I can now acknowledge the true value that Nova SBE added to my professional and personal life and that’s why I decided to give back

Paula Santos, BSc in Economics ’94, Managing Partner at STRATEG Consulting in Lisbon, Portugal, is donor of Fundação Alfredo de Sousa.

 

To me, Nova SBE was much more than the school that prepared me to succeed in my professional career and gave me the technical tools and the necessary know-how to overcome all the challenges I decided to take. Coming from a small town in the north of Portugal, Nova SBE was also fundamental in my personal growth since it made me get in touch with new, diverse, and interesting people – not only students but also faculty members, who provided me new experiences and, ultimately, allowed me to face my fears and limitations and go beyond what I thought were my limits.

For me this was the most important, since it allowed me to believe that I could go much further, aside from giving me the competences to achieve that. There are two reasons why I have decided to donate to Nova SBE: the first one is that, after almost 20 years, I can now acknowledge the true value that Nova SBE added to my professional and personal life and that’s why I decided to give back. The second one is that I believe in Nova SBE’s view and strategy for the future and that it is possible to make it into the European TOP 5 Business Schools, which would make me even prouder of being a part of this “family”.