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Welcome to the March 2019 edition of Business e-Connections.

This month we feature interviews with Hazel Chu, MSc '11, National Coordinator & Chair of the Executive at Green Party Ireland and João Diogo Freitas, MSc '13, Business Development Manager at Dufry. We also include a roundup of our future events and news from your Alumni Network and the School.
Best wishes, 
Tara Collins
Director of Alumni Relations
Featured Alumni From Our Global Community
Hazel Chu - MSc '11
National Coordinator & Chair of the Executive at Green Party Ireland
João Diogo Freitas - MSc '13
Business Development Manager at Dufry
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Upcoming Alumni Events
BComm Milestone Reunions 2019
A number of BComm (including BComm International) reunions for milestone years will take place throughout 2019 from May onward for the following classes: 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 & 2018. We hope to see you there!
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UCD Montreal Chapter - St Patrick's Day Annual Luncheon
Join the UCD table on Friday March 15th from 12:00 noon for our annual St Patrick's Day Luncheon. The guest speaker on the day will be Brian Mulroney, Former Prime Minister of Canada. For tickets please contact Paul Loftus ( / (514) 282-9111. Read more.
UCD New York Alumni Reception
UCD is delighted to announce that the Choral Scholars will be performing at Carnegie Hall on Friday 15th March 2019. The pre-concert reception is open to all UCD Alumni to attend so whether you want to just come along and reconnect with your fellow classmates at the reception or you wish to carry on and attend the Choral Scholars performance after the reception, we would love to see you! Read more.
'Enabling Digital Transformation for Growth' -  UCD Smurfit Fintech Society 
The speakers joining us on March 27th & April 9th will be eminent personalities from the Banking, Government, Technology and Healthcare sectors with discussions revolving around the digital transformation journey in their industries, the benefits of changes and challenges faced by them. To register for free click here.
UCD Business Alumni Awards Dinner - April 5th 2019
The annual Business Alumni Awards Dinner is one of the highlights of our annual events programme, at which we endeavour to honour driven, committed and successful alumni who have contributed to the business community of Ireland and globally. To find out more about this years event & awardees, click here.
New York Benefit Dinner
Save the date for the 17th annual New York Benefit Dinner which will take place on Wednesday, 16th October 2019. All profits from this event will fund scholarships for North American students, attracting the next generation of business leaders to study at UCD. Read more.
UCD Business London Dinner
Save the date for the UCD Business School London Dinner which will take place on Thursday, 7th November 2019. The event will be attended by members of the School's Boards along with senior professionals from the business, academic and alumni community. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Alumni News & Past Events

UCD New York Alumni Event: 2-1-4-3 - Plan Your Explosive Business Growth - 14th February
Over 40 UCD Alumni & Staff joined us for a morning of learning, discussion & networking on Thursday February 14th 2019, where Aidan J. Connolly showcased his new book '2-1-4-3- Plan Your Explosive Business Growth!' To view photos from the event click here. To watch a highlights video click here.

Quinn School Graduate Named on Forbes '30 Under 30' List.
The fourth annual Europe list recognises 300 people who are making waves in various industries. BBL alumnus Kevin Glynn, co-founder of Butternut Box, a petcare startup, was acknowledged in the Retail and E-commerce category. The company, which was established in 2016, has raised $8 million in investment. Read more. 

Irish Alumni Groups in USA & Canada - Golden Connections For Expats Old & New
''Even people who are moving from one place to another within the country will benefit from contacting Alumni ahead of time – and it's worth remembering that Alumni include people who studied at a university for any length of time, not just people who graduated there.'' Read more.

Distillery Chief Finds Perfect Match
Drumshanbo in Co Leitrim was selected by drinks industry veteran & UCD BComm Alumnus Pat Rigney as the home for The Shed Distillery back in 2013 for personal as well as business reasons, and there's a touch of romance to the tale. Read more.  
In San Francisco, Humour is Very PC Now.

Not wanting to shy from his obligations, UCD BComm alumnus David Nihill embraced his fears of public speaking and embarked on a one-year crash course in stand-up comedy. He wrote a book – Do You Talk Funny? – to teach others how to learn the key principles of stand-up comedy and to apply them to speaking engagements and presentations. Read more.

Association of MBA's Excellence Awards & Gala Dinner - February 1st
The Association of MBA's Excellence Awards & Gala Dinner took place on February 1st in London. As founder of Irish charity CHEEERS: Developing Healthcare Together, Stuart Garrett, Smurfit EMBA 2018, was a nominee for the MBA Entrepreneurial Venture Award (Charity Sector). To read more about this charity click here.
Latest Research

Drones - Privacy Main Concern Despite Opportunities Technology Presents
Research carried out by students of the MSc in Management Consulting at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School on behalf of PwC, reveals that the majority (88%) of Irish business leaders and consumers believe that the public perception of drones is negative. The research also reveals that most (85%), are lukewarm about commercial drone use. 

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School News and Events
MBA Taste Lecture - Leading the Innovative Enterprise
Tomorrow, 6th March 2019, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is delighted to offer prospective MBA students the chance to attend a free breakfast lecture designed to give you a taste of the MBA experience. Full details are available here.
MBA Information Evening
Join us at our MBA Information Evening on Wednesday 10th April from 6pm, where we will showcase our Full-time & Executive MBA programmes. Gain real insight into studying at UCD Smurfit School through a range of presentations and networking opportunities with faculty and programme staff, current students and our admissions team. Read more.
Want to Win a Smurfit MBA Scholarship? Here's How.
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is once again partnering with IMAGE to offer one female candidate a 100 per cent scholarship to join the full-time MBA or part-time Executive MBA in August 2019. Applications are open until the April 12th deadline & will be reviewed on a rolling basis so early application is recommended. To apply, click here.
UCD Smurfit School Invites Applications for Aspire

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has launched the 10th year of its Aspire scholarship programme which provides graduates from across the country with financial support to advance their professional goals through a postgraduate qualification. To apply before the May 10th deadline, click here.

UCD Quinn School of Business - Internship Programme
The UCD Quinn School of Business Summer Internship Programme 2019 is currently engaging Dublin based organisations interested in hosting unpaid business interns for a 6 week placement commencing from June 17th - July 27th (Mondays to Thursdays). This programme attracts applications from students in top tier undergraduate business schools in the US. For more information click here.
Nova UCD Supported Companies Have Raised €760m
UCD has supported over 360 companies and early-stage ventures through the services and supports provided by NovaUCD. The combined annual turnover of the companies surveyed amounted to over €113 million in 2018 and collectively they currently employ over 1,040 people directly, more than 950 of whom are based in Ireland. Read more.
Shape Your Career - Find A Mentor
Is your career progressing accordingly to your plan? Do you know what steps to take in order to achieve your goals? Do you feel like you need guidance and support? If this sounds familiar this programme is for you. Whether you are a current student or an alumni of UCD, over 1000 experienced mentors are available to offer their guidance.
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Executive Development Upcoming Courses
Short Courses
Winning Negotiation Strategies - 2nd - 4th April 2019
Leading for High Impact Results - 22nd - 24th May 2019

Senior Leadership Programme
Smurfit Senior Leadership Programme
- 13th May 2019

Part-Time Diplomas
Diploma in Corporate Governance - 2nd September 2019
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