San Francisco | May 19 – Maifest 2024 | Gemütlichkeit 

San Francisco | May 19 – Maifest 2024 | Gemütlichkeit 

Maifest (pronounced “My–fest” in German, and also called May Fest in English) is the traditional celebration of the arrival of spring. The Maibaum (Maypole) is decorated to honor a town or village’s local history, produce, and crafts, and is the focus of the traditional Maypole Dance and the crowning of the Maikönigin (May Queen).

If you love to dance, there will be a lively band playing traditional music. Dancers in traditional dress perform Schuhplattler and other dances popular at seasonal festivals in Germany and Austria. Add to that a menu of authentic German/Austrian foods, and of course, excellent imported and domestic beers and other drinks, and you have a fun-filled day that is sehr gemütlich (very pleasant) for all ages.

All tickets are sold in advance only and are nonrefundable. All sales are final.

US INSEAD Alumni Spotlight – Laurent Baillot

Laurent Baillot, MBA’22J, used to work in Data Science in New York. As a team manager through the peak of Covid, Laurent experienced how remote work can negatively impact connection between team members.

Laurent then came back to native France for INSEAD, during which he co-founded Spaciously with fellow 22J, Hanna. Spaciously offers team events designed for people to connect over things they love: art, food, and music. Their spin is that vendors are exclusively passionate small business owners. They have sold over $100K in events, and are gearing up to become the Airbnb of team building events.