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February
08
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February 8​ – 11​
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Agenda:
During the Covid-19 pandemic when most institutions went online and practised remote teaching, deans and directors had to adapt their leadership styles and approaches. They were confronted with constant uncertainty as well as a wide range of new challenges such as managing the smooth roll-out of online teaching tools, online meetings, reskilling of faculty and coping with faculty's stress levels while still retaining faculty and ensuring quality learning and research experiences for students. The panelists and other participants to this workshop will share their experiences and ideas on how to lead their schools successfully into 2022.
Ali Mansouri
President, INCG Business School, INSI Digital school & solutions, STROFIMA Consulting, Professor
Elsabe Loots
Professor, University of Pretoria
Hanane El Kouari
Head of Africa Development, IESEG School of Management
Justice Bawole
Dean
University of Ghana
Margaret Chitiga-Mabugu
Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa
This session will be an interactive discussion with the panel. We encourage colleagues to join us and to bring along their burning questions and challenges. We are going to explore our collective progression towards 2030 by examining the voice of our students, exploring their perspectives of our impact, as well as take a look at a new collaborative module initiative, and the exploring the skills gaps that continue to exist in our Schools, which as Dean’s we can positively influence.
Amanda Gudmundsson
Executive Dean, Queensland University of Technology
John North
Managing Director, Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative
Katrin Muff
Co-Director of the Diploma in Advanced Sustainability, The Institute for Business Sustainability
Mathias Falkenstein
RME Affinity Group Chair, Professor of Practice in Higher Ed Management, Luiss Business School, and Managing Director XolasGmbH
Mette Morsing
Head of PRME, Principles of Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, New York
Stephanie Bryant
Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, AACSB International
Career Trajectories from the Dean Position: Up, Sideways, and Down At some point in every dean’s life, she knows it’s time to do something different. Should she pursue a job UP the ladder (e.g., Provost, President)? Should she look for a dean role in a different institution (SIDEWAYS)? Or should she go back to the greatest job in the universe, the tenured full professor (DOWN)? A panel of women who have made these decisions will join us to share their thinking.
Catherine Carey
Professor of Economics
Romain College of Business, University of Southern Indiana
Christy Weer
Dean, Salisbury University
Joan Gabel
President, University of Minnesota
Lynne Richardson
Dean, Iona College
Rama Yelkur
Dean and Professor of Marketing, Texas Women's University
Meet Your New Career Management Staff: R2-D2 is Here for your Online MBA Students: The number of online business degree programs has grown considerably as a result of the pandemic. As life became more complicated during the pandemic, everyone turned to technology and artificial intelligence to help regain control of their lives. According to a recent Oracle study, 82% of employees in their sample reported that they believe robots can support their careers better than humans. Attend this session to learn more about the changing career needs of online business students and how artificial intelligence tools can assist in their career development.
Brian Jennings
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education, Georgia State University
Monica Powell
Senior Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, The University of Texas at Dallas
The MaCuDE project, launched in 2020 has been generating interesting results about how business schools have been addressing the challenges and opportunities of the digital era. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for education. In this session, we welcome three researchers who will present interesting results about how the business landscape and business education are changing. This session should provide useful insights for deans in the digital and post-pandemic era.
Michael zur Muehlen
Director, Center for Process Innovation, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology
Sandeep Krishnamurthy
Dean and Professor, University of Washington Bothell
Thomas Begley
Professor, Lally School of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
In his 2001 paper on the career life-cycle for deans, Al Spritzer, former dean at East Tennessee State University, showed how deans go through five stages – starting with the honeymoon phase, with a maintenance phase in the middle, and a phase that can lead to negative tendencies towards the end of the dean life-cycle. While the average tenure for a business school dean is about six years (per AACSB’s Data Direct), many deans have found ways stay excited and create positive changes for themselves, their schools, and for society. In this session, we welcome three deans who’ve held deanships of different lengths and at different types of institutions to see what they’ve done to stay engaged and to continually create positive changes for themselves, their schools, and for society. This session should provide valuable insights for deans in all stages of their careers.
Faye Gilbert
Executive Dean and Professor of Marketing, University of Maine
Joseph DiAngelo
Dean, St. Joseph's University
Lynne Richardson
Dean, Iona College
Mary Pearson
Dean, Southern Utah University
Matthew Rousu
Dean, Susquehanna University
Sandeep Krishnamurthy
Dean and Professor, University of Washington Bothell
Evaluating the Impact of the Metropolitan Business School - The role of the AACSB Metropolitan Business School Dean requires institutional leaders who can develop creative solutions to the challenges facing today's society. Ever-increasingly, Metropolitan Business Schools and their leaders are called upon to engage with their stakeholders to not only address common challenges, but also evaluate the positive impact of their schools locally, regionally, and nationally. Deans not only develop strategies with their teams, but also articulate how their institutions are creating a positive impact in the communities we serve. This virtual roundtable of Metropolitan Business School Deans, encourages networking and information sharing, discusses the ways our Business Schools are responding to today's challenges, and how institutions are evaluating their impact. Attendees are encouraged to participate, network, and join the Metropolitan Business School Affinity Group.
F. Frank Ghannadian
Dean
John H. Sykes College of Business, The University of Tampa
Jim Fatzinger
Assistant Professor of Management
Eastern Kentucky University
Marilyn K. Wiley
Dean and Professor of Finance
G. Brint Ryan College of Business, University of North Texas
The Online Learning Affinity Group aims to be a highly participative forum for sharing ideas and expertise on various issues and topics in online and blended learning. In this session, we will host a facilitated discussion on addressing the need for flexibility in faculty and staffing, course design, and interaction and support for students. The session will include discussion on the following topic choices, in your choice of three breakout rooms: Breakout 1: flexibility for faculty – led by Ginger Killian • Instructor vs. institutional policies (how have policies shifted in the past year to accommodate faculty and student needs?) • Faculty preparation (how are universities supporting & training faculty to be successful in the ‘new normal’?) Breakout 2: flexibility for course design – led by Renee Ford • Flexibility in delivery: hybrid (synchronous and asynchronous), mixed audience, fully online, in-person adjustments • Digitization of content and activities including group work • Expecting the unexpected: Pivot-ready design strategies Breakout 3: flexibility for students – led by Tawnya Means • Attendance and participation • Wellness and community • Assignments and assessment
Ginger Killian
Associate Professor, Marketing, Rollins College
Renee Ford
Senior Instructional Designer, The Pennsylvania State University
Tawnya Means
Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Data-Informed Decisions with EAB The goal of this session is to present Deans, including Associate Deans, an overview as to how EAB can assist Deans with making data-informed decisions concerning issues that they confront daily, such as enrollment, course offerings/scheduling, operations (human resources) and strategy. Regardless of whether institutions currently use EAB tools, this session provides new and current deans with an overview of challenges that they confront and the need for data visualization tools that assist deans with decision making. This is a must attend session for Deans, Associate Deans, and Enrollment Directors.
Austin Cheney
Dean, Eastern Illinois University
Mark Rosenbaum
Dean, Hawaii Pacific University
Matthew Hagerty
Director, EAB
Everything You Wanted to Know About the Experiences of Underrepresented Faculty, but Were Afraid to Ask. Empirical and anecdotal evidence suggest underrepresented faculty members often bear a heavier and different service burden than their colleagues. This results in role overload, role conflict, and role ambiguity: complicating factors at best, deterrents at worst, to earning tenure and promotion. This session illuminates underrepresented faculty and deans’ experiences of engaging in, managing, and evaluating faculty service loads against research and teaching. After sharing their relevant experiences, Panelists propose ways to manage more equitably underrepresented faculty colleagues’ service obligations and demands.
Andrea Scott
Provost at George Fox University
Jay Goosby Smith
Provost of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Center, Pepperdine University
Lisa Ordonez
Dean, Rady School of Management at University of California San Diego
Matrecia James
Dean, St. Bonaventure University
Wanda Costen
Dean, Queens University
Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Caryn L. Beck-Dudley
President & CEO, AACSB International
McRae Banks
Dean, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2022 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are champions of diversity and inclusion. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Kelly Schmitt
CEO, Benevity
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Nicholas Perkins
Chairman, President, and CEO
Perkins Management and Black Titan Franchise Systems, Broadwell College of Business and Economics, Fayetteville State University
Patricia David
Former Head of Diversity for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
Rana Ghandour Salhab
Managing Partner- People & Purpose
Deloitte Middle East, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
If you have an Initial Accreditation or Continuous Improvement Review visit coming up, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the accreditation process, and we will discuss how to prepare for a visit, how to manage a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens in both the virtual and in-person settings. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Ross James
Dean (Academic Governance), University of Canterbury
Geoff Perry
EVP and Chief Officer Asia Pacific, AACSB International
Join us for an overview of how to use DataDirect to help you identify your peer and aspirant schools. Live Q&A with presenter will be available in this session.
R. Colin Nelson
Senior manager, data analysis, AACSB International
Join us for a welcome message from Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, President & CEO of AACSB International, followed by Keynote I. Industry after industry has seen disruption and transformation, yet business schools and business school faculty continue as they have for decades. The unfortunate result is our business model is dangerously out of tune with the expectations and demands of key stakeholders. The research we do seldom connects to the real challenges that managers encounter in their work, but even if it did these managers would barely know what the business school research enterprise is up to. The teaching we do continues to be seen by too many academics as a necessary evil, characterized by “commodity” teaching and a fundamental inattention to communicating and disseminating our ideas to wider audiences. And our employers – business schools – have enabled all of this via outmoded incentives and cultural norms while simultaneously ignoring warning signs of how our competitive advantage is eroding. The result: we are happily ensconced in our protective bubble while our schools, our jobs, and our research enterprise are in crisis. Live Q&A with presenter will be available in this session.
Caryn L Beck-Dudley
President & CEO, AACSB International
McRae Banks
Dean, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Sydney Finkelstein
Steven Roth Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Meet and greet your colleagues and continue discussion around Keynote I.
Visit our sponsor showcase to chat live with our conference sponsors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.
As many b-schools provide more flexible options for learners, it becomes an increasing challenge to find new ways to keep learners engaged and to keep content fresh virtually. This session will discuss the different models of hybrid learning and share learner insight on what’s working and what is not. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Begoña González-Cuesta
Dean of Education & Academic Experience, IE Business School
Saby Mitra
Dean, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
The business landscape is changing, and enterprising business schools and companies recognize the need to continuously evolve and adapt for the future of work. This session will discuss the changing needs of business leaders and how business schools are conducting research and innovating curriculum that will transform tomorrow’s leaders for roles that may not exist today. In addition, the discussion will include how Business School leaders are internalizing this need for adaptability and flexibility to run their own operations and set new business priorities. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Isabelle G Bajeux-Besnainou
Dean, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Gunther Friedl
Dean, Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management
Molly Nagler
Chief Learning Officer, PepsiCo
Simply enter the Speed Networking area and you will be paired with another conference attendee and can meet for up to 3 minutes, using video and audio.
Business schools are globally facing tremendous competition particularly from new entrants into the education space. While the pandemic may have created volatility and uncertainty, the changing market conditions challenge existing business models and offer room for innovation and transformation. What are these emerging challenges and opportunities? How should Deans align their budgeting models with their institutional incentives and constraints while investing in future innovations for growth? The session will highlight significant shifts taking place in our competitive environment, the changes in learner preferences, shifts in competition from regional to global, and the new revenue models emerging in this environment. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
John Board
Dean, Henley Business School, University of Reading
Sarah E Nutter
Dean, University of Oregon
Vallabh Sambamurthy
Dean, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Hanumantha R Unnava
Dean, University of California, Davis
How do donors, corporations and foundations engage with business schools? Learn about fundraising trends, challenges and opportunities through the experience of current deans. Understand your role as a dean with donors and how to nurture strong and fulfilling relationships. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Moez Limayem
Dean, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida
Francisco Veloso
Dean, Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London
Industry Session

Business leaders often sit at the core of a company’s strategy-creating forward-looking direction for teams and initiatives that they lead. With digitalization of industries altering the nature of strategy and competition, it’s critical for these leaders to have the right skills, proficiencies and industry knowledge to accelerate their careers and bring strategic perspectives to their work, and keep up with accelerated change. Join the University of Arkansas Sam Walton College of Business and Coursera to explore different use cases where online learning can be leveraged to complement core business knowledge with tangible skills for graduates. Get data-driven insights that uncover what truly makes a business graduate job-ready in the eyes of employers and learn how to easily create this pathway for them.
Juliana Guaqueta
Skills Transformation Advisor, Coursera
Dr. Adam Stoverink
Director of Walton MBA Programs, University of Arkansas
Industry Session

Has your campus struggled to recruit new tutors? Join Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business and Knack to learn how managed peer tutoring programs can help you build a scalable network of peer tutors that drives persistence, completion, and student success.
Samyr Qureshi
Co-Founder & CEO, Knack
Robin Cheramie
Dean, Michael J. Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University
What would business schools look like today if we were to start anew? Imagine that budget wasn’t an issue, what would the ideal business school look like? Presenters will discuss the possibilities for business school, including credentials and partnering with industry to create jobs that require business education. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Jeffrey Brown
Dean, Gies College of Business - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Isabelle Dostaler
Dean, Memorial University in Newfoundland
Camelia Ilie-Cardoza
Dean, Executive Education & Strategic Innovation INCAE Costa Rica
A. Michael Smith
Chief Audit Executive, NASDAQ
Are you maximizing your use of technology? Understand the future of technology and how to stay proactive. Whether it’s managing enrollment growth, large section delivery or curricular and co-curricular academic experiences, technology could be your answer. This session will share how schools are using predictive analytics to predict enrollment, recruiting, and student engagement. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Richard Phillips
Dean, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State
Simon Sheather
Dean, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
Industry after industry has seen disruption and transformation, yet business schools and business school faculty continue as they have for decades. The unfortunate result is our business model is dangerously out of tune with the expectations and demands of key stakeholders. The research we do seldom connects to the real challenges that managers encounter in their work, but even if it did these managers would barely know what the business school research enterprise is up to. The teaching we do continues to be seen by too many academics as a necessary evil, characterized by “commodity” teaching and a fundamental inattention to communicating and disseminating our ideas to wider audiences. And our employers – business schools – have enabled all of this via outmoded incentives and cultural norms while simultaneously ignoring warning signs of how our competitive advantage is eroding. The result: we are happily ensconced in our protective bubble while our schools, our jobs, and our research enterprise are in crisis. This is a rebroadcasted session. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Sydney Finkelstein
Steven Roth Professor of Management, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
What would business schools look like today if we were to start anew? Imagine that budget wasn’t an issue, what would the ideal business school look like? Presenters will discuss the possibilities for business school, including credentials and partnering with industry to create jobs that require business education. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Are you maximizing your use of technology? Understand the future of technology and how to stay proactive. Whether it’s managing enrollment growth, large section delivery or curricular and co-curricular academic experiences, technology could be your answer. This session will share how schools are using predictive analytics to predict enrollment, recruiting, and student engagement. This is a rebroadcasted session. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Richard Phillips
Dean, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State
Simon Sheather
Dean, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky
Many institutions were faced with the pressure to provide more wellbeing resources for their students, staff, and faculty as levels of stress and mental burden skyrocketed during the pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing resources have become a priority for b-schools. This session will share the best practices for how schools are addressing the mental health crisis on their campuses, as well as the different wellbeing options to consider providing. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Steven De Haes
Dean, Antwerp Management School
Reza A Nasution
Vice Dean for Resources, School of Business and Management Institute Teknologi Bandung
Sarah Stemgée
HR Manager, Antwerp Management School
How do we manage diversity, equity, and inclusion and build a more collegial community among students, staff, and faculty? Learn global best practices for attracting diverse students and supporting those students throughout their learning career. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Veneta Andonova
Dean, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes
Assaad Farah
Dean of the School of Business, American University in Dubai
Morris  Mthombeni
Interim Dean, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria
Pratima Sheorey
Director, Symbiosis Centre for Management and HRD, Symbiosis International University
Tracey Golden
Dean, School of Management, Universidad de los Andes
Meet and greet your colleagues and share thoughts about leadership career management. What comes next after being a dean or in a high leadership role? How can you continue to grow as a leader?
Eileen McAuliffe
Dean, Sheffield Hallam University
Tim Mescon
EVP and Chief Officer Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, AACSB International
An annual initiative, the Influential Leaders challenge recognizes notable graduates from AACSB-accredited business schools. The 2022 Class of Influential Leaders reflects alumni who are champions of diversity and inclusion. Join us for a discussion with a few members of this year’s class. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Kelly Schmitt
CEO, Benevity
Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary
Nicholas Perkins
Chairman, President, and CEO
Perkins Management and Black Titan Franchise Systems, Broadwell College of Business and Economics, Fayetteville State University
Patricia David
Former Head of Diversity for JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co., Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
Rana Ghandour Salhab
Managing Partner- People & Purpose
Deloitte Middle East, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
As the type of learning opportunities widen, how do we make sure that business education stays relevant and competitive? What’s the best way to structure our programs and what are the options when it comes to microcredentials and other non-degree offerings? Leave this session feeling confident in a business model that could work for your b-school and an understanding of what the industry needs when it comes to undergraduate, MBA and executive education. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Enase Okonedo
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University
Barnali Gupta
Edward Jones Dean, Chaifetz School of Business, Saint Louis University
Pat Leonard
Vice President, Strategic Partner and Business Development
Credly
How do schools prepare learners for work that is more socially impactful? How can we better prepare learners to identify an organization’s values and join organizations that care about societal impact? Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Heather MacCleoud
Chief Network Officer, Ashoka
Mette Morsing
Head of PRME, Principles of Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, New York
Alexander J Triantis
Dean, John Hopkins Carey Business School
Covid-19 hit the world by surprise. And surprises – sometimes pleasant, sometimes unpleasant – are inextricably bound with all spheres of life, including higher education. Another example of the unpleasant kind, next to the ongoing pandemic, is the shocking blast in Beirut’s harbor in the Summer of 2020, just about three kilometers from the American University of Beirut. In this session, we organize a dialogue about what we, as school leadership, can do to optimally prepare for such unpleasant surprises. We argue that this requires something else than standard risk mitigation practices. Already since the 1921 book of Frank Knight, we are well aware of the fact that fundamental uncertainty is completely different from risk. How can we prepare for the former? Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Arjen van Witteloostuijn
Dean of the School of Business and Economics, VU Amsterdam
Yusuf Sidani
Dean, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
Industry Session

Business schools have historically fostered innovation, industry collaboration and technological advancements within their universities. Today, higher education’s most pressing challenge is to successfully demonstrate its return-on-investment (ROI) to multiple stakeholder groups. Learners, employers and funders are contemplating credential value with renewed rigor. Business schools are poised to lead higher education’s response with effective communication and storytelling--and the help of new technologies that leverage big data and machine learning.
Calvin McConnell
Enrollment Specialist, AstrumU
Debora Jackson
Dean, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Industry Session

Many schools in GME are experiencing the pinch of the Great Resignation as they see changes in the way their staffing models work. This conversation will cover the descriptive elements of our current status, and will also discuss practical steps for leaders to consider as they manage through staffing complexity.
Stephen Taylor
BusinessCAS Research Director, BusinessCAS by Liaison
Join us as we utilize the DataDirect Benchmarking Tool to take a look how AACSB accredited schools are defining Faculty Qualifications. 
R Colin Nelson
Senior manager, data analysis, AACSB International
Many institutions were faced with the pressure to provide more wellbeing resources for their students, staff, and faculty as levels of stress and mental burden skyrocketed during the pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing resources have become a priority for b-schools. This session will share the best practices for how schools are addressing the mental health crisis on their campuses, as well as the different wellbeing options to consider providing. This is a rebroadcasted session. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Steven De Haes
Dean, Antwerp Management School
Reza A Nasution
Vice Dean for Resources, School of Business and Management Institute Teknologi Bandung
Sarah Stemgée
HR Director, Antwerp Management School
During this interactive session, we will share our experiences of the current Deans’ managerial duties. From quality of education, back-to-site challenges, faculty and staff management we will discuss perspectives on how we are managing the changes related to the pandemic. Looking ahead we will also exchange with the audience on the changes in education management we foresee after two disruptive years. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Anne-Marie Croteau
Dean, Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business
Inès Blal
Executive Dean, EHL Hospitality Business School, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland
Visit our sponsor showcase to chat live with our conference sponsors. These peers can help you solve problems, reach your goals, and discover new ideas to bring back to your institution.
Sometimes the biggest challenges are the ones least expected. In this interactive session, two deans will start the discussion by sharing significant internal and external challenges they have faced in a leadership role and how they managed those challenges while remaining focused on the “big picture” strategy pieces. Following that, the floor will be open for others to share their challenges, solved or unsolved! Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
McRae C Banks
Dean, Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Wendy Loretto
Dean of the Business School & Professor of Organisational Behaviour, University of Edinburgh
How do schools prepare learners for work that is more socially impactful? How can we better prepare learners to identify an organization’s values and join organizations that care about societal impact? This is a rebroadcasted session. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Heather MacCleoud
Chief Network Officer, Ashoka
Mette Morsing
Head of PRME, Principles of Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact, New York
Alexander Triantis
Dean, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Many institutions were faced with the pressure to provide more wellbeing resources for their students, staff, and faculty as levels of stress and mental burden skyrocketed during the pandemic. Mental health and wellbeing resources have become a priority for b-schools. This session will share the best practices for how schools are addressing the mental health crisis on their campuses, as well as the different wellbeing options to consider providing. This is a rebroadcasted session. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Steven De Haes
Dean, Antwerp Management School
Reza A Nasution
Vice Dean for Resources, School of Business and Management Institute Teknologi Bandung
Sarah Stemgée
HR Director, Antwerp Management School
With many b-schools moving to remote work over the past year, the comfort of staying home has become an expectation for some faculty. This session will focus on faculty deployment strategies in the post-COVID world and how to strategically use your remote work policies. Presenters will share their learning for what is and isn’t working well as staff return to campus and how to bring colleagues back for a full face to face experience. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Alma McCarthy
Head of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics and Professor of Public Sector Management
Srilata Zaheer
Dean, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
The business landscape is changing, and enterprising business schools and companies recognize the need to continuously evolve and adapt for the future of work. This session will discuss the changing needs of business leaders and how business schools are conducting research and innovating curriculum that will transform tomorrow’s leaders for roles that may not exist today. In addition, the discussion will include how Business School leaders are internalizing this need for adaptability and flexibility to run their own operations and set new business priorities. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Isabelle G Bajeux-Besnainou
Dean, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Gunther Friedl
Dean, Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Management
Molly Nagler
Chief Learning Officer, PepsiCo
A big challenge for deans is finding tenure track faculty who are willing to step up to become leaders and senior administrators. Business school faculty members are often comfortable with their positions as researchers and educators, and few are trained or see the rewards of administration. This session will focus on faculty management challenges including succession planning, intentionally cultivating your future leaders, and motivating faculty to change curriculum and innovate. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Irineu G. Gianesi
Dean of Academic Affairs, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa
Caroline Roussel
Academic Dean, IESEG School of Management
Sherif Kamel
Dean, School of Business, The American University in Cairo
Communicating effectively in an increasingly political and polarized environment has become a necessity for institutions. Deciding how and when to communicate to constituents in the current environment, while providing a space of psychological safety for students and faculty can be difficult. Meet and greet your colleagues for a conversation around how to have difficult conversations in the classroom, debate more, challenge each other and handle listening to views you disagree with.
Pamilla Mudhray
Director Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging & Development, Hult International Business School
Johan Roos
Chief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School
If you have an upcoming Continuous Improvement Review visit, this session is for you! Presenters will share a brief overview of tips and effective practices for planning and executing a CIR visit. The session will be an interactive question and answer format, so bring your accreditation questions to be answered by an AACSB staff member and experienced accreditation volunteer.
Faye W Gilbert
Executive Dean and Professor of Marketing University of Maine
Suzanne Mintz
Vice President of Accreditation, AACSB International
If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit in the next two years, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process, and we will discuss how to prepare for a visit, how to manage a visit, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
Maria Baltar
AVP of Accreditation, AACSB International
Nitham M Hindi
Professor of Accounting, Qatar University
As the information age compresses time frames and unforeseen crises such as Covid-19 destroy existing organizational methods, the most important business question of our era is "how do we keep innovating in the face of change?" In this talk culture guru Erin Meyer explores a counter-intuitive set of principles for how to build an organizational culture for today's information age based on extensive research conducted with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings (and detailed in their new book No Rules Rules). Whether it's Freedom and Responsibility, Radical Honesty, or The Keeper Test, Meyer lays out a proven, systematic method for building, maintaining and enhancing a corporate culture that breeds speed, flexibility and innovation across the organization. Live Q&A with presenters will be available in this session.
Erin Meyer
Author, No Rules Rules, and Professor at INSEAD
Meet and greet your colleagues and continue discussion around Keynote II.
Industry Session
Graduate business programs are seeking growth, despite headwinds from shifting market dynamics. Student preferences for quality are evolving as the tight labor market gives students alternatives for career advancement. Regardless of modality (on-ground, online, or hybrid) schools must design programs that meet student needs. Learn more in this quick conversation on how you can build a lasting strategy that can evolve alongside your students.
Beth Hollenberg
President, Everspring
Michael Solt
Dean, California State University, Long Beach
Industry Session

Today’s business environment moves at the speed of light and disruption has been around every corner in the Covid economy. Join editor Rachel Taliaferro and Dr. Karen Robson as they discuss creating dynamic and timely Express Cases for SAGE Business Cases. Among other topics they’ll discuss the challenges in identifying key news stories that will resonate with students.
Rachel Taliaferro
Acquisitions Editor
SAGE Publishing
Karen Robson
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor
With many b-schools moving to remote work over the past year, the comfort of staying home has become an expectation for some faculty. This session will focus on faculty deployment strategies in the post-COVID world and how to strategically use your remote work policies. Presenters will share their learning for what is and isn’t working well as staff return to campus and how to bring colleagues back for a full face to face experience. This is a rebroadcasted session. Live Q&A with presenters will not be available in this session.
Alma McCarthy
Head of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics and Professor of Public Sector Management, National University of Ireland
Zaheer, Srilata
Dean, Carlson School of Management, Univ. of Minnesota