AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge

2018 Influential Leaders Challenge

The AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge honors notable alumni from AACSB-accredited business schools and their contributions toward having a positive influence on society. Business schools—and their alumni—are forces for good around the world, and sharing the stories and achievements will demonstrate true excellence in leadership, vision, and impact.

Open to all AACSB-accredited schools, nominations for the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge will recognize honorees across three categories:


  • Business leaders who have made an impact in advocating for diversity and inclusion. Some aspects of diversity are widely discussed (gender, race and ethnicity, cultural backgrounds), while others are more nuanced and reflect a wide variety of lifestyle and life experiences.
  • Business leaders working in a nonprofit or community-based organization that is committed to making a local, regional, or global impact on the overall betterment of society. The leader demonstrates a personal commitment to applying their business acumen to cause-based work.
  • Business leaders who have directly impacted or helped to forward, change, or influence the way business education is delivered at an institution.


Nomination deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017.

Honorees will be publicly announced at the Deans Conference, February 7-9, 2018.

Learn more about the 2018 challenge or begin the nomination process:

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Join us as we continue to recognize positive ways business school alumni have demonstrated an innovative mindset, shown entrepreneurial spirit, made significant business impact, or engendered dramatic community or social change.

> View AACSB's Inaugural Class of 2015 Influential Leaders

> View AACSB's Class of 2016 Influential Leaders

For questions related to the 2018 challenge, contact Sarah Ham, director of marketing and communications, at sarah.ham@aacsb.edu

For inquiries regarding past challenges, email mediarelations@aacsb.edu