Combining Business Leadership With Passion and Purpose

Each year, AACSB recognizes the accomplishments of graduates from accredited institutions that have influenced the impact business can have on the world. This year’s leaders come from a variety of disciplines, countries, companies, and backgrounds—yet they all share the same passion and dedication to using their leadership to impact the world in a positive way.

Nearly every industry and social issue was touched by the leadership and dedication of this year’s honorees. Not only are they all extraordinary leaders in business, they each exemplify a personal commitment to making a positive change in areas they hold in special regard.

The 2018 Honorees will be announced at the Deans Conference on February 7-9, 2018.
AACSB Influential Leaders Challenge
The 2018 honorees have significantly impacted the social, economic, environmental, and educational issues of our global society. Honorees will be announced at the 2018 AACSB Deans Conference.

About the Nomination Process

Open to all AACSB-accredited schools, nominations for the 2018 Influential Leaders Challenge will recognize honorees across three categories:
  • Alumni Business Leader: Non-profit or Community-based Organization
  • Alumni Business Leader: Diversity and Inclusion
  • Non-alumni Business Leader Influencing Business Education

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Celebrate Your Leader

After you nominate, don't forget to share it! Honorees will be publicly announced in Las Vegas at the Deans Conference, February 7–9, 2018. AACSB offers special advertising prices and options for institutions to personalize in support of your Recognized Influential Leader!

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Questions and Inquiries

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

For inquiries regarding past challenges, email

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