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GEMBA cohorts gather for inaugural alumni event

24 Jul 2012

A group of 16 alumni of the University of Sydney Business School, representing the first two cohorts of the Global Executive MBA (GEMBA) program attended the first GEMBA Alumni event at the HC Coombs Centre, Kirribilli, on Friday 20 July.

The event was designed to both serve as a reunion for the first two cohorts of GEMBA students, and provide an opportunity for further learning. The Business School believes that events such as this form an important part of the ongoing process of personal and professional development, allowing its alumni exposure to great speakers, networking and any new developments in the business sphere.

The event featured a half-day Design Thinker Simulation - a focused workshop that challenged the alumni teams to tackle an innovation project from start to finish.

"Today's event was a great example of how the GEMBA program has influenced my development," said Christine Bishop, GEMBA alumna. "Events like this offer fantastic access to continuous learning, as well as keeping us in touch with all of the other GEMBA alumni, including those from other cohorts."

The GEMBA alumni were addressed by John Webster, CEO of Foodbank Australia, the not-for-profit agency that both cohorts of the GEMBA have worked with to provide strategic business advice. John spoke about the positive changes that have occurred through the partnership with the Business School's GEMBA program, and of the challenges that still lie ahead for Foodbank.

"We have been associated with the Business School for 18 months," John said. "It's been a fantastic experience for Foodbank, and the GEMBA participants have provided us with some brilliant strategic ideas to help us achieve what we need to, which is to more than double the amount of food we can provide in the next five years."

"It was fantastic to welcome our first two GEMBA cohorts back, and it was particularly exciting to see that their appetite for learning has not diminished," said MBA Director, Associate Professor Nick Wailes. "The Business School is committed to the ongoing professional and personal development of our GEMBA alumni, and today's event was a perfect example of how a strong alumni network can benefit everybody involved with the Business School."