Reconnecting at our anticipated Alumni Conference

By Stuart Robinson, MBA Programme Director

On 23rd November the MBA Suite was buzzing with energy as we welcomed alumni back to the University of Exeter Business School for our first Alumni Conference.

‘Keeping the MBA relevant in the new economy’ was the event’s theme, for which we had invited a diverse range of speakers to give their valuable insights to MBA alumni and current students about the challenges and opportunities MBA graduates are facing today. After a welcome address by Professor David Allen, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean at the Business School, we kicked off the conference with a thought-provoking keynote speech from Ed Mayo, Secretary General for Co-operatives UK.

Sandra Norval, MBA alumna from our 2014 cohort, CEO of Bluedotaug Ltd and MD of Catalicity gave an insightful talk, followed by Professor Alexandra Gerbasi, Professor of Leadership at the Business School who described the importance of networking in effective careers. The event closed with a talk from me, to open up the room for a discussion about the topics of the day.

Throughout the event speakers inspired our audience with stories of their personal and professional journeys, the ethics of technology, developing relationships as part of your job, bringing your values into all aspects of business, team based entrepreneurship, investing in your development, and how to use your professional network to identify and develop career opportunities.

We were delighted to receive positive feedback from many alumni after the event and enjoyed hearing about all of the exciting things they have gone on to achieve since graduating. We look forward to strengthening our alumni network further in 2019 with more opportunities to reconnect and inspire.

I’d personally like to extend a huge thanks to all our guest speakers, alumni and current students who made the event such a success.

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