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Welcome to the September 2018 edition of Business eConnections. 
This month we feature interviews with Kerry McLaverty, MBA '17, ‌Head of Operations and Company Secretary at LauraLynn along with Cathal McGloin, MBA '92, CEO at ServisBOT. 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
Kerry McLaverty - MBA '17
Cathal McGloin - MBA '92
More In Profile Interviews
Upcoming Alumni Events

BComm Milestone Reunions 2018
A number of BComm Reunions for milestone years (2003, 1988, 1993, 1998) 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.
Aspire 2018 Welcome Reception - September 11th 2018
On Tuesday 11th September, a welcome reception for our 2018 Aspire Scholars will take place in the Laurence Crowley Boardroom, UCD Smurfit School from 6pm - 8pm, where 10 new scholars will join the Aspire Alumni Community & network. 
New York Alumni: Networking Reception & Panel Discussion
Join us at the Mutual of America for an evening of learning, discussion & networking on Tuesday October 16th 2018, where a panel of New York based alumni will share their insights, experience, and expertise on a variety of topics. 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 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. 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
UCD Business & Law Graduates Make History at the World Cup
UCD Business Alumni Relations would like to congratulate the Irish women's hockey team which last month made history in reaching the World Cup Final. The team included Nikki Evans & Gillian Pinder who are both graduates in Business & Law from the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of business. Read more
Lonely Planet - The MBA Journey
Catherine O’Brien EMBA 2015/17 shares her transformative MBA journey which started on a Lonely Planet beach. She details her induction & team-building boot camp, the opportunity to represent Smurfit at the John Molson International MBA Case Competition in Montreal, in addition to how she obtained her role with Accenture. Read more
How to Nail Public Speaking: The Chris Rock Approach
David Nihill, founder of FunnyBiz Conference, Bestselling author of 'Do you talk funny' & UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School alumnus recently provided a number of tips in The Irish Times to help nail your public speaking delivery. Read more.
Phonovation's Gavin Carpenter: 'Culture Beats Cash Every Time'
Phonovation CEO & UCD Masters in Management alumnus Gavin Carpenter has launched numerous new services for his company which was recently named one of Deloitte's best managed companies for 2018. Read more.
Latest Research
Keeping Up With The Joneses: Industry Rivalry, Commitment to Frames and Sensemaking Failures
Drawing on a qualitative study of the banking crisis in Ireland, Federica Pazzaglia, Maeve Farrell, Karan Sonpar & Pablo Martin De Holan examine how a cognitive frame of environmental conditions that is shared among industry rivals constrains their ability to act on the cues of slowly incubating threats. 
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School News and Events
Are you considering an MBA or Business Masters?  
Then consider enrolling at Ireland's only triple-accredited business school, UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Book your personalised meeting with our admissions team. Registration is now open for our upcoming regional information evenings:

Dublin QS Connect MBA Event, Marker Hotel, Mon 1st Oct, 6-9.30pm
Galway Information Evening, Meyrick Hotel, Eyre Square, Mon 1st Oct, 4 -7pm.
Limerick Information Evening, Castleroy Park Hotel, Thurs 4th Oct, 4 -7pm.
Cork Information Evening, The River Lee Hotel, Wed 10th Oct, 4 -7pm.
Smurfit Business School MSc Ranked Seventh in the World
UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s
full-time MSc in International Management has been ranked 7th in the world according to the
Financial Times 2018 Global Masters in Management (MiM) ranking, published today. The new ranking places the course eight places ahead of its previous slot and places UCD in the top 10 worldwide. To read more click here.
Consumer Market Monitor Q2 2018
The latest Consumer Market Monitor, published by the Marketing Institute of Ireland and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has revealed that the number of imported second-hand cars has doubled in two years up to 100,000 from 50,000 in 2015. Sales of new cars were down by 10.5% in 2017, a trend which is continuing into 2018, with sales down 4.9% in the first half of the year. Read more.
Nova to Spend €6.5m Expanding its New Ventures Facilities
Nova the centre for new ventures based at UCD, is to spend €6.5m expanding its facilities for early stage companies. When complete in June 2019, the extension will accommodate between 15 and 30 additional start-ups in 23 new business units, labs & co-working spaces. Read more.
Laurence Crowley Lecture Series With Professor Nien-hê Hsieh
The lecture, entitled 'Ethics for a New Economy: Back to Basics?'' focuses on ethical development in a new landscape created by the rapid innovations in biotechnology and the digital economy. This lecture will take place 1st Oct 2018, 5:30 - 7pm in UCD Smurfit. Limited places are available, to register click here.
Alltech Advanced Management Programme
Smurfit Executive Development recently welcomed 52 executives from Alltech who are completing the ''Alltech Advanced Management Programme.'' The participants spent two weeks attending lectures, plenary sessions, and project presentations. This year marks the 20th anniversary since the programme commenced back in 1998.
Sunday Business Post Interview - Anthony Brabazon
“In the real world, a lot comes down to the performance incentivisation systems. That’s where the rubber hits the road”. As Dean of the UCD School of Business, Anthony Brabazon’s job is to supply a world-class education to an international student body of 10,000, in a time of huge global uncertainty and tightening university budgets. Read more.
Irish-American Businessman Tom Moran Passes Away
Tom Moran, chancellor of Queens University sadly passed away recently after a short battle with illness. Tom was the first chairman of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School North American Board & had a successful career with roles in Concern Worldwide & Mutual of America in addition to playing a critical role in the Northern Irish peace process. Read more.
Former Arthur Cox Chairman James O'Dwyer Passes Away
Former Arthur Cox Chairman & Managing Partner James O'Dwyer recently passed away after a brief illness. At the time of his death he was a member of the Irish Emeritus Board at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School whilst he was also a founding member of the UCD School of Law's Development Council. 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 700 experienced mentors are available to offer their guidance.
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Executive Development Upcoming Courses

Senior Leadership Programme
Smurfit Senior Leadership Programme
- 2 week programme commences 10th September 2018 (Dublin) & 21st October 2018 (Washington D.C.)

3 Day short courses
Leading For High Impact Results - 17th, 18th & 21st September 2018
Digital Strategy & Leadership - 19th - 21st September 2018

Part-time Diplomas
Diploma in High Performance Sales & Business Development - Commences 1st November 2018
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