Institute of Directors

Students learn to be business game-changers

Fourteen Exeter students recently had the opportunity to attend the Institute of Directors flagship Annual Convention thanks to a generous donation of tickets from Exeter graduate Christian May (Politics 2008), Head of Media Relations at the IoD. 

The convention’s theme was ‘Game-changers’; focusing on growth, innovation and creativity within Business. The event offered the students a unique chance to gain advice and inspiration from some of the world’s top business leaders.

Speakers included Andy Bird, Chairman of Walt Disney International, who stressed the importance of businesses embracing innovative technologies and creativity. Susan Sobbott, President of Global Corporate Payments at American Express, who advised students that they should embrace opportunities in small businesses, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, who spoke about his motivation to share knowledge across the world.

“It was a brilliant day and very informative,” fourth year Business School student Jessica Barber said, “it definitely inspired me to get out there into the world of work.”

As well as talks from high profile business leaders, the students were also able to browse exhibitions from some of the world’s leading companies such as Jaguar and O2 and were given an exclusive packed lunch, provided by the IoD, which they enjoyed on the steps of the Albert memorial in Kensington Gardens. 

Held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, The IoD’s Annual Convention is now in its 64th year and over its history has attracted world leaders, change makers, and iconic speakers from the business world.

Thanks to Christian May, we are looking forward to seeing how our game-changing students contribute to world class business and to seeing them take their place on the IoD stage in the future years!

Date: 3 November 2014

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