I was in Miami last week to attend to a symposium and compete in a business competition. I am amazed by the beauty and crazy aura of the city and my experience contributed a lot to my self-development -and CV :) .
Thanks to International Business lecture I attended the last semester, I met with the X-Culture organization, which brings students from 80 universities all around the world and businesses together. We did a consulting project for one of the corporate partners of X-Culture, as a cross-cultural team and experienced virtual teamwork. As a result, our project is selected from one of the bests. The reward was the application opportunity to X-Culture symposium and Louis Vuitton Challenge, a global business competition sponsored by Louis Vuitton, which will be part of Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Annual Conference in Miami, is given to us. There was a limit of 40 people. I applied immediately, being excited, and after a month had the great news that I am selected. There were only 3 people selected from Turkey, two is from Ozyegin University Undergraduate and one from Koc University Graduate School. The other person from my university was my boyfriend, what a chance huh? :)
Louis Vuitton Challenge subjects and our teams were shared. My team consisted of 5 students: 2 students from USA, one from Colombia and Dubai, and me from Turkey. We chose the subject of “How to enhance Louis Vuitton store experience for clients?” and worked one month virtually on our project.
Okay, too much background information, let’s come to the point where I came to Miami :)
I arrived Miami earlier than the symposium date to give myself time to explore the city. First day passed with enjoying my time in South Beach, swimming and seeing around and the second with cycling on Key Biscayne Island and swimming again.
Miami Beach welcomes you warmly.
Way to the Miami beach.
Cycling in Key Biscayne Island.
Lighthouse Grounds, Key Biscayne
The next day I visited the Dolphin Mall, the best outlet of Miami, and spent all day shopping. Actually I was not planning to spend all my day in a shopping mall when I was in Miami however it was worth to spend, since there were factory stores of the upscale brands with more than 50% off that I could never ever find in Turkey :)
Other day, my project team members arrived to Miami and we went to Louis Vuitton store in Aventura mall and made an in-store observation and also an interview with Operation Manager in store. That gave us great insights and we worked on our project rest of the night.
X-Culture organization started on 23th of October. We met with Louis Vuitton Americas executives, had a presentation session, which they provided further information about their organization and career opportunities. After the presentation, we asked the questions we had to fully understand their needs and use it in our consulting reports. It was a great opportunity to meet them and have a conversation with them. And they were so friendly.
While Fabiane Rouille, Caribbean Area Director of Louis Vuitton, presenting the brand
Q&A session after the presentation.
Photo of all X-Culture participants and academic advisors
Two teammates, Brandon from New Jersey and Sally from Miami, and me
On 25th, there was CEO panel session in which we met the leaders of Miami-based corporations and they shared their experiences and words of wisdom with us. Participants were Andrew Yap, CEO and President of Leasa Industries, Natalie Baro, President of Michelsen Advertising, Sue Romanos, CEO and President of CareerXchange and the Chair of the panel was Danette Gosset, CEO and President of Gosset Marketing.
CEOs at CEO Panel
All those events held in Conrad or Florida International University, which are on Brickell Avenue. Here are the photos of the Brickell Avenue that is very central, full of skyscrapers and palm trees.
On 25th, the last day at night there was a Gala for all X-Culture and Academy of International Business-Southeast USA Annual Conference participants including free dinner and drinks J It was a great opportunity to network with International Business students, professors and professionals. The winners of the Louis Vuitton Challenge also announced in the gala, which was not my team unfortunately, and we all got our certificates.
Bunch of X-Culture participants in Gala, including Vas Taras, X-Culture Project Director and Peter Magnusson, Conference Chair of Academy of International Business Southeast.
Me and Deniz
The Louis Vuitton Challenge was a lifetime experience for me since I met with so many people –and executives- from different countries, saw a new city and a new culture and also made an international virtual project that includes several primary and secondary research studies.
Finally, I want to thank to Ozyegin University, who supported me and gave me the travel and accommodation scholarship. I would not know about this wonderful organization and participated to it without their guidance and support.
See you in the next post and the next post will be “Miami Must Do’s” :)Naecus