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Premier Summit 2023: A success in fostering collaborative leadership

In a powerful display of unity and a goal-driven vision, the Industrial Management Engineering Society (IMES) at De La Salle University – Manila hosted their annual Premier Summit 2023: Ascending towards Greater Heights, an event that brought together leaders, industry innovators, and aspiring students of Industrial Engineering. The summit, held on November 18, 2023, at The Verdure, 4th Floor of the Henry Sy Bldg, lived up to its theme by delving into the essential topic of collaborative leadership.

The Premier Summit 2023 saw a remarkable turnout, with over 200 participants from different places nationwide converging at De La Salle University – Manila. The event’s impact extended beyond the expected number of attendees, drawing support from a wide spectrum of partners, with over 19 external partners, 15 event-based partners, 7 companies,  and 5 media partners. This diverse representation highlighted the universal relevance of the summit’s theme—emphasizing the collective journey toward excellence in leadership.

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The essence of Premier Summit 2023 was embodied in the wisdom shared by distinguished speakers who focused on collaborative leadership. Alvanson So, the Regional People Lead of Canva Philippines, took center stage, delivering insights on leadership through simple quotes that he expounded based on his experiences as a leader. His talk was simple yet filled with wisdom that emphasized the symbiotic relationship between collaboration and personal growth. On the other hand,  Jyone Cruz, the External Relations Head of Ateneo CODE, provided a candid exploration of the less-discussed facets of leadership. His talk took a more personal look at what is usually left unsaid about Leadership based on his experiences as a student leader. The attendees were challenged to navigate the nuances of leadership with resilience and adaptability.

The summit actively encouraged interaction and collaboration through simple but effective activities such as interactive games that foster teamwork and form new friendships. Participants left with more than just insights; they carried a sense of camaraderie that extended beyond the event.

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A dynamic panel discussion was also held which featured student leaders who shared their experiences and insights on collaborative leadership. Representatives from the Chemical Engineering Society of DLSU and various student chapters of the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers such as the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers – National College of Science and Technology Student Chapter, the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers – Cavite State University Chapter, and the Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers – Polytechnic University of the Philippines Chapter, brought a unique perspective to the table.

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The Premier Summit 2023 transcended the traditional conference experience. Participants not only gained practical insights into collaborative leadership but also forged meaningful connections that promise to shape their professional journeys in the future, truly adhering to IMES’ commitment to nurture the leaders of tomorrow.

Written by: Lawrence Bernasor

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