Facebook
Melanie Auer, Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma
Melanie Auer is Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma. And she’s our Boss#2. She’s been with Roche since graduating from BSc IM in 2011 – including six months in India helping to establish the controlling unit there.
Bid for her on 27 April #BidforaBoss and get individual time with her to talk about controlling, networking and planning your development. Drinks in the Pebbles Bar – that’s the one at the top of the Roche tower – are included.
Sign up here or on Facebook
By the way – there will be something pretty special to eat and drink on the night – we’ll tell you more next week
Over the next weeks, we’ll be introducing a few of the many bosses up for auction at the Bid for a Boss event on 27 April. Don’t forget to register either here or on Facebook
Boss # 1: Monika Blaser, Head of the Innovation Lab at PostFinance
Monika offers a tour of the innovation lab to get insights into the innovation process and the toolbox PostFinance uses. The highest bidder can “participate in a workshop for a current innovation project to check out how we foster innovation. Depending on interests you can also participate in a pitching event, get feedback from the audience for your own business idea or go to the pitching clinic to improve your own pitching skills. ½ a day, lunch/Apéro included.”
And even if you don’t win the bid, you can meet Monika during networking activities.
The Missing Podium. From left: Robert Buttery auctioning Dean Antje Leukens and Esin Cengiz finding it thoroughly amusing
“At the kick-off event for IM Alumni we were beginners and made a few hilarious mistakes. Not only were we not able to print the name tags on time, we realized we didn’t have a podium for the charity auction and Robert as auctioneer and Antje who was being auctioned tried to stand on the same chair. This was hilarious. Later at the speed-networking there were some misunderstandings as some thought it was speed-dating. But it was great – so good to launch this connection and I’m certainly looking forward to the next one – the Bid for a Boss on 27 April – where we do have a podium!”
Graduated BSc IM 2009
Now Head of HR and of CSR at Pernod Ricard “What I really love about my job is working with people, supporting them supporting them to be at their best as well being there for them when they just need someone to talk and share their thoughts. It’s especially the change management that I find challenging and rewarding. It allows me to be creative and innovative and put my footprint on our culture – the way we want to work, to shape our organization. Hence why I was actively looking for roles in HR where I could embrace the change management aspect in my area of responsibilities. What I enjoy a lot about working at Pernod Ricard is definitely the great brands we have but also our decentralized organization which gives us the liberty to shape our business according to the Swiss market needs. We are all asked to be entrepreneurs and take responsibilities for our decisions and actions. We are quick to make decisions and bring change, and that is what keeps me going every day. That also is reflected in our CSR actions where we should not just talk about it, but do it seriously, set an example. So, for instance, we’re now changing our cars to emission A standards and introducing a paperless office or working with SpiritsSuisse to actively raise awareness about misuse of alcohol. Additionally, we’re sponsoring ESN (European Student Network) parties at the FHNW with the objective of supporting responsible drinking.”
How did studying IM help? ”It taught me to be flexible and open-minded. This attitude was intrinsic in the studies and then consolidated on the semester abroad. My world was opened to the fact that different people perceive things differently and do things differently – you can’t just go from your own perceptions. Of course we experienced this too during our studies here – there were many students from different cultures. And our lecturers – not only different cultures but teaching us diverse topics: our professor in Maths and Statistics also taught an elective in Books of the World. I truly believe that we are very lucky to have gone through the studies as we have, we were exposed to diversity in a way that is very special and prepared us all to what was to come. I think that is the reason why I enjoy being the Chair of the IM Alumni Association Board so much, to be able to give back and contribute to the great community of IM is still very rewarding and exciting as ever. It is great to see that every year the school is graduating top class students and opens many doors for them to go and be great at what they do. I am certainly grateful that I have had the opportunity to study International Management at the FHNW, not only for the great people and experiences but for the long lasting relationships I have gained out of it.”
After Graduation “After an initial internship in HR at PwC I became an HR Assistant and HR Consultant @PwC. Then I became PMO for the Global Talent Acquisition team to shape the new recruitment strategy for Zurich Insurance Company. In 2013 I had the great chance to join 3M EMEA, where my role as HR Coordinator was to coordinate/manage the start-up of the newly created Supply Chain Center of Expertise EMEA in Burgdorf, moving over 200 people from across the world to Switzerland and building up the organization from day one on. Since 2013 I am also the Chair of the IM Alumni Association Board.”
It’s back. An evening of catching up with former classmates, networking with other alumni, and having a pop at winning exclusive time with an interesting “boss” who will inspire, advise or coach you. And if you don’t win – well, there’s a chance to get to know them during speed-networking or networking bingo. Yah.
We have 15 amazing high-flyers offering unique opportunities (see auction catalogue). And remember- this is for charity. This time we’re paying forward by sponsoring alumnus John Uwaeke’s Catalyst4Change which aims to empower children in rural Nigeria by providing laptops and IT training. Have a look at the video and you’ll see the need for this.
Sign up using the contact form below or go to our Facebook page and sign up for the event there.
Big for a Boss: 7pm – 10.30 pm, Thursday 27 April, Atrium B, Campus OVR in Olten (bar opens from 6.30 pm)
On 23 February 2017 alumni experts checked the CVs, application dossiers and social media profiles of over 35 students from BSc IM, MSc IM and MSc BIS (sorry we couldn’t fit everyone in – we’ll aim to make it bigger next year). So many interesting CV’s and questions – hope we helped you towards your goals! Thanks to all the volunteers!
On 23 February, IM Alumni from different business fields again offer their impartial (and free of charge) support to students.
IM Alumni who now work in HR, in Social media or other business areas again support BSc and MSc students with aspects of their job applications. On 23 February around 10 experts are available to impartially check CVs or application letters, to answer questions about interviews or to help with the optimisation of profiles on LinkedIn or other social media platforms.
Each consultation (30 minutes) is free of charge. Those interested can register here: https://goo.gl/djNMdA.
(We only have 40 places so first come, first serve. Sorry. You receive your allocated time slot by 17 February.)
CV Check Event: 1730 – 2000, 23 February in the mensa at OVR, Campus Olten
Participants in the Preparatory Seminar 2007
You’ll remember the Preparatory Seminars: well, meanwhile this has grown to include a Joint Friday to which alumni of any of the 4 projects are invited. On 17 February, you are welcome to join for the morning (address and panel talk by respected politicians and economists on aspects of Globalisation), the afternoon (Career Fair) or the apero. Or even all of these. To register, please go to https://goo.gl/s5SYkz. More information can be found on any of the project websites or Facebook pages (individual Preparatory Seminar contents will be up next week): http://focusindia.ch, http://www.exploreasean.ch, http://insightchina.ch and http://connectus.ch
Programme Joint Friday Preparatory Seminars