Hello again readers! It has been a busy semester for the IME cohort, and we are excited to share what's been happening with you. After completing our strategic planning for Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association in December, our attention shifted to our new classes, new ideas, new case challenges, and of course, the ideation of our community project fundraiser.
As we worked through our curriculums for International Management, and Human Resource Management, we had the exciting opportunity to participate in the KPMG Case Competition. We formed new groups and worked to find solutions for the case we were given. Of the 11 teams registered in the competition, 3 of our teams made it into the top 6, and two teams advanced to the finals. Congratulations to our IME representatives for their amazing work and application of their knowledge!
In early February, the IME class attended the annual Professional Development Program (PDP) Conference. This year, the theme was Boldly Communicate: Be a Better You. The first evening of the conference consisted of dinner, networking, and a fantastic keynote speech from Darby Allen, who led the initiatives to fight the wildfires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Allen mentioned the importance of leaders being able to listen more than they talk, as well as to pay attention to the little things that keep their teams functioning, such as a simple "good morning" each day, or refilling the coffee pot. It was a humbling speech, and an honour to be able to witness it.
The second day of the PDP Conference consisted of breakfast, lunch, a keynote speech from U of L alumna, Angela Thompson, and workshops pertaining to running quality meetings, reading body language, and having crucial conversations. It was a great reminder of how much of an asset communication is, and how important it is to consistently grow those skills.
Finally, we are currently in the works of organizing our community project fundraiser where we will raise money and awareness for Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association. There were several great ideas pitched to the class and the LTRA board, including a gala, a floor hockey tournament, and a festival. The idea we decided on is a "Hell's Kitchen" style Culinary Cook-Off. We will be partnering with Lethbridge College and their culinary students to host a dinner that is action packed with live footage of the kitchen. There will also be entertainment, speeches, and a silent auction. If anyone is interested in attending this great event, check out our Eventbrite:
That's all for now! Stay tuned for more updates on the event as we work to finish the year strong!