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Antoine Rech

Antoine Rech is the Administrative Director of the Luxembourg branch of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, USA. He directs and oversees the functions of the Sacred Heart University Luxembourg and performs administrative and programmatic functions including technology, human resources, and public relations. Antoine oversees admission activities for all Luxembourg academic departments in close collaboration with program faculty and staff, reviews and evaluates candidates for admission and counsels prospective students. Antoine is responsible for strategic planning, policymaking, and maintaining organizational effectiveness; he oversees the management of office staff and outside consultants. Prior to serving as Administrative Director, Antoine Rech was the Project Manager at Technicolor Luxembourg, part of the THOMSON Group. In this role, he managed clients representing 5 million euros of annual revenue and supervised orders and special projects handling for Microsoft and Disney. From 1999 to 2001, Antoine worked in New York for Bloomingdale’s and a wine import company located in SoHo where he developed and maintained an effective marketing communication strategy. Antoine received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ecole Française des Attachés de Presse (EFAP) in Lille, France, his Master of Arts degree from the Marymount Manhattan College in New York, USA, his Master’s degree in International Business from ICN in Nancy, France and his MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
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How to avoid career stagnation (hint: it’s not quitting your job!)

You’ve been working in your field for over ten years, and have built a skill set that serves you well in your current role. You could, foreseeably, continue at the same level until you retire. But the current climate of economic uncertainty, and a creeping suspicion that you’re operating under your potential, makes you wonder if you should try to do more. But what’s that “more”, and how can you bridge the gap between your current professional experience and the career you really want?

Stagnation, and finding a realistic way out of it, is a key concern for many career professionals at the moment. It may be one of the drivers of a social trend started in 2021 called “The Great Resignation” where a historic rate of workers are quitting their jobs. Though the term originated in the United States, it is not an exclusively American
trend. In fact, a recent Microsoft survey shows that 41% of workers globally are considering leaving their current positions.

A time to upskill

Though professional stagnation is real, quitting may not be an option for many. Another, often more viable option, is to upskill while continuing to work. That training can then act as a launch pad to either a new career or a better job. One way to achieve this type of career advancement support is through an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program.

The EMBA difference

An EMBA program is designed for working professionals with at least ten years of experience who are looking for career support that molds to their schedule and adapts to their current knowledge base.

Flexibility is a key theme of an EMBA program: classes are often offered in the evenings, which allows participants to continue working throughout the duration of the program. They also typically offer a flexible duration, rolling admission, and the student’s choice of program electives (then concentration in finance, management, digital innovation and sustainability). Another distinguishing factor is the advanced skill-building and career development found in an EMBA curriculum—with a good program scaffolding upon the skills
the student has already acquired throughout the course of their career.

The executive journey

An EMBA program will offer a core MBA curriculum covering topics such as finance and marketing, but will also weave in more advanced topics like corporate governance and leadership. However, it is the mentoring and coaching support—along with the network building opportunities—that can make the biggest difference on the job market. The executive journey gives students access to industry experts and a cohort of peers which they can leverage to achieve their personal and professional goals.

This ability to help career professionals make real progress is what inspired Sacred Heart University Luxembourg to pioneer their own EMBA. The program—the first of its kind in Luxembourg—offers each student with a customized journey to help them unlock their next career opportunity. Advanced degree programs like SHULU’s EMBA provide skill-building and career support—which can be just the bridge needed to access a higher level of professional potential.

To learn more about SHULU’s EMBA program, go to:

RTL Lisa Burke Show

RTL’s Lisa Burke Show with Raymond Schadeck & Marcus Müller

Please find below access to the podcast of RTL’s Lisa Burke Show that aired on February 25, 2022 with Raymond Schadeck, Chair of the Board of Regents at SHULU & Marcus B. Mueller, Ph.D., MBA, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Professor of Management at SHULU.

How can we develop a sustainability mindset intrinsically, without the need for nudges?

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Ideation Camp 2021

SHULU’s “Sustainability in Action” Leadership Platform delivers concrete and actionable results

Sacred Heart University’s recently launched “Sustainability in Action” Leadership Platform has produced its first tangible outcomes. An ideation camp, ran in collaboration with Luxinnovation and +Impakt, produced impressive results with five concrete business plans in the field of circular building construction in Luxembourg.

“As promised by the name of our ‘Sustainability in Action’ Leadership Platform, we have delivered concrete and actionable results made in Luxembourg, for Luxembourg, two months after its launch at KlimaExpo last October. Our success has been based on our 3C approach to sustainable development: generating Confidence, inspiring Creativity, fuelling Collaboration. These are amazing outcomes that showcase the effectivenss of SHULU’s education”, said Marcus Muller, Professor of Management at SHULU and ideation camp co-ordinator.

The five winning projects:
• One business plan is centered around the development of an AI-driven online platform effectively connecting owners of non-living spaces such as schools, garages or malls with potential users for sports, crafting or community events outside business hours.
• A second team identified the need and proposed a compelling solution for a material bank, made in Luxembourg. The service platform would be designed to centralize the quantity and quality of raw materials such as steel, concrete, wood, glass or copper per individual building. An online link to commodity market pricing would allow for actual ‘on the spot’ valuation of the material.
• “How to create a market for used materials?” was the key question that team 3 tackled. As a result of their background research and subsequent ideation, they put together an intriguing business plan for an online market dedicated to used products and materials from the construction sector.
• The fourth project introduced the novel perspective of a certification of construction processes to assess and certify the quality of products and materials for practical re-use in the construction lifecycle instead of shipping it straight to waste.
• Finally, a fifth team came up with an avantgarde solution of a modular “house within a house” concept to make efficient use of unoccupied or too large residential spaces, in response to Luxembourg’s increasing housing problems.

“None of the twenty two MBA students had any prior experience in either circularity or the construction industry. Our ideation camp enabled them to become ambassadors of change through sustainable innovation and transformation. This awesome journey confirms Malcolm X’s quote: Education is the passport to the future; tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today!” added Marcus Muller.

All five ideas made it into Luxinnovation’s idea-to-flagship pipeline. SHULU will carry two of the promising business plans forward (material bank and certification), immediately into its “Capstone Consulting Services” Course, where students will drive the projects towards further implementation with Luxinnovation as their client.

“Outstanding results”, was Johnny Brebels’ reaction to the output of SHULU’s ideation camp. He is Luxinnovation’s Director of Company Relations and Support and sees “significant synergies for each of the five business plans. A win-win with ongoing innovation initiatives in Luxembourg. Beyond the educative aspect, the sustainable and innovative dimensions are perfectly aligned with Luxinnovation’s mission to support companies and contribute to a digital sustainable economy. In case some of the student teams intend to create startups we could also see how to support them with incubation, state aid, acceleration or venture capital as we do for other startups”.

SHULU article Lux WMN

SHULU in Lux WMN Magazine

Something big is happening within the walls of Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHULU). The university has made a firm commitment to developing leaders of tomorrow that will
drive the systemic change needed to create a circular economy with a more environmentally friendly approach to challenges.

SHULU has created its Sustainability in Action Leadership Program, with the program making changes in how we are educating future leaders. To foster the growth and development of this program, SHULU has partnered with international and local actors amongst which +ImpaKT, a Luxembourgish consulting firm. Working hard to make this partnership a success is a team of brilliant changemakers. We had the pleasure of learning more about one of them, Anne-Christine Ayed.

About Anne-Christine

Anne-Christine Ayed, AOC Innovation AssociateAnne-Christine is a proud mother of three grown-up children, who spends her free time, outside of changing the world, in her home in Paris listening to jazz and appreciating modern art and literature. She started her career as a chemist in Switzerland, but since then, has lived all around the world relentlessly working to prove that innovation and sustainability can both drive
business growth and human progress.

During the ten years of her career that she spent in Luxembourg, Anne-Christine was the Executive Vice President of Research, Innovation and Environment at Tarkett, a global leader in Flooring and Sports solutions. Anne-Christine said, “In that position, I led the launch of many innovative products and developed the environmental strategy which positioned the group as the industry leader in circular economy.” She continues to use her innovation and passion for change in her current position as an Associate at +ImpaKT.

What is +ImpaKT?

When asked about +ImpaKT, Anne-Christine replied, “At +ImpaKT, we believe that the circular transition is essential to solving the environmental crises we face in biodiversity loss, climate change, and pollution.” +ImpaKT’s goal is to contribute to solving these issues because the price of not acting is far too high for humanity. With the combined efforts of partners, like SHULU, and its customers, +ImpaKT wants to be the vessel of change that brings us into a circular economy.

What is a Circular Economy?

Throughout this article, you’ll see many references to the circular economy. For those that aren’t familiar with the concept, Anne-Christine explains it the best:

“Contrary to the linear economy, which consists of the extraction of natural resources, their transformation, distribution, and consumption before throwing them away or forgetting them, the circular economy aims to maintain the stock of natural resources and to respect the living. If there is waste, it must systematically become inputs for other processes either as a component or recovered resource for another industrial process or as regenerative resources for nature.”

+ImpaKT strongly believes that education is key to making a circular economy possible. People, especially future leaders, need to learn and understand the environmental challenges that lie before us, the systemic approach to a circular economic model, how to eco-design products and services to thrive within the circular economy, and develop new business models to do the same.

Education is Key

This value placed on education by +ImpaKT is the reason why the partnership between SHULU and the consulting company is so cherished. SHULU’s program is extremely flexible and allows students to learn the content in a way that fits their needs. The goal of it is to provide a wide view of sustainability and its many facets while ensuring that the newly acquired competencies that the students gain are applicable to their careers and everyday life. Students in the program prepare an action plan that they put in motion outside of the classroom, whether that is at their jobs or in their private lives.

SHULU’s commitment to educating students to make a change at this pivotal point in history continues to strengthen the bond between the two organisations. “We are at the dawn of an environmental revolution, which will be at least as important as the digital revolution,” said Anne-Christine. She stated that it will be in strong synergy with the decade of the last chance for the climate to recover. Anne-Christine continued, “The transition back to the circular economy won’t just happen with some exemplary experiments. It won’t happen either with green marketing as we see so much these days. It will happen when young leaders will no longer be afraid of driving the change and develop the business models of the circular economy that create value and make businesses sustainable.”

That is why educating people about the economic opportunity of a circular economy within the limits of the planet is the key to success. A total shift of mindset and lifestyle is necessary and
is possible through education.

Ways You Can Get Involved

If you’re looking for ways that you can make an impact, educate yourself so you better understand what is at stake and what needs to be done to have a positive effect on the lives and health
of others, the environment, and the climate. Anne-Christine said that if you feel you can act and be part of the solution, it gives a purpose to your life.

Be sure to do your research and seek out companies that are embarking on the journey to create change, changing their business model to focus on things beyond profits, and attracting talents
to join the journey and continue the legacy and positive impact they hope to leave behind. Always keep the environment in mind when you influence and support governments to make circular economy and sustainability a priority; luckily, Luxembourg has put sustainable development as a priority to ensure an equitable and good life quality for the country’s citizens.

Women especially have demonstrated their concern for the environment throughout the decades; however, they are still underrepresented in the discussion of these serious matters. According to a Boston Consulting Group analysis, women are underrepresented in the green economy even though they have a strong sensitivity to environmental issues. With the gender inequality issues that are present in society, many women realise that they need to have a background in science, economics, or sustainability in order to have equal access to jobs or to do things like seek funding for green tech startups. Promoting women in STEM, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is the first step to opening the door for more women to get involved, but we must also ensure that there is gender equality across the board in academia. No matter who you are, what your profession, or where you’re from, sustainable development is everyone’s business

Written by Macayla Temple for Lux WMN

KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg

Sacred Heart University Luxembourg at KlimaExpo 2021

KlimaExpo was the 1st national exhibition dedicated to actors and solutions to the climate cause, which took place from October 9 to 11, at LuxExpo, Kirchberg, Luxembourg.

With 2,600 visitors, 30 exhibitors, 32 conferences, this 1st edition was a real success.

On Saturday, 9 October, Sacred Heart University Luxembourg (SHU) launched its newest project–the “Sustainability in Action” Leadership Platform–at the KlimaExpo in the presence of economy minister Franz Fayot.

KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Marcus B. Mueller at KlimaExpo with Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Marcus B. Mueller at KlimaExpo with Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Erica Van Ossel Leclercq & Franz Fayot - KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Erica Van Ossel Leclercq & Franz Fayot – KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Erica Van Ossel Leclercq at KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg
Marcus B. Mueller at KlimaExpo Sacred Heart University Luxembourg