Deans Conference

Meet in-person for the first time since 2020 at this interactive, workshop-style conference in San Antonio, Texas, USA.
February 8​ – 10​, 2023
San Antonio, Texas, United States
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What are the skill gaps employers are seeing among today’s graduates? This panel session will feature different perspectives from business representatives. They will discuss what their organization is seeking and how business schools can better prepare graduates.
Join us for a welcome message from Conference Chair McRae Banks and Caryn Beck-Dudley, President and CEO of AACSB International. Get an overview of what to expect at the conference and key items to consider as you attend sessions.  
Caryn Beck-Dudley
President & CEO
AACSB International
McRae Banks
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Amidst an increasingly competitive landscape, university administrators want to see their learners thrive. How can b-school Deans create innovative programs that support their learners and keep up with the pace of change when resourcing and time are finite? Hawaii Pacific University and UC Riverside will discuss how they are using creative partnerships with Coursera to expand the value of their business school degrees, from industry learning embedded into curriculum to a program preparing incoming students for their MBA coursework. Learn how diverse institutions are creating high quality programs that drive student success and promote the employability of today’s business students.
Halla Tómasdóttir
CEO and Chief Change Catalyst
Sponsored by
Join us for a facilitated discussion exploring surfacing models of business education, which dimensions should matter most, and the implications of these new models.
Johan Roos
Chief Academic Officer
Hult International Business School
Sponsored by
As business schools move toward online learning, our industry is becoming one in which fixed costs (studios, videographers, etc.) are high and marginal costs of adding another student are low. Schools who successfully reach scale will thrive and those that do not reach scale may be in worse financial shape. But is there an alternative world in which schools collaborate more to provide content? A world in which a small number of universities produce the majority of high-quality online content, which other schools then use in their own programs? Is this even possible? And what will it take to get there?
Jeffrey Brown
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sponsored by
The topic of culture is timely throughout the business world as organizations rebuild in-person activities and struggle to adjust to hybrid work environments. Universities are no different. With fewer faculty and staff in the halls, how do newcomers learn the culture? Join this discussion about what factors matter in developing a positive culture where all stakeholders feel a sense of belonging, fulfillment, and furnishing.
Eric Johnson
University of South Carolina
Susan Fournier
Allen Questrom Professor and Dean
Boston University
Sponsored by
Join this fast-paced mind mapping session on the shifting role of business schools. From newspaper articles to news stories dominating topics are around purpose and finding solutions to global crisis such as climate or poverty. Business schools feel pressure to develop leaders with skills that address societal problems. But is this causing business schools to lose their focus? Should they stick to creating strong accountants, financial analysts, and executives?
Keryn Chalmers
Dean, Swinburne Business School
Swinburne University of Technology
Sponsored by
You can argue that the great resignation and quiet quitting are calls to rapidly transform education, making it more responsive to the needs of workers who want relevant and timey skills. Yet many business schools use decades-old curriculum. Join us to explore strategies and practical steps to map changes needed to create curriculum that can quickly adapt to ever changing business and employer needs.
Srilata Zaheer
Dean, Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Join this session to hear from former business school deans who transitioned to president (or equivalent). Panelists will share tips for cultivating a relationship with your president, strategies for creating systemic changes, and advice for managing your career.
Judy Olian
Quinnipiac University
Karen Spens
President, Rector
BI Norwegian Business School
Len Jessup
Claremont Graduate University
The incentives for faculty research must evolve to encourage research that addresses real-life societal issues. The current “publish or perish” mindset limits innovation and prioritizes tenure. Join this discussion to explore steps to reimagine current research culture and make impact beyond academia.
Ingmar Björkman
Hanken School of Economics
Join us in an informal setting to discuss the role of business schools in decreasing polarization and cultivating kind and respectful business leaders who can face, manage, and even encourage difficult conversations.
Yusuf Sidani
Dean, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
American University of Beirut
Check the back of your name badge for your pre-assigned room! Then grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this informal, facilitated group discussion on how deans can be supported to thrive.
According to Bill Boulding of Duke University, the combination of IQ+EQ+DQ (decency quotient) equals triple-threat leadership. Join us for an insightful conversation on what makes up a decency quotient and why you want a high score.
Bill Boulding
Duke University
Crisis is inevitable—hear how others prepared for the unexpected and ensured business continuity after crisis hit. Join us for inspirational stories of turning crisis into opportunity and rebuilding organizational spirit.
Iryna Tykhomyrova
MIM-Kyiv International Management Institute
Koen Vandenbempt
University of Antwerp
Online and hybrid are changing how we recruit, train, and engage faculty to deliver education with different competencies and experiences than what was traditionally required. Join this facilitated, engaging discussion on what holistic support for business school faculty should look like.
Join your peers in this informal setting to exchange ideas and discuss the latest partnering trends with tech as the common driver. What inventive collaborations are surfacing as it relates to AI, DeFi, Fintech and more? How can deans build partnerships across the university, and beyond, by focusing on tech?
Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Dean, Tepper School of Business
Carnegie Mellon University
Business schools in the Western world are facing arguably the most challenging and unpredictable time in their history. In the Global South ,challenges surrounding climate change and sustainability are not new. What can we learn from this history? Join us for insightful and inspiring 7-minute TED talk-style presentations.
Morris Mthombeni
Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria
Veneta Andonova
Universidad de los Andes
This session will be designed for those planning for a Continuous Improvement Review visit. Experienced Peer Review Team members will discuss visit preparation and planning, visit execution, and what to do when the unexpected happens.
Irineu Gianesi
Dean of Academic Affairs
Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa
If you have an upcoming Initial Accreditation visit, this session is for you! We invite you to bring questions related to the initial accreditation process as we discuss what is expected and how to thoroughly prepare.
Joyce Strawser
Dean, Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University
Join us for informal conversations on trending issues and challenges in business education.
Empty allyship is destructive in many ways. How can business schools develop leaders who are allies and activists? This session will outline authentic versus performative allyship, including what commitment to authentic allyship should look like for business schools.
Otgontsetseg Erhemjamts
Dean of the School of Management
University of San Francisco
Tech savvy, resourceful, socially responsible—in three years, Gen Z will comprise one third of the workforce. What should we know about this young generation to best prepare them as future business leaders?
Tessa Misiaszek
Head of Research
Korn Ferry
Join your peers in this informal fireside chat setting to engage in discussion on an unfolding, contentious issue affecting business schools at the time of this conference.
Alexander Triantis
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University