16 Nov Deadline to Regsiter for IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program 2019

Dear fellow INSEAD alumni,
It is with great pleasure that we announce the launch of the second edition of the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program.

Registration for IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program 2019
Deadline: November 16, 2018

You are invited to participate in the second edition of the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program. Last year, sixty INSEAD alumni enrolled in the IWIB Pilot Mentoring program. Based on the feedback from roughly half the participants through survey and qualitative insight events, we learned that

100% wish the program to continue
93% would clearly recommend other alumni to participate,
93% would like to enrol again in the program, either in current role or switching roles

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a voluntary non-profit relationship aimed at the development of the individual, both professionally and personally, in which two persons are involved (Mentors & Mentees). Mentor provides informal guidance to Mentee to help her/him carry out significant transitions in the level of knowledge, work and way of thinking; the objective is to enable the Mentee to fully apprehend her/his current role, his/her potential and foster personal and professional development”

It is different from Coaching in that
▪ Coaching is aimed at enhancing skills to improve task proficiency
▪ Coaching content is well-structured, while Mentoring is more informal
▪ Coaching goal are related to performance, while Mentoring goals are focused on development

What is the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program?

The second edition of the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program runs from November 2018 to December 2019 with an assessment by the end of September 2019. INSEAD alumni who would like to participate as mentee, mentor or both are proposed a maximum of two to three potential matches by December 10, 2018. Applicants have until the end of January 2019 to meet and provide us with their feedback so that we can pair one mentee with one mentor. The final pairing will be announced by February 11, 2019 to enable mentors and mentees to start the actual mentoring sessions.

A toolkit will be provided to facilitate the sessions and support the program.

In order to cover the costs, we ask mentees to pay CHF100 to participate in the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program. (XING link below). This fee is refundable in case we do not find an appropriate mentor.

Who can participate to the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program?

The IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program is open to all genders and all generations. Mentees are not restricted to new graduates only, they could equally be alumni going through a significant career transition. We strongly encourage INSEAD women graduates to become mentees and mentors in the program. As a mentee, defining your goal and clarifying your expectations is essential. Bear in mind that mentoring is not a channel for job search. Do not expect that mentoring will provide you with your next job.

How to register to the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program?

To register as a mentor or mentee or both, kindly complete the Mentoring Application Form (download Application form) and send it to [email protected] by November 16, 2018. If you apply as a mentee, the fee of CHF100 shall be paid on XING by November 16 too.

The Mentoring Application Form is essential. It will help us suggest to the participants potentially matching mentors and mentees.

Please take this into consideration that we are a volunteer organization and appreciate your understanding that we do not have the resources to chase you for missing information or late submissions.

We look forward to welcoming you to the IWIB Swiss Mentoring Program and at an INSEAD alumni event soon.

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Laurence Amand-Jules, IWIB president Geneva
[email protected]
Mafalda Tenente, IWIB president Zurich
[email protected]
Mary Antenen, IWIB Mentoring Zurich
[email protected]
Shih Han Huang, IWIB Mentoring Zurich
[email protected]
Anne-Claire Moulin, IWIB Mentoring Geneva
[email protected]

Key Facts

For all participants: download Mentoring_Application_Form.doc and send completed application to [email protected] by November 16, 2018.

Mentees only: Pay registration fee of CHF100 on reception of confirmation mail regarding application

23 Nov Le Rosey Rescheduled Concert

Dear Alumni,
We are delighted to invite you and your guests to an evening at Institut Le Rosey, beginning with a talk by Christophe Gudin, MBA’13J, Director General of the school, and cocktail, followed by a concert featuring the world famous soprano Sonya Yoncheva at the Rosey Concert Hall. Tickets are on sale until October 25, 2018.

Visit to Le Rosey w/t Christophe Gudin followed by a Concert with Sonya Yoncheva, Rolle
November 23, 2018







Christophe Gudin, Director General, Institut Le Rosey

A Roséen himself and profoundly attached to the school, Christophe Gudin became the fifth General Director in 2015; his aim is to combine respect for tradition with the advances needed to prepare Roséens for the extraordinary challenges of a rapidly changing world. He holds an INSEAD MBA from 2013.

Sonya Yoncheva, Soprano

Sonya Yoncheva is an acclaimed fixture on the most important stages of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, Berlin State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, and the Opéra de Paris. Of her performances in La traviata at the Staatsoper Berlin, Die Welt proclaimed: “She is the finest Violetta since Maria Callas. The Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva is possibly the best Traviata in the world at present.”

Key Facts

When: Friday November 23, 2018
Where: Rosey Concert Hall, Rolle, 1180 Suisse
Tickets: Category 1 concert ticket CHF131 / Category 2 concert ticket CHF80  (On sale until October 25, 2018 )
Registration: Last day to book tickets is October 25, 2018
On XING Events https://en.xing-events.com/LEROSEY3

19:00 to 20:00 Presentation & Cocktail
20:15 to 22:00 Concert

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Mina Draganova, MAP’17J, Geneva Chapter President & Event Organizer
[email protected]



29 Nov Transforming Novartis Culture: Inspired, Curious, Unbossed

Dear Alumni,
You are invited for an evening event on the Novartis Campus on Thursday, November 29 on ‘Transforming the Novartis Culture: Inspired, Curious, Unbossed’, featuring Novartis’ Global Head of Human Resources and member of the Executive Committee, Steven Baert.

Transforming Novartis Culture: Inspired, Curious, Unbossed
November 29, 2018
With the appointment of the new Novartis CEO Vas Narasimhan in February 2018, culture transformation has been defined as the strategic priority number one, critically enabling delivery on the other company priorities, such as breakthrough innovation, operational execution, data/ digital leadership and trust & reputation. Steven Baert, the Novartis Global Head of HR, will share his perspective on the Novartis journey with focus on the company’s cultural transformation. An apéro riche will follow. This Swiss INSEAD Healthcare club event begins with a guided tour of the Novartis Campus with buildings of several renowned architects, including F. Gehry, T. Ando, Herzog & de Meuron. The event is open to Alumni from Insead, Harvard, IMD and guests and is free of charge thanks to Novartis.


Steven Baert
Head of Human Resources of Novartis
Steven Baert has been Head of Human Resources (CHRO) of Novartis since 2014. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis. Mr. Baert joined Novartis in 2006 as Head of Human Resources Global Functions in Switzerland. He has held other leadership roles at Novartis, including Head of Human Resources for Emerging Growth Markets; Head of Human Resources, United States and Canada, for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation; and Global Head of Human Resources for Novartis Oncology. Prior to joining Novartis, he held HR positions at Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Unilever. Mr. Baert studied in Belgium and received a Master of Business Administration from Vlerick Business School in Ghent, a Master of Laws from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Katholieke Universiteit Brussels. He serves on the board of WeSeeHope USA, and from 2015 to 2018, he represented Novartis on the board of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Holdings Ltd.

Key Facts

When:  Thursday, November 29, 2018, 18:00
Where: Novartis Campus, Fabrikstrasse 2, 4056 Basel
Tickets: The event is free of charge for Alumni and guests but we ask that you register on XING. Number of participants is limited to 120.
On XING Events https://de.xing-events.com/NOVARTIS2018

17:45 Registration at Novartis Campus
18:00 Guided Campus Tour
19:15 Presentation and Q&A Session
20:30  Apéro Riche

INSEAD Alumni Association Switzerland
Thomas Kraehenbuehl, EMBA’12 Event Organizer
Tereza Hruskova, MBA ’14D Event Organizer
Aleksandar Ruzicic, MBA’97J Swiss Healthcare Club President
[email protected]


Swiss Mentoring Survey

Are you an INSEAD Alumni who would like to be a mentor? Are you interested in being mentored? If your answer to either question is “yes”, then please complete the short survey created by the INSEAD Women in Business (IWIB) club of Switzerland on https://goo.gl/forms/Qj85zyrCxVLjpgHB2

The IWIB Club is attempting to quantify the interest in a Swiss Mentoring Program by INSEAD alumni for alumni in 8 straightforward questions. Your contribution will be critical in the decision to create and the development of the program.
Deadline to complete the survey is May 29th.
About the IWIB
As part of the Swiss National Alumni Association, IWIB is here to serve INSEAD alumni interested in advancing gender parity in business in Switzerland through the school’s areas of impact: leading business education and strong alumni network. Whether you are an MBA or other program graduate, corporate executive, entrepreneur, the IWIB covers the full range of promotions and regardless of gender. The IWIB collaborates with local chapters in Geneva and Zurich, as do our other clubs, the Swiss INSEAD Private Equity Club (IPEC) and the Swiss INSEAD Healthcare Club (CHIC).

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact

Laurence Amand-Jules, MBA’99D, IWIB President, Geneva
l[email protected]

Mafalda Tenente, MBA’06J, IWIB President, Zurich

[email protected]


Next IWIB Events
June 7 IWIB dinner in Geneva
June 15 IWIB Networking Lunch in Zurich