My name is Ana and I am a second-year master’s degree student here at Hanken Major Economics. I come from Italy, but I was born in Albania. I am the new international student ambassador for Economics and this is my first blog where I will write about interesting events organized at Hanken!
Since I managed to finish most of my courses in the first year, I am left now with the thesis and 2 language courses. This allows me to have more free time to attend interesting events organized at Hanken and in other places. I enjoy attending events since you meet new people and learn something new. Last month I.e. September I attended two wonderful events organized at Hanken:
- Hanken Network Day (HND);
- Nordic Business Forum.
HND is an event that Hanken organizes every year in September so well-known companies and students can meet. Particularly students have the chance to get an interview from different companies or to get advice for their CV. Furthermore, you can get a professional photo that can put in your CV or keep as a remember. This is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss! To finish the day, a dinner is served so you can continue networking and enjoy the evening in relax.
Nordic Business Forum is a 2-day event organized here in Helsinki where people from all around the world come to listen to inspiring speeches. Every year the event has a theme. This year themes were strategy, AI and peak performance. Since the event was very expensive to attend, Hanken provided the opportunity to listen in streaming. I was fascinated about the simplicity of the speach so that everyone could understand. I tried to listen to different speakers like:
- Aswath Damodaran that spoke about the lifecycle of a firm and how should the CEO behave in each lifecycle;
- Susan Cain that presented the importance of understanding the personality of the employee;
- Gary Hamel that spoke about the power of open innovation
Finally, there was the President of the United States Barack Obama to give the final speech about leadership. It was an amazing opportunity to listen to these inspiring speeches.
I would like to end this first blog with a quote that Gary Hamel mentioned during his speech:
“In my experience, innovation can only come from the bottom. Everyone must be able to experiment, learn, and integrate. Position, obedience and tradition should hold no power.”
Thank you and have a great weekend!