I have traveled throughout Mexico over the
last few years, but other than passing through the Mexico City airport as I
made my way to other locations, this was my first time visiting the capitol
city. With a full agenda of meetings with IPADE Business School, our co-host
and venue for the upcoming GBSN
conference, I was ready to brush up on my rusty Spanish and finalize plans.
When I land in Mexico I am impressed with how clean, polished and modern the
airport is. I am greeted by a driver who speaks perfect English and driven into
the anticipated rush hour traffic to the conference hotel. Typically a
twenty-minute drive, it took closer to forty minutes due to traffic. (However
pleasantly surprised I am by other things, I can confirm traffic is as bad as
everyone claims). My driver informs me during our drive that the Presidente
InterContinental Hotel is very nice, and is in fact, where President Obama
recently stayed during his visit. Wondering if perhaps I would get a tour of
the Presidential Suite during my official hotel tour I surveyed the massive
city sprawling around me.
Some people are surprised we are hosting the GBSN Annual Conference in
Mexico City. After my visit I now have a response: Whatever you thought, think
again. This is going to be one of the most amazing conferences we have ever
Pleasant Surprise #1— A Peaceful Oasis
The campus of IPADE Business School is a peaceful oasis tucked away from the
city. I was very impressed with the modern classrooms and facilities that annex
to a former hacienda. Cobblestone pathways cover the campus, making walking a
bit difficult but capturing the eclectic and historical importance of the site.
Most impressively, pristine and peaceful gardens surround the buildings, making
it a relaxing hideout from a fast paced city—and the perfect place for students
to study for exams.
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Lisa Leander is the Membership Officer for the Global Business School Network. To learn more about joining GBSN please visit www.gbsnonline.org or email Lisa at email@example.com