Beta Gamma Sigma – Global Leadership Summit 2016

From 3 to 6 November 2016, Beta Gamma Sigma held its second Global Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas. Business Law student Pascal von Ah represented the SML at the summit. He shares his experience with us.

The Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is organized by the honor society Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS). In her welcoming speech, BGS President Chris Carosella said that this event was an opportunity to make life-long friendships. Her words confused me; I had thought that the GLS was a business event, and now they were talking about friendship? After the event, I realized what she ment.

A Great Opportunity
When I first learned about this opportunity to go to Dallas, I didn’t know anything about BGS. However, I thought it might be a great opportunity to go the United States for a week, meet other business students, and have a great time. In fact, I registered without knowing that the SML Chapter of BGS would pay for the trip.

Downtown Dallas: Pascal had a great view from his hotel room.

Downtown Dallas: Pascal had a great view from his hotel room.

What GLS 2016 Was All About
The theme for this year’s GLS was “sustainable and ethical leadership.” Speakers included Dmitri Stockton (Senior Vice President of GE Company), Dr. Tim Clipson (LIFE!), Dough Wilks (StrengthLauncher), Amy Hall (Eileen Fisher), and Tom R. Robinson (AACSB International). To be honest, I had never heard about those people before and I’m not sure whether the American students had, either. But all of them are top experts in their fields. They shared their stories with us about how they became successful leaders. Not only did we gain valuable insights into our own path of leadership, but we also spent three entertaining and interesting days.

Pascal von Ah (second from left) with his project group. They were working together on a case study.

Pascal von Ah (second from left) with his project group. They were working together on a case study.

Many Good Reasons Why You Should Attend GLS 2017
The GLS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet over 300 students from around the world, make new business contacts, and forge life-long friendships. In other words, what BGS President Chris Carosella had claimed was absolutely true: The number of my Linkedin business contacts increased by about 100. They mainly include high-performing students from prestigious business schools who are driven by success – otherwise they wouldn’t be BGS members. My new friends come from the US, Korea, Taiwan, and South America. Of course, I don’t know yet whether these friendships will last a lifetime, but when I travel to one of those places in future, I will be sure to let them know.

Contact: Pascal von Ah

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