Friday, December 14, 2018

Why Singapore is the best place for your MBA

By Jeffrey Fraser, Global MBA Ambassador 2018-2019, Digital Business & Innovation Major

Location, location, location.

This mantra extends far beyond the realm of real estate. My own mentors frequently reminded me not to overlook this critical variable in the MBA selection process - after all, the classroom learning is only one part of the MBA experience, right? Whether it’s enhancing your leadership capabilities within your current company, starting your own business or pivoting to a new function or industry, the school’s proximity to target companies, thought leaders, extended networks and active communities can play a pivotal role in helping you achieve your ultimate goal on the other side of graduation.

So, at this point you may be wondering, “What does Singapore have to offer?”
From student life to networking events and beyond, here’s a recap of just a few of the things that ESSEC Asia Pacific and the greater Singapore community has offered in the past few months! ___
Nugit: The Future is Data Storytelling
Nugit, a data storytelling platform for enterprises and technology companies, hosted this event in partnership with LinkedIn on 12 September. The event highlighted the innovations that continue to evolve data visualization as well as to highlight the impact that data storytelling can have on society. Keynote speakers and panelists included world renowned data visualization experts.
Postgraduate Networking Event at ESSEC Asia-Pacific
On 9 November, 25 companies came to the ESSEC Asia-Pacific campus to meet ESSEC’s future changemakers. The 120+ students in attendance were given the opportunity to mingle and network with representatives from companies representing a range of industries - including foodpanda, Dentsu Aegis Network, Deliveroo, ClaraVista, Antler,and more.

Singapore Fintech Festival
ESSEC Students and faculty were invited to attend the annual Singapore Fintech Festival (12-14 November), considered to be one of the largest platforms for the global Fintech community. This year, 30,000+ attendees were introduced to more than 300 exhibiting companies from 31 countries.
For more information, visit Singapore Fintech Festival’s official website here:
World Food Future for Women Launch Event
When people think of industries that make Singapore tick, they’ll probably think of food (huge foodie culture here) but they may overlook the fact that Singapore has a robust community of nonprofits and social enterprises as well. The World Food Future for Women launch event (14 November) was a tender melange of these two cultures and brought together a community of invested individuals, united by the founders who represent UN Women and Halo Health Asia.
“WFF is an annual conference that focuses on women as the key decision makers of family food and nutrition choices. Women together control US$20 trillion of the world economy, 93% of all food consumer purchases and 85% of all consumer purchases*. They are also the primary caregivers of children and the elderly.... WFF serves as a platform to bring women food consumers towards a better understanding of a highly fast-paced, fast-changing and increasingly disrupted food world.”
Click here to learn more about World Food Future for Women
Virtually Versailles
ESSEC, in partnership with the Palace of Versailles, is hosting an exhibition that is open to the public from 30 November 2018 to 6 January 2019, 10 am to 10 pm daily. For the exhibition’s launch, ESSEC alumni, students, faculty, and friends gathered to network and were the first to check out this digital experience.
A World Heritage Site of immense wonder, the Palace of Versailles stands as the symbol of culture, history and the French philosophy of Art de vivre. This digital exploration invites you to step within the storied compounds, and discover the majesty and lore of Versailles in an innovative way.
A public follow up conference on the topic of Heritage and Innovation was held on 11 December 5pm - 7pm, with opening remarks made by Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, Dean and President of ESSEC Business School, and keynote presentations made by Chris Chong (Dy Managing Director CapitaLand Retail) and ESSEC Professor Xavier Pavie. The conference had a full turnout including the ESSEC Board of Directors.
For more information about Virtually Versailles and the upcoming conference, click here:
On-Campus Events and Activities:
Being a Global MBA student at ESSEC doesn’t confine you to a bubble - with hundreds of students on campus, there are plenty of people to meet. Student services is hard at work to organize events and groups to foster a strong, diverse community on campus. Check out some of their latest work below:
Diwali/Deepvali Night
ESSEC Asia PAC is a historically French school in the heart of Singapore, so naturally there will be a prominent presence of international flair. With substantial international representation in the student body (I’m from the States myself), the school is adamant about celebrating this diversity.
ESSEC Football Team
A little competition never hurt anyone, right? Our football team currently has 30+ students participating in local events around Singapore, competing with teams from other schools and organizations. Despite their rigorous study schedules, the team’s practice has been paying off, as seen in their latest 10-1 triumph.
Fitness and fostering greater connections in Singapore - one point at a time ;)
Volunteering with Willing Hearts
It’s not enough to be a strong leader - the world wants and needs responsible, thoughtful leaders who give back to society. Students started the year by volunteering at Willing Hearts soup kitchen and have gone on to continue their volunteer work with Willing Hearts and other local NGOs.
Singapore: Vibrant, Connected City Life
This has been just a small sampling of what the greater Singapore community has to offer. From volunteer work with local NGOs to one of the largest Fintech Festivals in the world, Singapore is not just Southeast Asia’s hub for innovation, business, arts, and beyond, but one of the most lively and vibrant cities in the world.
Don’t believe us? Feel free to reach out via ESSEC Talk and ask us any questions on your mind!
Next up in our blog series: Industry experts, company visits, CV writing, and more - how Career Services enhances the Global MBA experience and prepares us for life beyond graduation.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Presentation by Lana Glazman, Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Estée Lauder Companies Europe | Luxury Brand Management Major

By Emilia Wilson, Global MBA Ambassador 2018-2019, Luxury Brand Management Major

Last Tuesday evening, the Luxury Brand Management participants visited the Executive Education campus at La Défense for a presentation by Ms. Lana Glazman. Ms. Glazman currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Marketing for the Estée Lauder Companies Europe. The presentation was titled, “The Bonfire of Certainties,” in reference to the death of the concepts that have been true for decades that are now rapidly changing - gender barriers, in-store experiences, technology, and so on. 

During this discussion, Ms. Glazman focused on the trends that are affecting the Skincare, Makeup, and Fragrance industries.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Visit to Chateau Troplong Mondot

During our short October break, a group of 11 Global MBA participants took a trip to the beautiful city of Bordeaux. We chose this city because of its easy access from Paris (just over two hours by train) and because there are beautiful cultural attractions both in the city and within an hour’s drive. 

Coming from a hospitality background and having a personal passion for wine, I took the initiative of organizing a winery tour in Saint-Emilion. With a majority of our MBA cohort coming from outside of France, having the possibility of discovering the beauty of France, including its culture, cuisine, and savoir-faire is part of what had drawn participants to joining ESSEC Business School. This prestigious appellation sits on the right bank of the Dordogne river, and I chose to bring our group to Saint-Emilion because we could visit a winery as well as explore the charming medieval town, which has the same name as the appellation.

What’s the future of luxury?

by Johannes Ader, ESSEC MBA alumnus, 2016

From Left: Deanna Chuang, ESSEC Global MBA alumna (2018), Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Director and Chief Fashion Critic at The New York Times, and Johannes Ader, ESSEC MBA alumnus (2016)

ESSEC was a partner of The New York Times International Luxury Conference held in Hong Kong this year. The subject of this year’s conference was “What's Next: The New Luxury World (Dis)Order”. More pressing than ever before, leaders in the luxury industry are facing global challenges, requiring them to profoundly rethink the essence of today’s luxury industry.

Monday, November 19, 2018

An Afternoon with #Signify - Learning about Lighting for a Better World

By Saloni Kapoor, Global MBA Ambassador 2018-2019 | Strategy & Management major, Singapore

On November 15th, our Global MBA cohort headed over to Philips Lighting, now known as #Signify, for a campus engagement session. Thanks to the folks over at Signify, we had the opportunity to tour the facility, understand some of the trends in the lighting industry, and interact with company executives from different business units.