Combining Business Leadership With Passion and Purpose

Each day, graduates of AACSB-accredited schools are creating lasting impact in their communities, industries, and around the world. AACSB’s Influential Leaders challenge recognizes these graduates and the business schools that prepared them.

Nominations from AACSB-accredited schools for the 2019 Class of Influential Leaders are now open through October 19, 2018. Selected honorees will be notified in December, and public announcements will occur in February at the AACSB Deans Conference. Additional recognition opportunities will occur throughout 2019.


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Prior honorees have significantly impacted the social, economic, environmental, and educational issues of our global society. View the honorees.

About the Nomination Process

Open to all AACSB-accredited schools, nominations for the 2019 Influential Leaders challenge will recognize honorees who:
  • Lead and innovate in their industries
  • Positively impact their communities and society
  • Educate and inspire future business leaders


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Celebrate Your Leader

Honorees will be publicly announced in Vancouver at the AACSB Deans Conference, February 10–12, 2019, and through special initiatives throughout 2019. Media efforts for the 2018 challenge reached an audience of more than 100 million viewers.

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Questions and Inquiries

For questions regarding the Influential Leaders challenge, email challenges@aacsb.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Class of 2018

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Class of 2015

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