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Graduates Reunited at SEV Leaders Night 3 in New York…

SEV and FABSIT, working together to ensure the continuity of their schools, organized the New York gathering- SEV Leaders Night for the third time. SEV Leaders Night 3 convened SEV and FABSIT executives from Turkey and abroad, as well as many graduates and all the proceeds from the event is transferred to scholarship funds.

MEHMET T. NANE: “WE ARE INVESTING IN THE FUTURE”

Mehmet T. Nane, Chairman of the SEV Board of Directors said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the third annual SEV Leaders Night here in New York. As a graduate of Tarsus American College and the Chair of the SEV Board of Directors, I believe in the great potential of our graduates and the importance of contributing to our schools. We believe that it is critical to invest in our students who will eventually be the future of both our country, Turkey, and the  world. The fact is that 20% of the students attending our schools are only able to do so with the scholarships that they receive. After graduation, they continue their education at some of the best universities in Turkey, and abroad. Moreover there are many graduates who have studied at some of the most competitive universities here in the United States. They would not have been able to do so without the scholarships that they received at our schools.

One of the most important goals of the SEV Board is to increase the number of the scholarships so that the education that we provide is available to all regardless of financial status.”

“THE LEARNINGS ARE GENERAL, BUT THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS”

At the event in which the American College alumni and supporters participated, Magdalena Yeşil, an Üsküdar American Academy graduate, whose name was included in the list of "20 Important Entrepreneurs of the USA" by the Red Herring magazine also joined. Ms. Yeşil is one of the people who worked for 30 years in the Silicon Valley and has pioneered e-commerce and internet commercialization. In her speech Ms. Yeşil shared her experiences on entrepreneurship, adding that it has always been difficult to establish a new business and said:

“It does not matter how many companies you have previously founded, it is always really hard. The main difference is that the first time you do it, you do not know how hard it will be. The following times, you do and you still want to do it. Each time is hard because the problems you are solving vary , you are executing on a different goal. The learnings are general, but the devil is in the details.”

 

“HOPE FOR THE BEST, PREPARE FOR THE WORST”

Magdalena Yeşil continued: “The only way tosucceed in business is to take risks and consider the possibility of losing everything. The ability to take risks is important. You take the risk hoping for the best result, but you are prepared for the worst .

What makes or breaks companies is the execution, not the strategy.  Therefore it is much better to have an A player than an A plan. It's much easier to change plans than to change people.”

“NO PLACE FOR SHAME IN THE VALLEY”

Ms. Yeşil emphasized the importance of learning from failure and not being ashamed of it by saying that: “The biggest difference between Turkey and the Silicon Valley is the way society reacts to failure. In Turkey there is a high degree of shame, in SV there is a high belief that you learn from failure. Both approaches and reactions are valid, but SV encourages entrepreneurship. “

“WOMEN SHOULD PRIORITIZE ELEMENTS OF LIFE”

Being a successful woman entrepreneur, Magdalena Yeşil highlights the difference of men and women in business life. “Women can win as often as men do, if they prioritize business success. I think gender does not make much of a difference if you are focused on your career. I think prioritization is key, and women tend to prioritize other elements of life often, such as children, parents, etc. But society has to help women who choose to prioritize their careers by opening as many doors to them as for men. Ability has to rule at the end, not gender.”

Professor Dilhan M. Kalyon, Member of the FABSIT Board of Directors made a speech emphasizing the significant potential of the SEV schools to educate leaders for global impact and the importance of providing resources to SEV for the support of deserving students. ?

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