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Friday 20 March, 2020

Hi <<First Name>>,

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to protect our community and our volunteers while staying in touch with each other.

Following a meeting with our Executive Committee this week, we have committed to be an even stronger enabler of connections for our Singapore alumni during these difficult times. We will be launching and moving to virtual / remote events whenever possible. We are also working with other Alumni Associations worldwide and with INSEAD to make available more webinars for our members.

This will allow all of us to stay engaged, educated and connected wherever you are in the world. The online events are free of charge for MEMBERS. We will give you access with a link sent by email after you register for the event.

The team of Alumni Association of Singapore also remains available for 1o1 meetings and conference calls if you need to reach any of us. 

Follow our social media pages Facebook and LinkedIn to stay updated. We have over 1,500 members in our Facebook Alumni Group! All of you can participate and start a conversation.

If you would like to send supporting messages or good wishes to our Dean, Ilian Mihov, please direct your messages to Alumni relations team at INSEAD. They are collecting all the support messages.

As a global business school, INSEAD and INSEAD faculty are also leading from the front during the COVID-19 crisis. Professor Phanish Puranam just launched a short online survey to analyse how it is to really work together when we’re apart. It only takes 5 minutes and we'd love your feedback! Learn more in this article.  
"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope."
― Barack Obama

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Careers & Lifelong Learning

INSEAD Healthcare & INDEVOR Clubs: Better Access to Care

Thursday 23 April 2020, 6.30 – 8.30 pm at SPRIM
Creating an equitable and sustainable healthcare access in Asia Pacific. Home to 60 percent of the world population, APAC region has its fair share of unique needs and challenges when it comes to healthcare access. Come learn from our esteemed experts from public and private sectors, payors and payees, MNCs and startups. It will be an engaging exchange of sharing best practices, failures and lessons learned as well as what the future of healthcare access might lead us to.

  • Adrienne Mendenhall, Director of Business Development at ACCESS Health
  • Harjit Gill, CEO at APACmed
  • Marine Stojanovic, General Manager, Multi Country Organisation (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei) at Sanofi
  • Dr Kamakhya Das, Chief Medical Underwriter, L&G Asia Pac at PartnerRe
Moderator: Susan Fanning MBA'02D, Health & Wellbeing executive across Asia, Europe and Africa
Pricing (french wine and snacks will be served):
  • Members and a guest each pay: $20 - promocode: care
  • Non-members and a guest each pay: $50
  • Students and a guest each pay: $50
Learn more and register

Listen to Lead (Online version)

Career Development and Lifelong Learning series
Tuesday 28 April 2020, 6.30 – 9.00 pm - online 
We prize good self-presentation. We think about how to make the right impression online and offline on: 
  • how to frame our arguments in discussions with bosses, peers or clients;
  • how to get our points across in meetings (virtually or live)
  • how to convince or coerce others to do what we want 
Sometimes, we even spend serious money on how to be persuasive. 

It is understandable. Our workplace is competitive. Research suggests that when others are talking, we don't listen. We are too busy getting ready to speak. 

This tendency only gets worse as we get more senior. It is even more apparent when we do it virtually as our presentation is more pronounced. We get distracted with our appearance, technical issues or surroundings. 

We fail to listen because we're more preoccupied about our performance. We think our ideas are better than others. So we get into avoidable conflict situations. We miss opportunities to move conversations forward. We alienate others and diminish our team's effectiveness. 

When we truly listen, we put our egos aside. We allow space for everyone to understand the situation and one another and to focus on the team's objectives.  

The ability to listen attentively and without judgement is one of the most challenging and prized skills for leaders to master. 

Empathetic leaders know that listening is critical to form bonds and develop an open environment for creativity and productivity to thrive. Listening reduces conflict and encourages creative problem-solving. 

In this 90-minute online workshop, facilitated Anna Ong MBA'09J we will work on both listening and awareness through various improv-based games. We will:
  • Understand personal negative listening patterns
  • Develop the ability to correct the patterns
  • Recognise the patterns in others
  • Cultivate patience in communication
  • Become a better listener. 
1. How does this web workshop work? Is this a fancy version of a webinar?
No, this is a remote workshop. Anna will lead and facilitate the workshop in the main room, and you will be breaking out into smaller groups when you share and exchange stories. It is similar to when you go to a live workshop, and you have to break out into pairs. 
2. What platform will we be using?
We will use the zoom application for our sessions. You will need to download the desktop application or use the zoom application on your mobile or iPad to go into the breakout rooms. 
3. What do I need to prepare?
As this is a remote workshop, you will need a working computer, camera and microphone. 

  • Free for members - promo code: lead
  • Non-members and a guest each pay: $30
  • DUAL members and a guest each pay: $30
Learn more and register

No Holds Barred Advice - Career Excellence by Seasoned Professionals

Tuesday 5 May 2020, 6.30 – 9.00 pm at INSEAD Asia Campus
Keen to have a sneak peak into the mind and career trajectory of high flyers? Come for an open discussion with 3 speakers hailed from Airbnb, Facebook and PayPal. They will share how they navigated their career and provide career insights and overcome setbacks to become stronger than they were before.

  • Parin Mehta MBA'11D, Managing Director at Airbnb Experiences, Asia Pacific
  • Winnie Chua MBA’03D, Director, APAC Business Planning & Operations (Global Business Group) at Facebook
  • Bas Gavert MBA‘09D, Senior Director, Business Solutions Go-To-Market at PayPal
This session will be moderated by Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA’16
For more details, please contact event organizers, Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA'16 & Ankit Kedia MBA’14D

  • Members and a guest each pay: $15 - promocode: noholds
  • Non-members and a guest each pay: $45 
  • INSEAD students and a guest each pay: $45
Learn more and register

Workplace Challenges for LGBT professionals

Thursday 14 May 2020, 6.30 – 9.00 pm at INSEAD Asia Campus
This session will bring some of the workplace challenges that arise from social prejudices based on sexual orientation to life using interactive case discussions. Topics will include managing prejudiced colleagues and clients, and individual and organizational interventions against homophobia.

The session will be led by Eric Luis Uhlmann, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour. Case materials will be provided during the session

  • Members and a guest each pay: $15 - access code: prejudice
  • Non-members and a guest each pay: $45
Learn more and register

INSEAD Directors Forum 2020 (Asia Edition) - new dates

Friday 26 - Saturday 27 June 2020 at INSEAD Asia Campus, Corporate Governance Centre
INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre (ICGC), in collaboration with the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society (HGIBS) and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), will jointly host the 15th edition of the INSEAD Directors Forum, Asia edition, in Singapore on 30-31 March 2020.

  • Members and a guest each pay: $500 - no promocode required
  • Non-members and a guest each pay: $750
Learn more and register
DUAL Events
The Distinguished Universities Alumni League (DUAL) is a umbrella of 20 university alumni clubs (Harvard, LBS, Columbia, INSEAD...). Click here for more details on events. DUAL is on Facebook - stay connected.
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COVID-19 Advisory
Given the situation regarding the COVID-19, we remind everyone who is attending our events to be extra vigilant and to put in extra effort to stay healthy during this period, and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 
  1. If you are feeling unwell or having respiratory symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough, running nose etc., you should not attend any events and visit a doctor immediately. 
  2. If you you are currently under stay-home notice or home quarantine, you should not attend any events. 
  3. Person attending our events would be required to comply with the hosting venue requirements (eg temperature checks and fill in a survey for purpose of contact tracing).   
Stay safe and well.
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President: Cintia Tavella MBA'07D 
Vice-President - elect: Ankit Kedia MBA’14D
Secretary: Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA'16Jan
Treasurer: Abel Van Staveren EMBA'08D
Treasurer - elect: Amy Xu MBA'14J
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Social Events & IAF: Virginia Brumby MBA'09J
Mentorship Program: Ilhem Dib MBA'06J
Clubs & Groups - elect: Julie He MBA'13D
Career Development & Lifelong Learning: Ankit Kedia MBA’14D & Jaz Athenia Chua TIEMBA'16Jan
Marketing & Communications: Jean-Francois Legourd MBA'12D
Digital Innovation & FinTech: Laurent Simon TGM F/S'14Jul
Professors & Companies Events - elect: Tan Eng Hwa TIEMBA'16Jan  
Executive Director: Nathalie De Spiegeleire
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