Alumni glam up for joint business school ball in Milan

Alumni from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) joined forces with alumni from other international business schools to organise the Milan Joint Business School Ball on 11 November 2017. The glamorous event brought business professionals from all over the world together to meet up and dance in one of Milan’s most luxurious venues.

This first edition of the Milan Joint Business School Ball took place at Hotel Palazzo Parigi in the elegant Brera district of Milan, Italy. The event was attended by 163 MBA and master alumni – 101 women and 62 men – from more than 20 business schools, with guests flying in from all over the world. Universities represented included RSM, London Business School, Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Chicago Booth School of Business, INSEAD, and SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Guests were treated to an aperitif with signature Milanese cocktails sponsored by Campari, followed by a sit-down gala dinner before hitting the dance floor to the notes of Luca ‘Sax’ Belloni and DJ Tumba. Through a charity raffle, guests raised funds for the Associazione Italiana GIST Onlus, a volunteer organisation dedicated to supporting patients affected by gastro-intestinal stromal tumours.

Leisure and networking

The Ball was a collaborative effort between several business school alumni chapters in Italy.

“When we moved to Milan after the MBA we realised that there was very little in terms of joint business school events with a focus on leisure as opposed to pure business networking. We wanted to change that with the Milan Joint Business School Ball,” says RSM alumna Mariaclara Celati (International Full-time MBA 2014), who was part of the organising committee with fellow RSM alumnus Philip Lloyd (FT MBA 2011).

RSM was not only actively involved in the organisation but also by being the first business school to sponsor the initiative. “We’ve made history by introducing a unique concept to the business school alumni networking scene in Italy,” says alumnus Philip Lloyd. “Watching guests enjoying themselves and dancing the night away gave us organisers a massive sense of accomplishment and the determination to turn this into a key event on the European alumni calendar.

More information

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is one of Europe’s top 10 business schools. RSM provides ground-breaking research and education furthering excellence in all aspects of management and is based in the international port city of Rotterdam – a vital nexus of business, logistics and trade. RSM’s primary focus is on developing business leaders with international careers who can become a force for positive change by carrying their innovative mindset into a sustainable future. Our first-class range of bachelor, master, MBA, PhD and executive programmes encourage them to become critical, creative, caring and collaborative thinkers and doers. Study information and activities for future students, executives and alumni are also organised from the RSM office in Chengdu, China.

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