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Graduation Speech: Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program

Eric Li
Director of Solutions Sales
Microsoft Hong Kong

Good morning, Prof Siciliano, Prof Weil, graduates, classmates, current cohort, family and friends.

When Rain called me Friday afternoon to inform me that I’ve been selected by my intake to be the class representative to make a speech at this event. I was very surprised. I was surprised because I’m not the best student in my intake, we have Karen, Michael, Margaret, Surinder, Kim, Mr. Basu, Margaret, Preetika, Paulo, Paul, who were smarter students. There was no class clown. Why did they pick me? Is mediocrity the theme here? I don’t think so. At any rate, I must say I’m deeply honored to represent the class, those who will be graduating from the program this morning.

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I still have vivid memories of the first few things Dan said at the beginning of my first class last April, he said, “, you guys are a little older and you’re more experienced, you are balancing between your family life and work life, you’re busy. In this program, we won’t have projects or homework like other MBA classes. All we have is some pre-course reading but nothing that would require a lot of your time. There’ll be a lot of discussions, there will be guest speakers to reinforce the learnings and to provide real-world perspectives.”

Well, these were exactly what we got. During the 5-course SSELP, we had a team of lawyers from LA, also had someone to talk about the M&A process, the cross-boundary regulations, laws we need to consider during M&A, we had the lady from California who taught us about Director’s insurance.

Of course, the teachings from the professors were astounding. The examples that Dan gave in each class never ended. I don’t think anyone would disagree that Dan seems to know everything about anything. . Prof Weil, we learn from you that we need to read financial articles with critical eyes. Because of you, we’re very prescriptive with the financial terms we use, we won’t use the generic term ‘money’ when we meant ‘estimated liability’.

Dan and Roman, thank you for guiding us through the 5 courses, thank you for the insights and the learnings. Dan, your zeal throughout the 9 mths (or more for some of us) have made this journey of learnings and discoveries so much more memorable.

To the fellow graduates, the classmates, thank you for offering your experience during the classroom discussions. Your sharings have made the class a lot more fun. We do not only value the learnings in class, but it’s the wonderful classmates we have met, the friendship we have built and the bonding among us that are as important.

After my application for SSELP was accepted, I told my daughter about going back to school (who BTW just turned 13 yesterday) and she replied, “Yew Daddy, you’re going to school, what’s wrong with you, why?” My reply, Learning is a lifelong journey. Daddy still wants to know if I have the capacity to learn, Daddy still wants to be challenged, Daddy still want to learn new things. I think a lot of us shared that thinking as you enrolled in this program.

I have a confession to make. I was actually quite concerned when I signed up for the program that I won’t be able to stay alert for the full 2.5 days for each course. I was afraid that I would doze off once in a while or my mind would wander off. 5 courses later, I’m proud to report that there was not a single moment when my mind was not focused on the class. This speaks volume of how interesting the material was and how great of a job Dan and Roman have done to make the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program a success.

You guys all seem to have the hungry look in your eyes. This is not simply the look of hunger for knowledge. Ah, I know, I’m standing between you and the sumptuous buffet at the Conrad. I should stop now.

Oh, one more thing. If you don’t remember any part of this speech, I hope you remember the following, it is an analogy for a speech that I learned in high school. I learned that ‘a speech is like a miniskirt, it should be long enough to cover the essentials, but short enough to be interesting’.

Thank you for listening to me. Have a great lunch. Have a great day. Enjoy the rest of the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership program.

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Event in Collaboration with Stanford GSB HK Chapter

Breakfast and conversation with GSB Professor Paul Oyer, award-winning author of “Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Economics I Learned from Online Dating”; co-author of Roadside MBA: Backroad Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners; and upcoming author of Sports & Economics.

Prof Oyer is one of the world's most creative observers on how big economic theory boils down to unexpected and often highly personalized decisions in each of our daily lives.

In his book on online dating, the then-newly divorced professor discovers how phrases such as "utility", "liquidity", "thick and thin markets" and "adverse selection" take on dramatically different meanings when applied to the search for love. In Roadside MBA, from overlooked corners of America emerge unexpected lessons - be they the Missouri tobacco and candy distributor whose unusual hours of operation match the needs of its best employees..."single mums...with deadbeat ex-husbands", or the billboard operator in Illinois who places his signs adjacent to the region's longest-wait red-lights for optimal exposure. In his forthcoming book, Prof Oyer explores how game-theory explains the use of performance-enhancing drugs and why hosting the Olympics is almost always a bad economic decision.

Stanford QF Graduation

A time to celebrate with the latest group of graduates who have completed the 5-module program in Hong Kong

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Stanford QF Alumni Cocktail

More than 30 alumni of the Stanford Quantitative Finance Program shared the joys in an exclusive evening of networking at Marriot Hotel. A wonderful opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connection.

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SSELP Alumni Cocktail at Marriot Hotel

In an effort to develop a network of past graduate students and strengthening the ties between the current graduate students and the alumni, a alumni cocktail reception was held at Marriot Hotel. All alumni and faculty members enjoy a refreshing drink and re-connection.

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Annual Dinner and Keynote Speech by AsiaMiles CEO

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The Alumni Association of Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program hosted an annual dinner at Hong Kong Chinese General Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Stephen Wong, CEO of AsiaMiles, was invited to deliver a keynote speech on the topic of "design thinking" and how it may help organizations transform into a stakeholder centric organization".

Stephen is an alumni of Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has been AsiaMiles' CEO since 2011 responsible for managing Asia's leading travel and lifestyle reward programs.

CEG Family Fun Day

A wonderful party and a great time for our students, graduates and their families!

More than 40 alumni and family members participated in a relaxing and entertaining day full of fun and enjoyment. Led by a really fun and professional clown, children enjoyed being able to play Toy Story bouncy castle, watch magic show, and play balloon twisting, as well as mingling with other kids. The party has turned into a sea of color and motion while twisting caricatures, characters and animals!

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Networking Seminar on American Pivot to Asia: Perspectives on the Geopolitical Landscape

Networking Seminar on American Pivot to Asia: Perspectives on the Geopolitical Landscape

SSELP Alumni Association Inauguration Dinner

The Inauguration Dinner for the Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program in Hong Kong was held at Banker's Club, with support from Stanford GSB Hong Kong Chapter. The association provides a platform for prominent executives and academics to share insights and best practices on interesting topics through various channels such as workshops, events and forums.

In his keynote speech, Professor Dan Siciliano shared his insights about corporate governance issues of Alibaba. Despite its poor corporate governance, investors still buy its stock as they believe Alibaba can outperform the market.

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Job Placement with Oracle

Oracle Asia Pacific offers a position of "Business Analyst" to graduates of Stanford Quantitative Finance Program in Hong Kong. This position provides advanced analytics support to business areas through statistical and financial analysis, to facilitate decision making and future business strategies. As a member of Oracle's finance organization, this role will be responsible for providing all aspects of advanced analytics support for planning and control.

Qualified graduates can apply for this position, and choose to work in Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore or Bangalore upon employment.

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Knowledge and Insights Monthly Digest

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Job Placement with First Derivatives

Job Placement

Stanford Quantitative Finance Program has reached an agreement with First Derivatives, a global software and consulting firm working within the capital markets industry since 1996. The company is a global expert in providing data, trading and risk management products and solutions to investment banks, hedge funds, exchanges, FX brokers and other financial institutions.

Our graduates will have access to job placement with First Derivatives. Successful candidates will take part in their Capital Markets Training Program for 3 months in Newry (Ireland) office. Based on the successful completion of this training, graduates will be made available for deployment within their Consulting clients which include top investment banks such as Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Fidelity, Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch, among others.

Fourth Intake Graduation: Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program

Professor Dan Siciliano and Professor Roman Weil joined the graduation class in a warm graduation party to celebrate their splendid accomplishment of their academic pursuit. Rameses Villanueva spoke on behalf of the graduating class. He expressed his deep gratitude to the Stanford professors and high-profile speakers who have imparted their valuable knowledge, experience, wits and insights to the students. What is more, throughout the spectacular learning journey the classmates have inspired him through their industry and work experience and through their active class participation.

Rameses concluded his speech by quoting some parts of the speech of Steve Jobs in the 2005 Stanford Commencement. "Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers".

Congratulations to all graduates!

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Graduation: Stanford Quantitative Finance Program

Professor Gerd Infranger hosted the graduation party for a small number of graduates in Hong Kong. This is the first cohort of graduate since the program was renamed from the previous Stanford Financial Engineering Program. This is the Recognition Ceremony — to individually recognize graduates for their successful completion of requirements.

The Stanford Quantitative Finance Program elevates and integrates core business fundamentals with the specialized skills delivered in quantitative finance. Graduates received their diplomas evidencing that they have made it through. Each diploma represents not only the hard work and sacrifices that they have given, but more importantly, the sacrifices, support and love that you have received from the people who made it possible for them to be here.

Most of students graduating from the program today are executives working full time, having to balance the responsibilities and family lives with those of graduate study. . Professor Gerd Infranger encouraged graduates continue to make productive or effective use of time, whether at work, with their families or pursuing an interest or entrepreneurial venture.

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Seminar: Leadership Lessons from Stanford University

Seminar on Stock Option Interview

Tom Bain, Managing Director of Bain Leadership Advisors Ltdand one of the advisors of Stanford Quantitative Finance Program in Hong Kong, gave an impressive talk about leadership issues facing investment banks in financial institutions today.Establishing a strong pipeline of potentialleaders is important for any organisation’s future well-being. Apart from offering financial incentive and promotion, there are numerous ways to motivate and retain talented people. More than 40 Stanford and CEG alumni attended the seminar.

-Is leadership at investment banks different from other industries?

-What is a 'Leader/Producer'?

-Do investment bankers have feelings?

-Can you motivate investment bankers without using money?

-Does corporate culture matter at investment banks any more?

-How can leadership at investment banks improve the public image of their industry?

-Is leadership at investment banks different in APAC?

Seminar on Stock Option Interview

HK Stock Exchange hosted a seminar for the graduates and students of our Stanford Quantitative Finance Program/Stanford Financial Engineering Program, and the friends of LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science).

The event started from a tour of the trading floor at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. This is the ideal way to learn a little more about how the wheels of the world’s financial institutions turn, while also soaking up the rush and hustle of the market floor.

Irene Wong, a graduate of Stanford Financial Engineering Programand Vice President of Global Markets Division, introduced options from a Hong Kong trading perspective. Some of the topics covered include: What are options? Why investors trade options? What are the common options strategies?Trading options in Hong Kong and how the new stock options corner can help with option trading.

Victor Chan, Senior Manager of Global Markets Division Options also led discussion on the application of stock option as a hedge and on Equity-Linked Notes, as well as development in Asia. By using stock option as a hedging tool, we can offset some of that risk and prevent losses in certain situations, while still maintaining upside exposure.

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Graduation ceremony – Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program

Professor Dan Siciliano and Professor Roman Weil hosted the commencement for the 2nd intake of Stanford Senior Executive Leadership Program in Hong Kong. The associate dean’s speech honored graduating students for making a positive impact on the community and contributing to the well-being of society through exceptional acts of leadership.

Professor Roman Weil encouraged all graduates to not to take the completion as an end, but rather a new beginning of their life. Hopefully they will be able to integrate the knowledge they have earned from this program to your work, and move up further in their corporate ladder, or make a difference to their company.

Speaking on behalf of the graduates, Ms. Therese Necio thanked Stanford and CEG for providing her with world-class executive education. She learned more from other students than we ever could have learned in the classroom alone. Today marks the ending of a chapter in their lives. As all graduates bid farewell to one another, they look forward to the beginning of a new chapter in our life.

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Graduation ceremony – Stanford Financial Engineering Program

A celebration party was held to congratulate 26 graduates who have successfully completed the 5-module financial engineering program in Hong Kong. All graduates were conferred with the Stanford diploma. Each diploma represents not only the hard work and sacrifices that students have given, but more importantly, the sacrifices, support and love that they have received from the people who made it possible for them to study in the program.

Ms. Bonita Lam delivered a touching and impressive speech on behalf of the graduating class. She has benefited from the Stanford FE program and her experience with the program has been fruitful. Some graduates maybe thinking about a career switch, and some might be considering take a further step to apply for the MS degree program.

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Venture Capital Seminar and Wine Tasting Night

Chris Wilcock, a long-time new-ventures specialist, gave an overview of being an angel investor, reflecting his experiences of having been a hands-on angel, having teamed up with various angels to vet opportunities and having been in and around enterprise for three decades.

While most people won't become entrepreneurs or work in a VC fund, a lot of people in the corporate world can still be a part of the private-enterprise scene by being angels. Those people are playing a growing role in funding early-stage firms, and even young businesspeople are becoming angels, not just retirees.

Chris also fielded questions about VC from the perspectives of funds, prospective entrepreneurs, screening criteria, evaluation and valuation process, and etc.

The seminar ended with tasting of a wide variety of premium wines imported from Italy, compliments of Ample Vision. All CEG alumni and students enjoyed the event, and improve their wine knowledge in a relaxed setting with friendly people!

Michael Page Seminar on Job Market Outlook in the Finance Sector

Steve Parkes, Associate Director,Banking and Financial Services at Michael Page International provided all CEG alumni with a wrap-up and a broader analysis of the job market in 2011, particularly in the financial service sector.

As a career consulting specialist, Mr. Parkes also presented the job market outlook for the remainder of 2011 and 2012, as well as share his views on how the changing economic environment will impact on the job seekers.

The seminar was met with a great deal of enthusiasmwith impressive feedback and interactions from CEG alumni, many whom planned to switch their career after attending the MBA program.

Seminar on Linking Creativity and Innovation to Strategy

Dr. Rick Conboy from University of North Carolina at Charlotte has delivered a talk on "Linking Creativity and Innovation to Strategy" on Oct 13, 2011. The mantra of organizations is often said to be “grow or die.” But how will 21st century organizations grow? Most organizations grow through evolution. This seminar is designed to stimulate thinking about how Innovation and Business Strategy interact to create revolutions to drive organizational growth. About 20 students and alumni of CEG were in attendance.

Seminar on the Impact of Technology from Stanford Faculty

Professor Dan Siciliano from Stanford University delivered a talk on how people are impacted by technology especially senior level directors, both inside the board room and generally in our daily life. He decoded the myth of “multi-tasking”. Used for decades to describe the parallel processing abilities of computers, multitasking is now shorthand for the human attempt to do simultaneously as many things as possible, as quickly as possible, preferably marshalling the power of as many technologies as possible.

In addition to heavy use of mobile devices such as Blackberry and iPhone, numerous studies have shown the sometimes-fatal danger of using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Professor Sicilinano played a number of real-life video clips to demonstrate the pros and cons of multitasking.

The video of “Monkey Business Illusion” is a very good example showing the ability of human being to focus simultaneous attention across multiple tasks. Our intuition that we will notice something as visible as a gorilla is a hard one to overcome as almost all audience missed seeing the gorilla. A lot of people confuse have the misconception that we can do one task and then another, switching back and forth among them, we falsely believe we can do two at once.

Judging from the applause, the talk was a hit with the 50+ audience!

Seminar on Effective Persuasive Skills

Professor Dennis Schrag from the University of Iowa led a seminar on effective persuasion skills. The seminar has drawn about 40 alumni and students of CEG.

This seminar examined the key factors of an effective communications process, teaching people why their message and delivery system must harmonize, combining both logical and emotional appeal, presented in a compelling fashion.

Selling a concept of a product requires effective persuasion, which is the ability to present a message in the way that other people support it. The seminar was designed to help people polish their communication skills, particularly those who believe that change and improved ways of doing things are the way forward to challenge crises and be more productive.

Professor Schrag used real-life cases to illustrate common pitfalls and mistakes people make during the negotiation process, engaging participants in a highly interactive and practical discussion. Professor Schrag took all participants through a dozen of powerful and proven persuasive techniques such as “Interaction-based techniques including listening and storytelling”, Relationship-based techniques including reciprocity and social comformance”, among others.

CEG Networking Night

CEG aims to deliver more values to our premium higher educational customers. One of the initiatives is to organize some activities for our MBA and executive program students and alumni. Our launching event took place on June 22 at Central Plaza, with 20 Stanford, Iowa and UNCC alumni in attendance.

Professor Charles Whiteman, Senior Associate Dean at Tippie College of Business delivers an influential speech on “Great Recession, Foundations for Monetary and Fiscal Policy”.

Stanford University Offers Senior Executive Program in Hong Kong

Stanford University Offers Senior Executive Program in Hong Kong

Seminar on “Profiting from Arbitrage” by Professor Jim Primbs

Seminar on “Profiting from Arbitrage” by Professor Jim Primbs

Graduation Ceremony, 4th Intake of Stanford Financial Engineering Program

Graduation Ceremony, 4th Intake of Stanford Financial Engineering Program

Congratulations to Casson Lin and Serena Ho for successful admission to Stanford MS program

Congratulations to Casson Lin and Serena Ho for successful admission to Stanford MS program