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29 April 2020

For over a month now, we have been confronted with an unprecedented situation. Our lives have been turned upside down and we have lost our bearings. We wish to once again assure our members of our full support and solidarity in these trying times.

Over the past few weeks we have seen different initiatives emerge from our community of graduates: our alumni are among those getting involved on the front line with health workers, patients and companies. They are entertaining people, providing solutions, helping, supporting actions and more. We are proud of them and wanted to share these acts of solidarity, a value that is prominent within our network. Thank you and well done to all of you!

 

Support for health workers

Maxime Buhler and Samuel Carré (SK 2017), founders of Pokawa, decided to support frontline health workers with what they do best: poké bowls! Hospitals can sign up via an online form to receive meals for their staff. This is a wonderful initiative to help hospital workers in Paris and Nice during this difficult health crisis.
More info here

Bernard Vanderschooten (SK 1982), head of Norlinge, launched the production of masks in response to the shortage in health facilities.
More info here

Edouard Roquette (SK 1987), Chairman of the Board at Roquette, exceptionally launched a hand sanitizer production line at the company’s Lestrem facility. CHU de Lille (Lille teaching hospital), Etablissement Français du Sang (the French blood bank), and the Communauté de Communes de Flandres Lys were the first to receive the solution in their establishments. Over 5,000 litres have already been delivered each week since the lockdown began.
More info here

Mathilde Thomas (SK 1994), founder of Caudalie, sent all of the company’s disposable gowns, shoe covers, scrub caps, and thousands of creams to several hospitals in France.
More info here

Amandine Azencott (SK 2002), CEO and co-founder of Codage, sent thousands of tubes of hand cream to health workers in France’s hospitals.
More info here

Céline Molière (SK 2001), CEO of Emilie and the Cool kids, is baking cookies every day for the frontline workers at several health facilities in Lille and Nice.
More info here

Sylvain Chardard (SK 1998) is HR Manager at Haribo in Marseille. The company has donated sweets to nursing homes and hospitals, as well as disposable gowns to district nurses in Marseille.
More info here

Samuel Barnabas (SK 1998) is CEO of Norauto France, whose Nord/Armentières teams provided free repairs for health worker cars that had been damaged.
More info here

Edwy Rousseau (SK 2007), founder and CEO of TipToque Paris, joined Les Chefs avec les soignants to deliver free meals each day to over 100 hospitals France-wide.
More info here

Stéphane Wimez (SK 1994), CEO of Mehari Club Cassis, supplied the La Bastide des Calanques nursing home and some district nurses in Cassis with 800 shoe covers, 800 gloves and 1,000 scrub caps. The upholstery workshop also made some fabric face masks.
More info here

Adrien Leonard (SK 2013), co-founder of Maison Montalet co-founded Collectif Solidaire, an association that delivers healthy, balanced meals made by chefs to frontline health workers.
More info here

 

Initiatives that promote the well-being of body and mind

Alexandra Louison (SK 2005), a high-level triathlete and runner, is giving free pilates lessons each week on her Facebook page.
More info here

Sabine Venaruzzo (SK 1997), actor and classical singer, is offering poetry readings over the phone! Simply call 06 20 72 37 27 between 4 and 5 pm, Friday to Sunday. Or, to let your mind travel without leaving home, call Ariel on 06 58 84 37 52 for a poem read in Spanish.
More info here

Elodie Saurat (SK 2010), Internal Audit Manager in London, is offering free yoga classes in English each week on Zoom.
More info here

Marion Meyer (SK 2016), created the “Espérance” podcast a few weeks ago after noticing growing resignation and pessimism regarding all social issues (health, environment, education, humanitarian...). She interviews inspiring people, everyday heroes who prove that kindness, generosity and solidarity are values that really are present within our society.
More info here

Jacques d'Anchald (SK 1970), coach and founder of Futurjob.com, is regularly hosting free webinars on Zoom about the meaning of life, with the possibility of reflecting together on what this crisis means.
Contact him here

Jérôme Sutter (SK 2011), Global Marketing, Communications & EBusiness Director at Puressentiel, is making the PDF version (255 pages - French language) of his book iAdvertisers - L'histoire et les prochains défis de la publicité digitale available as a free download. Three thousand copies of the book have been sold so far
More info here (download available via the icon in the top right after switching to full screen)

 

Help for businesses  

Alaude Lefebvre (SK 2019), founder of Sublimeurs, has launched a temporary ‘click & collect’ service on her website to give restaurant and shop owners another way to sell their products.
More info here

Pierre Yu (SK 2012), director at Pierre International Group Limited, sent 1,000 protective face masks to SKEMA’s Sophia Antipolis campus for the employees.

Jean-Denis Deweine (SK 1983), CEO of Auchan Retail France, paid a €1,000 bonus to 65,000 of the company’s employees to reward them for their exceptional support during the coronavirus crisis.
More info here

Ludovic Holinier (SK 1990), CEO of Cora, made a commitment to support farmers, horticulturists, fishermen and, more broadly, all of France’s producers, by developing partnerships.
More info here

 

If you know of or would like to share other coronavirus-related SKEMA Alumni initiatives, feel free to let us know by private message on Facebook or by emailing diplomes@skema.edu

You’d like to ask for help from or offer assistance to our alumni during this crisis? Contact us.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones. See you soon!

 

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