Last Thursday, on 14th November, I was invited to an alumni event organised by my business school, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM). Yes! I have become an alumnus and am part of the network now, this seems unbelievable to me. The event was held in the business area of Paris, in La Défense, in the head office of Wavestone, a French consulting firm.
The evening started with a first conference about entrepreneurship given by the founder and CEO of Wavestone, Mr. Pascal Imbert, followed by a first cocktail, then a second conference about Luxury Management given by Agnès Vissoud, Digital Innovation Director at Louis Vuitton and alumnus of GEM, and the event ended by a second cocktail.
After a whole day of dancing and rehearsals at the Paris Opera, the discovery of the modern offices at Wavestone was eye-opening. The two conferences were very insightful. The speakers talked about their path and their career in business which was especially inspiring. They had to go through a lot of hardships and moments of serious doubts, before having the courage to push through and to finally achieve satisfying results.
I used to be, and still am, a very reserved person. During those cocktail sessions, which were meant for us to network, the comfort zone for me was to stay in a corner and observe the scene, maybe while enjoying the “petits fours” (food). This time, I encouraged myself to start a conversation, and the rest of the evening was made even more fruitful (I tried even though I’d never feel like doing it!). What an experience! This environment is very far from the ballet world, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to see it.