Last week, the fellows of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness (IGOE), an organization dedicated to providing opportunities to Latin American students pursuing graduate degrees (PhDs and MBAs) at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, had the pleasure of meeting the Founder and President of the Geo Global Foundation, Mr. Ariel Aisiks. In meetings coordinated by IGOE’s director, Dr. Herman Aguinis, we had the opportunity to share our backgrounds and experiences at Kelley with Mr. Aisiks and he with us. He also shared the Foundation's vision,which is to be a leading philanthropic organization enhancing human capital and cultural development in Latin America through higher education initiatives.
Mr. Ariel Aisiks (back) and Dr. Herman Aguinis.
Mr. Aisiks inspired us with his example. After having a successful career in the capital markets industry, he is now focused on giving back to society in many ways, such as providing the resources that make it possible for the IGOE’s fellows to pursue our dreams.
Thomas Jefferson once said, “I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of Constitutional power.” Years ago, Mr. Aisiks left Argentina, which was suffering from ailments of totalitarianism, to pursue a better life in the United States of America. Here, he found what millions of people have found: a fair chance to achieve their goals with their own effort.
Kelley MBA IGOE Fellows attend session with Mr. Aisiks.
Years have passed since Mr. Aisiks first came to this country, but the memories are still fresh, and a firm conviction gives him the energy to do what he does. He understand that, as Thomas Jefferson said, education make us free from abusive governments that impedes the development of individuals. Educated people create societies that protect individual liberties and stimulate self-determination. Mr. Aisiks is devoting his time and resources to pave the way for the improvement of not just Latin America, but the whole American continent. He knows that when we, the IGOE’s fellows, come to study to the United States, we all have two things in common, the desire to prosper with our own effort and the burning commitment to help more people prosper.
The cultural exchange that happens when we come to Kelley enriches our lives and is also an opportunity to teach others about our countries and our realities. Building those cultural bridges will lead to a future of understanding and progress throughout the continent. We, as Latin students, we as recipients of this unique opportunity, we as brothers and sisters of our fellow countrymen who struggle in our countries; we are responsible for making the best of this opportunity and for giving a hand to the next generation of future leaders. It might sound pretentious to try to change the world, but to change the world you start by changing one person’s life for better.
The Institute of Global Effectiveness is doing exactly that, and I am fortunate to be one of those people whose life they are changing, and I can tell that my world indeed has changed. For that, I appreciate everything that Mr. Aisiks, Dr. Aguinis, Kelley School of Business, and the IGOE team have done. Thank you all in name of all the IGOE’s fellows.