MBA Key Lecture Series “Creativity and Innovation” in Bulle

Posted on 30 August 2011 · Posted in News

UAS Yverdon, UAS Neuchatel, UAS Les Roches Gruyere and Glion Institute of Higher Education to participate in inaugural series.

The inaugural lectures of the MBA Key Lecture series will take place on the 20 September at the LRG-UAS and Glion Institute of Higher Education (GIHE) campus in Bulle, Switzerland. The series is a collaboration between UAS HEG.VD Yverdon, HE Arc UAS Neuchatel, UAS Les Roches Gruyere and Glion Institute of Higher Education.

The series will explore five key areas of importance for future leaders: creativity – innovation; vision – project management; ethics – values; sustainable development and performance- results.The conference will bring together distinguished experts and practitioners from business and academia to present and discuss innovation with students in lectures, panels and networking sessions.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Tony Laquito, now living in Japan who splits his time between being an engaged academic and an energetic entrepreneur. He is co author of Never Bet the Farm: How Entrepreneurs Take Risks, Make Decisions – and How You Can, Too.
  • Fabrice LeClerc, Professor of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management SDA Bocconi, Italy. With experience launching new products for Hagen Dasz, L’Oreal and Alessi, in 2008, he was involved in the foundation of the ‘vallée éternelle’ a biodiversity and UNESC world heritage site, habitat of 50 protected species in the heart of Perigord Noir in France.

Contributing to the panel discussion will be:

  • Graziella Zanoletti, CIO of Elite Rent-a Car, entrepreneur and founder of Friends of Humanity, a not-for-profit company active worldwide in the following areas: education, health, environment, micro-credit and human rights.
  • Mary Farmer, GIHE campus and online MBA Faculty and former Director Global Diversity and Inclusion at Philips, who is an acknowledged expert in gender and diversity. A member of the European Institute for Managing Diversity for many years, she is former President of the European Professional Women’s Network in Amsterdam and is a member of Women in the Lead and Canadian Women in Communications in Canada. She has served on the Board of the Netherlands Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
  • Kristin Engvig, who started out with major multinational companies like JPMorgan, Citibank and Innovation Norway. She saw and felt that there was a gap in our workplaces and how we dealt with each other and the world at large Her response was to found the W.I.N annual global annual global leadership and networking program engaging thousands of participants worldwide.

The organizers of the MBA Key Lecture, Dr Zarina Charlesworth and Dr Lyn Glanz, aim to provide students with a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with front line innovators. They say that ‘Students value the opportunity to ask questions directly to people who have hands on experience of initiating exciting business ventures or start-up organizations’.