Recently, more than 90 IPADE alumni from the Sinaloan business community gathered together to celebrate IPADE’s 50th Anniversary. The Tarde IPADE event in Culiacan began with a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated at the Santa Inés Catholic Church.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr. José Fernández Labastida and was followed by an afternoon of academic sessions hosted at the Salón Vía Esperanza in Culiacán. Antonio Fernández warmly welcomed attendees, highlighting IPADE’s deep connections with the Sinaloan business community.

Juan Carlos Núñez, Professor of Economic Environment, then led the session “Economic Perspectives at the End of the Current Administration,” sharing context on how the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to impact the business world, as well as the challenges presented by the disruptive innovations that are changing every aspect of our lives.

In addition to the afternoon sessions, attendees were also treated to a screening of documentary film produced by Editorial Clío as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations. Using archival footage and interviews with the IPADE community, the documentary provides an in-depth look at IPADE’s first half century.

Rafael Gómez Nava, Dean of IPADE, thanked the Sinaloan business community.

“IPADE’s first activities in Culiacán occurred far before the formal founding of the institution,” said Dean Gómez Nava. “Culiacán was only the second Mexican city with a Opus Dei center, which opened in 1951.”

Dean Gómez Nava added that Carlos Llano had mentioned Culiacán in a memo he wrote, which stated, “I’ve been in Culiacán, and I think it’s a very hospitable environment to open an IPADE Program. The city is growing rapidly, and the local businesspeople are excited and ready for anything.”

The event closed with a performance of Horizontes: reflexiones sonoras hacia la virtud (Horizons: Musical reflections on virtue), commissioned by IPADE from Mexican composer Samuel Zyman in celebration of the institution’s anniversary. The piece was performed by an ensemble of local musicians.