From March 3 to 11, 2017, almost 200 alumni and students gathered at the annual EMBA and MBA reunion for all of Frankfurt School’s MBA programmes – the full-time, part-time and Executive MBA as well as the MBA in International Healthcare Management.
On the eve of the Reunion Day, Professor Dr Udo Steffens, President of Frankfurt School, hosted the EMBA and MBA community for an exclusive President’s Night in the presidential building of Frankfurt School’s new campus. Professor Steffens first shared with the attendants his perspective on the past, presence and future of the business school in general and of the MBA programmes in particular. He then mingled among the crowd to continue the conversation in small groups over a glass of wine.
The next morning, Saturday, March 4, 2017, the main Reunion Day picked things up from the night before with an early start on the new campus. Klaus Ringsleben, Project Director of the new campus, and his team took interested alumni and students on a guided tour of the future home of Frankfurt School.
Back on the“old” Sonnemannstrasse campus, a host of activities awaited the alumni and students. After introductory sessions by Programme Directors Professor Dr Horst Löchel and Markus Maedler, attendants had the choice between two afternoon activities. One the one hand, the actor-trainer team of Wiesbaden-based improvisation theater group, “Für Garderobe keine Haftung”, ran some energising workshops on „communicating spontaneously and creatively”. On the other hand, the “Start-up & Business Forum” – the first ever event of this kind at Frankfurt School – assured a packed lecture hall. Here, some of the 2017 EMBA and MBA graduates presented their recently completed business plans and consulting projects, sharing the latest business ideas and innovative trends.
The keynote event featured professional triathlete Pascal Ramali and his coach Mario Schmidt-Wendling. They inspired the audience by building a bridge between sports and business, and with their serious but entertaining insights about fighting spirit, dreaming big, never giving up, and taking the next challenge: “If you take it, you can make it!”
Last but not least, what would be a Reunion Day without a Reunion Dinner? Students, alumni, staff, and guest speakers concluded the day with a goodbye dinner to the “old” Sonnemannstrasse campus – the last reunion dinner to be hosted there!