A Sunday Well Spent: Welcoming Dinner for Professor Ranjay Gulati

Family day, church day, or simply even rest day, call it as you may Sunday is definitely the time wherein one would spend wisely before the long week ahead begins. There’s a saying that goes, “a Sunday well spent, brings a week of content,” and a particular number of Harvard graduates did exactly that. Just last July 9, 2017 at the exquisite French restaurant, Mireio Salon at Raffles Makati, an intimate welcoming dinner for Professor Ranjay Gulati was held.

Professor Ranjay Gulati is the Jaime and Josefina Chua Tiampo Professor and the Unit Head of the Organizational Behavior Unit at the Harvard Business School. He also serves as the Chair of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP), this of which explains why he holds a special part in the hearts of the AMP graduates here in the Philippines.

The Professor is known for his expertise on leadership, strategy, and organizational issues in firms. With this, he has come specifically to the tropical country of the Philippines to share his insights in re-imagining leadership in the age of disruption.

Coming all the way from the land of the free, what better way to welcome the professor than to have a simple candle lit dinner? By 7:15pm, the room with a spectacular view was filled with former students who were nothing but excited to again reunite with their guru. Until finally, just a few minutes surpassed, the star of the show himself appeared and everyone couldn’t wait to share their warm greetings.

As dinner was served and all were in place, stories of reminiscing the good ol’ days roared throughout the room. And wow, how time flew by ever so quickly, from what was expected as a typical lazy Sunday night became a most fulfilling and productive yet relaxing experience.

About the Author:

Kayleen Cheng graduated with honors from De La Salle University- Manila with a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies. Currently she is working as the club administrator of the Harvard Business School Club of the Philippines, where she coordinates among the alumni.