Global Accreditation Conference

Learn about the 2020 Business Accreditation Standards

Global Accreditation Conference

September 22–25, 2020

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: Vitality in the Workforce

Nick_van_DamNick van Dam, Chief Learning Officer, Chief IE Center for Learning Innovation, IE University

Nick is an internationally recognized thought leader, advisor, researcher, best-selling author, and facilitator on Corporate Learning & Leadership Development. He is inspired by insights from positive- and development psychology, the neurosciences and philosophy. Dr. van Dam has over 30 years of business experience as a former Partner, Global Chief Learning Officer, HR-Executive, and Client Advisor at McKinsey & Co. as well as at Deloitte. Nick is Chief of the Center for Corporate Learning Innovation at IE University (Spain), serves on the University Board, is member of the IE Center for Health, Wellbeing and Happiness and is a Full Professor at IE University, Nyenrode and the University of Pennsylvania, where he works with candidates in the executive doctoral program for Chief Learning Officer.  He is affiliated with McKinsey & Company as an External Senior Advisor. During his career Nick has written articles for various publications and has been quoted by The Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Business Week, India Times, Information Week, Management Consulting, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, and TD Magazine. Nick is a best-selling (co-)author of more than 25 books and numerous articles on learning and leadership development including ‘Advancing Authentic Confidence Through Emotional Agility’ (2019), ‘Handbook Organization & Management’ (2019), ‘Elevating Learning & Development’ (2018), ‘Leadership at Scale’ (2018), ‘Handbook Learning and Development in Organizations’ (2018 – in Dutch), ‘You! The Positive Force in Change’ (2015) and ‘Next Learning Unwrapped’ (2012). Several of his books have been translated in Mandarin, Portuguese and Dutch. He is the founder of the e-Learning for Kids Foundation, which has provided free digital lessons for more than 20 million underprivileged elementary school children.

Noemie_Le_PertelNoémie Le Pertel, Academic Director, IE School of Human Science and Technology

Dr. Le Pertel is an Academic Director and lead faculty and facilitator for IE University’s Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Transformation, the Center for Corporate Learning and Innovation, and the International Master Class in Learning and Leadership Development at IE Business School. She is a visiting Adjunct Professor at IE University’s School of Human Sciences and Technology, The International School of Management in Paris, Columbia University, and leads executive retreats for staff, students, and client organizations. Dr. Le Pertel is the founder of Empowered Wellness & Center for Positive Leadership, and has been teaching vitality and embodied leadership for over 20 years. She has designed and delivered custom evidence-based programs, clinics, and keynotes to address burnout and promote resilience for the United Nations, Columbia Business School, Ireland’s Health Service Executive, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, AppNexus, CHUBB, and the New York Times, among others. Her vision is to empower individuals to fulfill their potential through human-centered, whole-person leadership, promoting sustainable flourishing across micro, meso, and macro levels. From a medical context, Dr. Le Pertel has served top-tier academic medical centers for over ten years as a researcher, educator, and licensed doctor of East Asian medicine. She holds a private practice in NYC and treats medical students and researchers at Columbia University Medical Center. She has conducted research at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Harvard Medical School & Brigham Women’s Hospital, has co-authored medical publications, and treated over 10,000 patients across pediatric and adult hem/onc/stem cell, neurology, post-stroke rehab., palliative care, orthopedic, family, and emergency medicine. In 2017, she was awarded the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) Award. Dr. Le Pertel holds Masters degrees from Columbia University, in Health Policy and Management, the University of Pennsylvania, in Applied Positive Psychology, and has completed doctoral work at Columbia University in the Neuroscience of Adult Learning and Leadership. Dr. Le Pertel is earning a second doctorate, in education, and is a doctoral candidate in the UPenn Chief Learning Officer Executive Doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on systems-level organizational wellbeing and she is collaborating on research with the SHINE initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Bank.

Keynote II: The Art of Principles-Based Standards

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

Dr. Bagranoff began her career at General Electric Company, where she graduated from the Financial Management Training Program. She passed the CPA examination in the District of Columbia in 1981 (inactive) and has taught at several universities, including American University, Miami University, and Old Dominion University where she was Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. She has co-authored several books and many articles in the area of accounting information systems, consulting, and information technology audit, and control. Dr. Bagranoff has served on several boards and is currently a member of the board and Executive Committee of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Council of the American Institute of CPA’s, and the Virginia Advisory Committee to the US Global Leadership Coalition. She has held multiple leadership roles with the American Accounting Association, including President.

Stephanie BryantStephanie M. 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.

Geoff PerryGeoff Perry, EVP and Chief AP Officer, AACSB International

Geoff Perry is Executive Vice President and Chief Officer, Asia Pacific for AACSB.  With initial degrees in the arts and the humanities, he subsequently undertook graduate study completing a PhD in economics with a focus on labour and international economics, utilising his capabilities as an applied micro-econometrician. Arising from this is a significant portfolio of peer reviewed journal articles, commissioned reports and presentations. He has academic and private sector experience and has worked, consulted and researched in his home country of New Zealand as well as in Asia Pacific.  With senior management experience in the University sector, having served as business school Dean, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor at Auckland University of Technology, a 28,000 student research intensive university, he has strong strategic, financial and people management capabilities.  Before joining AACSB he took his own business school through the accreditation journey.  Subsequently, he undertook a range of voluntary roles for AACSB including being a mentor, panel chair and member, member of the Business Accreditation Policy Committee, member and then Deputy Chair of the Initial Accreditation Committee, a facilitator of AACSB seminars and presenter conferences.  Since September 2018 he has been co-chair of the Business Accreditation Task Force which was mandated by the Board to work with the AACSB community to develop the 2020 Business Accreditation Standards.