IPADE is convinced that the most important business is the family. For a little over 40 years, it has encouraged its participants and alumni to continue perfecting themselves, but together with their families. For this reason, The Family and Self program was created, with the main purpose of analyzing topics related with the individual, the family, the environment, and to propitiate a reflection on the situation in which one lives.

“We are convinced that, in order to attain our participants’ perfection, it is necessary to involve their families, and since 1976 we instituted one of the formation bastions of IPADE’s,” expressed Rafael Gómez Nava, IPADE’s director, during the second day of the Alumni Global Meeting’s Commemorative Journey.

In this event, alumni participated in the lectures offered by professors Ernesto Bolio, Nahum De la Vega and Hugo Cuesta, which were offered simultaneously.

Ernesto Bolio, dean professor of the Organizational Behavior department, before an audience of 400 businesspeople and their families, focused his session on the importance of drafting a Life Project.

Dr. Bolio talked about the balance that has to exist among the actions an individual performs in his or her daily life. And so, he talked about the need for quality rest; for being stricter while choosing foods, because this is what nourishes or affects the organism; for exercising and keeping the body active; and to look after the family, that is, dedicate them time in a real way, free from distractors such as telephones.

While Nahum de la Vega encouraged alumni to reflect on how they are performing their management. Alone or accompanied, since neither power nor money guarantee avoiding loneliness. “One of the businessperson’s worse fears is to lose what he or she has. How to overcome such fear? By giving. That is how that fear is expelled.”

In the nearby session, Hugo Cuesta shared a reflection – The 40’s crisis – which he calls the middle age crisis and entitles his book. The professor gives a clarion call to make a stop and design the second part of our life and transit from success to plenitude.

The sessions block was closed by Marian Rojas, guest professor in the Organizational Behavior department, who comes from a family of psychiatrists and whose work is mainly oriented toward the world of emotions and people. “Happiness is an accomplished life. It is not what happens to us, but how we make of that.”

Marian Rojas, with her characteristic gracefulness, shared with the alumni a series of anecdotes that rounded a profound reflection on “How to make good things happen to us in life.”

During an hour, the audience was nourished with interesting ideas around the main illnesses that afflict people in the 21st Century. “Depression and anxiety are the two big illnesses of the 21st century. The first one is hooked on the past and the second, on the future.”

Along these sessions, that replicate IPADE’s The Family and Self program, contents are offered oriented toward developing the human qualities necessary to maintain a personal and a familiar harmony.