Ágota Pintér (MEDS '18) has been named as the inaugural recipient of the BOOST Prize, awarded to the most outstanding BOOST participant in a given year. The Bringing Objectives, Options and Strategy Together Program (BOOST), is an experiential training course that equips CEU students with deeply practical managerial and strategic tools, helping them to transition into highly effective leaders.
A CEU Medieval Studies Department alumna, Ágota focused on a startup tour agency that specializes in themed excursions by private plane for small groups. In pursuance of her impact strategy, she developed a viable and original business plan, supported by robust market research. "BOOST gave me the opportunity to realize my dream," Ágota recalls. "Not only has my concept become more logical, but also the goal has been finessed so that it is now realistically achievable."
Awarding the prize, BOOST Co-Director, Prof. Maciej Kisilowski said: "Without question, Ágota richly deserves the prize. The exemplar of a BOOST participant, she fully took on board the fundamental learning objectives around building an executable impact strategy." He added: "Ágota was a supportive colleague for her fellow BOOSTers throughout the year, leaving a very positive impression on everyone involved in BOOST including CEU faculty and her mentor, Tamas Lörincze."
BOOST introduces participants to cutting edge techniques in strategic management, tailored to the dual context of planning an impactful individual career and a fulfilling life. The tools are set against a broader background of applied sociology and psychology of performance and professional success, and are presented in an interactive fashion, using the cases of real organizations and people, as well as including highly successful BOOST alumni. The program pays particular attention to gender, ethnic and racial biases and inequalities related to the notions of professional success.
Open to all enrolled CEU students, participants are required to candidly discuss their career plans and strategies and be open to receive constructive, realistic feedback.