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Welcome to the July 2018 edition of Business eConnections. 
This month we feature interviews with Olwyn Alexander, BComm '90 & DPA '91, ‌Global Asset and Wealth Management Leader at PwC along with Barry O'Brien, MBS '06, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank. 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
Olwyn Alexander - BComm '90, DPA '91
Barry O'Brien - MBS '06
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Upcoming Alumni Events
BComm Milestone Reunions 2018
A number of BComm Reunions for milestone years will take place during the month of September for their individual class reunions. For more information and to register to attend your class reunion visit our events page.
16th Annual New York Benefit Dinner - October 17th 2018
Save the date for the 16th annual New York Benefit Dinner which will take place on Wednesday October 17th at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Corporate table bookings are now open & all profits raised will fund scholarships for North American students, attracting the next generation of business leaders to study at UCD.
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. Corporate table bookings are now open & the keynote speaker on the night will be Francesca McDonagh, CEO, Bank of Ireland Group. Tables are limited so please book in advance.
Upcoming Events
Past Alumni Events & News
Quinn School of Business Class Reunions

On Friday June 29th 2018 the Quinn School of Business Class of 2013 & 2017 reunion was held on campus where the Happy Pear's Stephen & David Flynn provided an insightful and engaging speech to those in attendance. To view photos from the event click here. To watch a video interview conducted with the Happy Pear click here.

On Friday June 15th 2018 the Quinn School of Business Class of 2008 gathered to celebrate their 10 year reunion anniversary. To view photos from the event click here. To view a highlights video click here. To view the class champions speech by Sandra Walsh click here.

On Friday June 8th 2018 the BComm class of 1978 celebrated their 40 year reunion anniversary. To view photos from the event click here. To view a highlights video click here. To view the class champions speech by Brian Conroy click here.
MBA Alumni Networking Reception
On Wednesday June 20th, over 100 prospective students, current students and alumni gathered at the Hibernian Club to hear from UCD alumnus Robert Slattery, Channel & Category Manager at Heinekin in addition to UCD staff including Damian McLoughlin, Orla Nugent & Mark Davies. To find out more about the Smurfit MBA click here.
UCD Festival - Female Alumni In Entrepreneurship
At the UCD festival on June 9th, we celebrated our female alumni involved in entrepreneurship with an engaging & well received panel discussion titled 'Entrepreneurship - exploring the opportunities for women to initiate and lead businesses'. The discussion was moderated by Sean Gallagher and featured Alison Cowzer (East Coast Bakehouse), Keira Kennedy (KDK), Nicola Byrne (Cloud90) and Louella Morton (TestReach)
Latest Research
Picking the measuring stick: The role of leaders in social comparisons
Karan Sonpar, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at UCD looks at how organizational members frequently evaluate how their abilities and standing compare with those of their colleagues. Although these comparisons can have a negative impact on organizations, little attention has been paid to the role of leaders in these processes. 
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School News and Events
UCD College of Business remains Ireland's only triple accredited Business School
UCD College of Business, which incorporates UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business and UCD Smurfit Executive Development has, once again, retained its AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditation, one of the world’s most respected business school accreditations. Read more.
Smurfit course aims to give executives toolkit for digital transformation
Run in conjunction with the Boston University Questrom School of Business, the course offers participants the opportunity to evaluate their companies’ existing digital strategies and develop new ones to deal with the rapidly changing competitive environment. To read more click here.
UCD Smurfit School Professor appointed to European Union’s expert group 
Professor Andreas Hoepner, a globally renowned expert on sustainable finance who joined UCD Smurfit School last year, will join the Technical Expert Group tasked with assisting the European Commission in developing frameworks, standards and procedures around the surging growth of green finance including EU Green Bond Standards and climate-related metrics. Read more.
Reception Supporting Town Partnership - Blackrock with Vincennes
On Friday 8th June a fantastic reception & networking event supporting the Vincennes/Blackrock Partnership took place at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. To view photos from the event click here.
Smurfit Senior Leadership Programme – Building the Growth Enterprise 2018
UCD Smurfit Executive Development (#48 FT Rankings 2018) are launching a global senior leadership programme this autumn, that has been developed in collaboration with our partners, University of Virginia’s Darden Executive Education (#9 FT Rankings 2018). In this video, Helen Brophy Director Smurfit Executive Development discusses this two-week fully immersive residential programme taking place 10th September 2018 (Dublin) and 21st October 2018 (Washington D.C.). Find out more
Conference on Fintech and Financial Risk Management: Evolution or Revolution?
A joint academic-practitioner conference on the theme Fintech and financial risk management will be held in at the Institute of Banking, Citi building, Dublin, Ireland on Monday September 10, 2018. The conference is organized by the Financial Mathematics and Computation (FMC) Cluster, the Department of Economics, Finance & Accounting at Maynooth University, the Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin, and the Central Bank of Ireland. To register for the event click 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 500 experienced mentors are available to offer their guidance.
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Executive Development Upcoming Courses
Part-time Diplomas
Diploma in Corporate Governance
- Commences 3rd September 2018

Senior Leadership Programme
Smurfit Senior Leadership Programme
- 2 week programme commences 10th September (Dublin) & 21st October (Washington D.C.)

3 Day short courses
Digital Strategy & Leadership
- 19th - 21st September 2018
Winning Negotiation Strategy - 2nd - 4th October 2018
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