Thursday, December 29, 2011

New York Study Trip - MIT Sloan Fellows Program

The fall term concluded with the New York Trip. We met some of the most prominent speakers and had some great discussions. It truly doesn't get better than this. My favorite session was with Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE where he answered some tough questions. For someone who has always admired Jack Welch, this was a very interesting discussion. 

For most of the fellows the NY trip was the highlight of the program and now I am really looking forward to the California trip in March and then the International Trip in May (to South Africa and Turkey) (just in case some of you are wondering, Accommodation at Hilton, NY was included in tuition fee so fellows only paid for their incidentals)

Some of the other speakers we met were:
  • Brian Fetherstonhaugh, Chairman & CEO, Ogilvy Worldwide
  • Kathryn Wylde, President & CEO of Partnership for New York City; Deputy Chair, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Duncan Niederauer, Director & CEO, NYSE Euronext
  • Baso Sangqu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa, United Nations South African Mission 
We also visited New York Stock Exchange, World Trade Center Memorial and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some pics below:

Sloan Fellows tour the Trading Floor at NYSE

Duncan Niederauer Director & CEO
NYSE Euronext

Kofi Annan's SF'72 portrait at UN HQ

UN Headquarters

UN General Assembly


  1. Happy New Year!

    Do you think meeting these big potatos will help on job hunting?

  2. @ TT

    Happy New Year to you too..!!

    You seem to have missed the point. Objective of meeting with these top leaders is not to look for jobs but to gain an insight into their leadership challenges and personal stories. And you will be surprised how powerful their stories are.

    Job hunting is a separate issue and if someone wishes discuss jobs when meeting leaders like Jeff Immelt, should clearly not apply to this program.

  3. I absolutely agree with you. It is more important to benefit from learning perspective and sharpening the leadership.

    I was also comparing with some trips other top MBA program organize for job purpose. They also meet business leaders in NY, usually alummi, but mainly for job purpose. I know that's very different so couldn't help asking you the question.

    Besides, if you had once-in-a-life chance to talk to someone important, you would expect to, if possible, get more than some soft skills or quality. Assuming you came across Jeff Immelt in a plane, you might want to both learn from him and sell yourself a little bit? (if you target his company or industry)~~~~ Of course I know it is very challenging during a group meeting.

    Anyway, what's important is that you really enjoyed the trip. good luck on the next one!

  4. @ TT

    Actually MIT and Sloan also conduct multiple Treks categorized by region, industry, function etc. where students go and visit companies. Those trips are primarily for job search. For eg. the 2nd Yr MBA students are visiting California to meet up with Tech Companies this month. As far as I know, these trips are self sponsored and organized by student clubs. Even if you are not in the 2-Yr MBA program, you can be a member and participate in these treks.

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