The next 100 years

Hello KY.

As I am writing this, the year is about to end, and the party around Töölönlahti has begun. Lauri Tähkä is singing about My Finland. It is a good time to lean back, take a sip of brandy and ponder about the past and the future.

It’s been a crazy year. Protectionism is on the rise and a backlash against globalization is being felt all over the western world. As business students, many of the tenets we are taught will be tested. These include liberal values and the power of free trade.

Change has been a constant in my life, too. I’ve been an entrepreneur and lead my own advertising agency. I’ve studied business in another school. And in 2013 my journey lead me to Aalto BIZ to study Marketing. It was never my intention, but KY quickly became the most important part of my student life.

After a year in the KY board and another as the chairman of Aalto Marketing Society, the thought started to crystallize: I was going to run for the KY chair. Why, you may ask. Well my friends, the answer is simple: this is the greatest student organization I have seen.

KY offers unparalleled opportunities for growth, but in the end an organization is just as good as the people in it, and the people here are some of the best. I have been fortunate to work with great people in everything I’ve done at KY, and will be a part of an awesome group in the year to come. I couldn’t have asked for a better board, and can’t wait to get to work everyone in and around KY.

There is much to look forward to. One is the Finland 100 jubilee year. I believe now is the time for us at KY to embrace the surrounding world and start contributing to it, as we have in the past. We owe our wealth and resources to the entrepreneurial spirit of the previous KY generations. They had the guts to try and fail, to create thriving businesses, to embrace new innovations and dream big. I believe it is time to show Finland once again what students at KY are capable of. I hope you will join me in this.

In the spirit of the new year, I also have a few resolutions. I want to start an era of more openness at KY. For me personally this means that I will be active on social media and start conversations on Facebook on subjects that I feel are important, and I invite all of you to take part. You are free to add me as a friend: facebook.com/jyri.heimo. This is of course not the only avenue for discussion, but I feel it is a way for me as the chairman to be active in conversation on a more personal level, and I hope that you share your ideas, thoughts and views with me.

Here’s to a great year of KY spirit!

Jyri Heimo

Chairman of the KY board