Posts Tagged ‘Global 2009’

Final comments. Thanks to everyone!

March 23, 2009

dscn4829I just loved accompanying all of you to Chile and Brazil this year.  Thanks so much. One of the great benefits of being a professor is to watch students experience new things.  To me education is based on what the students do, not what a professor does.  And in this case I had a perfect vantage point to watch students doing a lot.  From company visits, interviews, and presentations to tours with hard hats, drinks in hands, and food on plates, from cheering soccer players to hugging children in the favelas.  Thank you.

I also enjoyed seeing your work with the consulting projects this year.  Nothing enhances education more than getting away from the theoretical and doing something that is real.  Your consulting projects gave real feedback to companies that needed real advice based on real data.  I have already received emails from many of the companies who have thanked me for your work.

Finally, I enjoyed the social side of hanging out with young people for two weeks. Watching you eat, drink, play, swim, chill, study, email, text, sleep, are all delightful.  And I even learned how to play Mahjong!

Also, a special thanks to Diego and Sonia.  How cool was it to have Diego lead us through Chile?   And for those of you who missed it, you should have seen Sonia just melt as she sat in Vinicius listening to Bossa Nova.  I’m so glad that McCombs came up with the idea to have someone be responsible for all of the financial side of our global trips.

Muito obrigado,


Spring Break 2009

March 18, 2009

Watch everyone scatter!  From Buzios to Sugarloaf, from Maricá to Iguaçu, McCombs was well represented.  Tell us a little about your break.

Morro dos Prazers, Cachaça Magnífica

March 17, 2009

What a way to round our a visit to Rio.  One day we meet with expats in the modern conference rooms of Chevron and the next day we meet with volunteer workers who live in the favelas of Morro dos Prazeres.  From capoeira and music classes, to their small library, video productions, and lessons on STDs, Morro dos Prazeres is a world away from the 21 floor of Chevron.  And who would have thought that in the middle of Santa Teresa is the home of Seu João, owner of Cachaça Magnífica.

Chevron and FMC

March 16, 2009

“Petróleo”, one of the great moving forces of Brazil’s economy and today we got to hear about the petroleum industry from two vantage points.  First was from life as an expat for Chevron in Rio de Janeiro.  Then FMC provided us with a view of life under the ocean, full of Christmas Trees, no less!

Corcovado and Soccer

March 16, 2009

What an intro to Brazil!  Two of the greatest icons:  The Cristo Redentor statue on Corcovado Hill and a soccer game at Marcanã stadium (Fluminense vs. Macaé).

Intro to Rio

March 15, 2009

Eugenio meets us at the airport, we all arrive in Ipanema, get our first peek at the beaches.  Already a good start.  Denise give our lecture on Brazilian business culture and then we head out to Porcão for our welcome dinner.  How about your first impressions regarding Rio (or picanha, alcatra, or fraldinha).

CODELCO, El teniente, Esmeralda

March 14, 2009

Give the importance of copper to Chile’s economy, a visit to El teniente has to be part of the global experience.  So how was your experience at El teniente?

Casa Lapostolle

March 13, 2009

You have now met the Marnier-Lapostolle family, including a chance to hear Charles’ vision about Casa Lapostolle and Clos Apalta.  Add a dinner at casa perron and some horseback riding and you’ve got the makings of a great afternoon in Chile.  What were your impressions?

Banco Central, Bolsa, Company Visits

March 11, 2009

What a setting, the board room of the Central Bank with the V.P. Jorge Desormeaux!  What stands out from your participation in his lecture?  Any impression you want to share about the visit to the Bolsa de Valores and your company visits/presentations?

Valparaíso, San Antonio: CSAV

March 11, 2009

So what are your take aways from the visit to Valparaíso and San Antonio?  Today we went to CSAV to hear Sergio Hurtado’s lecture, followed by the tour of the port with Raul Edwards?  And we’re all glad that Edyth is OK and we’re amazed at how much Hassan is getting around!