On June 20th, more than 150 IPADE alumni and members of the local business community gathered together in Hermosillo to celebrate the institution’s 50th anniversary during the Tarde IPADE event.

As part of the afternoon’s activities, Ramón Ibarra, IPADE Professor of Organizational Behavior, led the session “Being an Ethical Leader,” which focused on the importance of prioritizing one’s family without sacrificing the quality of one’s managerial and leadership tasks.

Professor Ibarra’s session was followed by a screening of the documentary feature on IPADE’s first 50 years, produced by Clío TV.

Rafael Gómez Nava, Dean of IPADE, then shared a brief message with attendees, emphasizing the importance of the local business community in the development of the State of Sonora.

“Hermosillo has played an important role in IPADE’s history for a long time now,” said Dean Gómez Nava. “The first IPADE program hosted outside of our Mexico City campus was hosted here in Hermosillo. Additionally, IPADE’s second Dean, Carlos Acedo – who is actually here today, was originally from Sonora and helped bring IPADE to the area.”

Dean Gómez Nava’s overview of Dean Emeritus Acedo’s long career was met with extensive applause. At the conclusion of the Dean’s speech, the names of all of the inaugural class were read aloud, and the members of the class in attendance were asked to stand and be recognized.

“Today, we’ve brought you all a little gift. This beautiful symphony, inspired by the life and work of the business community, was commissioned from Mexican composer Samuel Zyman in celebration of IPADE’s 50th anniversary,” said Dean Gómez Nava. “It is called Horizontes: reflexiones sonoras hacia la virtud (Horizons: Musical reflections on virtue).”

The Dean then thanked the Ensamble Sinfónico del Noroeste and its director, David Hernández, for their excellent performance of the celebratory piece.