Wednesday, May 10, 2017

House of Lords Cocktail Party

My friend and Law School classmate, Joanna Mcdwyer, formerly Head of government affairs at HSBC Bank, who is now Development Director at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Lord Maurice Saatchi, the founder of Saatchi & Saatchi and MC Saatchi, told us He only applied to one University. His message on the evening and now the world's shortest poem was 'LSE made me'.

In my case, I did apply to other colleges since I didn't assume I'd get into the LSE, particularly to study Law, which is highly competitive, as my grades were not that stellar. I think you need even higher grades today, AAA at 'A' level, or thereabouts.

Maurice Saatchi got a first in Sociology back when getting a first was very rare. He is also one of the greatest minds in advertising, author of the Iconic 'Labour isn't working' Campaign that ushered Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party into power in 1979.

                                                       Lord Maurice Saatchi, below

There were some prominent MPs, Peers, Academics and Executives from organizations like JP Morgan, HSBC, Fidelity Investments, Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, AXA, Zurich, Wells Fargo, BP,  Mckinsey, PWC, and Accenture, at the event, to name a few.

On the river outside the reception, from the House of Lords 

Me, in suit and tie (the second is quite rare)


mark lawrence said...

House of Lords Cocktail Party! It seems so special and interesting so pleased to know about it. My sister will turn 18 in the next month and I really want to throw rooftop cocktail bash for her. Do you know a suitable rooftop LA venue?

Rudy Parker said...

Sure, Mark, this place in LA is great - Upstairs Bar at the Ace Hotel