Getting Carried Away in Tel Aviv – Mellie Chow
Going in to the EMBA program I was laser focused on further immersing myself in innovation and entrepreneurship. So Kellogg-Recanati (Tel Aviv University – Coller School of Management), which was touted as one of the top startup schools globally according to a recent study was the key target. I was also looking forward to the opportunity to discover Israel’s startup ecosystem. While in Israel, I was immediately struck by the many complex layers (also known as “Tel’s” in Hebrew) of Israeli and Palestinian diversity, history, and culture. The two groups live side-by-side within the same borders that they call home. This area is steeped in history that changed the world. It is filled with peace and conflict, diverse religious and political beliefs and the kind of resilient and agile mentality that creates the ripe breeding ground for a startup nation. I also noticed how social, relaxed and casual people are in Tel Aviv, bringing about that welcoming “small town” feeling.
Prior to the Purim party, I sprained my ankle and was extremely disappointed that I would have to miss most of the upcoming festivities. But there was a “no man left behind” spirit as the global network actually carried me to the Purim event when I could no longer walk or even stand on my own two feet. I was truly humbled and thankful for the level of support shown by the School and the global network in literally getting me back on my feet. I continue to be astounded by the limitless capabilities and generosity of the Kellogg global network that proves time and time again to be invaluable. Like the country of Israel, giving rise to new hope.
Now we’re off to our next Global Strategy Project adventure in Sao Paolo, Brazil with our Kellogg-Schulich classmates.