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MBA Student’s £5,000 Course Boost

Cass MBA student Ainsley Kowal has taken home a cheque for £5,000 and a year’s membership to the Executives' Association of Great Britain (EAGB).

Cass MBA student Ainsley Kowal took home a cheque for £5,000 and a year’s membership to the Executives' Association of Great Britain (EAGB) today.

Ainsley was chosen from among this year's graduates for her outstanding networking skills and prize-winning essay, The Importance of Networking.


  • Ainsley (centre) is pictured with EAGB board member, Anita Brightley-Hodges, and runner-up, Cass student Peter Jackson.

The inaugural prize was presented at the association’s monthly meeting at The Dorchester Hotel. Cass MBA students have also been provided with one place at every meeting during the academic year for them to attend and meet people in their chosen area of study.

Ainsley said: “I am thrilled to have been chosen as the first EAGB Scholarship Winner from Cass Business School. It means so much to me that my approach to business and networking resonated with the panel of judges and I am humbled to have been chosen from amongst my very talented colleagues at Cass Business School.

“I am inspired by the commitment of the EAGB to the art of networking and fostering effective connections within the business world and look forward to contributing to the EAGB community in a meaningful way in the months to come.”

After buying a “fabulous bottle of champagne and a new suit”, Ainsley plans to use the remaining funds towards her school fees.

Deri Llewellyn-Davies, EAGB Chairman said: “It’s great to see the next generation coming through and entering the networking environment. The EAGB is proud to support this and looking forward to having the new enthusiasm, ideas and technological wizardry that the CASS relationships brings.”

The Executives’ Association of Great Britain was established in London in 1929. With the motto Creating Business, the purpose of the organisation is to provide a forum for board level executives to meet and to find ways to help each other’s businesses to grow. Each meeting features a different speaker from various backgrounds and industries who informs, entertains, and inspires the audience with his or her story. We are proud that many millions of pounds of business have been facilitated by the Association’s activities.

Professor Steven Haberman, Cass Dean, said: “The EAGB award is a wonderful example of where business is supporting our students, not only during their studies but also their continuing development.

“This award combines both generous financial support and provides valuable access to EAGB’s professional network. We look forward to working with EAGB and building a strong and effective relationship.”

Ainsley's essay has been published here.

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