Keynote I: How Strategy Really Works
Roger Martin, University of Toronto
In 2017, Roger was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. Roger Martin is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, Academic Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. He has published 11 books the most recent of which are Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel (Harvard Business Review Press, 2017) Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (HBRP, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (HBRP, 2013), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 26 Harvard Business Review articles. Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford. A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.
Keynote II: Leading Digitally: Fostering Human Engagement at Work
When educators want to fully harness the intelligence across their organization, break silos and get big things done, they call Erica Dhawan. Erica Dhawan is the world’s leading authority on 21st century Collaboration and Connectional Intelligence. She challenges audiences and organizations to unlock the collective power of teams, silos, customers and other stakeholders. Her newest research – Digital Body Language — decodes the new signals and cues of effective collaboration in a digital-first human workplace. Erica Dhawan is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global organization that helps organizations, universitites, leaders, and managers leverage 21st century collaboration skills and behaviors to improve game changing performance. She is the co-author of the bestselling book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, named #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. Dhawan was named by Thinkers50 as “The Oprah of Management Ideas” and featured as one of the emerging management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business. She hosts the award-winning podcast ‘Masters of Leadership.’ Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos and TED to companies such as Coca-Cola, Fedex, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, SAP, and Cisco. Erica writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post. Erica also serves as a board member to Lufthansa Innovation Hub. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. She has a MPA from Harvard University, a MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School.
Abdulbaset Abdulla is a Senior Assessment Strategist at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Abdulla supports institutions and academic programs in their effective use of standardized assessments of student learning outcomes. He also is responsible for driving innovation and thought leadership within ETS College Programs’ portfolio of assessments that includes the MFT and HEIghten® exams. Abdulla possesses a wide range of experiences in the educational field. After completing his doctoral work in educational measurement at Ohio University in late 2003, he joined ETS as a psychometrician working on College Board® tests and later served as a liaison between the College Board and the ETS Research division. Before assuming his current role, Abdulla managed the Global Institute, ETS’s premier international training program that supports ETS global partners in understanding the complex processes involved in developing, administering and scoring standardized assessments.
Dr. Haya Ajjan, Associate Professor of Management Information Systems, teaches data analytics courses in Elon’s undergraduate business and MBA programs. Dr. Ajjan has started the Center for Organizational Analytics at Elon University and was instrumental in developing the curriculum for M.S. in Management concentration in Organizational Analytics. Her research articles have appeared in the Journal of Business Research, European Journal of Operations Research, British Journal of Educational Technology, and the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice. Additionally, she has presented at numerous conferences, such as the International Conference on Information Systems, Academy of Management, and Academy of Marketing Science.
Joe F. Alexander
Joe F. Alexander, D.B.A., is Senior Professor of Performance Excellence in business at Belmont University, Nashville. As a dean over the past two decades, he was responsible for assurance of learning efforts in business and accounting programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels—The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University and the Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado. Alexander has relied extensively on the Major Field Test for Business for closing-the-loop in assurance of learning at both universities.
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.)
Joan Baker is an experienced company director and consultant to business and not-for-profit organisations. She specializes in helping organisations and individuals plan for the future – making the changes necessary for high performance and achievement of excellence. She has a special interest in leadership development and has 30 years of advisory and coaching experience. Previous roles include Board memberships of organisations including: New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), Save the Children (NZ) and Workbridge Inc. She acted as President of New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM). Joan currently acts as a free-lance leadership consultant for Quality Education Development Ltd. (QED)
Maria Baltar serves as Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Operations and Implementation at AACSB International. She oversees a portfolio of over 50 schools in Latin America and the United States. Maria works closely with our global volunteer network, serves as the staff liaison to the Initial, Accounting and Continuous Improvement Accreditation Committees. Maria’s career spans over 20 years and includes management experience in the hospitality and wholesale IT distribution industries. Maria has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Florida and an MBA from the University of Tampa.
Professor Begley is currently the Dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having taken up the post in July of 2011. Previously, he served as the Dean of the University College Dublin School of Business in Ireland. Prior to becoming Dean, he held the Governor Hugh L. Carey Chair in Organisational Behavior at UCD. His primary research, teaching and consulting interests are in the areas of organizational change, cross-cultural management, and global issues in human resource management. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees are from Cornell University. Professor Begley is currently the Dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, having taken up the post in July of 2011. Previously, he served as the Dean of the University College Dublin School of Business in Ireland. Prior to becoming Dean, he held the Governor Hugh L. Carey Chair in Organisational Behavior at UCD. His primary research, teaching and consulting interests are in the areas of organizational change, cross-cultural management, and global issues in human resource management. Professor Begley has held visiting appointments at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the Prasetiya Mulya Graduate School of Management in Jakarta, Indonesia, Reims Management School in France, and Boston University. He has been included in Irish America magazine’s lists of the Top 100 Irish Americans and the Top 100 Irish Americans in Business. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees are from Cornell University.
Stephanie M. Bryant
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.
Carol J. Carter
Carol J. Carter is the Founder of LifeBound and the CEO and Founder of GlobalMindED. She is a national and international student success author, speaker, seventeen year corporate veteran and entrepreneur who has traveled for work or pleasure in almost sixty countries. Carol began her career at Prentice Hall at age 26 where she was the first female assistant vice president and at age 30, the first female vice president promoted from within prior to Pearson buying the company. She is the lead author of the Keys to Success Series for college freshmen which helps students connect their academic learning to their professional future. The series is across the disciplines from business to science to engineering, has been published in Canadian, Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Arabic and has been read by 3,000,000 college freshmen, earning $65 million for Pearson. She self-funded LifeBound, a content and coaching company teaching faculty to facilitate and champion students’ professional abilities to prepare them to excel as contributors outside of college. After surviving cancer in 2014, Carol started and funded GlobalMindED to help First Gen and low-income teenagers get the “hidden curriculum,” role models, mentors, internships and jobs to ensure that they graduate college, secure high earning employment and launch to promotion and leadership opportunities. To date, GlobalMindED has placed more than 350 low income and First Gen students into high earning jobs.
Margaret Cook has worked with colleges and universities for 25 years to help tackle issues such as recruitment, costs, and retention. She completed her graduate degree in the United Kingdom, has hosted several exchange students in her home and works with her local college on connecting students to local business leaders. She is passionate about educational and cultural exchange and about the success of our students.
Dr. Andrew Currah is an Education Development Executive with Apple. Based in San Diego, he consults with higher education institutions across the US and internationally, with a focus on the intersection of business education with the app economy. Prior to joining Apple, Andrew served as faculty in the Center for the Environment, University of Oxford, with parallel appointments in the Oxford Internet Institute and the Oxford Reuters Institute of Journalism. He holds an MA, MPhil and Ph.D. in economic geography from Downing College, University of Cambridge, England.
Andrew Jack is global education editor for the Financial Times, writing on educational issues around the world and editorial lead for the free FT schools programme. He was previously head of curated content, deputy editor of the big read section, pharmaceuticals correspondent, and a foreign correspondent in France and Russia.
Rachel Dixon-Zudar serves as manager, accreditation services at AACSB International, managing a portfolio of approximately 180 business schools throughout the United States. Rachel’s background includes positions in marketing as well as previously working in the conferences department of AACSB. She holds an MBA in Strategy from The University of Alabama.
Omar Garriottis the Global Industry Lead for Education at Qualtrics, driving the company's strategy to help education institutions better understand and manage key experiences with key stakeholders--from students and parents to faculty and staff. He previously co-founded a new business for Salesforce in K-12 education, as Senior Director of Education Cloud. He also helped launch the student/university team at LinkedIn, focusing on product development and GTM for higher ed; and later running LinkedIn for Good product marketing. Prior to LinkedIn, Omar led iPad marketing to schools (K-12 and higher ed) for Apple, and managed K-20 education product launches for Adobe. His singular passion for making an impact in education was borne of early career experiences as a 3rd-grade Teach for America teacher in Washington, D.C. Public Schools, and as a fundraiser and lobbyist with national college access nonprofit PeerForward. Omar holds an MBA from UC-Berkeley Haas and a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Virginia.
Irineu Gianesi is currently the dean Academic Affairs and Teaching and Learning Development. From 2012 to September 2015 Irineu led the implementation of the new full-time undergraduate programs in engineering. Previously, for eight years, he was dean of lato sensu graduate programs, which included the Executive MBA, Certificate and LL.M. programs, while also coordinating the school’s international accreditation processes. He is a professor at Insper for its Executive MBA, Undergraduate and Executive Education programs. He is currently pursuing a doctorate at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. He received a master’s degree in Production Engineering from the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo (USP) and completed a non-degree specialization in Business Administration from the School of Economics and Business Administration (EAESP) at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV). He also holds the designation Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from APICS. He has 24 years of academic experience in research and undergraduate programs at USP’s Polytechnic School and at Insper, as well as at the Executive MBA programs of top business schools in São Paulo. He has authored papers published in Brazilian and international journals as well as three books in the field of Operations Management. He has 28 years of experience as a professional and consultant at companies such as Embraer, Natura, 3M, Unilever, Copersucar, Souza Cruz, Monsanto, Cargill, Rhodia, Tubos Tigre, Accenture, PriceWaterhouse, Ceras Johnson, Itautec-Philco, Hewlett Packard and Embraco.
Tom Grant holds a Master of Science degree in operations research from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining SAS in 2000, Tom worked in the accounting department of national furniture retailer and developed statistical models to predict inventory losses. Tom was also manager of the Marketing Analytics Group for a retail clothing catalog company, in charge of building predictive response and life-time value models. Since joining SAS, Tom has worked as a consultant, assisting SAS customers with implementation of analytic projects in various industries, including banking, retail services, insurance, manufacturing, and web-site analysis. Tom also teaches Intro to Statistics at a small liberal arts college. Tom is currently a principal analytical training consultant in the SAS Global Academic Program, and he assists higher education institutions in the effective use of SAS.
Jake Hansen is an Apple Higher Education Market Segment Executive bringing a technology focus to universities across the country. Jake enjoys working in a collaborative, entrepreneurial, fast paced, and consultative environment where he helps solve many complex problems facing higher education institutions. Prior to Apple, he worked for over 4 years at The Wyss Institute at Harvard University where he led business development activities for many groundbreaking technologies. Jake holds a BS in Business Management, a Minor in Information Technology, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Andrew Jack is global education editor for the Financial Times, writing on educational issues around the world and editorial lead for the free FT schools programme. He was previously head of curated content, deputy editor of the big read section, pharmaceuticals correspondent, and a foreign correspondent in France and Russia.
Dr. Khalifa, Professor of accountancy, CBE Vice Dean; earned her Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 2004. She joined CBE in 2009 after positions at the University of Manchester, LSE, and Warwick Business School where she was the Doctoral Programme Committee Chair (Accounting). Her teaching interests focus on auditing, corporate governance & qualitative research methodologies. Her research interests are in the areas of professional service firms, Auditing and Methodologies, Corporate Governance, Gender and Women Studies, Islamic Accounting. Dr. Khalifa received various grants from the ESRC, CIPFA, BAA, the Federal School of Management at Manchester and a departmental award from the LSE, and UAEU. She publishes in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, European Accounting Review & Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. She is also on the editorial boards of International Journal of Auditing, Journal of Global Business Advancement, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies. In 2011 she was awarded College Best Performance Award for Excellence in Service. Khalifa et al. published in AAAJ was conferred Outstanding Paper Award Winner of the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence - 2008. She has been a panel speaker, symposium and conference organizer at numerous conferences.
Dr. Ginger Killian (Ph.D., University of Georgia) is MBA Director and recently served as Associate Dean responsible for overseeing accreditation preparation at the University of Central Missouri. As Associate Dean, she led faculty committees responsible for redesigning the learning assurance process, enhancing faculty qualifications, and updating the business school’s strategic plan. Dr. Killian is known for her systematic approach to process development and analysis that she developed while working for several Fortune 500 companies including Philips Electronics, American Honda Motor Company, and Allstate Insurance. She is currently working to develop growth and retention strategies for the MBA program.
Dr. Richard Klein serves as Associate Dean of the R. Kirk Landon Undergraduate School of Business atFlorida International University’s College of Business and Interim Director the college’s School of Accounting. He is a full Professor in the Department of Information Systems and Business Analytics, where he previously served as Chair. His research examines healthcare information systems and informatics, electronic business initiatives, and inter-organizational information systems. Dr. Klein has published work in top journals, including Decision Sciences, the European Journal of Information Systems, Information and Management, the Journal of Management Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, and the Journal of Operations Management. He also serves as an Associate Editor for the European Journal of Information Systems as well as co-chaired healthcare related tracks at both the Americas Conference on Information Systems and the European Conference on Information Systems. Additionally, Dr. Klein has over a decade of industry experience with Automatic Data Processing and the First Data Corporation, as well as consulting experience for Fiserv, General Electric Healthcare Systems, Sage Health Management Solutions, United Parcel Service, and the United States Army.
Sandeep Krishnamurthy is the first Dean of the AACSB-accredited School of Business at University of Washington, Bothell. This role involves managing the School of Business as its chief academic, and, administrative officer, with primary responsibility for faculty, students, curriculum, budgets, and external engagement. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in marketing with a minor in Economics in 1996.
Patrick Kyllonen is a Distinguished Presidential Appointee at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, N.J. Kyllonen received a B.A. from St. John's University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, and authored and co-authored Generating Items for Cognitive Tests (2001); Learning and Individual Differences (1999); Extending Intelligence: Enhancement and New Constructs (2008); and Innovative Assessment of Collaboration (2017). He directed the ETS Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success, where his efforts led to several transitions to commercial use for products including the WorkFORCE® Assessment for Job Fit, SuccessNavigator® Assessment, Mission Skills Assessment, Personal Potential Index, and FACETS® Engine.
Sue Lehrman, who received her Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley, has served as the dean of the William G. Rohrer College of Business (RCB) at Rowan University since July 2015. With a commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship, and a new $63.2 million building that opened in January of 2017, Dr. Lehrman is focused on positioning the RCB a first-choice business school for enterprising students and discerning employers and as an economic and research engine for South Jersey and beyond. Committed to student and faculty diversity, she has launched a variety of initiatives to ensure inclusivity within the College.
Jeanette Lemmergaard is Head of Marketing and Management at the University of Southern Denmark. She holds a PhD in Business Economics and her empirically grounded research explores experiences of work, focusing on the psychological and ethical climate of organizations at a micro-level, and at a macro-level focusing on strategic human resource management, dysfunctional leadership, diversity and sustainability. Her work has appeared in journals such as Scandinavian Journal of Management, Journal of Business Ethics, Organization, Service Industry Journal and Team Performance Management. Publications include “Critical Perspectives on Leadership – emotion, toxicity, and dysfunction” (Edward Elgar 2013, in collaboration with S.L. Muhr). She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events.
Joanne Li, Ph.D., CFA is Dean, Professor of Finance and Ryder Eminent Scholar Chair at the Florida International University College of Business., an AACSB-accredited college. As dean, she leads the college’s Landon Undergraduate School and Chapman Graduate School, as well as its executive education, global learning and small business development programs (SBDC at FIU and the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center). Prior to joining the college, she served as Dean of Raj Soin College of Business at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. At Raj Soin, she developed innovative programs designed to accelerate the college’s role in economic and workforce development, including the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to promote student participation in commercialization and tech transfer, and Wright Venture, a Shark Tank look-alike that allows students to pitch start-up ideas to gain financial backing. While serving as Dean at Raj Soin, she was recognized by the Dayton Business Journal as one of Dayton’s Power 50 Women and was named one of 100 Dayton’s Women Influencers by the Lean In Chapter, Dayton. She was also selected by the Deloitte Dayton Women’s Initiative as one of the eight Dayton-area women leaders of the fourth annual Wise Women conference. Dr. Li is a retainer/selected speaker for the CFA Institute and CFA Institute Asia-Pacific. She has presented on the value of corporate governance at many international and national CFA societies including the Thailand Stock Exchange (TSE). She established the CFA mentoring program in numerous institutions and coordinated a Global Investment Research Challenge for the D.C. and Baltimore Societies. She has published in top ranked finance journals, including the Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and The Financial Review. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Article recognition in the Journal of Financial Research in 2005. She served as Associated Editor for Financial Analysts Journal in 2011 and 2012 and also served on the Editorial Board of the journal. In 2008, she took on the role of Editor in Chief of the Stalla Review for the CFA Exams. Dr. Li graduated with a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and a support area in Econometrics from Florida State University. She was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001.
Betty Jo Licata
Betty Jo Licata joined Youngstown State University as dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration in July 1995. She is an active member of AACSB International and serves as a Peer Review Team Member and Peer Review Team chair. She is Chair of the AACSB Continuous Improvement Review Committee and serves on the AACSB Business Accreditation Policy Committee. She has served on the Board of Directors of AACSB and is immediate past chair of the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for AACSB-accredited business schools. She has also served as a Consultant-Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association.
Dr. Eric Litton is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Coker University, a small liberal arts institution in South Carolina. He teaches online in the bachelors and masters programs. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked in nonprofit and government administration management, including working abroad in five countries and provided technical support and consulting to organizations in dozens more. He has a Ph.D in organizational policy from George Mason University, MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and BA from Cornell University. Dr. Litton is a native of San Diego, CA.
Mike Malefakis is CEO & Associate Vice Dean, Aresty Institute of Executive Education at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Wharton Executive Education attracts nearly 13,000 executives from around the world to in-person programs each year and more than 50,000 complete Wharton online programs. More executives choose to learn with Wharton Executive Education programs than at any other elite business school. Mike joined Wharton in February 2017 after serving over six years as Associate Dean of Executive Education at Columbia Business School. At Columbia Mike led the team that grew enrollments over 400% by focusing on innovating the portfolio of offerings and introducing online and blended programs. Prior to Columbia, Mike served as Director of Executive Education at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Mike launched programs in Barcelona, Singapore and London as part of Booth’s global outreach. Earlier in his career Mike worked as the Director of the Executive Education Center at the INCAE in San Jose, Costa Rica. While there, Mike managed a 12-country regional executive education organization that provided training to more than 3,800 executives annually. He started in the field of executive education at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Director when the University of Michigan was ranked #1 in Executive Education by Business Week. Mike holds a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia and a BA in Social Science from the University of Michigan. Mike served as Chairman of the Board of UNICON, the International Association of University Based Executive Education. He is a member of the Business Practices Council of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Mike is also a Senior Fellow of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
Amy Memon is Manager of Accreditation Services (Asia Pacific) for AACSB. She has over a decade of experience working with AACSB’s member schools, and served as the association’s special advisor in India for six years. Prior to her relocation to Mumbai, India, Amy was Manager of Research at AACSB's US headquarters, where she contributed to research reports, including The Globalization of Business Schools and Impact of Research: A Guide for Business Schools. Amy also represented AACSB at the UN Global Compact to co-convene the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). She began her career at AACSB developing and executing conferences and seminars across five continents. Amy Roberts, Manager, Accreditation Operations and Implementation, has a diverse management background resulting from over 35 years of employment in multiple industries and joined AACSB International (AACSB) in March of 2005. She, along with two staff members, is charged with putting together nearly 200 accreditation peer review teams that visit institutions throughout the world every year. This includes visit communications, visit documentation, and management of profile information related to visited institutions and the volunteers who serve as reviewers. She is also the accreditation liaison working with AACSB’s IT team on current and upcoming AACSB technology initiatives, including myAccreditation and more automation in the team building process.
Suzanne Mintz serves as Assistant Vice President, Accreditation Strategy and Policy at AACSB International. In addition to managing a portfolio of business schools worldwide, she is responsible for co-leading the daily management of the Accreditation Services department. She oversees the management of AACSB’s volunteer network globally, including training, engagement and recognition strategies for AACSB’s volunteers. She assists in leading strategic initiatives in the Accreditation Services department and liaises with the Business Accreditation and Accounting Accreditation Policy Committees. Prior to joining AACSB, Mintz spent approximately 10 years in corporate training and development for a financial services firm, responsible for overseeing the implementation of sales and management development programs. She holds an MBA in finance and management from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Molly Nagler became Chief Learning Officer of PepsiCo in February 2019. She is responsible for a learning strategy that equips PepsiCo’s workforce to delight consumers around the world. PepsiCo is a Fortune 50 company with more than 260,000 employees. Previously, Molly was Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at Yale School of Management. In this role, Molly led a talented group in delivering 70+ executive development programs a year on such topics as customer insights, sustainability, global leadership, and managing high-performance teams. Programs ranged from 2 days to 6 weeks and were delivered to global audiences at Yale and abroad. Under Molly’s leadership, executive education doubled its program revenue while expanding into online courses that netted high participant satisfaction scores and completion rates above 90%. Before joining Yale, Molly was Director of Strategic Alliances at UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, where she built international partnerships and worked with corporate clients on customized leadership programs. Molly has also worked as a copy editor. While she remains devoted to the Oxford comma, she left the editing profession to pursue a Master of Public Policy degree from UC Berkeley. She has a bachelor’s in English literature from the College of William and Mary.
Colin Nelson is AACSB International's Senior Manager of Business Education Data Services. He trained as an anthropological researcher at the University of South Florida, where he earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in applied anthropology. Prior to that, he served in the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of Sergeant.
Colin works to validate, analyze and maintain the DataDirect system's surveys and database, provides research for the AACSB data reports, and works with individuals at member schools to help them best utilize AACSB's data resources. He also tracks country-level data on schools offering degree programs in business all around the world, as well as the cultural and regulatory environments in which they operate, in support of AACSB's efforts to improve management education globally.
Binnu Palta Hill
Binnu Palta Hill is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB). Prior to joining WSB in 2006, she spent over ten years in the UW System teaching, consulting, and designing programming that enhances inclusion by leveraging strategic leadership and organizational cultural dexterity. Her expertise includes developing open communication skills within organizations by developing a shared vocabulary on conflict resolution. A distinguishing factor in her approach is the combination of academic research and lived experience to dissect core issues related to diversity. This approach is apparent in the Diversity Lunch and Learn Series she founded in 2010. These discussion forums on sensitive topics such as race, gender, and politics, have grown significantly over the last nine years and are attended by UW faculty, staff, and students. Ms. Hill also teaches inclusive leadership in the Wisconsin Evening and Executive MBA Programs. In May 2015, Ms. Hill represented WSB at the White House as Wisconsin became one of the first business schools to commit to best practices for increasing opportunities in business for women and preparing a culturally competent 21st century workforce. She has also served on advisory boards for WI Governor’s Youth Summit and Information Technology Academy Pre-College Program. In recognition for her contributions to UW-Madison and the Madison community, she was awarded the UW-Madison Outstanding Woman of Color award in spring 2017. In fall 2017, Ms. Hill was selected to participate in UW-Madison’s Kauffman Seminar for Leadership Development. Most recently, the far-reaching impact of Ms. Hill’s work was recognized with the 2018 Wisconsin Alumni Association Leadership Award. Ms. Hill has been a guest speaker at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), Women and Leadership Symposium, UW-Madison Diversity Forum, Changing Demographics, and All-State’s The Power of Diversity Conference. She has presented to over a dozen corporations including American Family Insurance, Grant Thornton, All State, Forward Service Corporation and the QTI Group. Her engagements range from one-hour keynotes to recurrent hands-on workshops on topics such as conflict resolution, negotiation, and consciously cultivating inclusion to enhance individual and organizational performance. Ms. Hill holds a Master of Business Administration degree and Certification in The Foundations of NeuroLeadership - Driving Change with Real Science. Her work has been featured in The Capital Times.
A member of the Grenoble Ecole de Management Executive Committee, Julie Perrin-Halot is the Associate Dean/Director of Quality, Strategy and International Development. She has been active in the fields of strategy and quality management in higher education through a variety of project work helping institutions to put strategic management, quality assurance and academic processes into place. She is active as a mentor for AACSB, is a board member for EFMD’s EQUAL (European Quality Link) and serves as a peer review team member for EPAS and AMBA. She has published articles in areas such as internationalization, the future of business education, emerging models for business schools, the impact of accreditation, the social responsibility of business schools and managing collaborative provision.
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.
Joanne Powell a senior advisor with Quality Education Development (QED), a long-established advisory company that supports business schools with continuous improvement, international accreditation and leadership development. Joanne has extensive experience in education, training and assessment. Prior to joining QED, she as an educator, a chartered accountant and as Head of Assessment for Chartered Accountants Ireland. Joanne is also certified as a DISC Trainer (DISC Personality Profiling) and a Leadership Facilitator. Her leadership philosophy focused on deepening awareness of each individual’s core leadership characteristics and values to raise overall effectiveness and impact.
Amy Roberts, Manager, Accreditation Operations and Implementation, has a diverse management background resulting from over 35 years of employment in multiple industries and joined AACSB International (AACSB) in March of 2005. She, along with two staff members, is charged with putting together nearly 200 accreditation peer review teams that visit institutions throughout the world every year. This includes visit communications, visit documentation, and management of profile information related to visited institutions and the volunteers who serve as reviewers. She is also the accreditation liaison working with AACSB’s IT team on current and upcoming AACSB technology initiatives, including myAccreditation and more automation in the team building process.
Jeanine Romano has a PhD in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of South Florida. She serves as the Director, Business Education Data, Benchmarking, and Analysis at AACSB International. Jeanine has worked in the field of Higher Education for over 20 years as a faculty member and in Institutional Research and Assessment both in the USA and the Middle East. She is a founding member of the Middle East North Africa Association of Institutional Research (MENA-AIR). Her work has been published in the Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of College Student Development, and Internet and Higher Education. She has been nominated for the Florida Educational Research Association’s distinguished paper award six times and has won this award both in 2004 and 2006. She was also the recipient of the 2007 Florida Association of Institutional Research Best Paper Award.
HULT is an innovative and global school striving to be the most "relevant" business school in the world. It is a non-for profit organization run as a business. HULT offers practical business education at Bachelor, Master, MBA, EMBA and doctoral levels in London, Boston, San Francisco, Shanghai and Dubai. As CAO I am responsible for academic excellence, including policies for admission, curricula, academic standards and quality, and research, as well as our national and international accreditations (e.g. NECHE, KHDA, and BPPE as well as AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA). Previously, I was Managing Director of Jönköping International Busijness School (AACSB and EQUIS), President of Copehangen Business School (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), Dean of MBA programs at Stockholm School of Economics (EQUIS), Managaing Director of Imagination Lab Foundaton, and faculty member at International Institute for Management Devemopment (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), and Norwegian Business School (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA).
Lawrence Rose is the dean and professor of finance at the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. Rose taught at Northern Illinois, Texas A&M, San Jose State, and Toledo University. He joined Massey in 1994 as professor and head of department of finance and was appointed pro vice-chancellor (executive dean) in 2006. Rose founded and served on the boards of directors of two Federal Credit Unions. He has also conducted supervisory exams for US federal credit unions, testified on litigation matters, and served on University external review committees. He serves on editorial boards and published in international refereed journals including: Journal of Risk and Insurance, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Banking and Finance.
Robert Ruiz, Managing Director, BusinessCAS by Liaison, joined the company in 2014 with 25 years of experience in the field of admission and enrollment management. He specializes in diversity-based admissions, emerging technologies, operational efficiencies and process management. Robert has held senior admission roles at Tulane University and Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and served as vice president of application services for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Most recently, he worked for 10 years as the director of admission at the University of Michigan Medical School. Robert has an M.A. in Higher Education Administration and a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.
Blane Ruschak’s current role includes serving as the President of the KPMG U.S. Foundation, Inc.(Foundation) where he oversees the strategy and operations for the Foundation which includes the Matching Gift Program, Disaster Relief Fund, KPMG Family for Literacy Fund, the Foundation and the Women’s PGA/Future Leaders program. He also serves as the President of The PhD Project where he oversees the strategy and operations of The PhD Project which is a program designed to create more diverse business leaders by supporting diverse professionals to get their PhD in business and become role models in the classroom, academic administration and academic leadership positions. In his previous role as Executive Director of Campus Recruiting and University Relations, he served on the Professional Partner advisory group for Beta Alpha Psi after completing his three year presidency term, served on the Board of Directors of the Education Foundation for Women in Accounting, and served on the AICPA Pre-certification Executive Education Committee (PcEEC), the Accounting Program Leadership Group (APLG) Board of Directors, and the Board of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). He lives in Charleston, South Carolina and works out of the Montvale, New Jersey National Office.
Bob’s career in higher education has included assignments as business school dean and interim dean in both private liberal arts universities and comprehensive public universities. He currently serves as dean and professor of management in the School of Business at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. Bob’s portfolio of more than 200 intellectual contributions includes interdisciplinary research in the areas of international management, organizational performance, occupational stress, safety management, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurship, research methodology, gender issues in the workplace, and business education. Bob has served as a volunteer for AACSB International in a variety of assignments in the United States, Europe, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific and Gulf regions. These include peer review team chair or member and initial accreditation mentor for more than fifty engagements. He has also designed and developed workshops and facilitated the new deans seminar for AACSB. He currently serves on the Initial Accreditation Committee. Prior to entering an academic career, Bob held managerial positions in the insurance and consumer magazine publishing industries.
Matt Sigelman is CEO of Burning Glass Technologies, a leading labor market analytics firm. For more than a decade, he has led Burning Glass in harnessing the power of data and artificial intelligence technologies that have cracked the genetic code of the job market. Powered by the world’s largest and most sophisticated database of jobs and talent, Burning Glass delivers real-time data and breakthrough planning tools that inform careers, define academic programs, and shape workforces. Burning Glass has helped to fill millions of jobs and its data drive initiatives for more than a dozen state and national governments. Matt is consulted frequently by national media, by researchers, and industry leaders. He served previously with McKinsey & Company and Capital One. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard.
Mark P. Taylor
Mark Taylor is Dean and the Donald Danforth Jr. Distinguished Professor of Finance at Olin Business School. He holds degrees from Oxford University (where he later taught), Birkbeck College, London University, London University’s Institute of Education, and Liverpool University. In 2012, the University of Warwick recognized him with an honorary doctorate for his lifetime contributions to the field of finance. Prior to joining Washington University, he was a professor of finance and served as dean from 2010 to 2016 at Warwick Business School. Taylor is a skilled horologist and has a collection of fine antique English clocks, all of which he has restored himself.
Tara van der Hoorn
Tara van der Hoorn is the Membership Director and oversees the global development of membership services. She provides leadership and direction to the membership teams in three different regions to achieve AACSB's membership recruitment and retention goals. In addition, Tara works with the Executive Vice President and Chief Officer EMEA to develop and implement integrated member services and engagement initiatives in the EMEA region. Tara earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Hospitality Management and a Master's degree in Business Administration.
Laurens joined Studyportals in 2016 as Analytics Consultant. His responsibilities include providing higher education institutions with a variety of consulting services, such as marketing and recruitment strategies, CRM consulting, market research and training. He has a BSc in Biology, an MSc in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences as well as an MSc in Science and Business Management from Utrecht University. During his many scientific internships and projects he took every opportunity to do applied work for various companies and other organisations. He also worked as a consultant at De Kleine Consultant, a non-profit student strategy firm for SMEs, during his education. Laurens’ ambition is to apply his creative, analytical and problem-solving skills in a stimulating and challenging environment to provide clients with valuable insights and solutions that they can actually apply to further their goals. He loves brainstorming and coming up with creative ideas for almost any problem. His responsibilities include strategy consulting, data visualisation, dashboarding, market research, tracking solutions, teaching workshops and data protection.
Leonard Waverman joined McMaster as Dean of the DeGroote School of Business in January 2013. Prior to this appointment, Leonard was Dean at the Haskayne School of Business from 2008 through 2012. He was a professor of economics at the London Business School from 2000 through 2007 and chair of the economics subject area 2003-2007. Before moving to the UK, he was a professor of Economics at the University of Toronto. His research concentrates on the growth and productivity impacts of the roll-out of the internet, as well as the services and applications it enables.
He also has a long background in energy, having been a part time member of the Ontario Energy Board (2 years), a member of the 1996 Macdonald Commission on Ontario Hydro and a non-executive board member of the UK’s Gas and Electric Markets Authority (2002-2007). He sat on the Chairman’s Advisory Committee of the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board from 2009 through 2012. Professor Waverman is on the Academic Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Centre for TeleInformation, was a non-executive board member of BNP-Paribas Canada from 2007 to 2016 and is a board member of the CD Howe Institute. He was a board member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from 2009 through 2012, and as of June 2014, is a board member of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, sits on the Finance Committee and chairs the Acquisitions Committee. He is a citizen of Canada and France and has been awarded the honour of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the Government of France for his distinguished contributions to education. His undergraduate alma mater University College, University of Toronto, honoured him as one of its “Top 100 Alumnus of Distinction” in 2012.
Ian O Williamson
Ian O. Williamson is the Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Wellington School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). Prior to joining Victoria University of Wellington he served on the faculties of the Melbourne Business School (Australia), Rutgers Business School (USA), the Zurich Institute of Business Education (Switzerland), the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia). He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio USA). Prof. Williamson’s is a globally recognized expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of “talent pipelines” on organizational and community outcomes. In particular, his research focuses on how human and social capital influences firm operational and financial outcomes, talent management in the context of new ventures and growth-oriented firms, the role of human resource practices in driving firm innovation and the impact of social issues on firm outcomes. Prof. Williamson’s research has been published in several leading academic journals, has won numerous international awards and has been covered by several leading media outlets across the world. A passionate educator Professor Williamson has received several awards recognizing his innovative approaches to business education. In 2019 Williamson was inducted into the Ph.D Project Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions to the academy and his efforts to support the success of underrepresented minority scholars. Williamson has provided consulting services to leading organizations in over 20 countries across six continents in the areas enhancing organizational innovation, navigating change, managing diverse workforces and enhance operational and financial performance. His clients have included firms such as Accenture, ANZ, Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL), BDO, Bunnings, BHP, CBRE Clemenger, CSR, Etihad Airlines, King & Wood Malleson, Kiwi Bank, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Lockheed Martin, Ngāi Tahu Holdings, Nestle, Orang Tua Group, Petronas, SEEK, Sussan Corporation, The Royal Women’s Hospital, Vision Australia and Urbis.
Venkat Yanamandram is Associate Professor of Marketing at the Faculty of Business, University of Wollongong, Australia. He has sustained excellence in teaching, building on a University teaching and learning award. His leadership at the unit, program, and strategic levels are intrinsically related, and continued professional development all coalesce to enhance student learning. As the Director of Assurance of Learning, Venkat developed, steered, and embedded the Assurance of Learning process for verifiable and credible assessment of student achievement of learning goals in all of the Business degree programs, both onshore and offshore. He has demonstrated active and positive contributions in three University-level committees; fulfilled governance roles at the School and Discipline levels; and influenced, facilitated, and often led change in the governance of collaborative activities in the School and/or wider community. Venkat has internal and external grants for various teaching-related, discipline-specific, and cross-faculty research projects.