As every year in late summer, so in 2020: The traditional FS Alumni Homecoming took place on 19 September. This year homecoming was not just in Frankfurt. We also streamed to hundreds of living rooms, terraces and balconies in 37 countries across the world. At the @Home edition, a global community of Frankfurt School alumni, professors, students and staff celebrated a big digital reunion. The Alumni Relations team served cake sent by post for a cosy coffee klatch. Many FS alumni used this special event as an opportunity to follow Homecoming@Home in small groups via livestream and share their cake photos and greetings with former fellow students via social media.
Francisca Blenich, Manager Alumni Relations at Frankfurt School, welcomed all virtual guests and panel participants in the Audimax. Afterwards, Prof Nils Stieglitz, President of the Frankfurt School, opened the Homecoming with a review of the year 2020 at Frankfurt School, new offers for students and professionals, current rankings and further information on the FS Alumni Alma Mater. Professor Stieglitz emphasised how important the FS community is and how proud he is of our team spirit, especially in challenging times: "Good to have you all with us – in good times and in times of uncertainty. I strongly believe that our community of students, professors, staff and alumni is something that makes FS a special place – online and offline".
In a following panel discussion, moderated by Dr Matthias Catón, Director of Corporate Development, and Vera Klopprogge, Head of Corporate Communications, members of the FS-Community discussed about "The Age of the Supercrisis! Thrive in business and career when there's always a new normal". Impulses for discussion with the online participants were provided by Walter Sinn (Managing Partner, Bain Germany), Alexander Doll (FS Alumnus Class of 1997, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lincoln International AG), Prof Ines Gockel (FS Alumna MBA Class of 2013, Chair and Head of Visceral Surgery, University Hospital Leipzig) and Prof Horst Löchel (Professor of Economics, MBA Programme Director and Head of the Sino-German Center at Frankfurt School).
A raffle, a virtual campus tour and exclusive discounts for alumni rounded off this year's Homecoming@Home. The winners of the raffle could look forward to a further education voucher worth € 5,000 (1st prize), Fitvia packages (2nd - 4th prizes) and goodie bags from the FS Shop (5th - 8th prizes). Dr Julia Knobbe, Head of Executive Education Marketing & Sales, informed about further education offers for specialists and executives at the Frankfurt School and emphasized the importance of life-long learning. At the end, Francisca Blenich, Manager Alumni Relations, gave an overview of the current offers (Stay tuned to FS, Mentoring Programme, Executive Week Shanghai) for alumni.
The FS Alumni Association is a non-profit and independent association that is managed and financed by our alumni. A strong network with more than 3,000 members from all over Germany awaits you with different professional and management competencies - not only from the financial sector. The association offers a platform for members to network and for personal development. Various subscriptions to interesting trade magazines and more complete the membership.
Fitvia GmbH is an e-commerce company for tea creations, health & protein snacks, shakes, muesli and accessories. fitvia is active in seven European countries. The company became popular through its pioneering role in influencer marketing via the social media channel Instagram, which has been Fitvia's main marketing and sales channel since its foundation. The start-up from Wiesbaden, Germany, with over 500,000 customers and more than 70 products, primarily supports young women between 18-35 years old on their way to a fully healthy lifestyle.
Good To Know: The founder and CEO of Fitvia GmbH is Sebastian Merkhoffer, a graduate of Frankfurt School.
Running for a good cause! Our FS Charity FS initiative is part of the FS Alumni Homecoming again this year. Registration and participation are possible alone, in a group, as a team or company.
From September 19 to September 26, 2020, you have the time to run as many kilometres as you can. This year all donations will go to the Frankfurter Aids Hilfe e.V.
Are you with us? Click here to register!