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)
In case you missed it elsewhere, here’s the newsletter Nexus about the student seminars – Insight China, Focus India, connectUS and exploreAsean. Congratulations to all the project and PR teams!
Wishing you a wondrous Christmas with bright starry winter nights and an awesome 2017. After you’ve toasted the new year in, block the date for the next IM Alumni events in your agenda:
23 February 2017: CV Check (for students and alumni wishing to polish their application dossiers)
27 April 2017: Bid for a Boss. (It’s back – the event for networking, inspiration and bidding for valuable time with impressive bosses )
Keep your eyes peeled for more details in the new year.
(Photo: Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh)
In 2012 the IM Alumni raised CHF 2000 for alumna Regina Nasseremba’s school in Uganda. Prof Dr Rolf Meyer who significantly helped his former student paid a first visit and was honoured by pupils at various events- here a science competition.
Alumna Regina Nasseremba’s secondary school in Uganda is set to expand with a Vocational Centre. Prof Dr Rolf Meyer (who helped Regina launch the project) visited the school for which the IM Alumni also raised CHF 2000 in 2012 – read about this and other news in the latest Sextant
Current students in one of the “international” programmes are invited to a Job Application Event on 21 May where several alumni now working in HR and several professors can check your application dossier, your LinkedIn profile or answer questions about job interviews and (job, Master’s) application processes. The consultations, with a time slot of about 20 minutes per focus area, are free of charge.
When and where? The event will take place on Thursday, 21 May from 1730 to 1930 in the mensa at OVR.
Registration Please register by 10am on 15 May by using this form where you can state which service(s) you’d like to profit from and your optimal time slots. You will receive your allocated time-slots by 19 May.
IM Alumni wishes you: peace, some days off, at least one bellylaugh per week.
See you next year at the Homecoming! (Homecoming? What homecoming? Did I miss something? No, not yet but stay posted….)
Prof Dr Mathias Binswanger is on the back page of the latest Sextant
The latest edition of The Sextant includes A Day in the Life of Mathias Binswanger – so this allows you to get updated on what your former professor is doing. There’s also news about what the ESN (former Tutoring Team) are doing and an interview with some students now in the newly-launched BSc in Business Information Technology- taught entirely in English (following in IM’s footsteps).
You can download The Sextant here and it’s also the place with other news from the School of Business.