Category Archives: Alumni

SHULA-Thursday, Nov 24, 6:30 pm, Jakob's House

SHU Alumni Networking Drink

THURSDAY, NOV 24, 6:30 PM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DRINKS WITH SHULA!

The Alumni Association is a great way to network, this is why students are always welcome to join any SHULA events! So why don’t you take the opportunity to come and join the SHULA in a Happy Thanksgiving Drink!

SHULA-Thursday, Nov 24, 6:30 pm, Jakob's House
SHU Alumni Networking Drink: Happy Thanksgiving with SHULA!
  • Location: JAKOB’S, 9 Rives de Clausen (parking facilities at Rives de Clausen & bus connections)
  • Date & time: Thursday, Nov 24, at 6:30 pm
  • Food: Finger food offered by the Alumni Association & SHU
  • Drinks: Complimentary drinks from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm offered by the Alumni Association & SHU

Please join us if you want to spend an evening networking and connecting with students, alumni and friends in a relaxed environment! Activate your personal network to ensure a great turnout!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sacred Heart University Alumni Association

 

From Professional to Student-Intern and Back Again!

Full Circle: How One Student’s Journey to Luxembourg for Love, Brought Him to SHU

Edward Henry took a leap of faith when he moved to Luxembourg for his [now] fiancée in 2014—leaving behind his well-established career in the U.S.A.—to start fresh in the European Capital of Luxembourg.

Starting from scratch in a multilingual and multicultural country like Luxembourg is not a cakewalk.

Edward’s only hope for making a professional transition, he says, was to go back to being a student and pursue an MBA at the Sacred Heart University Jack Welch College of Business in Luxembourg. The MBA with internship program at SHU Lux was the perfect fit. Known for being an ‘opportunity provider’ for its students, SHU opened its doors to Edward, and brought to light his opportunities in the Luxembourg job market.

And the rest is history…

After graduating in 2015, Edward Henry, MBA, is now an Internal Auditor at Grohe Group.

SHU caught up with Edward for an exclusive interview about his unique journey to Luxembourg:

How did you first hear about the MBA with internship program in SHU?
How did you find life as a student in Luxembourg?
What was your journey like, from being a student/intern to a full-time employee?
Any changes in your personal/professional life while you were pursuing the MBA?
How did the MBA help to build your career in Luxembourg?

Here’s what Edward had to say…

The Rundown on 2017 Tax Reform in Luxembourg from SHU Alum Frédéric Scholtus (MBA ’12)

What Individuals Can Expect from Proposed 2017 Luxembourg Tax Reforms

Le coin des Big 4 / Les grandes lignes de la réforme fiscale 2017 pour les personnes physiques- LE JEUDI- OCTOBRE 6, 2016

Frédéric Scholtus
Frédéric Scholtus, Associate Partner, in charge of Global Mobility Services in the tax department, KPMG Luxembourg

Pour l’impôt des personnes physiques, cela se matérialise entre autres par une nouvelle répartition des tranches de revenus imposables, la refonte des crédits d’impôt et l’introduction de nouveaux taux d’imposition qui impacteront le porte-monnaie des ménages en 2017.

READ FULL ARTICLE

 

The Student Becomes the Teacher: Alumnus Returns to SHU Lux as Guest Lecturer

Leading & Influencing with Integrity, a compulsory course in the MBA program, has always been an interactive and dynamic course. But on Monday’s session, the classroom transformed into a theater when Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and SHU Alumnus, Tom Leick-Burns, MBA (Class of 2012) took the stage in his debut role as Guest Lecturer.

Having been a former student in the course, Professor Mary Trefry initially invited Leick-Burns to speak to her class to offer some insight as to why he decided to pursue an MBA and share a bit of his professional/life experiences.

It has only been a year since Leick-Burns succeeded his predecessor Frank Feitler, as the Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Speaking on the context of being a leader after being an employee of the company for nearly 10 years, he says,

When I was appointed as the Director, I was very nervous about how the job would go. The trust that Frank put in me was equally flattering and terrifying. I used to compare myself with him and people used to ask me what changes I would bring in. But then I realized that I am what I am and I shouldn’t compare myself with anyone. I told everyone that I am not going to change anything, but will certainly develop things. If you are true to yourself, you can achieve a lot of things.

WGB 612 Leading & Influencing with Integrity Guest Lecture, Tom Leick-Burns, offers his wisdom and insight on pursuing an MBA and being Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Elaborating on the need to believe in yourself, Leick-Burns added,

I know that I have worked hard for the job and I did my MBA so that I am qualified for the job. So why should I doubt myself?

According to Leick-Burns being a leader means one has to be a fast learner, and also be able to make decisions quickly. He explained that you don’t always have time get everyone’s input, therefore having a core team of trusted and authentic colleagues to discuss your decisions amongst  is a crucial component of a successful leader.

Despite the class running late into the evening , both students and Leick-Burns were equally enthusiastic to engage in a Q&A session.

QUESTION

What challenges have you faced as a leader?
– Samy Mzabi, Welch MBA student

ANSWER

The main challenge for me was to shut out the voice in my head saying, ‘you are not good enough’. Once you get that out, you will have clear thoughts.
– Tom Leick-Burns, Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, MBA (Class of 2012)

QUESTION

As a leader, how to do you draw a line between being a friend and being a boss?
– Jouda Adada, Welch MBA with internship student

ANSWER

To strike out a balance, one needs to know and understand one’s job and responsibilities very well. From my experiences and from what I have learnt, you don’t need to shout at people to get things done.

If you are authentic with your colleagues, you can earn the respect and the trust that is necessary to succeed in a leadership role.
– Tom Leick-Burns, Director of Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, MBA (Class of 2012)

And we are proud again!

Congratulations to Roland Junck, MBA, Class of ’95 and Marcello Bergamo, MBA, Class of 2013.

Roland Junck, MBA, Class of ’95

SHU alumnus and steel industry veteran, Roland Junck, MBA ’95, has been appointed as the as the new Chairman of the Board of British Steel.

“Roland Junck began his career in Arbed and now plans a future in British Steel” Photo by Luxembourger Wort, Chris Karaba

The referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union does not make things easier, but perhaps more interesting.

READ FULL ARTICLE on WORT.LU

 

Over recent weeks I have visited many of our sites and have been very impressed by the drive and determination of our employees as they continue to take the business forward. While everyone is aware of the challenges the steel industry faces, British Steel already has a strong business plan in place.

READ FULL ARTICLE on FT

Marcello Bergamo, MBA, Class of 2013

Gold Medalist and Valedictorian of the Jack Welch College of Business graduating class of 2013, Marcello Bergamo, has been appointed as the General Manager Europe at Ampacet Corporation.

MBergamo
Marcello Bergamo

 

 

 

 

 

About Ampacet

Founded in 1937, Ampacet is a privately held company that produces masterbatches and employs over 2000 people. It operates 24 manufacturing sites in 17 countries.

 

BREXIT: Now What?

What’s your outlook for the future of Europe post-Brexit? Catch a glimpse of what participants shared at the SHU Lunchbox Debate