London Business School (LBS) Gulf Association -Women in Business Club, an independent initiative of Dubai-based LBS alumnae and current students, is hosting its next event at Capital Club Dubai on 28 September.
The guest speaker will be Sam Katiela, founder and managing director of MAMEMO and founder of the Beach Polo Cup Dubai, a worldwide polo competition.
Four Dubai-based entrepreneurs and LBS alumnae – Suman Menda, Dr. Rahma Beaugrand, Asra Eftekhari, and Ada Lanzaro Beaton – set up London Business School (LBS) Gulf Association -Women in Business Club with an aim of building a support network to offer advice and guidance to entrepreneurs.
Dr. Beaugrand, the business transformation principal at SAP Middle East, explains that their monthly events allow for networking amongst people in the business community and other alumnae associations in an intimate and informal, living room style discussion.
“We noticed there was a gap in the market for people to have candid informal discussions,” adds Menda, director at Mya Consulting. “From attending other events, we noticed that entrepreneurship was often glorified and overhyped. However, very few people realise how difficult, painful, and lonely it is.
“In addition to this, there is a term called intrapreneurship which is the act of behaving like an entrepreneur while working within a large organisation. Therefore, we wanted to hear the stories of both entrepreneurs building start-ups and those intrapreneurs who were innovating and disrupting their industries through the corporate world.”
Eftekhari, founder and managing director at Eight Luxury Marketing, says: “The informal format enables the speaker to be vulnerable and genuine and interact with audience comfortably.
“Our membership base is diverse, and includes people from almost every industry and a range of different nationalities. This is key to having thought-provoking and informative discussions at all our events.”
London Business School, which was founded in 1964 as the London Graduate School of Business Studies, was ranked among the top 100 universities for the third consecutive year in a row in this year’s Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. It began offering courses in Dubai in 2007.
With a presence in London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Dubai, London Business School has more than 40,000 alumni from over 150 countries.
In October, London Business School (LBS) Gulf Association -Women in Business Club will organise a panel discussion on the art of negotiations.
For more information, please visit www.gulflbswomeninbusiness.com.
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