THOSE WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN BUSINESS ARE AT IZMIR UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS - 13 March 2017
Those who make a difference in work life shared their vast experience with students at the “2nd IUE Human Resources Summit”. Nurten Öztürk, Founding Member, Executive Board, Opet A.S., Joachim Hensch, Managing Director, Hugo Boss, Mete Meleksoy, President, Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey, Güntulu Peker Pamuk, Business Support Vice General Manager, Sahibinden.com, shared their successful career lives at the summit intended for human resources managers and students.
IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Can Muğan, in her opening speech, pointed they aimed to train entrepreneurial individuals who would make a difference in business. The Rector said, “Our students are offered education, which is a blend of theoretical and practical information, from the academicians who are experts in their fields and from the experienced names of the business world. And during their internship, they get a chance to experience work life and combine their fresh information with practical life. They are lucky to get together with representatives who make a difference in work life. They can be inspired by vast experiences of these business leaders who make a difference and steer the future of our country.”
Prof. Dr. Hasan Fehmi Baklacı, Dean of IUE Faculty of Business, stated that the summit allowed them to witness the way to make a difference and obtain sustainable achievements. Nurten Öztürk, Founding Member of Executive Board, Opet A.S., reported that the most important reason behind her success in business was the social responsibility projects. Mete Meleksoy, President of Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey, indicated that their slogan was ‘every child deserves a quality education’ and he said, “Education shall be qualified and egalitarian. Essence of everything is freedom, freedom of thought and speech. Our Foundation is based on love, attention and care and human is at the heart of our Foundation. Children are free, and their dreams should be supported. We’ve left behind 22 years; we are in our 23rd year now. We are trying to reach out to 150 thousand children with 70 thousand volunteers in one year. We’ve reached out to 2 million 500 thousand children in 22 years. Our volunteers are usually university students and students of Faculty of Education. We are lucky in that way. They are role models more than anything”.
‘The power of technology’
Joachim Hensch, Managing Director of Hugo Boss, Izmir, reported that technology not only entered workplaces, but our lives and clothes as well. Also, an online survey titled, ‘Values and Expectations in Business Life’ was conducted by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Burcu Güneri Çangarlı, Head of IUE Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business, and Dr. Esin Çağlayan, Director of IUE TLC (Teaching and Learning Center). Sevgin İşlekel, General Manager of Glaxosmith-Kline, Yeşim Güra, General Manager of Hayat Su, and Didem Çerçi, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board, ABank, discussed ‘The Role of Women in Business Life’ at the panel moderated by Asst. Prof. Dr. Nilgün Gürkaynak, Lecturer at Faculty of Business. And Aşkın Cavaş, HR Director of Ford Otosan and Burcu Berker Kanber, Founder of BK Brand, shared practices that make a difference in HR.