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!
Imagine a situation where you are settled with a great paid job and vacations on time; then you decide to venture into your own business. Sound scary and challenging?
To stay ahead or a change in career; to get a promotion, these are some of the main goals for pursuing an MBA. But Lene Pedersen, decided to take a distinctive turn in her career to become an entrepreneur.
Lene was Head of Marketing & Communication at CIP Group while she was pursuing her MBA at SHU. After graduating in 2013, Lene took a chance and started a new journey as an entrepreneur.
Today Lene is the Owner and Managing Director of LeneLife, a service that gives customers a balanced lifestyle based on a healthy body, soul and mind. Lene shares that she is happy to be in a business which helps define herself.
36 graduates of Sacred Heart University began a new journey on December 9, 2016, after receiving diplomas and words of advice and encouragement from business leaders, scholars and classmates.
Dr. John Chalykoff, Dean, Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT), commenced the 25th Graduation Ceremony by congratulating the graduates and addressed, “You are graduating from a very special program, one where the faculty and staff have been dedicated to your success. And the Luxembourg students continue to be among the very best we have in Welch College. We will be proud to have you as alumni”.
Before the eager graduates were called upon to receive their diplomas, Ms. Kelsey Hopper opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem of the United States of America.
The keynote speaker of the 25th Graduation Ceremony was Prof. Georges Hubner, Professor of Finance at HEC University, Liege and Chief Scientific Advisor at GAMBIT Financial Solutions. After congratulating the graduates and the faculty, Prof. Hubner reminded the students that the real world is tougher and competitive and everyone should be ready to face the challenges.
Dr. Alfred Steinherr, Academic Director of Sacred Heart University, Luxembourg, then announced the conferral of degrees which were awarded by Dean Chalykoff.
The Gold Medal of Excellence was awarded to Paulo Fernandes and Caroline Louise Linel won the Silver Medal of Excellence.
In his valedictorian speech, Mr. Fernandes thanked all the members of the faculty, staff and students and shared his memories of being a student of SHU.
Even though we are different in many aspects, today we are all the same. Today, we are all the same, with the same caps, the same gowns, and the same diploma. Today we are all 2016 MBA graduates from Sacred Heart University! Congratulations!- Paulo Fernandes
The ceremony concluded with a private cocktail dinner enjoyed by all graduates, SHU Alumni, family members and guests.
Presenting the Graduates of the SHU Jack Welch College of Business, Class of 2016
Master of Business Administration
Jefferson Marcon Avelino
Maria Del Rosario Cleofe Chavez Cortez
Sarah Boyes Derengowski
Brian De Witt
Paulo Fernandes Da Cunha
Caroline Louise Linel
Tanya Natasha McEvoy
Fabián Andrés Mejía Pinto
Tatiana Rangel Zárate
Yi Chen Yeo
Graduate Professional Certificate
Laura Bragagia- Corporate Finance
Sara Gentile-Modern Business Management
Filipa Grancho- Modern Business Management
Calogero Nicosia- Risk Management
At SHU, we believe that it is never too late to change your career. If you have the will and passion, you can cross even the most difficult hurdles to achieve your goal.
Natalie Retter (MBA with internship, ‘15) is one of SHU’s best ambassadors to prove it. Retter moved to Luxembourg from Ethiopia and changed her career path from working in an NGO to now, in a tax advisory firm.
A challenging transition, which was made easier with the proper guidance from SHU, Natalie shares she is now happy with the career path she has chosen for herself.
November 24, 2016—Jakob’s House in Clausen saw a spectacular evening as SHU students and alumni came out to celebrate Thanksgiving at the SHU Alumni Networking Drink. The event was more than just a platform for networking as SHU announced the new 2017-2018 Board Members of the SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association.
Meet the new SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association Board Members:
Larissa Best (MBA ’15), President
Aurélie Maire (MBA’15), Board Member
Chris Marcilla (MBA’08), Board Member
The newly appointed SHU Luxembourg Alumni Association will implement a fresh policy of a rotating presidency. Each year a different member of the board will take the reigns as president in an effort to diversify and implement the varying approaches each member brings to the table. Larissa Best (MBA ’15) will take on the role as President for the 2017-2018 calendar year. Best, along with Board Members, Aurélie Maire and Chris Marcilla, will propose and moderate assorted activities to help facilitate the relationships between SHU students and the SHULA. Part of Thursday’s announcement included a proposal to organize various subcommittees within the SHULA organization.
Julian Troian, Adjunct Professor of Management at SHU, bags the HR Manager of the Year Award at 14th Luxembourg HR Awards, 2016
Sacred Heart University congratulates Adjunct Professor, Julian Troian for winning the HR Manager of the Year Award (Etix Everywhere) at the 14th Luxembourg HR Awards. The event organized by Gala HR One is a flagship event for HR Professionals.
The team of Etix Everywhere also won the HR Team of the Year Award which included SHU student, Tanya McEvoy, who’s currently working as Head of Etix Academy, an innovative concept for learning and training. The academy aims to provide employees with a revolutionary learning experience that is tailor-made to each individual so that they may learn and grow continuously throughout their career.
Etix Everywhere is a fast growing, high tech company designing and deploying state of the art Data Centers worldwide.
SHU caught up with Julian Troian for an exclusive chat.
SHU: Julian, you’ve just won the HR Manager of the Year prize. How do you feel?
It is an honour and a privilege to receive this recognition. The pride is even bigger if I consider the great challenge I accepted only 2 years ago and if I look at the amount of innovations we were able to deploy with my amazing, young, inspiring team.
The theory is confirmed: If you treat people the right way you can really unleash incredible results
SHU: You’ve been in your position for only 2 years now. How did you develop your strategy ?
I accepted the challenge and left my previous employer where I was HR Director EMEA of a large multinational, because I wanted to see whether it was actually possible to translate all the theories I love discussing with my students in class into action. Can we build an engaging place to work from day one?
When I joined Etix Everywhere I was employee “number seven” and the plan was to rapidly scale the size of the company in order to sustain the growing demand of our customers for our innovative solutions.
I obtained from the founder, a full mandate on people operations and he kept his word and never interfered.
I immediately scaled my team and recruited Tanya McEvoy (SHU, MBA ’16) who was one of the most talented students of my class, back in 2014. Daphné joined us only a couple of weeks later and the adventure begun.
SHU: What is so unique about the recruiting process at Etix Everywhere?
Companies have to stop hunting talents and re-formatting them from the very first moment they join, so that they look like all the other colleagues (cloning). Our goal is to create conditions for each individual to shine; to show his or her full potential and unleash the power of natural talents.
We give huge attention to the onboarding of new staff and our caring starts even before they join. As of the interviewing stage, we want anyone coming to the Etix Everywhere office to feel at home, welcomed and relaxed. We try to create the best possible conditions to experience the interview as a natural moment rather than a stressful trial.
Once the newcomer has signed his/her contract we start preparing for their arrival, which is not just about logistics. A “godfather” welcomes the new colleague on day one and he will take care of the introduction to the rest of the team. The new format allows the newbie to actually choose his/her “godfather” before joining Etix Everywhere. In fact, all those who are available to be godfathers have filled in a really nice individual page (complete with personal info about passion, hobbies, music, movies, etc.), and the new colleague can actually choose the one that “suits” him/her best.
There’s a lot more to come, as we are only at the very beginning of this great journey.
One of the next challenges is to stop using the word “Resources” when talking about the women and the men in our organizations.