Global Accreditation Conference

First exposure draft for the proposed changes to the AACSB accreditation standards shared and discussed

GAC (formerly the Annual Accreditation Conference)

September 15–17, 2019

Plenary Speakers

Plenary I: Lead Like a Scientist: Why Experiments are the Key to Unleashing Human Potential

Have you ever questioned how best to motivate your staff, colleagues, or community partners? If you have a hunch, you have a hypothesis. Join Charlotte Blank, chief behavioral officer of Maritz, to learn surprising new insights from behavioral science, and how field experiments are the key to understanding what really works, in the modern workplace. You don’t need a degree in psychology to lead like a scientist – you just have to be open to experimentation.

Charlotte_BlankCharlotte Blank, Chief Behavioral Officer, Maritz

Charlotte Blank is chief behavioral officer of Maritz. She leads the company’s practice of behavioral science and innovation, exploring how the fields of social psychology and behavioral economics influence the application and effectiveness of incentive, recognition, and reward programs.In this effort, Charlotte is striving to forge the connection between academic theory and applied business practice, elevating the use of field research to better make sense of human behavior in the evolving marketplace. Incentive Magazine named Charlotte a Visionary and one of 2016’s 25 Most Influential in the Incentive Industry. Charlotte earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.Charlotte is obsessed with experiments, ever-curious about what “makes us work,” and a frequent contributor to


Plenary II: What’s Next for the Accreditation Standards?

The session will explore the release of the exposure draft and the potential changes to the business accreditation standards

Nancy Bagranoff, Dean and Professor, Accounting, Robins School of Business University of RichmondNancy A. Bagranoff, Dean and Professor, Accounting, University of Richmond, Robins School of Business

Nancy is Dean of the Robins School of Business and Professor of Accounting at the University of Richmond.  Previously she has been Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at Old Dominion University and has taught at American University and Miami University.  She has held multiple leadership roles with the American Accounting Association, including President.  She is a former Chairman of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and has been a member the Board of Directors of the AICPA.  She is currently on the Richmond Board of Directors of TowneBank.


geoff-perryGeoff Perry, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Business School, Auckland University of Technology

Professor Perry holds a PhD in Economics, has undertaken research in the areas of international trade, economics pedagogy, labour economics and evaluation of labour market policy and has published widely. Currently, his research focus includes evaluation of the return on investment from participation in tertiary education and modelling the relative efficiency of units within a university. With experience in the private sector as well as in higher education, Professor Perry has held several academic and management positions in New Zealand and has been a visiting professor in Thailand. From 2010 - 2016 he was Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and also Pro Vice Chancellor with responsibility for the development of a new campus at AUT. Since 2017 he has been Deputy Vice Chancellor at AUT. His involvement with AACSB includes mentoring business schools, being on peer review teams for both initial accreditation and continuous improvement reviews, running workshops for mentors as well as initial accreditation, and as a member of the IAC and BAPC.

Stephanie BryantStephanie Bryant, Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer, AACSB International

Dr. Stephanie M. Bryant is the Executive Vice President and Chief Accreditation Officer of AACSB International.  She served as Dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University for 6-1/2 years and was previously the Director of the University of South Florida School of Accountancy.  She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Louisiana CPA (inactive).  Dr. Bryant specializes in accounting information systems, and previously worked for KPMG Peat Marwick.  Dr. Bryant has co-authored two accounting textbooks, and over 30 academic articles and has won nine teaching awards.  She served as the 2005-2006 national President of the American Accounting Association Information Systems Section.  She also served as the 2006-2009 International President of Beta Alpha Psi.


Plenary III: Innovation is a Team Sport

Why do so many innovation efforts fail? Why do our best attempts at creative problem solving never seem to reach their full potential? The cause of both frustrations, it turns out, are actually the same. In this keynote, Burkus targets a common misconception about creativity and innovation efforts: that it has to do with changing how individuals think. Instead, research reveals that “lone creators” are historically rare and for most innovations, creativity is a team sport. By combining insights from social science research and practical takeaways from the most innovative companies and teams, Burkus outlines a prescription for any team or organization to work more creatively together, without silos, politics, or frustration.

David_BurkusDavid Burkus, Best Selling Author, Associate Professor, Oral Roberts University

David Burkus is a best-selling author and Associate Professor of Leadership and Innovation. In 2017, he was named as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkers50. He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning. David’s innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations. He’s delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 2 million times.