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ECLPs as Global Citizens: A Debrief from the One Young World Summit

ECLP can be a whirlwind experience with all that’s packed into just 2 short years on program, and it’s easy to land in a GE bubble—living and breathing all things GE.  I found tremendous value in a recent opportunity to step back and consider things from a different angle: how does my work contribute to a broader conversation about making the world a better place?

Whitney Satin, Power & Water ECLP class of 2015 (in blue) with her GE colleagues at the One Young World summit in Dublin, Ireland.The opportunity came this fall, when I joined 8 other GE leadership program members at the One Young World (OYW) summit in Dublin, Ireland.  OYW invites 1,000+ global youth committed to driving positive change to debate issues like global climate change, human rights, peace & conflict, education.  We heard from a number of global thought leaders, including Nobel laureates Kofi Annan and Mohamed Yunus, Paul Polman – CEO of Unilever, Jimmy Wales – Founder of Wikipedia, and GE’s own Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer.

It was a tremendous four days of dialogue, and while it would be impossible to convey everything in a single blog post, I did want to share 3 takeaways I found particularly resonant:


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ECLP Case Competition (11/21): Northeast & Canada Chase the Cup

Congratulations to the winners of our coast-to-coast Case Competition!

Southwest: University of Southern California (Marshall)

Mid-Atlantic: Georgetown University (McDonough)

In our final case competition day for the year, the action takes place in two separate countries.  The teams represented are some of the very best schools around in Canada and the United States.  ECLP is excited to judge these top caliber schools on their approach to GE business cases:

Northeast Regional Case Competition - Columbia University (New York, NY)

Columbia, Cornell, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Dartmouth University (Tuck)

Inaugural Canadian ECLP Consulting Case Competition - University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)

Rotman School of Management (Toronto), Ivey School of Business (Western), Desautels School of Management (McGill)

Here is what current ECLP Christina Waters (2015, Power & Water) says about our first ever case competition in Canada:

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GE ECLP Webinar: China (11/26)

GE ECLP continues its international information sessions.  Please learn more about our China opportunities on Wednesday, November 26.

(Note:  Signup page takes you to an external site that is NOT in English):

Information in English

 Sign up for webinar here

Application for Hong Kong, Mainland China, and Taiwan universities is due Friday, November 21st @ 17:00

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GE ECLP Webinar: Russia (11/26)

Здравствуйте! GE ECLP has opportunities for high potential candidates for commercial roles in Russia! Please sign up for ourwebinar on Wednesday, November 26, to learn more about exciting career opportunities with GE ECLP: Date: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Time: 20:00, Moscow Time
Duration: 1 hour Link to webinar
By participating in the webinar,you will learn the details of the most ambitious program of
leadership in GE, to understand what projects are, meet working participants and ask them all your questions. Приняв участие в вебинаре, вы сможете узнать детали о самой амбициозной программе лидерства в GE, понять, над какими проектами работают участники, а также задать им все интересующие вас вопросы.

GE ECLP Case Competition (11/14): Battle for the Coasts at USC and George Washington

Congratulations to the Michigan Ross School of Business for winning the Midwest Regional Competition last week!

The 2014 GE ECLP Case Competition heats up today with a double header in Los Angeles and Washington DC:

Southwest Regional Case Competition - University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

University of Southern California, Thunderbird, Southern Methodist University, University of Arizona, University of California-Irvine

Mid-Atlantic Regional Case Competition - George Washington University (Washington DC)

George Washington University, Emory, University of Virginia, Georgetown, Wake Forest

GE’s USC Alumni judge current students at the GE Internal Case Competition. From left to right: Emrah Ercan (Oil & Gas), Matt Chrans (Capital), Kay Kwok (Power & Water), USC’s Case Competition Team (Ying Tao, Dev Shaw, Milind Gupta), Amar Arekapudi (Corporate), and Alex Sotelo (Transportation)

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Mason Narramore: Synchrony Financial IPO

As an ECLP, we are afforded some very exciting opportunities.  For my second rotation, I had the pleasure to work on the initial public offering (IPO) of GE’s consumer finance business – Retail Finance.  Retail Finance has been a key portion of GE Capital for the past 80 years (although the name has evolved over the decades).  Originally created to provide financing for GE’s appliance products, it grew to be a company valued at over $19 billion at IPO.  We finance everything from healthcare to lumber/building products to prom dresses!  We offer a range of discounts, promotional offers and loyalty rewards on purchases made with our cards.

Just another day at the office for Mason Narramore (GE Capital ECLP class of 2015) on the NYSE trading floor during the Synchrony Financial IPO


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GE ECLP Webinar: Europe (11/14)

European MBA Candidates:

GE ECLP will be hosting a webinar for potential commercial leaders in Europe on Friday, November 14. Hear Victoria Spies (2015, Capital), an award-winning ECLP from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, discuss the benefits of joining one of the world’s best companies for leadership.

Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m., Central European Time

US Toll-Free Number:  +1-866-546-4138

International Country Numbers - Search Here

Conference code: 9736818

Link to Webinar

Meeting number: 826 752 890

Meeting password: webinar

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Featured ECLP Alumni: Katharina Holch

Katharina (Kate) Holch is currently a Customer Relations Manager for GE Healthcare, where she is responsible for leading a variety of customer projects and develops marketing strategies for the German GE Healthcare reference sites.

Kate joined GE Healthcare in 2010 as part of the Experienced Commercial Leadership Program (ECLP). She completed rotations with Global Business Analysis in Life Sciences, Strategic Marketing in Germany and Rheumatology Care Area Marketing for the Europe region before she started her current role in 2012.

Prior to joining GE, Kate was a Strategic Marketing and Marketing Communications Specialist at Hilti, a global supplier to the construction industry. In that role, she supported the building services trade in building up a multi-contact strategy to show a unified brand image to Hilti’s clients, and was responsible for the full range of marketing communications activities for that segment.

What has been your most important lesson learned as a commercial leader at GE?

Connect the dots internally so you show one face to the customer. GE is a complex matrix-organization; making it easy for the customer to do business with us is imperative. So always involve the relevant internal stakeholders – whether that’s marketing, sales, service, compliance, finance… - and make sure you show the customer the complete picture.

Tell us your thoughts about the ECLP program

ECLP is a fantastic leadership development program focused on advancing commercial careers within GE. I joined GE as an ECLP – it was the perfect opportunity for me to quickly get to know a new company, build my internal network and learn about our commercial organization from different angles. Especially the relationships you build with other ECLPs during the two years on program are invaluable for your life as an Alumni – whatever my question might be, I always have someone somewhere I can connect with.

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GE's College Playoffs: ECLP Case Competition kicks off at Notre Dame

In November, GE ECLP has a long-standing tradition of pitting top business schools in a head-to-head competition with real-world commercial challenges that GE faces today.

Today our ECLP staff will host its first regional case competition in 2014 in South Bend, IN at Notre Dame University for the Midwest competition.

Good luck to all of our case competition participants at Notre Dame, Michigan, Northwestern, Indiana, Ohio State, and Wisconsin!  We’re looking forward to seeing your pitches and finding a few good men and women for the ECLP Class of 2017!

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Award Winning ECLP: Victoria Spies

At the July 2014 Commercial Leadership Conference held in Greenwich (CT), Victoria Spies was presented the 2014 ECLP Award for GE’s Inclusiveness Growth Value. This is in recognition of her contribution to the new growth values for the company and for her ability to interact with all internal stakeholders across many countries and at all levels of the organization.

Victoria Spies, GE Capital ECLP 2015 takes the mic and addresses her classmatesWho: Victoria Spies, ECLP Class of 2015, GE Capital International

School: MBA, ESADE (Barcelona); B.Sc., European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany)

Current assignment and location: Pan-European Equipment Finance Vendor Programs, Mainz, Germany

Her Story:

GE is a great company to work for. At first sight, GE does not seem to be as exciting as a Google, Facebook or Tesla. We don’t run around in flip-flops or play beach volleyball on our lunch breaks and when I was born, GE already existed for over 90 years.

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