As her MBA year at IMD approaches its end, Sorelle reflects on her transformative journey and prepares to shine, to fly, to transform organizations and to contribute to our society.

Time flies, and it’s hard to believe that the exciting MBA journey is already coming to an end. For this final blog, I want to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for the amazing year I’ve had. 

As I reflect on my journey, I’m reminded of the following quote:

I am no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”

Louisa May

This sums up my IMD MBA journey. Despite uncertainties, work overload, team conflicts, and both failures and successes along the way, I learned to sail my own ship. This year has significantly increased my resilience and strengthened my mentality as I started to embrace challenges and hardships with positivity and courage rather than fear.  

Volleyball with classmates: Shun Omori, Diego Barrientos, Luca Menghini, Eduard Pericas, Ashish Srivastava, Pierre-Jean Jacquet, Takafumi Shibata, Maria Tokarska , and me

The year has also been a rollercoaster of emotions. There was sadness at missing out on the second discovery expedition trip and a rejection from the final round interviews with a firm I applied to, but also happiness when IMD won the Battle of the Bands during the MBAT competition at HEC Paris. As a cohort, we felt on top of the world, and that moment was nothing short of magical. I’m also grateful for my IMD Bestie, Liudmila, who brought me food when I was isolated with COVID-19. 

MBAT GALA with Liudmila, Viraj, Swasti and Siya

While the MBA journey is coming to an end, the experiences, friends made, tears shed, and joy felt will forever stick in my memory. Today, I proudly own the words of William Ernest Henley: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” I am more ready than ever to stand out as a game-changer, continuously challenging what is and inspiring what could be – a leader transforming tomorrow’s organizations and positively contributing to our society. Most of all, I am so happy that I will be an IMD Alumna. 

Innovation Lab Team with Arjun Kumar, Olga Kopiika,, Sandamini Wijeratne, Venice Lau, Shun Omori, Pierre-Jean Jacquet, Luca Menghini

Thank you to all my professors, classmates, new friends, PDE coach, and my support system: my family, lifetime friends, and especially the Backpack Foundation for this incredible opportunity. Above all, thanks to the Lord, who strengthens and lifts me up when the boughs break. 

Silicon Valley discovery trip with Akmal Adrianza, me, Liudmila Kortikova, Ashish Srivastava


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