Shanghai Executive MBA (E-MBA) Students Visit St. Louis Companies

December 9, 2008

Work has kept me terribly busy these last few weeks (even more busy than usual).

A visit by 65 students from Shanghai last Tuesday was one special event into which many long hours of preparation went. The students are in their last semester in the E-MBA program with Washington University’s Olin Business School Shanghai campus. They came to St. Louis for their final coursework and graduation next week.

The program’s associate dean & director of the Executive MBA programs, Kay Henry, worked with me at Lawrence Group to set up a visit, lunch, tour, presentations, and all went well. According to her follow up e-mail to our CEO, it was one of the best site visits and programs she’s seen in all the years she’s beeing doing the program. Now that’s gratifying!

I made sure every detail was taken care of, from “welcome” signs in English and Chinese, to sufficient number of coat racks and hangers, to Chinese pastries (which I picked up myself from Wei Hong Bakery), green tea along with coffee, and then lunch next door at the Hilton.

Several brief but richly informative presentations were given on the business of architecture and innovation and sustainable design.

I’m going to upload some pictures from the day. I hope you can feel the energy and friendship we experienced.

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith exits elevator with guests

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith exits elevator with guests

 

E-MBA students discuss details of Lawrence Group China project in photo board

E-MBA students discuss details of Lawrence Group China project in photo board

Lawrence Group principals Linda Loewenstein & David Ohlemeyer address student visitors.

Lawrence Group principals Linda Loewenstein & David Ohlemeyer address student visitors.

Lawrence Group principal Austin Tao leads students on tour of company headquarters.

Lawrence Group principal Austin Tao leads students on tour of company headquarters.

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith mingles with students during lunch at the Hilton.

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith mingles with students during lunch at the Hilton.

 After lunch, Steve Smith made a presentation on innovation and the business of architecture, before the students hurried back to the Washington University campus for class that afternoon.

Thank you so much to Kay Henry for selecting Lawrence Group as a host for the visiting E-MBA students.

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