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Welcome to the October 2018 edition of Business eConnections. 
This month we feature interviews with Ruth Lalor, MBA '18, Senior Director & Data and Analytics Business Partner at ICON plc along with Brian Ruane, Smurfit North American Emeritus Board member & CEO of BNY Mellon's Government Securities Services. 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
Ruth Lalor - MBA '18
Brian Ruane - Smurfit North American Emeritus Board
More In Profile Interviews
Upcoming Alumni Events
DBS Class of 1993 - 25th Anniversary Reunion

On Friday, 12th October 2018, the DBS Class of '93 will have a 25-year Reunion Celebration in Jack O'Rourke's pub in Blackrock from 8pm. The event will provide an opportunity to re-unite with classmates, renew old friendships, and share memories for old times sake! To register your interest in attending this reunion please book your place by visiting our events page here.

New York Alumni: Networking Reception & Panel Discussion
Join us at the Mutual of America on Tuesday October 16th 2018, where a panel of New York based alumni chaired by Trevor Madigan, Managing Director at the Vision Lab, will share 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''. To book your place click here.
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 October 17th at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Corporate table bookings are open & all profits will fund scholarships for North American students, attracting the next generation of business leaders to study at UCD. Read more.
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. Read more.
Upcoming Events
Alumni News & Past Events

BComm Milestone Reunions 2018
On September 7th, we welcomed back the Quinn School of Business Class of 2003, who celebrated their 15 year reunion anniversary. To view photos from the reunion click here. To view a highlights video click here.

On September 14th, we welcomed back the BComm Class of 1988, who celebrated their 30 year reunion anniversary where John Teeling of Teeling Whiskey gave a fantastic lecture on the night in front of an audience comprised of 120 alumni including UCD Principal & Dean Anthony Brabazon. To view photos from the reunion click here. To view a highlights video click here. To view the class champions speech by Paul Kelly click here.

On September 21st, we welcomed back the BComm Class of 1993, who celebrated their 25 year reunion anniversary. To view photos from the reunion click here. To view a highlights video from the evening click here. To view the keynote speech by John Lawless click here.

On September 28th, we welcomed back the BComm class of 1998, who celebrated their 20 year reunion anniversary. To view photos from the reunion click here. To view a highlights video from the event click here. To watch the class address by Denis Hickie click here
Welcome to the Alumni Network!
The UCD Business Alumni Relations team would like to congratulate all of the students from the UCD Quinn School of Business & Smurfit School who recently graduated at their ceremonies in early September. Welcome to the UCD Alumni Network! To find out more about the resources now available to you click here.
No One Knows Everything When They Start in a New Job
Sybil Smyth, a UCD BComm & MAcc alumna details the challenges of starting out in the working world and provides some of her own tips and valuable learnings for new graduates entering into the workforce. To read more click here.
Aspire Welcome Reception 2018
The Aspire Welcome Reception took place on Tuesday 11th September 2018 where we welcomed 10 more Aspire scholars to the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business and Aspire network. David Dowling details how being awarded a scholarship has impacted his MBA journey thus far. Read more.
'Being a Woman in a Male Dominated Industry Gave me an Opportunity and a Voice'
MSc in Marketing Practice Alumna Louise Foody joined Kingspan's graduate programme over 12 years ago. Today, as the company's Director of Digital & Brand she feels that employees need to be prepared to be comfortable in the unknown. To read more click here.
Latest Research
Becoming a Multinational Enterprise: Using Industry Recipes to Achieve Rapid Multinationalization

Drawing on the concept of industry recipes, Sinead Monaghan & Esther Tippmann explain how recipe heuristics and recipe augmentation enable rapid multinationalization and showcase the economic and knowledge acquisition logics which underpin these endeavors. 

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School News and Events
Digital UCD Connections Magazine 2018-2019
The digital version of the UCD Connections Magazine is now available to read online & features alumni achievers who have made a difference in their chosen field, 30 great ideas from UCD which have made an impact worldwide, event highlights from the last year, alumni features & much more. To read the new issue online, click here.
UCD Named Top University in Ireland for Employability

University College Dublin (UCD) has been ranked number one in Ireland for graduate employability, and is among the world's top 100. UCD has climbed one place to 74th in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019, which compared 500 universities worldwide on helping students to transition to a successful career, with insights from 42,000 national and international employers. Read more.

Entrepreneurship is Booming in Ireland, Creating More Opportunities for MBA's
Ireland is ranked among the most entrepreneurial countries in the world with increasing opportunities for budding MBA entrepreneurs. An MBA emphasizes vision, leadership, and confidence, and provides robust, rigorous training in all aspects of business. While these skills are transferable to any career, they are particularly useful for entrepreneurs. Read more.
Business Analytics Summit - 26th September 2018
The Inaugural Business Analytics Summit took place on September 26th, at The Stephen's Green Hibernian Club. A panel of Business Analytics alumni shared their insights and expertise on the topic of "Dangers of Business Analytics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence". Professor Cathal Brugha delivered the welcome remarks and the discussion was moderated by Dr James McDermott, Business Analytics Programme Director.
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 700 experienced mentors are available to offer their guidance.
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