Connecting our students with industry-relevant experiences is a priority for us at Curtin Dubai. Part of this effort includes the Curtin Dubai Speaker Series, which brings notable personalities to speak with our student body on a regular basis. Past speakers have included the Managing Editor of Forbes Africa, pro-golfer Shubhankar Sharma, and UAE based influencer and TEDx Speaker Naomi D’Souza, to name just a few.
Last week, Dr. Khyati Shetty, Head of School – Business and Humanities, invited the former Executive Director of Tommy Hilfiger, Porsche Design and Escada, Ms. Heiki Lieb-Wilson, to join us for an interactive webinar with our students, where she discussed key learnings from her journey in the retail industry.
Ms. Heiki’s talk offered some great insights into her successful journey as a leader within the retail industry. She shared invaluable tips with students on identifying the right career opportunities, overcoming challenges, and positioning themselves as the leaders of the future.
Here is what our students had to say about the guest lecture:
“The opportunity that Curtin Dubai and Dr. Khyati provided to us by hosting Ms. Heike’s guest lecture was wonderful. The talk gave us an idea about what makes someone a great and successful leader within a retail organization. The key takeaway from this lecture was the passion and drive that a good leader possesses. Without these qualities, success will not come your way. The speaker shared a lot of experiences and advice that will surely help as we enter the real world after our graduation. I surely hope to see more of her in the coming future.”
– Martin Andrei Marquez, Bachelor of Commerce – Finance, School of Business
“I’m so glad I was given the opportunity to attend Ms. Heiki’s talk. I was incredibly inspired by her life, story of challenges, and success. As an aspiring businesswoman, I’ve noted her advice on being consistent, being open-minded and knowing that in every success, you are not alone. It is a learning process and one must treat everyone around them as a source of knowledge and inspiration. It was a short one-hour session with an abundance of information, and I hope to learn more from her if I get an opportunity again.”
– Maryam Ahmad Fuad, Bachelor of Communication – Web Media and Marketing, School of Humanities