Paulo Coelho, a well renowned novelist once said that it’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. Strathmore Business School’s journey couldn’t have resonated more with is. Marking ten years since its inception: Strathmore Business School has recorded tremendous growth in its pivotal role of transforming Africa’s top crop of leaders, growing as an institution of respect and repute in corporate governance, public policy, and leadership & management education.
On the 15th of October, members of the Business School fraternity gathered to celebrate the realization of a dream come true, made possible by its partners.
The celebration taking place at Capital Club East Africa, was a pomp of splendor, as the gold and black themed spectacle elicited cheerful laughter and hearty handshakes which warmed the environ.
Kicking off the occasion; Patricia Murugami, Advisor to the Dean, spoke of the journey of the Business School, probing the audience to think of what constitutes a true partner. “True partners are those whose motives have transcended beyond the self. Let us raise our hearts, minds and hands, so as to give others the courage to do so, when they are called upon.” remarked Patricia.
The discussion of the evening themed, ‘Driving Sustainability through Strategic Partnerships’, moderated by Mrs. Patricia Ithau, University Council Member & SBS Advisory Board Member, drove riveting conversations from Dr. George Ngenga, Dean Strathmore Business School, and Dr. Martin Oduor Otieno – Leader, Financial Services Industry, Deloitte.
Dr. Njenga spoke passionately of strategic partnerships, mentioning that the success of the business school has largely been driven by the partnerships it has formed with industry players. “Partnering is about seeing one another as a route to common good and value, resourceful in realizing Africa’s dream.” He also challenged myopic visioning, bringing to mention that the most profound achievers, are those who set goals beyond a single individual.
Dr. Martin Oduor-Otieno spoke of the essence of strategic partnerships being driven by clarity of goals, as well as an aligned vision. The discussion eliciting thoughtful conversations from the audience unearthed the need for ethical practices, pivotal, not only for the growth of successful businesses, but also for the holistic growth of the nation. “Africa needs leadership with a conscience, ethical orientation and service before self,” remarked Dr. Oduor.
Bringing the ceremony to a close, Dr. Francis Okello, Chairman- Barclays Kenya & SBS Advisory Board Member, thanked the partners for believing in the institution, and in believing in Africa’s transformation dream.