More than 90 Alumni turned out for the biggest Christmas charity party in the history of the WU Executive Club.
At the exclusive Erste Bank Lounge in the heart of Vienna, they could enjoy breathtaking views of the city's skyline and had plenty of opportunity to network and celebrate with one another. The highlight of the evening was the charity raffle drawn by the dean of the WU Executive Academy, Prof. Barbara Stöttinger, with more than 120 prizes from both, cooperation partners of the WU Executive Club and alumni.
The proceeds, totaling EUR 2,800, went to "Schule im Aufbruch", a social project aiming to encourage schools to foster a completely new culture of learning that nurtures the talents and creativity of students with a view to unlocking individual potential.
Dr. Martin Ruckensteiner, Head of "Schule im Aufbruch" Austria and Founder and Manager of INNOIMPACT, who accepted the donation on behalf of his colleagues, was absolutely delighted with the support provided by the alumni and the WU Executive Club.
"We all have long been dreaming of schools that fill our children with the desire to learn and discover new things—schools that inspire creativity, promote cooperation and help our children recognize and develop their strengths. This is exactly what "Schule im Aufbruch" is all about. Many schools in Germany, Austria and other countries have joined our project because they believe that looking for talent and passion is better than looking for mistakes. On this note, I would like to thank all of you for your wonderful support."
We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincerest gratitude to our sponsors such as Erste Bank AG or Vienna Insurance Group, our career partners and our alumni. As in previous years, they had donated more than 120 great prizes for the charity raffle, including not only travel vouchers, health checks, electric drills and concert tickets but also résumé writing workshops, personality analyses and career lunches.
The big winner of the evening was, without doubt, Christoph Kaipel, Head of Global Business Unit at DYWIDAG Systems International and a Global Executive MBA alumnus. He took home the first prize, a company website SEO optimization, complete with a workshop, worth EUR 10,000. Our thanks go to Konstantin Kasapis, CEO & Owner of SlopeLift and also a Global Executive MBA alumnus, for kindly sponsoring this great prize.