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US campus: networking with Carolinas' business community


Raleigh: SKEMA welcomes the Franco-American business community of North and South Carolina.

1st December 2016, SKEMA and the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce welcomed around 100 professionals from the French community working in North and South Carolina to the SKEMA Raleigh campus. The evening was devoted to intercultural management and networking. 

On the initiative of Marie-Claire Ribeill, North America development and external relations Officer for SKEMA and Honorary French Consul in Raleigh (NC), and the Franco-American Chamber of Commerce, this first meeting of all the actors of the French community was supported by Frederick Beaujeu-Dufour and his wife Anne Faircloth (Faircloth Cattle Farm). French people from the business world, professionals from locally established French companies, French professionals, university professors and students, local government representatives and representatives from supporting organisations all came along to hear the guest speaker: Rod Franckel from Frankel Staffin. He spoke about multicultural management – he worked for Club Med for about twenty years in many different countries.

The speech went down very well. It was preceded by a presentation of SKEMA given brilliantly by Anthony Feraboli a student in the MSc International Business on the campus. The talks were followed by a networking cocktail where French cuisine was shown to advantage thanks to the participation of the “Saint Jacques”, a French restaurant in Raleigh, “La Farm”, a local French bakery and “The Queen of Wines”, French wine importer. 

The 25 participating SKEMA students had the opportunity to chat with managers and heads of large companies established in Raleigh and the local area (Biomerieux, Schneider Electric, Veolia, IBM, Lenovo, Tageos…). They could also discuss with representatives of the local and federal trade departments. This opportunity also gave the students the chance to make numerous contacts for internships as well as being a good demonstration of networking. 

All participants enjoyed this “première” and said how much they would like to see more events of this type very soon. Fortunately, the SKEMA Raleigh campus will host three new events in spring 2017: a Business Speed Dating on February 8, the European American Business Summit on 23 March and a talk on Doing Business in America with professionals from France, Germany, Canada and Japan (date to be announced). 

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