Criteria Guidelines & Submission Process

The 2018 AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge will not be a “ranked” list but rather a recognition of the high caliber of alumni from AACSB-accredited business schools.

The positive influence that business graduates make on a daily basis allows AACSB-accredited schools to affirm their role as drivers of innovation and change to a global membership, student, and business community audience and position schools and their alumni as a force for good in society.

Important Nomination Criteria

The Influential Leaders Challenge is open to AACSB-accredited institutions.

There are three (3) categories within the challenge:

  • 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.

Accredited schools many nominate up to two leaders for the challenge. The same leader may be nominated in more than one category. However, the questions and criteria for each category are different and should be carefully considered.

If your school nominated an individual for any of the previous Influential Leaders challenges and they were not selected as an honoree, they may be nominated again.

Leaders who have previously been selected as honorees for any of the prior years’ Influential Leaders challenges are not eligible for nomination in the 2018 challenge.

Nomination deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017

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

Start a Nomination

For questions regarding the 2018 challenge, contact Sarah Ham, director of marketing and communications, at