IBD Team Members Find Out Their IBD Projects:
A significant day in the IBD spring program took place on February 14, 2019: “The Big Reveal”. This is the day during which all IBD students (Team Leads and Team Members) come together for the first time in their IBD class. It is also the day during which the Team Members learn for the first time the nature of their IBD projects, their clients, their teammates, and where they will travel in May for their in-country experience.
In continuation of a recently established IBD tradition, our sixteen student Team Leads created short videos to show during the IBD Big Reveal, introducing their respective IBD projects to the newly announced Team Members on their team. IBD Executive Director David Richardson had this to say about the event: “Each video was thoughtfully crafted, and it was so much fun to see the newly identified Team Members jumping up to greet their new Team Lead and other Team Members. There were hugs, high fives and the occasional handshakes, as some Team Members and Leads were meeting each other for the first time.”
Now that the IBD student teams have come together for the first time, there is a lot of work to be done. IBD teams will immediately arrange to meet with their global clients via video conference, beginning the process of learning about the organization and the project problem they are being asked to solve. A great deal of teamwork, team building, and analysis of different countries and industries still needs to be done before each IBD student team can travel to their respective project destinations.
Clients and Destinations:
Every year, IBD is fortunate to work with phenomenal international project clients, and this year is no exception. This year’s client organizations are diverse in size and industry, and represent a mix of for-profit, non-profit, education, and social enterprises. Each IBD project is important to each client, and is fully expected to add a great deal of value to the organization. In fact, in one of the introduction videos to her new Team Members, the IBD Team Lead tells her new team that the work they will do for their client is “intended to scale globally and will affect every company in the corporate world.” What an amazing opportunity this is for our MBA students!
Out of the sixteen project clients working with IBD this year, eight are returning from past IBD projects — including five who have had projects during each of the last three years. This coming May, 80 IBD students will travel to 15 different countries during their three weeks of in-country project experience.
The entire IBD team at Berkeley Haas, including faculty and staff, is excited to be a part of our students’ unique and challenging project experience. We look forward to sharing more with our readers during the next three months, leading up to the IBD students’ and especially time in-country. Stay tuned; there is a lot of fun ahead! To check out more photos from the IBD Big Reveal class, click here.