středa 8. února 2017

Alumni sauna

UPDATE: The event will start at 2015.
After a long break I would like to revive the tradition of CEMS Alumni sauna meetings.

When: 1 March, 19:00-21:00
Where: Svět pod Palmovkou (just a couple of minutes walk from the Palmovka metro station) - already tested couple of times in the past
Registraion: Register at Facebook or just send me an e-mail.
Fee: Note that those of you who have paid their CEMS Alumni membership fee will get 100 CZK or so discount on the entrance fee. The others will pay the whole entrance fee. We will make sure that the entrance fee will not be higher than a usuall fee (which is approximately 200 CZ).

Should you have any questions or suggestions (e.g. another sauna venue) just let me know.

Looking forward to meeting you.


Your CEMS Alumni Board Team
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sobota 4. února 2017

Plan of events

Dear alumni
we are planning a number of different events - aimed at networking, cooperation with students, fun... Whatever you like...

This is the current version of the plan:
28.1. Topic: Family and Career (already took place)
23.2. Start of mentoring program
1.3. Sauna
16.3. Topic: Business Owners
5.4. Drink
7.4. CEMS Gala (organized by students)
30.3. CEMS Graduate profile roundtable
20.4. Mentoring program checkpoint
18.5. Topic: Prevention of burnout
18.5. Mentoring evaluatoin
8.6.  CEMS Soiree (organized by VSE)
10.6. Yoga in the park

There are still some events we need to plan in detail: networking event (in May or later) and maybe something more :-).

Would you like to propose any other event? Or would you like to help us organizing these events?

Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team
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neděle 29. ledna 2017

CEMS Alumni discussing family and career

Dear CEMSies,

our event on the topic Family and Career took place in a bit untypical environment for CEMS gatherings - in kids' entertainment center Café Koala. This showed up to be a great choice for both kids thanks to the enormous amount of play and fun opportunities in the center as well as for adults due to very nice and comfortable atmosphere, great café and friendly and smiling staff.
Almost all attendees of this event were parents. After we all met and kids started to explore the neighboring slides and jungle gyms, we did an introduction round. Each of us introduced himself / herself and also added what he/she currently faces in relation to family and career. 

Clearly the key point of discussion was, under which conditions a mum can work but also be with her kids - i.e. a compromise between full time job full time household. CEMS mum enjoy being with kids at tome but at the same time are capable and want to work, further use and develop their skills and capabilities. 

So what is the ideal scenario? Based on our discussion, it is a part time job with flexible working hours that can be done from home. Although, the reality of the job market is a different story. There are some cases, when a mum is offered a part time job that can be combined with family. 
Though what we learnt from our own stories or based on our own experience, these are mostly individual exceptions, company and society rules are still rather rigid in this area. 

This can be a great topic also for big companies, for CEMS corporate partners. Today's huge topic is CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). Isn't this one of the key topics in the CSR agenda?

We would like to thank to all participants of this event. We are looking forward to seeing you at other events coming this year (more details soon :-)). 
Thank you for being interested in this topic and also reading this article.
Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team

čtvrtek 26. ledna 2017

CEMS Alumni Saturday morning event on the topic Family and Career

Dear CEMSies,

this is a little reminder about the upcoming CEMS Event dedicated to the topic Family and Career.
We are meeting on Saturday (28th Jan) at 10 am in Cafe Koala in Prague Hostivar
If you are coming with public transport, take a bus number 111 from Skalka to the station "Tovarny Hostivar".
Cafe Koala is a kids' entertainment center, so also kids are warmly welcomed :-)
Registration via email at:
We are looking forward to meeting you,
Your CEMS Alumni Prague Board

PS: There is no entrance fee for adults of babies up to 1 years. The entrance fee to the kids' entertainment park in Cafe Koala for kids between 1 and 3 years is 150 CZK, for kids older than 3 years, it is 250 CZK.

středa 18. ledna 2017

Sign up for the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme

Dear CEMS Alumni
we would like to invite you to join 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme. This is an initiative that was running successfully in past and we would like to continue with this tradition.

Do you want to share you passion as well as your experience? Do you want to support the new generation of CEMSies through career or life mentoring? Join the 2017 CEMS Mentoring Programme

No previous experience in mentoring is needed. What is important is your willingness to share part of your time and your experience with others. No matter whether you run your own business or work in an international or local company, whether you do business or work for NGOs.Everyone has something valuable to share. 

Do you want to take part in the CEMS Mentoring Programme?
  1. Sign up via this form
  2. Book the evening on 23rd February 2017 between 6:30 and 9pm for the joined kick-off event (at VSE, Prague 3) 
  3. Be comfortable with spending one hour of your time every two weeks on meetings with your mentee (meetings can be face to face or skype) between March and June 2017.

How is the CEMS Mentoring Programme organized?
After the kick-off event on 23rd February, we will finalize the matching between mentors and mentees. You will get contact details on your mentee, so you can agree on the first mentoring meeting. The frequency, location and time of your meet-ups depends only on the agreement between you and your mentee. After two months, we will call for a Catch-up meeting to share what is working as well as ideas for improvement. At the end of the 2017 spring semester, we will make the final evaluation. The mentoring programme may end for you at the end of the spring semester or you may agree with the mentee on it further continuation. 

Any questions?
Feel free to contact the CEMS Alumni Prague Team at
Still not sure? Check out this video

Pavlina, Vojta and Honza
Your CEMS Alumni Board Team

neděle 15. ledna 2017

CEMS Alumni event on the topic Family and Career (bring your kids along :))

Dear CEMSies,

we would like to invite you for a networking as well as a family event on Saturday 28th January at 10am in Café Koala. During this event, we will talk about combining family and career, sharing our experience, while kids have space to explore the kids' center in Café Koala.To secure enough space for us, please register at:

A short summary:
Topic: Family and Career
Where: Café Koala, Dolnomecholupska 209/17, Praha 10 Hostivar
When Saturday 28th January between 10am and 1pm
Registration at:

We are looking forward to meeting you!
CEMS Alumni Board

neděle 11. prosince 2016

CEMS Alumni Association Prague - Election of new Board

Dear CEMS Alumni,

we are pleased to announce that we got candidates for the CEMS Alumni Board in the Czech Republic. In order to appoint the team into the role officially, we are calling for the CEMS Alumni Elections.

It is very simple, just send an email to, where you express that you vote for the full board. Add your full name as well as your email address. We need at least 10 voting members in order to fulfill all official steps. You can vote from today, 10th December till Friday, 16th December 2016.

Candidates for the CEMS Alumni Board Team are:

  • Pavlina Simurdova for the president role (Pavlina's profila at LinkedIN)
  • Vojtech Oplestil for the vice-president role (LinkedIN)
  • Jan Horacek as a treasurer (LinkedIN)


The new CEMS Alumni board team is primarily focused on preparing events that will bring additional value for both CEMS Alumni and CEMS Students as well as on preparing social gatherings, family and sport events.

Due to the change in the Czech legislation, the Alumni team has prepared updated version of the statutes of the CEMS Alumni Association Czech Republic z.s.. For those interested, you can contact Pavlina.

Thank you for your cooperation.

úterý 29. listopadu 2016


It is our pleasure to invite you to CEMS Red Carpet Gala sponsored by P&G. Join us and meet fellow alumni, current CEMS students and corporate partners.

The newest information will be shared on Facebook event.

TOPIC: Red Carpet
DRESS CODE: Creative Black Tie
LOCATION: Erbia Congress Centrum, CITY TOWER, 27th floor, Hvězdova 1716/2b, Prague 4
NOTE: You can bring one or more guests

490CZK per person (includes a welcome drink + catering) until December 11.
690CZK per person at the door
// Account number: 43-6190780227, bank code: 0100, please add note: "first and last name of all attendants you are paying for" (these names will appear on the guest list)
// DDL for bank transfers is Sunday December 11th
// Please send us prinscreen of the payment to once you pay, so we can order enough food on time.

pátek 4. listopadu 2016

CEMS Alumni Drink (organised by alumni)

Dear alumni
I would like to invite you to a CEMS Alumni Drink organized by alumni. And what is more it will take place in a restaurant run by one of us - Jan Horacek. I am looking forward to meeting you there!

pondělí 13. dubna 2015

CSR initiative supported by CEMS corporate partner Reuters: "Šance pro děti"

Dear CEMS Alumni and members of CEMS Alumni Association Prague,

CEMS corporate partner Reuters - the renowned global news agency - together with several partner companies, organize in the Czech Republic for the 7th consecutive year its award-winning charitable project Šance pro děti“ for children in need.

About 105 carefully selected images taken recently by Reuters photographers and collaborators are made available from 13thApril to 24th April 2015 in an online auction to be held at

Successful bidders will receive their large format photos professionally printed and framed in high-quality aluminum frames.
This year, the public interested in supporting the project without actively engaging in the online auction, will have the possibility to contribute through DMS.
All collected proceeds will go to support orphanages, infant and child centers who take care of pre-school children. In addition, the proceeds will also go to one institution that helps families who took children from orphanages for foster, adoptive or host care.
It is important to note that all donated funds go without any intermediary from the donor directly to the accounts of the children's organizations. These institutions decide on how to use the proceeds most effectively – mainly to finance services and activities for children. The budgets received from the state cover only their regular operations  and are not enough to cover any special needs that children may have. For example: rehabilitation, animal assisted therapy, hippotherapy, therapeutic programs, purchase of medical equipment or equipment for physically or otherwise disabled children... etc.
Come and join us at and pick a picture that will make you proud!