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Li Cecilia He, MBA '14

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By Li He on 2/21/2014 12:48 PM
"Nobody is too old to change. I am older than most people in Sage Hall, if I can be disruptive, everyone here can be, should be and must be!"

- By Uncle Don ( Donald P. Greenberg ’ 55)

I know Uncle Don through his famous course in Johnson School – Disruptive Technology. I have to say that 10 years later, maybe I will forget most of the courses in Johnson, this disruptive technology course will be instilled in the bottom of my heart, as hard as the diamond. I am saying this because Uncle Don is the most admired leader in Johnson who always challenge us to think bold, take risks and be disruptive.

By Li He on 2/1/2014 1:08 PM
I just came back from Johnson 7th Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner and alumni leadership conference. I have so much to share with you that I don't even know where to start. So I have decided to start with a quotation from our previous dean Joe Thomas, "Unlike those city schools, Johnson has heart and soul." This alumni event helped me understand and make more tangible what "heart and soul" really means. Johnson's 7th Annual Alumni Recognition Dinner featured Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Mondelez International, who was named by Forbes magazine as the fifth most powerful women in business in 2006 and 2007. Dean Soumitra Dutta presented the Joe Thomas leadership award to Irene Rosenfeld at the event....
By Li He on 1/1/2014 6:43 PM
Happy New Year! I just came back from a Bulgaria and Turkey study trek where I had so much fun with my classmates. I still feel excited about everything I experienced in those two weeks! YOBO means you are in Bulgaria and in the moment, just like you only have one life to live, enjoy it like it's your last!  The study trek is one of my favorite Johnson experiences. Every semester, Johnson will organize international study trips to help us gain a global perspective of the current business world. I chose Bulgaria and Turkey this year because I have always been fascinated about the the dynamic and sophisticated culture of these unique countries. Also, I love Professor Elena Iankova, who is the trek leader and has done a lot of researches regarding Eastern Europe and emerging markets.  Although...
By Li He on 12/2/2013 8:20 PM
Hey there! How was everybody's Thanksgiving holiday? I really had a wonderful break, and I hope you had the same! I had a very special Thanksgiving this year. Professor Richard Coyle invited my fellow students and me to his house to for a Thanksgiving dinner with his family. This year, I have become very close to Professor Coyle after having the opportunity to take his "International Consulting Practicum" class. It is my favorite class at Johnson because it gives me the opportunity to work on real international business problems for sponsoring multinational companies. I personally learned a lot by working with my Johnson crew as well as students from IIMB, a top Indian business school. Moreover, as an emerging market fellow,...
By Li He on 11/26/2013 5:03 PM
Thank you to Professor Lourdes Casanova who invited three honorable guest speakers from different industries to speak about what we can expect from emerging markets. Our three guest speakers were Li Bin, Counselor for Economic Affairs from Chinese Embassy, and an expert on China-U.S. economic cooperation; Andrew Horrocks, MBA’92, managing director and Global Co-head of the Transportation and Autos Group at Credit Suisse Group, and an expert on the automobile industry; and Vishal Ahluwalia, executive director at UBS Head Outsourcing /Off- shoring Group Ops America. Being in a class like this with so many classmates from around the world is like being a part of a mini United Nations.

As the Counselor for Economic Affairs, Mr. Li basically knows every figure of the Chinese economy. He pointed...
By Li He on 11/16/2013 11:48 AM
I always have special respect to my veteran classmates, their sense of pride, their determination to conquer something, their high level of responsibility, all of them together shape them into a highly motivated and strong man. My father is one of them. Growing up with his spirit and stories, I always feel very strong in my heart!

General George Casey came to Cornell and gave us his speech, I was fully recharged again after his talk, the thing that hit my mind heavily is: Don't sell yourself short! In many situation, I feel we are too rush to make the decision, as a result, w don't end up with what is best for us. The uncertainty make people feel uncomfortable and rush to price ourselves low, that is not a right to negotiate. This remind me another sentence, you don't get what you deserve, you only get what you negotiate!

Again, like my friend Amanda remind me, keep your chin up, negotiate a better price for you!
By Li He on 10/16/2013 7:07 PM
When I was young, my father always told me, stand up from where you fall down...
By Li He on 10/3/2013 9:44 PM
I am gradually getting used to be a second year: Be a TA for first year, sit aside watching their tight and busy schedule, drink coffee with them and share my first year and summer experience; everything is telling me: Cecilia, you are a second year! Being a second year is not easy at all! When I was a first year, I always imagine my exciting life in second year, especially during the days we need to get up in early morning to take Finance quiz, or I took the Thursday bus to NYC for banking informational interviews. Now when our first year are going through exactly what we have done before, I suddenly feel so proud of ourselves, so many tough exams, so many early morning torturing quiz and so many frustrated moments, we all get it done! Meanwhile, I love Johnson more. I was a taker last year, now I am a giver! My classmates and I are eager to help all the first years, we worked so hard to pass our experience to them, to prepare them to be a better MBA, to push them beyond their comfort zone. All of those...
By Li He on 8/9/2013 8:35 PM
Class of 2015 is officially on board now, have fun guys! Class of 2014 is now harvesting their hard work for the whole summer, good luck to all!

This summer, I have worked with many MBAs from other top schools, this experience enables me to have a better understanding about Johnson: down-to-the-earth excellence! I still remember that during 2013 Johnson Follies, the previous Dean Thomas told us why he love Johnson: We are not like those city schools, we got heart and soul! After this summer, I understand this more and more!

I already can't wait to going to Ithaca, the new 2nd year, must be fun!

By Li He on 7/8/2013 6:23 PM
Summer is the most beautiful season in Ithaca, but for most of our MBA students, we started our MBA in September, left Ithaca for internship in May, went back to Cornell in September, and then graduate in May, so we literally don’t have opportunities to stay in Ithaca for the whole summer. I personally was in Ithaca last July and August for English-As-Second-Language summer school, so I still remember the smell of those Finger Lake Wineries, the Cornell-made Ice cream and the horse riding classes I took with that charming young lady.



 How is everybody’s fourth of July? I was in Ithaca last fourth of July, but this year, I went to Chicago and have a lot of fun. I was obsessed by the building, the lake, the food and the people there! The more cities I have travelled in US, the more open-minded I became, and also the more eager I have to learn more about U.S history, actually not only U.S history, but also culture of all different countries. Standing in the middle of my MBA study and in the end of...