GEMBA Celebrates Ten-Year Anniversary

(GEMBA family celebrated its 10th anniversary in Shangri-la Shanghai.)11

Shanghai, 10 May 2014: The USC-SJTU Global Executive MBA in Shanghai today celebrated ten years of developing global leaders, with Class XI beginning their study this week. The celebration in Shanghai’s Shangri-La had more than 200 GEMBA students, alumni and others, who enjoyed the great cuisine, an opportunity to talk with old friends and make new ones. A special feature this year’s celebration was fund raising for Angel Confidant Salon, a local charity that supports children with autism. The GEMBA family finally raised RMB111,330 for Angel Confidant Salon.

Dean Zhou Lin of the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said, “We’re proud to welcome another great class to the GEMBA family and the Antai community.” Dean James Ellis of the USC Marshall School of Business added, “these great new GEMBAs are a credit to our program and our two schools.

The GEMBA family also celebrates today the graduation of Class IX, which we also observed in Los Angeles in January.

“I joined GEMBA for the unique learning environment, the remarkable diversity among the classmates and the unmatched alumni networks in China and throughout east Asia, not to mention California,” said Felix Wong, President of Class IX.

We’ve created a shutterfly webpage called “gemba10thanniversary” to share the event pictures with you. Come check it out at https://gemba10thanniversary.shutterfly.com/ 

GEMBA Connect: Strategies for Career Change – Working with Recruiters

(David Chong from GEMBA VII gave speech for GEMBA Connect.)7

19 April, Shanghai – Mr. David Chong (GEMBA VII and Founder of GEMBA Connect) led another great GEBMA Connect session, giving his perspective on how to work with recruiters to achieve more in our careers. Nearly 40 GEMBA alumni and GEMBA XI students attended the event.

David was the top billing recruiter at Robert Half Tokyo in 2010 and was selected to help launch Robert Half Shanghai. David will join Randstad Singapore from May 2014 as Senior Recruiter. Randstad is the world’s second-largest HR service provider, operating in 39 countries, with €16.6 billion in revenue in 2013.

Before the GEMBA Connect lunch, program executive director John Van Fleet and program associate director Doris Cao led the annual GEMBA orientation for about half of the incoming GEMBA IX students.

About GEMBA Connect GEMBA Connect is a theme-based lunch/dinner for GEMBA alumni. GEMBA Connect provides a quarterly platform for GEBMAs to catch up as well as gain high-value perspective from fellow alumni and other business leaders.

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GEMBA 10th Anniversary Seminar Series: SJTU Antai / USC Marshall Host Spring Forum

(Spring forum themed “Foresight. Innovation. Future” by GEMBA and SJTU Antai.)6

29 March, Shanghai. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of SJTU’s Antai College of Economics and Management, and the 10th anniversary of the launch of USC-SJTU’s GEMBA program, Antai’s Executive MBA program and GEMBA co-hosted a spring forum themed “Foresight. Innovation. Future”. We were honored to have about 300 delegates.

Our speakers included Mr. Kenneth Jarrett, President, American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai; Mr. Ted Lee, President, T-Plus Capital (founder of Deloitte China and current Chair, USC Alumni Club of Shanghai), Mr. Hui Shen, Vice President, Geely Group/President, Volvo China and Mr. Mo Wang, CEO, Chery Overseas Industrial Investment Co., Ltd. sharing their thoughts on “Chinese Enterprises Going Global”. Prof. Zhou Lin, Dean of the Antai College, opened with welcoming remarks and moderated the panel discussion.

The spring forum was one component of a series we’ve been hosting since last year, “Globalization and Innovation at Chinese Enterprises”, to mark GEMBA’s ten-year anniversary. Previous speakers in the series have included Jonathan Wang, a director at Yihaodian, one of China’s leading e-commerce brands, and Jame Rice, CEO of Shuijingfang, one of China’s leading baijiu brands.

GEMBAs Join the USC Trojan Marching Band Performance in Shanghai

3More than 100 USC Trojans including many GEMBAs came out to support the USC Trojan Marching Band’s performances around downtown Shanghai The band started 09:00 in front of the Jing’an Park and continued with stops in many Shanghai landmarks such as Xintiandi, People’s Square and the Bund. All the GEMBAs were really proud to be a part of Trojan family and happy to help build  our global image.

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Shortly after the University of Southern California was founded in 1880, a group of musicians first came together to form what would become the Trojan Marching Band (TMB). Now the largest spirit organization on campus, the band has developed into one of the most exciting and innovative collegiate marching bands in the country, and is the only collegiate band to have two platinum records. Featuring more than 300 passionate students from nearly every major at USC, the TMB is a prominent and visible representative of the university, with more than 300 engagements each year. It has truly earned its nickname, “The Spirit of Troy”, for its commitment to USC and its tireless support of Trojans.

Special Olympics and the USC Alumni Club in Shanghai Celebrate with a Charity Gala

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The University of Southern California (USC) Alumni Club in Shanghai and Special Olympics jointly organized a charity gala dinner at Shanghai’s Four Seasons Hotel. Distinguished guests included Ms. Mary Gu, President and Managing Director, Special Olympics East Asia; Mr. Bill Duff, Political and Economic Section Chief of U. S. Consulate General, Ms. Rebecca L. Branham, President, USC Shanghai Alumni Club of Shanghai; Mr. Kenneth Jarrett, President, the American Chamber of Commerce; and Ms. Julie Lucas, Associate Senior Vice President for Advancement of the University of Southern California.

About 240 USC alumni and friends, including nearly 50 GEMBAs, joined the celebration.

The Auction Items included a basketball signed by Mr. Yao Ming, and a souvenir set signed by Ms. Yang Yang – both are Special Olympics Global Ambassador. 100% of the proceeds have been contributed to the Special Olympics and to the “USC China Scholarship Fund”, aimed at helping mainland Chinese study at USC.

GEMBA Alumni Share Their Career Developments

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Three of our GEMBA alumni, each representing various types of career development (growth within an industry, changing career path, launching an entrepreneurial enterprise) shared their thoughts about how their own careers have grown, and how their GEMBA experience has supported their career development.

David Chong, GEMBA VII, Deputy General Manager at Carbon Block Technology Drinking Water Systems (Shanghai), shared his experience of transitioning to a new career path and being hired by one of his classmates. Elton Pan, GEMBA VIII, Sales Director at Agilent Technologies China,described how he used the knowledge and skills he acquired during his GEMBA experience to help his company achieve rapid growth. Margot Schumacher, also GEMBA VIII, founder and president of Consulting and Coaching for Growth,discussed the experience of launching her own business.

After the talk by our three alumni, our guests enjoyed conversation with them and others over refreshments.

About GEMBA The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) begins its second thriving decade with three unique benefits: a transformational education experience, based on our theme-based, integrated curriculum; the prestige of the USC Marshall MBA degree, and a remarkably powerful alumni family throughout Asia and beyond.

Successful GEMBA Entrepreneur Speaks to GEMBA IX

The GEMBA IX class recently gathered for their final GEMBA session, in Los Angeles, and then celebrated their graduation on campus. One element of their program was entrepreneurship, and we welcomed Mr. Richard Kang, a graduate of our GEMBA VI class, who has taken a great entrepreneurial leap with the founding of Wipit:

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Richard shared with the class the evolution of Wipit and some thoughts about how his GEMBA experience had contributed to his development as an entrepreneur.

You can read more about Wipit on their website, www.wipit.me, and learn about a recent accomplishment in this press release, Boost Mobile Customers No Longer Need to Carry Cash with Launch of Boost Mobile Wallet. GEMBA congratulates Richard and thanks him for his ongoing contributions to the GEMBA family.

 

GEMBA VIII Alumnus T. J. Green Shares His Thoughts on Hollywood in China

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On 15 January 2014, GEMBA VIII alumnus T. J.Green discussed “Hollywood in China” with the USC Alumni Club of Shanghai at their monthlybusiness luncheon.

T.J. related his thoughts on the China-specific movie industry, from the business environment and policies to challenges and opportunities he sees. About 30 USC alumniand others attended.

T.J. has  22 years of worldwide entertainment experience, including 12 years in China. He has opened and operated more than 150 entertainment facilities in his career, with most leading their respective markets. T.J. is currently the CEO at APEX Entertainment, supported by Entertainment Properties Trust (NYSE: EPR), the largest entertainment property owner in North America, with more than US$3billion in assets.

GEMBA and the USC Alumni Club in Shanghai highly value T.J.’s membership in and contribution to our community. We look forward to more great USC/GEMBA events, such as our alumni roundtable on 20 February, our women as entrepreneurs panel discussionon 27 February, and our next event in our year-long ‘Chinese Companies Going Global’ series.

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USC Hong Kong Alumni Association’s Christmas Dinner, with GEMBA as a Sponsor

(Garrick Tang (five to the right), President of USC Hong Kong Alumi and alumni committee members.)USC香~1

More than 80 graduates and guests attended the USC Hong Kong Alumni Association’s Christmas Dinner on 14 December 2013 in the grand surroundings of Hong Kong’s Le Pinacle in Hong Kong. GEMBA was proud to be a sponsor.

Guests enjoyed excellent cuisine, games, lucky draws, music and socializing throughout the evening, and were especially interested in the live auction for ahaute couture USC Turbillon Watch. This limited-edition watch, specially designed by USC alumnus, was produced by Memorigin, one of the local watch brands in Hong Kong. The watch was won by a USC alumni who bid HKD40,000. All proceeds from the event will go directly into the USCAA(HK) scholarship fund to support undergraduate students from Hong Kong attending USC.

(Men’s USC Tourbillon watch(only 20 in the world).)

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(Doris Cao(three to the right), GEMBA’s Associate Director, with HongGEMBA~1 Kong alumni.)

 

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GEMBA Ten-Year Anniversary Party on the Bund

(GEMBA’s Holiday Party 2013 onPIC0012 the Bund.)

13 December (Friday the 13th )proved a quite lucky day for GEBMA. We held a celebration dinner for our alumni family – about 50 GEMBAs and their own family members attended. Over an excellent dinner served in the beautiful BOCCA, riverside in South Bund, we honored a substantial number of our GEMBAs for their contribution to our community, such as referrals, the GEMBA Shanghai band performed a song, and we closed the evening with some casino games.

Our tenth anniversary observations will continue through our May celebration (10th – mark your calendars now). You’ll be hearing more from our GEMBA Shanghai office about specific events.

GEMBA Ten-Year Anniversary Talk Series Continues – in Beijing

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To celebrate GEMBA’s ten-year anniversary, we launched a season-long talk series in summer 2013, Chinese Companies Going Global. In Beijing on Wednesday 23 November, we held the fifth in the series, welcoming Mr. Jon Geldart, a worldwide recognized leader on branding and the co-author of The Thoughts of Chairmen Now, a just-published collection of interactions with 14 leaders of Chinese companies that are globalizing. Geldart shared his thoughts about Chinese brands going global – the challenges and opportunities they face – based on his case studies and expertise.

Our GEMBA event was in part hosted by Haworth, one of the world’s leading brands for office and other business interiors, at their Haworth Club in Beijing’s landmark Parkview Green. You can see from the pictures the excellence of Haworth’s venue, an indication of their commitment to quality in all they do. GEMBA is proud to have two Haworth leaders in China as our alumni.

And GEMBA is deeply grateful for the support of our six USC offices throughout Asia – Beijing, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei. This Beijing event was co-organized by our valued partner, USC Beijing Office Director Ms. Joyce Chao.

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Globalizing An Iconic Chinese Brand GEMBA 10th Anniversary Seminar Series: Globalization and Innovation at Chinese Enterprises

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Our GEMBA X class welcomed about one hundred visitors to the SJTU Antai main lecture hall to hear an insightful and remarkably candid talk from our long-time support Mr. James Rice, who earlier this year was named CEO of Shuijingfang, one of China’s leading baijiu brands. Rice is the only foreign-born head of a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Rice spoke at length about the critical challenges Shuijingfang faces in 2013 and beyond. He also referenced his 25 years in China, as background for him to be able to succeed in his new role.

As an introduction to Rice’s talk, we heard words of welcome from the Antai College’s Associate Dean, Prof. Lv Wei, while GEMBA’s Academic Director, Professor Baizhu Chen, moderated the event, including the Q&A that followed Rice’s talk. Chen has published a business case about Rice in his previous role, as head of Tyson China, and is working on a case about Shuijingfang.

Our guests then enjoyed examples of Shuijingfang’s innovation – cocktails made from baijiu designed to appeal to younger people and the international set.

The Shuijingfang event was one component of a series we’re hosting this year, “Globalization and Innovation at Chinese Enterprises”, to mark GEMBA’s ten-year anniversary. Previous speakers in the series have included Jonathan Wang, a director at Yihaodian, one of China’s leading e-commerce brands. In early 2014, we’ll screen a documentary about the establishment and development of Alibaba, made by a former officer of the company who will share his thoughts with us after the screening.

Our GEMBA X class welcomed about one hundred visitors to the SJTU Antai main lecture hall to hear an insightful and remarkably candid talk from our long-time support Mr. James Rice, who earlier this year was named CEO of Shuijingfang, one of China’s leading baijiu brands. Rice is the only foreign-born head of a company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Rice spoke at length about the critical challenges Shuijingfang faces in 2013 and beyond. He also referenced his 25 years in China, as background for him to be able to succeed in his new role.

As an introduction to Rice’s talk, we heard words of welcome from the Antai College’s Associate Dean, Prof. Lv Wei, while GEMBA’s Academic Director, Professor Baizhu Chen, moderated the event, including the Q&A that followed Rice’s talk. Chen has published a business case about Rice in his previous role, as head of Tyson China, and is working on a case about Shuijingfang.

Our guests then enjoyed examples of Shuijingfang’s innovation – cocktails made from baijiu designed to appeal to younger people and the international set.

The Shuijingfangevent was one component of a series we’re hosting this year, “Globalization and Innovation at Chinese Enterprises”, to mark GEMBA’s ten-year anniversary. Previous speakers in the series have included Jonathan Wang, a director at Yihaodian, one of China’s leading e-commerce brands. In early 2014, we’ll screen a documentary about the establishment and development of Alibaba, made by a former officer of the company who will share his thoughts with us after the screening.

GEMBA IX Celebrates their Graduation

(Our GEMBA Class IX celebrates their graduation at the SJTU Shanghai Campus.)

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After 18 months of hard work, our GEMBA Class IX students have now completed their final Shanghai module at our SJTU Shanghai campus, and will hold their final module in Los Angeles in January. So we celebrated their achievement with our annual graduation ceremony on the SJTU campus, with family and friends attending. Congratulations to GEMBA Class IX!

 

 

Becoming an Entrepreneur – Jumping from a Big Ship to a Sampan!

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Topic: Becoming an Entrepreneur – Jumping from a Big Ship to a Sampan!

Speaker: Mr. Barry Hung (GEMBA VIII) – Blogger, Investor, Executive Director: Swisher, KeYong, China Link Group

We gathered at Shanghai’s Café Vino to hear Barry share his experiences – successes and failures – as he has developed his career as an entrepreneur. Barry’s key messages: control costs, plant seeds, get your hands dirty, develop fans, work real hard and kill that ego!

GEMBA Connect is a theme-based dinner for GEMBA alumni, founded by David Chong (GEMBA-VII). GEMBA Connect provides a quarterly platform for GEBMAs to catch up as well as gain high-value perspective from fellow alumni and other business leaders.

Assoc. Dean Lv on Marketing in the Era of Big Data

(Prof. Lv Wei, Associate Dean of the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University gave GEMBA Class IX and X a speech on Big Data Era.)

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September 29th 2013, the GEMBA Class X students welcomed Prof. Lv Wei, Associate Dean of the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, who outlined the challenges and opportunities that companies face in the big data era and shared examples of several leading companies in China, such as China Mobile, then exchanged thoughts with the GEMBA students in a Q&A session.

Jonathan Wang, Director, Yihaodian – A Local e-commerce Company’s Globalization

(Mr. Jonathan Wang, the Director of Supply Chain and leader of the Innovation Center for Yihaodian, was giving speech to GEMBA students.)IMG_5392

September 27th 2013, as part of GEMBA’s year-long series on Globalization and Innovation in China, our GEMBA classes IX and X joined to welcome Mr. Jonathan Wang, the Director of Supply Chain and leader of the Innovation Center for Yihaodian, the largest online grocery and FMCG platform in China. Mr. Wang shared his perspectives on many aspects of Yihaodian’s business in China, and also their globalization potential. The joint class session gained lots of value from the Q&A session following Wang’s talk.

 

GEMBA IX Meets Business and Government Leaders in Indonesia and Thailand

(GEMBA IX wit1h Astra group in Jakarta, Indonesia)

 

August 24th 2013, every year the GEMBA classes visit an ex-China Asian region for additional, globalized perspective on business leadership. This year’s GEMBA trip took the GEMBA IX class to Bangkok and Jakarta, where the class interacted with leaders including former deputy prime ministers, CEOs of major multinationals’ presence in the region, and U.S. government officials. Companies represented included some of Indonesia’s top multinationals, as well as Ford, Citibank, Seagate and other famous entities.

(GEMBA IX with Astra group in Jakarta, Indonesia)

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(GEMBA IX visited Grammy in Bangkok, Thailand.)

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Dean Zhou Joined Pub Session with GEMBA Class X

August 15th 2013, during every GEMBA session, we hold one ‘pub session’, inviting the students and faculty to get together for relaxed conversation at a nearby establishment. In a recent session, we were pleased to welcome Dean Zhou Lin of the SJTU AntaiCollege, who got to know many of our students better, while our students heard more about the development of Antai.

GEMBA Class IX Visited Schindler China in Shanghai


June. 27th 2013, GEMBA Class IX students visited Schindler Group Shanghai Headquarter with Prof. Baizhu Chen and Prof. Carl Voigt. The senior engineers from Schindler Group showed GEMBA students around their elevator and escalator assembling factories which are highly modernized and super efficient. After that, Mr. Silvio Napoli, the Asia Pacific President of Schindler Group gave an excellent and inspiring speech to our students showing his own experience of how he has Schindler China successfully. GEMBA students also had a lot discussion with Mr. Napoli after the speech to share some idea on the difficulty and problems they meet during their management experience.

USC Global Conference held in Seoul, Korea

On May 23-25, 2013, the USC Global Conference was held in Seoul, Korea, where over 400 plus people convened for three days of rich knowledge sharing, alumni reconnections and social networking. The conference was highlighted by the keynote speech by former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and wonderful Korean and Trojan hospitality. For a review of the event, click on the link:  Global Conference recap and photos.

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