Alumni Celebration of 150th Anniversary|Events Review

Source:emlyon business schoolDate:2022-10-01

On October 1, emlyon business school alumni gathered to celebrate the 150th anniversary of their school at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. The ceremony included a moment of celebration for the 2019 and 2020 graduates, a round table on inclusion and the presentation of the emlyon Alumni Awards. The evening ended with a cocktail and a dance


The alumni celebration of emlyon's 150th anniversary

On the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the School, nearly 900 alumni gathered on Saturday, October 1st at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris around a festive and unifying moment, saluting the history of the school and its future.

Valérie Milone, President of emlyon alumni, and Marc Thiollier, Advancement & Alumni Relations Director and master of ceremonies, inaugurated the celebration by warmly greeting the room!

First of all, it was the graduates of the 2019 and 2020 classes, wearing their red ribbons. The students extended applause to graduates whose degree awarding ceremony was failed to be held as scheduled due to the pandemic.

After the broadcast of the film retracing the 150 years of emlyon history, Isabelle Huault, Dean and President of Executive Board of emlyon business school, took the floor to review the key events of the school and look forward to the projects that will be carried out in the future.

This was followed by a round table on inclusion led by Lucie Constant, General Delegate of the emlyon business school Foundation. Our graduates Yann Bucaille-Lanrezac (founder of Café Joyeux), Nathalie Péchalat (lecturer and former president of the French Federation of Ice Sports), Thomas Gasselin, (former president of the student association Forum) and professor and sociologist Lisa Buchter, shed their personal and professional light on this beautiful subject.

Presentation of the emlyon alumni awards 2022

The evening also provided an opportunity to award prizes to the winners of the 2022 emlyon alumni awards – Prize for "entrepreneurship" who were chosen by the vote of the alumni last September. These 4 alumni embody the values and dynamism of the emlyon business school community.

  • François Bergerault, Co-founder of L'atelier des Chefs, for the prize for entrepreneurship initiativeness– prize for the creation of an innovative business;
  • Axelle Davezac, Director General of the Fondation de France, for the prize for entrepreneurship conscience – decision-maker prize with a positive impact on the world;
  • Mélanie Viénot, Chairman of the "Voltaire Project", for the prize for entrepreneurship heart – prize for the alumni course;
  • Olivier de la Clergerie, Co-founder of the LDLC Group, for the Eprize for entrepreneurship height – prize for the leader with an emblematic career.

The ceremony was punctuated by musical performances by emlyon artists. The alumni were able to discover the talents of:

Arthur Side and Vincent Deo Van of pop/funk duo Y Note, PGE 2020 graduates;

Singer Ivana Claudel, BBA 2021 graduate;

The singer Noémie Attard, student of the PGE;

Cellist Manon Polverini, PGE student.

The second part of the evening continued around a cocktail in the presence of the music group of the association of the Office of the Arts of the School. The graduates were thus able to reunite with their fellow alumni they met on campus or during their career, and toast to the future of their School.

Guests were also able to enjoy a photo exhibition of the progress of the Agora des Transformations construction site, the future campus of emlyon business school in Gerland which will open at the start of the 2024 academic year, and sales stands for souvenir items specially designed for the 150th anniversary for the benefit of the projects supported by the emlyon Foundation.

Late at night, the alumni celebration of emlyon's 150th anniversary ended on the dance floor.

Relive the best moments of this evening with

Moment of celebration of the 2019 and 2020 graduates

Alumni 150th anniversary celebration

The film of the best moments of the evening produced by the student association Ligne 2 Mire

The photo reports of the evening of the Déclic student association

The photo reports of the ceremony by photographer Lionel Guericolas