Over 100 student clubs are currently listed by the HEC administration on campus. Belonging to one or more allows you to really be a part of the life on campus. But should you not find the club that matches one particular interest you have, you can still try and found other people that agree with you so that you can then launch your own club together. Here’s a little overview of the new student clubs created this year.
First, let’s start with “HEC For Equality” and its president Julie Andrieu.
- How did you find the inspiration to create such a student club? What values did you think it would add to the life of students on campus / was it a necessity?
When I applied to business schools and went through the oral exams, I discovered that many schools had clubs that covered the issue, but not HEC. At that time, I was also reading Lean In, a book written by Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg. It underlined the importance of achieving gender equality in business, because it boosts a company’s performance. During our first day as students, Dean Eloic Peyrache told us HEC was the place to be creative and start projects, so I asked who would be interested, and was overwhelmed by the response I got. In my opinion, HEC should reflect society as a whole, so if gender equality is a hot topic, it must be represented on campus as well!
- What are you currently working on / have you already achieved things?
In partnership with MBA and PhD students, HEC For Equality is organizing the first HEC Inclusion Rider Days, a 3-day event that covers gender equality issues in different industries such as finance, consulting, entrepreneurship or consumer goods. The name is inspired by Frances McDormand’s Oscar speech this year, during which she asked that A-listers require the representation of minorities in the movies they play in. During the event, students will be able to interact with major companies to understand what they do to achieve gender equality and what it brings to them. They will take place next year, and we will kick off our campaign on May 2nd with a panel discussion with EY partners May Kassis-Morin and Adrien Claude, as well as Michèle Lamarche, MD at Lazard. Students will then be able to take the discussion further with our guests during a networking lunch.
- What could the near future hold for your association? What do you wish for?
We are already working on next year: by then, we hope to start a mentorship program for prépa students, build strong partnerships with major companies and welcome prestigious speakers (maybe Sheryl Sandberg herself!). We created the club in September 2017, so it is still young and has a lot of growth potential. We hope that many students will join us next year to keep the adventure going, as I truly believe we can achieve great things!