Oh boy,

It's back-to-school season!

Where I grew up, back-to-school season always came at the end of summer/beginning of fall. I swear, with the leaves beginning to change, you could smell that it was time to go back to school.

I think that's why the smell of late summer / early fall will always energize me. It meant the start of the new school year, and it was loaded with anticipation. It was a fresh start, but not a completely new start. It was going back to the same physical building, but this time a year older and (hopefully) wiser. You could apply a lot of what you learned the previous year to the coming one (in the classroom, in the cafeteria, or on the field), and that meant opportunity.

Life hasn't been easy the past year, and some things might feel like deja vu. On the macro level it's COVID tearing through communities, climate change-related diasters, human rights being abused for political gain, but in your individual situation it's probably something more unique and might have nothing to do with those macro trends.

But whatever the challeges are this upcoming season, let's channel that back-to-school energy and remember: the game might not have changed, but we have. We are smarter than last year. We are more resilient last year. We got this.

Happy back-to-school season to all of you, because if you're an HHL alumni, then you'll always be a lifetime learner!


Photo by Daiga Ellaby (@daiga_ellaby) on Unsplash

Welcome to the HHL Family, New Students!

Enrollment Ceremony Fall 2021

Speaking of back-to-school, season...
on September 6, 2021 at the HYPERION Hotel Leipzig, the festive HHL Enrollment Ceremony for the Fall term took place. The HHL community and Dean of HHL, Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, warmly welcomed the classes MSc22 and PMSc12 of the Master of Science Program, classes M21 and M22 of the MBA Program as well as the new students of the Doctoral Program and the new exchange students.

In total, HHL enrolled 64 new MBA students (full-time) from 18 different countries and 52 students for the Master in Management program. Furthermore, 61 students joined the part-time MSc which HHL now offers in the three locations Leipzig, Cologne and Munich.

These new students will have access to our alumni platform, so make sure to make them feel welcome!

Career Development for Alumni

15 Sept at 18:00 CEST | Exclusive career event with Egon Zehnder

For everyone who wants to climb the career ladder, it is worth participating in this exciting online event "Insights about leadership success" together with Egon Zehnder on September 15. Egon Zehnder is a worldwide operating leadership advisory firm - with more than 500 consultants globally - specialized in Executive and CEO search, Board advisory, CEO succession, executive assessment and development, team effectiveness, culture, and organizational transformation.

This interactive session facilitated by Prof. Dr. Wolfhart Pentz, Head of Egon Zehnder’s Executive Assessment and Development Practice in Germany is an opportunity for you to sharpen your lenses about leadership success and self-awareness.

Interested? Register via HHL's digital career center jobteaser here!

STILL don't have a jobteaser account? Either register directly using your HHL email address (yes, it's still active) - or reach out to Martina Beermann (Martina.Beermann@hhl.de), Director HHL Career Development/Employer Relations, if you have any questions!

HHL Spirit Festival: The Annual Alumni Homecoming

12-13 November | Save the Date!

The HHL Spirit Festival: The Annual Alumni Homecoming is scheduled to take place on 12-13 November, 2021.

We're planning a very different event for you this year. To make it as inclusive as possible, it will be a virtual event blending serious and fun. This is going to be Your Space to Grow!

We are all, board members, local chapters, HHL faculty and current HHL students, putting the plans together to create an unforgettable event. Got ideas of your own or want to help out? Don't hesitate to reach out at info@alumni.hhl.de or on Slack.

Stay tuned!

Sneak Peak | HHL Spirit Festival

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carmen Schwalbe

Getting excited for the HHL Spirit Festival? So are we! We're finalizing the agenda right now, but we can already confirm one of our amazing keynote speakers: Dr. Carmen Schwalbe!

Carmen is a P12 HHL Alumni, author, speaker, podcaster and self-marketing strategist.

Carmen is anything but conventional. Want to get a feeling for what you're in store for at her keynote? Check out this exclusive preview she's prepared for the HHLAA community of her new book, "Become your Life's CEO” on the alumni platform.

Connect with Your Local Chapter!

Have you found your local alumni chapters yet?

Don't want to wait until the HHL Spirit Festival to reconnect with alumni in your region? See what's going on near you! We've cleaned up and improved the alumni chapter pages on the alumni platform, so login here to our HHL Alumni Association portal and:
- Keep your profile up-to-date
- Meet your local chapter head, join the group and attend all the exciting events happening around you!

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events

HHL Shop

HHL Shop

What's back-to-school season without a new backpack?

As more and more of us are heading back into the office (at least occasionally), you might be reconsidering your old-school briefcase or messanger bag.

This backpack looks like it is made for the real world: a rollable top, a place to stow your water bottle on the outside, and a zipper pocket on the inside for your valuables. Mobile office? Here we come!

Get your backpack and other HHL merchandise at the HHL Shop!


Fireside chat with Marisa Drew and Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner

On 15 April 2021, HHL welcomed Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head of Sustainability Strategy, Advisory & Finance at Credit Suisse, to a most insightful fireside chat with HHL’s Dean, Prof. Dr. Stephan Stubner, exclusively open to the HHL community. The talk was organized as part of the cooperation between HHL and the Credit Suisse.

Check out the full chat on YouTube here!

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