IPADE was pleased to welcome more than 120 IPADE alumni and local business people to a commemorative event to celebrate IPADE’s 50th anniversary in Monterrey, as well as the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Monterrey program.

“Welcome to this very special ceremony,” said Professor Gabriel Hidalgo, a member of the Marketing Management Department, in his welcome address to the attendees gathered to celebrate. “We would like to thank all of you, the students and business people that are here today, for believing in, supporting, and trusting IPADE at different points since its launch here in Monterrey.”

Following a Mass of Thanksgiving led by Monsignor Rogelio Cabrera López, Archbishop of Nuevo León attendees were treated to a screening of the documentary film celebrating the first 50 years of IPADE, produced by Editorial Clío. Following the conclusion of the film, Dean Rafael Gómez Nava warmly welcomed attendees, sharing an overview of the activities and projects that will take place over the course of the year as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Dean Gómez Nava also took the opportunity to share his reflections on the more than 40 interviews that he conducted over the course of 22 months with individuals that played a key role in IPADE’s founding, including Ricardo Cantú Leal and Rómulo González Zubieta. Natives of Monterrey, both men were founding members of the IPADE faculty in Mexico City. Mr. González was present at the event, and was recognized by IPADE for his outstanding contributions to the institution.

Ricardo Cantú was the driving force behind the idea to implement a Continuing Education program for IPADE graduates, something that was extremely innovative at the time. Today, the Continuing Education program is the only program of its kind, gathering together IPADE graduates once a month to strengthen the bonds of the IPADE community and provide new opportunities for learning.

Dean Gómez Nava also took a moment to remember Carlos Llano, the renowned businessman, philosopher, and IPADE founder who passed away seven years ago.

Following Dean Gómez Nava’s presentation, Lorenzo Fernández Alonso, Director of IPADE Monterrey, noted that this celebration was doubly significant, as it also honored 40 years since the launch of the IPADE program in Monterrey.

“Monterrey has surprised both Mexico and the rest of the world with its entrepreneurial drive,” said Mr. Fernández. “The commemoration of the first five decades of IPADE is an opportunity to refocus on our most fundamental priorities, recall the challenges that we have faced as an institution, reflect on where we are today, and set even higher goals for tomorrow.”

The commemorative event was dedicated to the pioneering members of the IPADE community that founded the first AD-2 program in Monterrey in 1976. Alejandro Fernández Villa, Director Emeritus of IPADE Monterrey; Dean Gómez Nava; and Lorenzo Fernández recognized Alejandro Héctor Chapa, Gustavo González García, Gerardo Emilio, Marcos Charur, Francisco Javier Fernández Fernández, and Juan Salvador Nader Chanin with a lithograph of the oil painting commissioned from Nathalia Orozco in honor of IPADE’s 50th anniversary.

In closing, Ramón Ibarra Ramos, Dean and Professor of the Financial Management, Organizational Behavior, and Business and the Family Departments, engaged the attendees in a guided discussion during his session “Ethics in Top Management.”

Attendees were then invited to visit the newly established Pedro Casciaro exhibit space, featuring a permanent exhibit on the most important moments in the history of IPADE Monterrey. The commemorative event closed with a celebratory luncheon prepared by the renowned chef Guillermo González Beristain.