This past weekend some of us had the chance to check out one of SDA Bocconi’s most prestigious events: the Rolex MBA’s Conference & Regatta. 4 days, 44 boats, and 21 business schools from all over the world. On Thursday, about 400 people came together to race, relax and network in beautiful Santa Margherita. SDA Bocconi is proud to team up with Rolex each year to co-sponsor this €1M event, and even though us incoming students were just guests (the current year’s graduating class hosts the event) I can say that we all felt very proud to be representing the school together. Outside of the regatta the weekend was filled with amazing events from a cocktail party in beautiful Villa Durazzo to a conference and gala dinner at La Cervara, a gorgeous monastery. Santa Margherita is also a short drive from Portofino, a picturesque little town where you can park your boat and take part in some shopping at the many designer stores that line the streets or just take a seat at one of the cafes and enjoy the spectacular view. One on particularly clear afternoon, all of the schools took their boats out to a beach area where we jumped in the water and boat hopped to our heart’s content. I think if I had to sum it up in one word it would just be “surreal.”
There were about 20 of us from my class that went and all together we took up 3 boats (thanks to MBA 37 for finding boats for all of us!) It was my first time spending a whole weekend with my peers, let alone on a boat, and with business school being so team oriented it was very cool to see us getting along and working together so well. I think our group was the only “new kids” so in addition to getting to know my peers better it was fun to chat with alumni from other schools and get insights other current students who are in their second year of their program. Those of us that went feel very fortunate to have been a part of this weekend and now we can’t wait to help host next year’s regatta with the rest of our class. See you next year!