Leadership & Career Development Program
The Leadership & Career Development Program has been designed to equip Full-Time MBA students with the tools required to design their dream career and adopt the mindset that will support this.
The program runs over all three terms of the Full-Time MBA and consists of:
- Three two-day leadership and career development retreat (one per term)
- A mix of in-person and online skills development seminars
- A minimum of four coaching sessions with a certified executive coach
The program is transformational and places emphasis on experiential and peer-to-peer learning, blending practical tools, personal development and coaching.
LCD Program Objectives
Over the course of the program, participants will:
- Define their career sweet spot – “ikigai”
- Identify their strengths and learn how to leverage them
- Build the confidence needed to take bold actions to develop their careers
- Use leadership techniques to develop their entrepreneurial mind-set
- Create a support network to empower them
- Create a powerful CV and cover letter
- Learn how to create a personal brand
- Discover strategies to have greater impact during job fairs
- Learn what it takes to succeed in a job interview
- Learn how to negotiate their salary
- Learn how to navigate corporate politics
- Become more powerful leaders
- Take ownership of their careers to create their future
- Receive one-to-one coaching by certified specialist coaches
- Receive personal feedback from programme leaders and peers
Professors Xavier Garcia-Weibel and Julie Leitz, will co-moderate all three retreats and designed it to allow for a unique level of individual attention and quality.
Internship opportunity for a successfull career transformation
At the end of the program, in July, program participants have the opportunity to pursue a five-month internship. This allows participants, when they are willing to transition to a new industry or function, to apply and test the skills acquired during the MBA. And for international participants, it allows them to gain European real-world professional experience and add it to their CVs.
The internship can be anywhere in the world, as it is meant to serve as a springboard for participants’ professional development and enable them to demonstrate their ability to perform at a higher level – often leading to opportunities to transform the internship into a long-term work contract.
Meet the Team
Julie holds an MSc Neuroscience from the University of Oxford and is Certified Professional Co-active® Coach (CPCC). She spends most of her time transforming teams and leaders in large organisations around Europe. With a background in psychology and neuroscience, she is passionate about the mechanisms that facilitate change and growth. When she is not training groups in organisations, Julie works with managers and executives who want to make a more powerful impact in line with their vision for themselves and their organisation.
Julie loves to challenge existing ways of doing things and brings her scientific and artistic mindset to everything she does. She holds that a flexible, daring mindset is the key to effective leadership. Julie has published several scientific articles in international, peer-reviewed journals and is currently developing a theory of change and leadership.
She is fluent in English, French and German. Originally from Paris, she lives in London. Its eclectic mix of cultures, landscapes and people, as well as the many green spaces it has to offer, make it her favourite city in the world.
Xavier has a proven track record in entrepreneurship and has occupied various managerial roles at large corporations in the IT-telecommunications field such as Orange and Swisscom in the USA, France and Switzerland. Positions include Business Innovation Manager, IT Strategy Lead and Strategy Manager. He has conducted strategic projects across corporate divisions and has first-hand experience in dealing with corporate politics and stakeholders.
A passionate corporate trainer, Xavier specializes in experiential workshops focusing on developing Leadership and Innovation in organisations. He is currently delivering a Human-Centric Leadership program for teams at Swisscom, at the intersection of design-thinking and co-active leadership.
Xavier is a Certified Professional Co-active® Coach (CPCC), and Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coaching Federation. He Holds a M.Sc. in Business Informatics & Network Management from Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse France. He coaches professionals so they may reveal the innovation leader in themselves. Xavier leads team, leadership and innovation/design thinking workshops at Swisscom, Google and eBay. He is also present in Academia as a guest speaker and course leader at École des Ponts Business School MBA, Paris, HSG St Gallen and M.Sc. HEG-VD, HES-SO, Lausanne.
He is fluent in English, French & Spanish with a strong command of German and Italian. In his spare time, Xavier enjoys hiking with his dog, practicing meditation and is a fan of heroic fantasy.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
Going through the Solvay-Ponts MBA was a once in a lifetime experience for me! My batch consisted of 19 great people with 13 nationalities, the faculty is top notch - quite dynamic and hands on in the classes, and the program staff very supportive. Not only did I meet a lot of great people, I learned a lot of new ideas as well. Having gone through this program with them broadened my personal, career, and cultural perceptions. I am now working as a Regional Solutions Analyst in an international alcohol company headquartered in Paris where I combine my previous IT experience with the newly acquired business literacy. I attribute all of this to the school for giving me this excellent opportunity!
Of course the professors are fabulous, both in their experience & teaching methods but what really makes this MBA program unique is the cohort… diverse in nationality & experience and thirsty for knowledge. I will say that while this mix of diverse cultures, personalities, experiences and motivations made working in groups challenging, I came out so much stronger by getting through it. This was an unexpected aspect of learning... building my personal confidence in a big way which is certainly the reason I was able to take the leap and start my own company.
"The MBA helped me transform myself from a purely technical thinker into an innovative business thinker.” ‘’I already had the problem-solving skills in me, but the MBA clearly added a lot of business acumen. So I was able to get out of the pure technical aspect of solving problems and add the business aspect, the business results and an entrepreneurial approach.’’
Verna Mugot (Philippines)Regional Solutions Analyst, Pernod-Ricard
Jessie Chapman (USA)Founder, TexaQ
Amarou AW (Senegal)Senior Consultant, Mars & CO