Hilary Peltz - MBA2019 and Senior Social Affairs Officer at the Student Association
March sees one of the biggest events in the LBS calendar. Tattoo brings together many clubs and cultures of the School to showcase talents and traditional cuisines... followed by one big party! Let's meet Hilary Peltz, MBA2019 and Senior Social Affairs Officer at the Student Association who has been pivotal in the organisation of this year's event...
Briefly describe your journey to enrolling at London Business School…
When I decided to get my MBA, I sought out a dynamic school where I could widen my understanding of the global business world from both a theoretical and interpersonal perspective. I worked in the fashion industry in New York before coming to LBS, and plan to remain in the Retail and Luxury Goods industry after graduating, so it was important that I attend an institution which not only valued my non-traditional background but also could support my future endeavours with a focused curriculum in luxury management.
Learning about London Business School and its Walpole Programme was a serendipitous moment. This moment was made even sweeter to find out about LBS’s location in central London – a place where I’ve always wanted to live.
What is the best thing about being part of the LBS Community?
Without question, the best thing about being part of the LBS Community is its diversity! I am overjoyed when I think about how my friends come from all corners of the globe and the opportunities that this presents, whether personally – learning about each other’s cultures – or professionally.
Also inherent to the community’s diversity is everyone’s thirst for exploration and travel, a major highlight of my experience at LBS.
Tell us a bit more about the upcoming Tattoo event…
Tattoo is a staple in the LBS social calendar and has been for many years now. It celebrates the best thing about LBS – our diversity – by enabling student clubs to showcase their local foods, beverages and talents. In fact, this is what makes Tattoo such a unique and wonderful event – since the entire LBS community is contributing to the evening’s festivities.
The night is filled with endless entertainment, including a talent show, silent disco and band performances which culminates in a finale light show that will be sure to blow everyone away.
Oh, and I can’t forget about the after-party at a nightclub in the City!
Away from studies, where do you like to spend most of your time?
When I’m not at school or travelling, I love to exercise with friends and explore London’s architecture and food scene. But recently I’ve been spending a lot of my time planning Tattoo with my co-chair Sara Bagby, Summer Ball (13 July) and Disorientation Week with my fantastic committees. I’m also working closely on the Retail and Luxury Goods Club Conference, set for 15 May.
If you could invite five celebrities to a dinner party, who would they be and why?
Barack Obama – I am a big fan of his and have a fond memory of when he was elected: I was at university in Washington, DC. I was living only a couple blocks from the White House, and after the results came in my friends and I celebrated in front of the White House. He is a great leader, orator and jokester, and his frame of mind would be a welcomed respite from the current political situations.
Louis Theroux – I recently discovered his series and find him and his journalistic stories to be fascinating.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend – They’re a seemingly perfect, yet relatable celebrity couple. Plus Chrissy would be a major help with the cooking. If you don’t follow Chrissy Teigen on Instagram you’re missing out.
Victoria Beckham – Besides loving her personal style and ready-to-wear collections, I am amazed by her ability to have pivoted her career from a pop star to a prestigious fashion designer with a successful company to boot.
Tell us something surprising about yourself…
I’ve run on six continents, and have my sights set on the seventh – Antarctica!