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Welcome to the November 2018 edition of Business eConnections. 
This month we feature interviews with Valerie Phillips, DBS '92, Director at Medtech Market Access Ltd along James O'Rourke, MBA '14, Country Manager IOI at Monster Energy. 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
Valerie Phillips - DBS '92
James O'Rourke - MBA '14
More In Profile Interviews
Upcoming Alumni Events
UCD Business School London Dinner - November 8th 2018
Save the date for the UCD Business School London Dinner which will take place at the Savoy Hotel on November 8th 2018. The keynote speaker on the night will be Francesca McDonagh, CEO, Bank of Ireland Group. Read more.
Executive MBA Class of 2000 Reunion - November 9th 2018

On Friday 9th November 2018, the MBA Class of 2000 will mark the 20th anniversary of their starting date in 1998 with a Reunion Celebration in Dakota Bar, South William Street, Dublin 2, from 8pm. For more details, click here.

UCD Sydney Alumni Reception - November 14th 2018
Save the date for the inaugural UCD Sydney Alumni Chapter event which will take place at Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology on November 14th. Our hot topic 'Disruption in Financial Services' will be debated by leaders in the financial services industry. To book your ticket please click here.
MBA Christmas Reception - December 4th 2018
The annual MBA Christmas Reception which will take place at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin on December 4th 2018. As space is limited, this event is for UCD MBA Alumni, MBA Students and Staff only. Attendees must register in advance to secure a place. To find out more click here.
Upcoming Events
Alumni News & Past Events
Noirin O'Sullivan Appointed UN Assistant Secretary-General for Safety & Security
UCD Alumna Noirin O'Sullivan has been appointed to a major role at the UN. As deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, she will be responsible for the day-to-day overall management of the Department and supporting the USG in the overall leadership and management of the Department. To read more click here.
UCD College of Business Enterprise Week - 22nd - 30th October
 On Wednesday 24th October as part of Enterprise Week, UCD Quinn School graduates Brian Fagan of Glendalough Distillery, Anne Butterly of Easydry, & Richard Whelan of Popdeem shared their journeys as part of a discussion titled ''From Quinn student to ‘Quinntrepreneur’ before being inducted to the inaugural ‘Quinntrepreneur Wall of Fame’. To view photos from the event click here.
16th Annual New York Benefit Dinner 
On October 17th, the 16th annual New York Benefit Dinner took place at the Metropolitan Club, New York City. This year’s honorees were Aidan Connolly, Chief innovation Officer & Vice President, Corporate Accounts at Alltech & Helen Doody, Senior Client Advisor at Kepos Capital, L.P. All profits raised will fund scholarships for North American students, attracting the next generation of business leaders to study at UCD. To view photos from the event click here. To watch a highlight video, click here.
New York Alumni: Networking Reception & Panel Discussion
On October 16th 2018, a panel of New York based alumni chaired by Trevor Madigan, Managing Director at the Vision Lab, shared their insights, experience, and expertise at the event titled ''Marketing and converting leads in a saturated market: Winning strategies to optimize your sales funnel into 2019''. A fantastic evening was had by all alumni & friends who gathered at the Mutual of America. To view photos from the event click here. To watch a highlights video, click here.
Latest Research

Unpacking the Disruption Process: New Technology, Business Models, and Incumbent Adaptation
Despite the growing importance of digital transformation and the notion of disruptive innovation, strategy literature still lacks a more complete picture of how incumbent organizations adapt their business models after disruptions. 

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School News and Events
UCD Smurfit School Open Evening -  Wednesday November 7th 2018
This event is an excellent opportunity for students from both business and non-business backgrounds to gain an insight into the wide range of specialist Business Masters courses on offer. To find out more click here.
UCD Smurfit School MBA Experience Day Saturday November 17th 2018
Are you considering an MBA? The event will feature an MBA taste lecture, careers panel discussion, GMAT and admissions discussions and the chance to meet with the MBA team, faculty, alumni and students. To find out more click here.
Liam Fitzgerald Announced As New Chairman For UCD Smurfit Board

In January 2019, Liam FitzGerald will assume the role of chair of the Irish Advisory Board of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. The former CEO of United Drug Group succeeds Niall FitzGerald following the completion of his four year term. To read more click here.

UCD Smurfit School Executive MBA Programme Ranked 68th Globally.
The part-time Executive MBA Programme at UCD Smurfit School has been ranked 68th in the world and 35th in Europe, according to the highly reputed 2018 Financial Times Top 100 Global Executive MBA Rankings which were published in October. To read more about the rankings click here.
Breakfast Briefing: In Conversation with Christine Comaford
Join us for breakfast on Thursday 15th November at 8am and hear from Christine Comaford,  Leadership and Culture Coach, Serial Entrepreneur, and New York Times bestselling author, discuss how to utilise neuroscience-based tools to empower you and enable you to create resilient teams in turbulent times. To RSVP please contact or call +353 1 716 8891
Smurfit Senior Leadership Scholarship Award 2019
Have you got the determination, drive and commitment to become an outstanding senior leader? ‌Would you like to become part of Ireland’s most prestigious senior leader network? To apply for this years scholarship in association with the Sunday Business Post, please register your interest here.
Fora MBA Scholarship
UCD Smurfit School has teamed up with to offer an MBA scholarship worth up to €34,500. Further details are available here
NewsTalk MBA Scholarship
UCD Smurfit School has teamed up with Newstalk to offer an MBA scholarship worth up to €34,500. Further details are available here
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 800 experienced mentors are available to offer their guidance.
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