ESSEC Business School Alumni Association in the USA
Annual Gala Benefit and Visionary Award

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at The Pierre, a Taj Hotel

To Support the Foundation Campus 2023 Campaign

The reinvention of the ESSEC Cergy Campus

Gala Benefit

Join this celebration of our first Visionary Award recipient and help support our mission to heighten the awareness of ESSEC BUSINESS SCHOOL in the USA, support students from the USA studying at ESSEC and help fund the expansion of the campus through the ESSEC Foundation.

Under the patronage of the Hon. Jérémie Robert, consul general of France, in New York

Vincenzo Vinzi

Dean and President of ESSEC Business School

Thierry Fritsch (E80)

President of the ESSEC Foundation

1st ESSEC USA Visionary Awards

The Association has selected Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux (E00), Founder and CEO of Global Space Ventures.

Visionary leader in her field, the recipient of this Award, has reached exceptional levels of professional and personal achievement.

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is the founder/managing partner of Global Space Ventures, through which she has backed and accelerated emerging technology pioneers developing fundamental technology critical to national security and our space future. An early investor in SpaceX, she was also instrumental as co-founder/President of Escape Dynamics in meaningful advances in high power microwave systems and beamed energy technology, including its onboarding to NASA’s roadmap. Laetitia serves on the U.S.  Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board; on NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Innovation Advisory Board; on the board of directors of XPRIZE, which launched the $100M Carbon Removal XPRIZE with Elon Musk; on the advisory board of the Truman Center for National Policy; and the board of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath). She is also a security fellow of the Truman National Security Project, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, and Women Corporate Directors. A leading voice in innovation and national security, she has contributed to U.S. congressional taskforces on innovation, and briefed members of the U.S. Senate on national security and commercial space. Laetitia started her career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs in the late 1990’s. She held leadership investment roles at leading multi-billion dollars global investment firms TPG-Axon and Renaissance Technologies, and also served as Founder/CEO and Chief Investment Officer of global long-short public market equity fund Ajna Partners. Her entrepreneurial work has won many industry accolades. Escape Dynamics’ innovative approach was recognized by Scientific American which featured its technology as one of ten “2015 World Changing Idea” and Fast Company which ranked it third of the “Top 10 World’s Most Innovative Space Companies 2016” after SpaceX and Blue Origin. Laetitia is also a recipient of Vanity Fair France’s 50 Most Influential in the World and 15 Most Influential Entrepreneurs (2016), Institutional Investor’s rising star award (2010), and the Women Forum for the Economy and Society’s rising talent award (2010). She also won Harvard Business School’s business plan competition top award (2004) for launching the first human egg-freezing technology company. Laetitia, whose 25-year career has spanned the US, Asia and Europe, holds a Master in Management from ESSEC Business School, and a MBA from Harvard Business School

The French Touch in New York

An Escoffier inspired Dinner with Hank Lane Jazz Trio

Maître Auguste Escoffier was The Pierre opening Chef in 1930

A legacy embraced by Executive Chef Ashfer Bijou who will bring us the very best of French Gastronomy Paired with Taittinger Champagne and a selection of fine wines from Burgundy

Join our Early Benefactors

Alain Barbet (E80), Senior Vice President, FISERV

​Philippe Berdugo (E10), Co-Founder & CEO, Wellbots

​Vladimir Colas (E02) Member of the Executive Board & Co-Head of Ardian US

​Jonathan Cherki (E11) Founder and CEO, Content Square

​David Markson (E10), Managing Director, Evercore

​François A. Pagès (E79), CEO, Galileo Global Securities

​Alfred Traboulsi (E00), Managing Director, HSBC


The Pierre, a Taj Hotel

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
6:30 pm
The Wedgewood Room at The Pierre, a Taj Hotel
2 East 61 Street, New York, NY 10065


Online registrations and payments HERE

Reply Card to Register and Pay by mail HERE

$500 Donor Ticket ($210 tax deductible)

$395 Time Limited Offer ($105 tax deductible)

$700-for-Two Time Limited Offer for two tickets ($120 tax deductible)

$1,000 Benefactor Ticket ($710 tax deductible)


6:30 PM Cocktail Reception

7:15 PM Honoree Presentation

7:30 PM Dinner

9:30 PM Dessert Reception

Cocktail Attire

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Essec Business School Alumni USA

ESSEC was set up as an elite French business school in 1907. Part of the unique French Grandes Ecoles system to train future leaders for business and society, ESSEC has produced many graduates who are reaching the very top echelons in their professions.

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