我与企业导师的故事(四)|How does the Mentor Program Inspired my Career Path

来源:法国里昂商学院时间:2022-03-28

The Corporate Mentor Program of emlyon business school is developed from its philosophy of fostering early makers. The Program aims to help students learn to grow and excel in business-like settings. By providing a platform for learning and experiencing in real business scenarios with mentors from leading corporations, it commits to facilitate students to understand the future development of different industries, to learn successful experience from mentors, to receive guidance from mentors on future career plans and to extend their social networks.

Corporate Mentor

Mr. Luca Carpinelli
Commercial Director
RDM-Florentia Village Luxury Outlets

Mr. Luca Carpinelli is Commercial Director of RDM-Florentia Village Luxury Outlets with over 25 years experience in the international fashion and retail industry. Supervising Retail and CRM, he is responsible for drafting and implementing a consistent and cohesive customer experience. Prior to RDM-Florentia Village, Mr. Carpinelli has joined top management positions in fashion and real estate groups such as Miss Sixty, Replay and McArthurGlen among others. He has lived in Shanghai since 2013.


Mentee Sharing


Valentina PIVA
MSc in High-end Brand Management
CDC Ambassador
2021 Cohort

Hello everyone, my name is Valentina Piva and I’m an Italian Master student at emlyon currently attending the first year of High-end Brand Management. I’ve graduated from The University of Milano in Language Mediation for International Communication and I’ve studied Chinese language for three years as a fundamental part of my bachelor studies. My long term goal is to help European businesses in the creative industries entering the Chinese market in better adapting their strategies to the Chinese environment while functioning as a bridge between different cultures and markets by combining the skills acquired during my studies at emlyon, my background as a cultural mediator and finally my interest in the creative industries.

About Corporate Mentor Program

The mentorship program offered by emlyon business school consists in matching students with an experienced mentor so that students can benefit from his/her expertise in order to better understand their career goals and how to purse a career in the high-end and creative industries. Once matched with their mentor, students had to reach out to him/her and decide together on wether to have group or one-to-one sessions. Me and my group were assigned to Mr. Luca Carpinelli, the commercial director of the Outlet Florentia Village, located in Shanghai. Being also an Italian who has been living and working in China for the past 10 years, I was very happy to be assigned to Mr. Carpinelli.

A Program Benefits My career Development Path

As my long term goal has always been working in China, I was looking forward to receiving Mr. Carpinelli suggestions, experience and insights. I also expected to get a better understating on how to pursue my goal and to receive the expertise acquired during his past and current job positions in order to get inspired by his career path.

Mr. Carpinelli was extremely helpful and ready to meet our needs: he agreed on having one-to-one sessions after granting us a general meeting to better introduce himself, his background and his current position. In order to prepare for the next session we were asked to write all the questions and topic we wanted to address to Mr. Carpinelli in a shared document, which was extremely helpful as we could all benefit from other group mates’ questions.

Mr. Carpinelli exceeded our expectations, he was extremely kind and willing to help us the best way possible. His sharing was very insightful: I was able to have a good insight about the Chinese past and current working environment and how to better adapt to it as a foreigner, considering the current situation.

I’ve also gladly discovered a new reality I was previously not aware of, which is the popularity of outlets in China and how these outlets differ from the ones in Europe. Finding out this new reality gave me a better understanding of Chinese consumer behaviors and preferences when it comes to outlets and fashion retail that I’m sure will ultimately enrich my knowledge and benefit my career development path.

A Program Enlightened Me on Future Opportunities

The mentorship program helped me in better understanding the Chinese working environment as well as consumer psychology when it comes to retail shopping both online and offline. Mr. Carpinelli also shared with us his opinions about new and future trends regarding the digital world and the Metaverse a reality that will highly influence branding and retail in the near future not only in China but on a global level. Thanks to Mr. Carpinelli’s sharing I started to develop a strong interest in this new field and learned that I’ll need to be flexible regarding my career path and ultimate goal; the world is evolving fast, especially in China. New trends and technologies are emerging and we’ll eventually need to adapt to this pace sooner or later.

If I have to sum up what is the most important think I’ve learned from this program, I would definitely say that it’s the need to be flexible when planning my career path. Now more than ever the word is changing, everything is moving, therefore it is fundamental to be mentally flexible and ready to adapt to the current ad future situation; it is good to have a very precise objective regarding our career, however if we only focus on one goal and blindly go after it we might miss many amazing opportunities along the way.

My Experience in the Corporate Mentor Program

  • Inspirational: If I had to use three worlds to describe the program I would say it was first of all inspirational. Receiving the expertise, suggestions and teaching from an experienced mentor such as Mr. Carpinelli definitely motivated me to widen my knowledge and to expand my horizons on different fields I’ve never considered before.
  • Pragmatic: Secondly, I believe the program was extremely pragmatic as well as coherent with our path here at emlyon, enabling us to get a practical insight of a specific sector and field in order to better develop our career goals and to prepare for our near future.
  • Eye opening: As a last adjective I would personally like to describe this program as eye opening. Thanks to Mr. Carpinelli’s advice I discovered a lot about myself, what direction I should take and what to do about my near future and I’m extremely grateful for that.

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