Deans Conference

Connecting Leaders. Cultivating Change.

February 5–7, 2017 │ New Orleans, Louisiana USA

AACSB’s Deans Conference is the premier event for connecting with business school leaders, discussing today’s challenges and opportunities, and shaping the future of business education. More than 600 business school deans from over 50 countries attended the 2017 conference in New Orleans.

 2017 Attendance

 Plenary Speakers

Plenary I: Disruption and the Future of Education

Salim Ismail, Founding Executive Director, Global Ambassador for Singularity University, Chairman at ExO Works

Salim Ismail describes the major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, sensors, neuroscience, and medicine. He covered the implications of these breakthroughs on society, business, and education and will describe the structural changes occurring in education. He will close by charting a future for education that governments and regions can implement.


Plenary II: Cultivating People-First Cultures

Rita Bailey, Founder and CEO, Up To Something, LLC

Presenter Rita Bailey explored her perspective on assessing cultures—happenstance or deliberate, redesign, or new start. She shared stories and examples of traditional, disruptive, and immersive structures that support sustainable people-centric cultures.


Plenary III: What Drives B-School Students: Beyond Demographics to Core Motivations

Sangeet Chowfla, President and Chief Executive Officer, Graduate Management Admission Council®

The Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC) has developed a global segmentation effort that provides actionable insights about prospective and current graduate management education students. Designed specifically to understand candidate motivations related to pursuing a graduate business degree and school selection, the research has identified seven unique segments around the globe. Conference attendees learned how resulting insights can be applied to any school’s class mix, leading to new ways for schools to connect with prospective students, influence curriculum design, and tailor recruiter and alumni outreach.


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