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14 March 2024

Our EMBA Director Jean-Yves Mercier discusses business without a blueprint in thought-provoking discussion on Radio Lac’s “Let’s Talk Economy” Show

On Thursday February 29th our Executive Director, Jean-Yves Mercier, was a special guest on Radio Lac’s “Parlons Economie” show (Let’s Talk Economy). The programme was hosted in collaboration with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (CCIG) and explored, as every week, the critical economic themes impacting Geneva and its surroundings.

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The programme was also attended by Jamila Pradere, President of the Geneva-based Career Women’s Forum, which is also a partner of the Geneva EMBA, with the panellists taking a wide-ranging view of business topics. Particular focus was given to the leadership skills that are essential for navigating today’s business challenges, which, as Jean-Yves points out on the show, are markedly distinct from those required by senior leaders in the past.



Today’s leaders must confront a nexus of issues: not only do they face conventional business complexities, but these are compounded by other pressing issues such as ecology, sustainability, governance, digitalisation and the twin imperatives of gender equality and inclusion. Jean-Yves highlighted how there is no “blueprint” for today’s business leaders, which sparked reflections among the panellists on possible approaches.

In addition, Jean-Yves emphasised how the EMBA course in particular empowers leaders to address these issues, thanks to its emphasis on responsible leadership. Other aspects of the discussion centred on the glass ceiling still faced by women in business and the disruptions caused to professional women by childrearing and pregnancy.



Jean-Yves, together with the guests, shed light on these pressing issues, offering invaluable insights into the evolving business landscape. The show provided a platform for thought-provoking discourse and knowledge-sharing among these representatives from industry, local government and academia.

The EMBA programme at the University of Geneva extends its gratitude to Radio Lac for facilitating this enriching discussion, which aligns with its mission to nurture visionary leaders and instigate positive change in the business realm.



Key Takeaways:

  • The contemporary business landscape presents a unique nexus of challenges unprecedented in history.
  • Shared dialogue on economic and business themes contributes to a climate of problem-solving and collaboration.
  • Thought-provoking discussions on platforms like Radio Lac contribute to a vibrant business ecosystem, propelling positive change in the community and beyond.
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