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2020 Past Virtual Plans

Global Ivey Day - Celebrating 11 years

In 2020, Global Ivey Day (GID) responded to the pandemic with a new look, and digital programming for alumni. The schedule included live interviews, case studies, Instagram takeovers, a virtual session on organizational resilience, and the launch of a new Ivey leadership podcast. Alumni also gathered online in the evening for regional and class-organized virtual happy hours.

You can watch recordings from our May 7, 2020 online events below:


A Podcast with Dean Sharon Hodgson 

Kick off GID by joining Dean Sharon Hodgson for our first episode of The Leaders Podcast by Ivey. Insights and wisdom lie within every business decision. We'll discover the hidden narratives and unlock key learnings for our own leadership and career journey. Sharon discusses pivoting during a pandemic, and how her team of staff and faculty transformed the immersive, world-class Ivey classroom into a virtual experience. COVID-19 has knocked all sectors off their axis – but in this inaugural episode learn how leading with a common purpose during this crisis is sparking experimentation and novel approaches for Canada’s top business school. Subscribe on Apple or Spotify

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Leadership Moments in Time with Joey Bergstein, HBA ’91, CEO of Seventh Generation 

Join Ivey Alumni Network Board Chair Scott Vanderwel, HBA 98, for a discussion with our 2020 Ivey Alumni Achievement Award recipient Joey Bergstein, HBA ’91. We will discuss key leadership moments in Joey’s career leading to today’s current crisis and Seventh Generation’s climate leadership. 

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Virtual Mini Case Study: The Difference a Day Can Make

Promoted above his boss and reporting directly to the CEO of a major financial institution in a new global role, Rowan Matthews contemplates, “Is what got me here, what will make me successful in this new job?” Join Associate Professor Nicole Haggerty, HBA ’89, PhD ’04, and fellow alumni to discuss this predicament and advise Rowan on what to do now. Case available here

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Instagram Takeover: Entrepreneurship

Join Professor Eric Morse, Special Advisor to The President and Director of Entrepreneurship at Western University, and the Ivey entrepreneur community to learn why entrepreneurship and its inbuilt resilience is critical to the post-COVID-19 world. 

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Ivey Academy Livestream: The New Competitive Advantage – Organizational Resilience

We're in an unprecedented period of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). How is it that some organizations are able to weather the VUCA storms so consistently and effectively, yet other organizations are unable to perform to expectations?

Resiliency is the skill and capacity to be steady and persistent under conditions of enormous stress and strain. A forward-thinking organization can take steps to embed resilient practices throughout its culture. Specifically, there are strategies and tactics that improve an organization's chances of thriving and surviving turbulence.

In this interactive session, Ivey Academy professors David Loree and Martha Maznevski, PhD ’94, will discuss potential and existing strategies that can increase a firm’s overall resiliency to better prepare for shocks and stressors. We'll speak with three prominent Ivey alumni, each representing a unique voice and perspective in our community, including Larissa Chaikowsky, MBA ’04, Chief Operating Officer, US Wealth Management at BMO, Matt Busbridge, MBA ’09, Senior Strategic Engagement Leader, Public Sector at Amazon, and James Scongack, EMBA ’17, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs & Operational Services at Bruce Power.

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Virtual Mini Case Study: Under Pressure

New to the role of Director of Talent Strategy and Operations at CDE Consulting, Samir Khoury felt overwhelmed, stressed, and concerned that he was failing to deliver on the expectations his boss was demanding. Work was all-consuming and affecting his roles as husband and father – he had three young children who needed him. Join Associate Professor Ann Frost and fellow alumni to discuss this predicament and advise Samir on what to do now. Register to receive the full mini case via email. 

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Instagram Takeover: The Women of Ivey Network

Join the Women of Ivey Network on Instagram for advice on thriving through uncertainty. Strategies for a more connected, meaningful, and energized life will be shared

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Class/Section and Regional Happy Hours

Email invitations will be sent directly to you from Class Liaisons, Chapter Presidents, and Ambassadors with details on when and how to join fellow alumni for virtual happy hours. Want to host your own online get-together with Ivey friends? 

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#GlobalIveyDay Instagram Challenge

Staying connected with your Ivey community is more important than ever. On May 7, we encourage you to reach out to your Ivey friends to remind them that you are here for support in these uncertain times. Post a favourite photo with your classmates from your time in school, a past trip together, a birthday celebration, a classmate’s wedding, a previous GID, or this year’s virtual GID via screenshot – to name a few! Tag your post with #GlobalIveyDaythe Ivey Business School Instagram account, and – most importantly – tag five Ivey friends to share their own photos! 

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