130 GEMBAs Gather for Our 2016 Spring Celebration

On 7 May 2016, at the Longemont Hotel in Shanghai, we celebrated the graduation of GEMBA XI, the matriculation of GEMBA XIII, and GEMBA XII having past the halfway point in theirstudies.
Our celebration began with a joint class seminar, China’s Disruptors: How Chinese Entrepreneurial Companies are Changing the Rules of Business, welcoming three speakers, Dr. Edward Tse, Ms. Fareeda Cassumbhoy and Mr. Jason Lo.
Dr. Tse is Founder & CEO of Gao Feng Advisory Company. He shared his experience and perspective on strategy, especially disruptive strategy, and how such strategy is affecting business in China today.
Ms. Fareeda Cassumbhoy is Chief Strategy Officer of Hylink Digital Solution Co. Ltd., and now president of GEMBA XIII. She shared her experience and perspective on the development, often disruptive, of her own company as well as their clients.
Mr. Jason Lo is Chief Strategy Officer, Honeywell China – he shared his thoughts on how MNCs balance the parameters of a large organization with the imperative to be nimble and drive change.
Afterwards, we held a cocktail reception followed by a banquet. We welcomed the greetings of Prof. Suh-Pyng Ku, Vice Dean for Graduate Programs, USC Marshall, as well as those of Prof. Tang Ningyu, (Associate Dean, Antai College of Economics and Management, SJTU) and the celebratory remarks of our G-XI, XII and XIII representatives:
‐     Mr. Matt Wakeling (Phobio, Inc. Chief Operating Officer / CoFounder)
‐     Mr. Marcos Purty (General Motors Thailand, Managing Director)
‐     Mr.  Eric Monzon (Johnson & Johnson Medical (Suzhou) Ltd., General Manager)
We look forward to ournext GEMBA gathering!
Speaker Dr. Edward Tse

Speaker Dr. Edward Tse

Speaker (GEMBA XIII) Ms. Fareeda Cassumbhoy

Speaker (GEMBA XIII) Ms. Fareeda Cassumbhoy

Speaker Mr. Jason Lo

Speaker Mr. Jason Lo

GEMBA Students and Alumni listening to speakers’ sharing

GEMBA Students and Alumni listening to speakers’ sharing

GEMBA 2016 Spring Celebration Dinner

GEMBA 2016 Spring Celebration Dinner

Greeting from Associate Dean

Greeting from Associate Dean, Antai College of Economics and Management, Ms. Tang Ningyu

Greeting from Prof. Suh-Pyng Ku

Greeting from Prof. Suh-Pyng Ku (Vice Dean for Graduate Programs, USC Marshall)

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Orientation for Newest GEMBA Class – Class XIII – Beginning their Transformative Journey

On 16 April 2016, the USC-SJTU Global EMBA (GEMBA) welcomed our new class, GEMBA Class XIII, at the Longemont Hotel, Shanghai. The Orientation is a launching pad for our new students as they begin their 20-month GEMBA journey. While the journey is challenging and time-intensive, it fosters boundless opportunities and new paths toward success.
After the orientation, our new GEMBA XIIIs joined their first-ever GEMBA Connect, a regularly-scheduled platform that helps GEMBAs to meet alumni and students from other classes, and to learn something valuable about current business in China and broader Asia. On the 16th, we invited four alumni to share their experiences in transforming from being business leaders in MNCs to becoming entrepreneurs. Ms. Huifang Schulenburg (GEMBA XI) was the host of the seminar. Guest speakers including: Derek Wong (GEMBA VIII), who has just launched KDL, a healthcare-sector venture, TJ Green (GEMBA VIII), Chairman / CEO of Apex Entertainment, and Jerry Zhou (GEMBA X), CEO and President, Swift You Supply Chain Management.
Upcoming GEMBA Event:
16:00, 7 May 2016 – “China’s Disruptors: How Chinese Entrepreneurial Companies are Changing the Rules of Business”
Speakers
– MsFareeda Cassumbhoy, Chief Strategy Officer, HyLink China, GEMBA XIII student
– Mr. Jason Lo, Chief Strategy Officer, Honeywell
– Dr Edward Tse, Founder/CEO, Gao Feng Advisory Company, author of the book “China Disruptors”
18:00, 7 May 2016 – GEMBA 12th Annual Spring Celebration – Cocktail Reception
Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

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orientation 2016 Q & A

Q & A session.

About the GEMBA Program

The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

Entrepreneurship, China and The Global Executive MBA in Shanghai

Everyone is talking about entrepreneurship these days. It seems easy to start an entrepreneurial journey in China, but it is not so easy to be successful. On Saturday, 27 Feb. 2016, Mr. Guofu Chen, alumnus of GEMBA Class II and a highly successful entrepreneur himself, shared his valuable experience and perspective with a GEMBA alumni and friends, Centre De Vin in Hong Kong.

 

Guofu leads high performance business organizations specializing in electronic materials. He is an excellent motivator that takes companies to new levels. Guofu aims to help organizations explore new territories and prepare for aggressive growth.

 

During the event, Guofu summarized five characters of the entrepreneur mind, including creativity, suspicion of predictors, comfort with uncertainty, openness to experimentation and functional humility. He also reviewed essential aspects of doing business in China in particular.

 

Guofu reminded us all of the assertion by GEMBA’s founding Academic Director., Prof. Larry Greiner, when GEMBA began a dozen years ago: “About half of our L.A.-based EMBA students have changed their jobs or career paths within a year of graduation – but I expect that 50% of you, our GEMBAs, will make a change before you even graduate, because of the transformation you’ll have achieved during the program.” Prof. Greiner’s statement has proven true every year.

 

Want to learn more about the credibility and transformation that GEMBA offers? Would you like to engage with our distinguished alumni on entrepreneurship and other aspects of business success? Join our information session on 12 March to learn more about the program and to meet GEMBAs. The next GEMBA cohort, Class XIII, begins on 5 May 2016. Please send your CV to uscgemba@sjtu.edu.cn for more details.

 

Quotes From Guofu, a successful entrepreneur and GEMBA Class II alumni:
GEMBA has an excellent theme-session focus on Entrepreneurship and things I use all the time
• Skills set to analyze business situation efficiently.
• Be able to build financial model in a very fast effective way.
• Be able to come up with marketing strategy immediately.

 

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About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

16 Jan. GEMBA Connect Review – The Automotive Aftermarket Sector

Several of our GEMBAs (Huifang Mao Schulenburg, Simon Wang, Nora Fu and Sophie Ye) organized a GEMBA Connect event on 16 Jan. 2016, focused on the auto industry. Huifang and Simon have deep experience in the auto sector, and our GEMBAs also invited expert guest panelists including:

Benjamin Chang (USC Marshall Alumni)
Director, Deloitte Consulting (Strategy & Operations)

Mr. Dominic Yuklam Seto, (GEMBA Extend)
VP and Managing Director, Valvoline China

Mr. Loek Beckers (GEMBA VII)
VP and CFO, SGM

Huifang Schulenburg(GEMBA XI)
Product Manager, Continental Tires (Shanghai) Co. Ltd, China

Simon Wang (GEMBA XI)
CEO/President, Aopec Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd.

About 20 GEMBAs, including alumni from GEMBA II, VII and IX, attended. Some of alumni even flew to Shanghai especially for this event. Thanks to all the alumni for their enthusiasm and support.

The insight of experienced professionals and the deep discussion GEMBA alumni gain from one industry sector are readily applied to business achievements more broadly.
Big thanks to Alumni Association Committee Members Huifang Schulenburg, G-XI and Jerry Zhou, G-X for the initiative.Thanks also to Nora Fu, G-XI, Sophie Ye, G-XII and Simon Wang, G-XI for the great contribution.

We hold GEMBA Connect regularly, welcome to raise topics or industrial discussion you’re interested in through email: gemba.alumni@sjtu.edu.cn

 

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About the GEMBA Program

The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

 

Thanks for Coming to GEMBA 2016 New Year Dinner on 7 Jan.

On 7 January 2016, we had a great New Year’s celebration with our GEMBA family – about 80 GEMBAs and friends gathered at the stylish French restaurant Cuivre, and many won lucky draw prizes.

Our honored guests included Professor Dai Fang (GEMBA Co- Director) and Wenting Wu (Associate Director, USC Shanghai) and Alumni Association representative Huifang Schulenburg.

Many of our GEMBA family members won great prizes in our lucky draw. G-XI Matt Wakeling from GEMBA XI won the top prize, one night’s stay in a luxurious Naked Retreats villa worth RMB8,000.G-VIII Ken Hu won the Talent Gene Test, valued at RMB 4,980 and sponsored by G-XII Steven Du. G-XII Marcos Purty won the Viola Wine Party package sponsored by G-VI Gianpietro Belotti and G-VII Anton Li. G-X Jerry Zhou and G-XII Larry Chi won the Curves VIP trial membership worth RMB1,500.

We had a total of 22 gifts – congratulations to all who won, and thanks to all who attended.

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GEMBA Connect and USC Alumni Luncheon, 25 Nov.

We had a tremendous USC Global Conference in Shanghai in October. But our GEMBA Alumni Association and USC Club of Shanghai carry on with ongoing commitment to bringing value to our alumni community. In this spirit, we invited Mr. Yu Chien (Y.C.) Chen, Senior Logistics Director, Nike China,from GEMBA I as our guest speaker for the co-hosted GEMBA Connect and USC Business luncheon on 25 November.

Y.C. shared with audience his personal career growth and his management experience in Goodyear and Nike.He was born and grew up in America, and has been working in China for 18 years, most recently moving from supply chain director in Goodyear to logistic director of Nike Greater China.

“50% of our business has changed in the last 10 years. The key to surviving is having an ownership culture…You have to get to people’s pride.”Chen thinks that adapting to changes and responding to challenges is anessential quality of professional managers. Healso believes that grooming successors is one of the main responsibilities for great managers. He says that leaders who can prove their ability to do so gain the respect of their organizations – which in turn give them larger teams to develop – promotions!

The USC Alumni Club and GEMBA Connect aim to involve more alumni, so that we can learn from each other, exchange stimulating business ideas and create business cooperation. We are already looking forward to our next GEMBA Connect event.

 

YC Chen is giving speech

YC Chen is giving speech

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GEMBA XI Shanghai Pre-Graduation Ceremony, at SJTU

Our GEMBA Class XI just finished their last Shanghai session, at the famous Xuhui campus of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. We held a pre-graduation celebration dinner for them on 1 November, and a pre-graduation ceremony on campus on 2 November.

We will celebrate GEMBA XI’s official graduation at USC in Los Angeles on 1 February, with the class members’ family and friends. Congratulations to GEMBA XI for all they’ve accomplished in the past two years.

 

About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

GEMBA XI was taking their graduation photo in SJTU campus.

GEMBA XI was taking their graduation photo in SJTU campus.

GEMBA XI's pre-graduation dinner and Halloween party in Shanghai

GEMBA XI’s pre-graduation dinner and Halloween party in Shanghai

USC Marshall Dean’s Reception & GEMBA/IBEAR Joint Alumni Dinner

Shanghai, Saturday 31 October 2015. Yesterday was a big day:

-The first full day of the USC Global Conference Grand Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai’s Pudong district, with more than 700 registered delegates. James Ellis, Dean of USC Marshall School of Business, moderated an outstanding panel discussion about the rapidly evolving entertainment industry in China.

-GEMBA XI had their final site visit of the program, to office solutions company Haworth.

-Dean Ellis hosted a reception at the end of the day for all Marshall family and friends.

-GEMBA and IBEAR teamed up to hold their first-ever reunion dinner – we had more than 150 guests. GEMBA and IBEAR are now combining strength and resources to further develop both programs.

A tremendous day of learning and networking for all of us – more to come – stay tuned for updates.

 

About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

 

GEMBA alumni at USC Global Conference

GEMBA alumni at USC Global Conference

GEMBA Forum — Business Strategy in “Internet+” Era

On the 19th, the USC-SJTU Global Executive MBA program held another GEMBA Forum, our regular seminar on mainland Chinese businesses going global. This week’s Forum theme was “Business Strategy in the Internet + Era”. More than 150 guests attended.

Our two featured speakers were two pioneers in the Internet + era: Michael Jiang, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and Senior Vice President of Dianping.com(大众点评网), and Yi Wang, Co-founder and CEO of Liulishuo(英语流利说).

Michael Jiang offered his views on the development of Internet-related businesses in the past decade, but more importantly, given his role as CSO, shared his projections of what to expect in the coming several years, from infrastructure to transparency to mobility.

Wang Yi shared his passion to support language learning globally, eventually moving beyond Chinese learner of English to learners of languages worldwide, in many cultures and economies.

Two renowned GEMBA faculty, Prof. Arvind Bhambri, a recognized global leader on business and corporate strategy and Prof. Shantanu Dutta, a tenured chair-holder at USC Marshall in marketing, joined Jiang and Wang for a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session with our GEMBA students and other members of our community.

 

About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

 

Mr_ Jiang Yueping is giving Speech

Mr. Jiang Yueping is giving Speech

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

GEMBA Class XI Encounter Business Executives in Singapore and Vietnam

From 17 to 21 August, the USC-SJTU Global EMBA (GEMBA) Class XI had a value-packed, week-long visit to Singapore and Vietnam, a component of the GEMBA program we call Global Front-Line Perspectives. The highly-ranked Marshall School of Business Executive MBA has conducted its Global EMBA class in China since 2003, in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. GEMBA is a 20 month program divided into ten “themes” that showcase the interrelatedness of business functions to develop well-rounded executives. Theme 7, Global Front-Line Perspectives, emphasizes key international finance, marketing, macroeconomic, and social/policy forces that create business opportunities and threats in Southeast Asia and beyond.

GEMBA Class XI engaged with thirteen enterprises in Singapore and Saigon. The C-suite leaders we interacted with included George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd; Henry B. Nguyen, Managing General Partner of IDGVentures Vietnam; Nguyen Van Hieu, Strategy Manager of CJ CGVVietnam; Christopher Samuel, Director – Corporate Engagement, Monsanto Asia-Pacific; Richard Harshman, Head of ASEAN, Amazon Web Services; Simon Kahn, Chief Marketing Officer – Asia Pacific, Google; and Yosuke Masuko, Owner of Pizza 4Ps.

The trip started with the visit to Marina Bay Sands and discussion with Tanasijevich, who shared the global strategy of Marina Bay Sands for sustainable growth. We also toured the marquee property in Singapore.

On the final day, the GEMBA XI students had a lively discussion with Henry B. Nguyen, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society. He recently was bestowed an additional honor by the Asia Society in Southern California as being an “Asian Game Changer,” for his leadership in bridging cultures through policy, business, arts, and education issues. B. Nguyen related how he had changed his career path from medical professional to PE investor. He also shared perspectives on how to grasp the right opportunity and the challenges and risks to consider for foreign investors and global leaders.

First-hand interaction with C-suite business leaders brought lots of practical insights to the GEMBA XI students. And we affirmed that Saigon has a lot in common with the Shanghai of the early to mid 1990s.

GEMBA XI students interacting with Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd, Managing Director – Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

GEMBA XI students interacting with Mr. George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd, Managing Director – Global Development, Las Vegas Sands Corp.

GEMBA XI students visited one of plants in new industrial area in HCMC, Vietnam.

GEMBA XI students visited one of plants in new industrial area in HCMC, Vietnam.

GEMBA XI students interacting with GEMBA faculty and local business leaders in Mapletree.

GEMBA XI students interacting with GEMBA faculty and local business leaders in Mapletree.

GEMBA XI group photo in CGV.

GEMBA XI group photo in CGV.

GEMBA XI group photo in Microsoft.

GEMBA XI group photo in Microsoft.

GEMBA XI group photo in Google.

GEMBA XI group photo in Google.

GEMBA XI students group photo with alum on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

GEMBA XI students group photo with alum on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.

GEMBA Exploring China #2- Hangzhou, company visit to Hundsun Technology Inc.

We are living an era of “Internet+” and China is now experiencing a new, unusually volatile era of its stock market. Hundsun Technology Inc., a leader in finance software and network services, is accordingly attracting more and more attention these days. On 17 July, a group of GEMBA alumni visited Hundsun, in Hangzhou, east China, the second of our GEMBA Exploring China series.

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Two executive managers of Hundsun, Mr. Zhao and Mr. Li, warmly welcomed the GEMBA group. Zhao shared great insight on “Internet plus Finance, Hundsun’s Financial Management Service”.

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And the group discussed several hot topics, such as how internet finance changing the rules, current hot investment areas and Hundsun’s strategy on risk management strategy.

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“GEMBA Exploring China”, is a GEMBA alumni initiative launched in early 2015. The GEMBA Alumni Committee, led by GEMBA alums, seeks to provide all GEMBAs with stronger connections, deeper understanding of business in China and beyond, and business opportunities.

Big thanks to GEMBA Alumni Committee member, Jerry Zhou from GEMBA Class X, for initiating and leading this visit. Please stay connected with us to learn about our upcoming activities.
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GEMBA Class XII Studying Hard and Having Fun in Los Angeles

USC-SJTU Global EMBA Program in Shanghai (GEMBA) Class XII just finished their second module in Los Angeles. Students flew to L.A. from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand and elsewhere for the eight-day study session, featuring the beautiful USC campus and California sunshine.
Dodger Stadium on Father’s Day
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the city’s first professional sports teams, and have won many World Series. Our students enjoyed a game pitting the Dodgers against their traditional rivals the San Francisco Giants, saw several home-runs during the evening, while eating Dodger dogs, wearing Dodger caps and participating in the cheers from the 50,000 fans in Dodger Stadium near USC.

Dodger Stadium from the first-base side.

GEMBAs watching the game.

GEMBA classes atthe World-renowned Marshall School of Business
GEMBA members are officially registered as USC students. So every June brings their first classes on the USC campus. The theme they study, Evaluating Market Performance, is typical of the integrated, theme-based curriculum uniquely designed by the USC Marshall School of Business. In this theme, four USC Marshall facultylead dynamic class sessions from the perspective of accounting, statistics, corporate finance and communications leadership.
Aside from engaging with the top-ranked faculty, GEMBA students visited the USC bookstore to buy USC souvenirs and wore them while walking around the campus and posing in front of Tommy Trojan. They also had the opportunity to network with other Marshall programs such as IBEAR.

Views of the USC L.A. campus – great L.A. weather.

Views of the USC L.A. campus – great L.A. weather.

Tommy Trojan – the symbol of USC and our alumni family.

Students working on group projects and presentations.

Ex-classroom engagement with the international city of Los Angeles
Los Angeles is probably the most international of all the U.S. cities, an ideal reflection of the diversified GEMBA class members. Our GEMBA XII class has several students based in L.A. They showed their hospitality by arranging barbecue in Korea Town, visits to famous scenic spots such as Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Stars, Santa Monica beach and pier, etc. The class also enjoyed Southern California’s iconic In-N-Out Burger.

Students celebrating a birthday in Korea Town.

BBQ in Korea Town.

Visiting Santa Monica Beach.

Class Olympics – Building a Stronger Team
GEMBA Class XII elected their CEOs (Chief Entertainment Officers) during their first module in Shanghai, in May 2015. The class CEOs organize extra-curricular activities, to enhance the GEMBA experience. The Class XII CEOs took the initiative to organize the first-ever GEMBA Class Olympics, with seven competitions: puzzles, dancing, six-legged race, hoola-hoop relay, flip the cup, basketball shots and creative bowling. Each GEMBA XII contributed to bolster the class spirit. The class CEOs who led the effort deserve our recognition:  Larry Chi, Bernard Chu, Ami Sin and Patrick Sun. GEMBA XII Amber Koh, based in L.A., provided GEMBA-worthy local support.

Playing ‘flip the cup’.

Celebrating the Class Olympics.

Class Olympics winners.

Dancing competition.

Creative bowling competition.

Site visit to the FedEx Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), engagement with Director of Operations
Our class engaged powerfully with FedEx at LAX, featuring a deeply informative talk by Mr. Steve Hornstra, a Director of FedEex Operations for the western U.S., a graduate of our USC Marshall EMBA program. Hornstra shared FedEx success stories, challenges and corporate culture. As FedEx is one of the earliest foreign-owned companies investing in China, with their initial initiatives dating back to the 1980s, our GEMBA students were keenly interested in FedEx’ experience and strategy in the China market. After his talk, Hornstra led a tour of the FedEx facility, pointing out details of FedEx’ world-leading operations.

Steve Hornstra, Director of Operations, FedEx.

GEMBA XII after the FedEx session.

About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.

GEMBA Japan-based Alum Get Together in Tokyo

On 16 June 2015, as the summer hit Tokyo, our Japan-based GEMBAs and friends gathered in Tokyo’s Akasaka area.
Also among the attendees (from seven GEMBA classes were a visitor from California who has business in Tokyo, while we also had leaders from Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, McCann, Tesla, Sanofi and Softbank, and also the president of the USC Tokyo alumni association.We always look forward to meeting GEMBAs and friends in cities around Asia, as well as Shanghai and L.A. of course. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.
About the GEMBA Program
The Credibility You Seek, The Transformation You Need – the Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA) is an innovative EMBA program offered by USC in partnership with Shanghai Jiaotong University, featuring the same faculty and curriculum as Marshall’s top 10 ranked EMBA program in L. A. Courses are primarily taken in Shanghai, China with ExPort trip in South East Asia.
 Japan-based GEMBAs and friends gathered in Tokyo’s Akasaka area.

Japan-based GEMBAs and friends gathered in Tokyo’s Akasaka area.

 

Looking forward to our next gathering in Tokyo.

Looking forward to our next gathering in Tokyo.

GEMBA Exploring China #1 – Huang Shan

Huang Shan is a famous mountain area in southern Anhui province in eastern China.

The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly shaped granite peaks. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of Huang Shan’s reputation derives from its significance in Chinese art and literature. The mountains have also appeared in modern works. James Cameron, director of the 2009 film Avatar, cited Huang Shan as one of his influences in designing the fictional world of that film.

Our GEMBA family were therefore inspired to visit. On 22 May 2015, a group of eight GEMBAs departed Shanghai to explore Huangshan, the first stop of the GEMBA alumni activity series, “GEMBA Exploring China”.

Our GEMBAs hailed from the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. Aside from the impressive five wonders of Huang Shan, they also visited the well-preserved and ancient Xi Di village. Xi Di has earned a place in the World Heritage List for its long history, country scenery, and well-preserved buildings dating hundreds of years. It has memorial archways and many memorial halls.

Our GEMBAs gained an increased appreciation of Anhui Province’s role in Chinese history and culture, learning about Hui culture, why the city of Hefei is so named, how Hui cuisine is one of the eight major cuisines in China, and the ancient meaning of the exquisite carvings on door frames and lattice walls. The team looks forward to sharing this understanding with their fellow alumni and other friends.

“GEMBA Exploring China”, is a GEMBA alumni initiative launched earlier this year. We’re headed to Hangzhou, our second destination, in early July. Join us! Contact gemba.alumni@sjtu.edu.cn for details.

GEMBAs hiking at Xi Hai Grand Canyon in Huang Shan.

GEMBAs hiking at Xi Hai Grand Canyon in Huang Shan.

Group photo on Huang Shan.

Group photo on Huang Shan.

Flying Stone, Huang Shan.

Flying Stone, Huang Shan.

The typical decoration in Xi Di Village

The typical decoration in Xi Di Village – the clock in the middle with the China bottle on the right and the mirror on the left representing “ping (瓶) Jing(镜) Zhong Shen (钟声)”, which means peace forever.

The exquisite carvings on lattice walls in Xi Di Village.

The exquisite carvings on lattice walls in Xi Di Village.

Group photo in Xi Di Village.

Group photo in Xi Di Village.

GEMBA Annual Celebration, Le Royal Meridian Hotel, Shanghai

Shanghai, 9 May 2015: The USC-SJTU Global Executive MBA in Shanghai (GEMBA)today held its 11th annual spring celebration,with Class XII beginning their study this week and Class X having graduated from the GEMBA program. We welcomed more than 100 GEMBA students, alumni and faculty.

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Vice Dean Wan Guohua of the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University said, “Heart felt congratulations to all GEMBA Class X and Class XII. The experience of studying here will become a great milestone in your life.” Sunny Donenfeld, Chief Financial Officer, USC Marshall School of Business, also congratulated the graduation of GEMBA class X, and gave his best wishes to the newest Trojan family members, the GEMBA XII students.

Vice Dean Wan Guohua of the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Vice Dean Wan Guohua of the Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunny Donenfeld, Chief Financial Officer, USC Marshall.

Sunny Donenfeld, Chief Financial Officer, USC Marshall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEMBA X Heather Smartt led her classmates in welcoming the GEMBA XII class with a gift.

GEMBA X Heather Smartt led her classmates in welcoming the GEMBA XII class with a gift.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also celebrated the GEMBA students who have led the development of our GEMBA Alumni Association Matt Wakeling, Jerry Zhou, Huifang Schulenburg, Christy Tang, Steven Du, Stanley Chong, Eric Chow, Joy Sun, Paul Lin, Mark Yang, Kingston Hui, Jeffrey Hu, Linda Zhu, Barry Hung, Felix Wong, Patrick J. Owens, Charles Hipp and Rebecca Branham. They have launched a host of new activities that will make our GEMBA community stronger.

GEMBA Committee was announced to start functioning at the event.

GEMBA Committee was announced to start functioning at the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEMBA Connect: Put the Pedal to the Metal – Career Accelerators

18 April, Shanghai – Ms. Joyce Gong from GEMBA IX led another great GEMBA Connect session, giving her perspectives on how to plan and accelerate acareer, including discussion of the trends in the market for talent andsmart growth paths for leaders. Nearly 40 GEMBA alumni and GEMBA XII students attended the event.

Joyce Gong is a Principal with the Industrial and Finance Practice of Korn/Ferry International Shanghai. She is also a core member of Korn/Ferry’s HR Center of Excellence in Asia Pacific.Joyce has close to twenty years of experience in human resources consulting in China, and more thanthirteen years in the executive search business. She joined Korn/Ferry in 2005.

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 XII students. Prof. Dai Fang, GEMBA Co-director and faculty of the Antai College, also shared her perspective on the program.

Joyce Gong from GEMBA IX gave speech for GEMBA Connect.

Joyce Gong from GEMBA IX gave speech for GEMBA Connect.

GEMBA XII students and other GEMBA alums at GEMBA Connect.

GEMBA XII students and other GEMBA alums at GEMBA Connect.

How the Innovation is Inspired – GEMBA Postgraduation Activities in Silicon Valley

Warner Brothers, experienced venture capitalists, President of USC Bay Area Association, best start-up company in Silicon Valley, Intel, Ericsson, Yahoo, Google, Stanford University Design College, alum speaker from GEMBA Class VI. These are what our GEMBA newly graduated Class X experienced for the past three days right after their grand graduation on 26 January. As is always said “Graduation is not an end to the learning journey, instead, it is a start point for a greater life, which is also the reason why all business schools would rather call it Commencement”.

In the spirit of “Commencement”, GEMBA organized a three-day after graduation Silicon Valley (SV) tour. The tour is designed to provide our EMBA graduates a strong connection to local business community and are able to exposed to a variety of learning experiences provided by partner companies and organizations through working professionals.

GEMBA X visiting Google during their Silicon Valley trip.

GEMBA X Celebrates their Graduation in USC L. A. Campus

After 20 months of hard work, our GEMBA Class X students have now completed their final module with GEMBA. So we celebrated their achievement with the grand graduation ceremony at Town & Gown building, USC Marshall L. A. Campus with their family and friends. Dean Ellis of USC Marshall School of Business and Dean Zhou from Shanghai Jiaotong University Antai College of Economics Management attended the ceremony and gave speech.

Congratulations to GEMBA Class X!

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Thanks for Coming to GEMBA Year-end Party in XinTianDi

We held a celebration banquet for our GEMBA family – about 50 GEMBAs and their family members and friends enjoyed a tasty buffet served in the beautiful loft of the Andaz Hotel in XinTianDi, along with a gift exchange.

Many of our GEMBA family members won great prizes in our lucky draw. Violet Lee from GEMBA XI won the top prize, a folding bike, the Strida LT, valued at about US$700, sponsored by GEMBA XI Angie Xiong. Congratulations to all GEMBAs who won prizes last night, and thanks to all who attended.

Thanks all for coming to the GEMBA Year-end Party for 2014.

 

 

 

 

Steven Du from GEMBA XII and Eden Xu from GEMBA III were awarded the “Best Partner”.

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Violet Lee from GEMBA XI won the top prize of last night, a folding bike called Strida LT, valued NTD 20,000, sponsored by Angie Xiong who’s also from GEMBA XI.

GEMBA X Celebrates their Graduation

(Our GEMBA Class X celebrates their graduation at the SJTU Shanghai Campus with the GEMBA “X” gesture.)

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After 18 months of hard work, our GEMBA Class X students have now completed their final Shanghai module at our SJTU Shanghai campus, and will meet for their final module in Los Angeles in January. So we celebrated their achievement with our annual graduation ceremony on the SJTU campus on 3 November 2014.
(GEMBA Class X’s graduation dinner, with class member Ankur Goyal in traditional Indian attire.)
In celebration of their coming graduation, the GEMBA X class held a festive banquet at one of Shanghai’s top Indian restaurants. To reflect GEMBA’s global nature, we chose this opportunity to learn something about Diwali, the most important festival on the Indian calendar, which ended just before the class started.
(Congratulations to GEMBA Class X!)
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