Getting Ready for South America

Tonight is for packing.  I’m leaving for South America tomorrow for our 2nd year MBA Global Leadership trip.  Starting Monday, we’ll attend lectures and visit companies in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Most of our class will leave New Orleans on Saturday for Argentina, but a few friends and I are heading down early and checking out Rio de Janeiro.

Thankfully, the weather will be similar to what we’ve been seeing in New Orleans (highs in the 70s), so packing won’t be too much of a problem.  However, we’ll be actually taking classes in Argentina, so there’s a bit of reading that we all need to tackle in the next few days.  Also, as the semester closes, projects in different classes are coming together so this has been a busy week.  Here’s a peek at our schedule for the week.  Adios.

Monday, November 8 (Business Casual)
9:50-10 a.m. Belgrano University Welcome:
Dr. Martin Furlong, Director of International Relations Dept.
Dr. Jorge Colombres Marmol, Institutional Relations
10-11 a.m. Lecture #1: Cultural and Political Context in Argentina
Michael Ramsey, Second Secretary of Political Affairs, U.S. Embassy
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lecture # 2: Am Cham: The Economic Climate Change in Argentina
Alejandro Diaz, CEO of AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce Argentina)
2-4 p.m. Lecture #3: The 2nd Crisis in Argentina (Case Discussion)
Prof. Victor Beker, Director of the Center for New Economy Studies
4:30-6 p.m. Lecture #4: The Case of an Entrepreneur in Crisis Times
Guillermo Dietrich, Director of Dietrich Automotors

Tuesday, November 9 (Business Casual)
10-11:30 a.m. Lecture #5: Arcor Case Discussion
Agustin O’Railly, Corporate Manager for Public Affairs
Pablo Camusso, Public Affair Analyst
11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Arcor Case Discussion: Questions and Debate
Dr. Alberto Rubio, Dean of the Graduate Business School
2:30-4:30 p.m. Company visit and executive briefing
Jim Harold, CPO Head and Country President

Wednesday, November 10 (Casual, wear sneakers)
10 a.m.-5p Full day gaucho experience with gaucho demonstrations and horseback
and carriage rides

Thursday, November 11 (Business Casual)
10 a.m.-12 p.m. Lecture # 6: Quick Foods
Fernando Brom, V.P. of Sales
3-4:30 p.m. Wrap up session: Mauricio Gonzalez
9-11 p.m. Farewell dinner (business casual)

Friday, November 12
Service Learning Projects