Associate Deans Conference

October 27–29, 2021 | Virtual and In-person (St. Petersburg, Florida, USA)

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I:  Ethical Leadership through Honesty and Giving Voice to Values 

Taya_CohenTaya Cohen, Carnegie Mellon University

Taya R. Cohen, PhD is a tenured Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and currently serves as President of the International Association for Conflict Management. She conducts research on honesty, ethical behavior, moral character, negotiation, and conflict management. She is an author of more than 50 publications and has been awarded numerous research grants to fund her work, most recently as a co-investigator of a $4.4 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to fund research on honesty. Professor Cohen teaches courses on managing people and teams, negotiations, and research methods.

Keynote II: Business schools as Catalysts for Economic Growth

headshot of Moez Limayem, dean of USF Muma College of BusinessMoez Limayem, University of South Florida

Moez Limayem joined the University of South Florida in 2012, charged with enhancing its business school profile, increasing its resources, building program demand, and strengthening relationships with alumni and business leaders. The results from his tenure are impressive: the college has received three multi-million dollar naming gifts and its programs have risen in national rankings. Pam and Les Muma's 2014 $25 million gift – then the single largest gift in USF's history – resulted in the college’s name change to the USF Muma College of Business. As an administrator, Limayem spurred the development of a doctoral program targeting seasoned C-suite executives and professional development programs targeting the b-school's younger students. A Fulbright Scholar, Limayem has published numerous scholarly articles, many of which focus on the intersection of technology with the consumer, academic, and business worlds. 

Balaji_PadmanabhanBalaji Padmanabhan, University of South Florida

Balaji Padmanabhan is the Anderson Professor of Global Management and Professor of Information Systems at USF's Muma College of Business, where he is also the Director of the Center for Analytics and Creativity. He has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras and a PhD from New York University (NYU)’s Stern School of Business. He has worked in the data science, AI/machine learning and business analytics areas for over two decades in the areas of research, teaching, business engagement, mentoring graduate students and designing academic programs. During this time he has also worked with several firms on machine learning and data science initiatives in a variety of sectors including financial services, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, services and non-profit. He has published extensively in data science and related areas at premier journals and conferences in the field and has served on the editorial board of leading journals including Management Science, MIS Quarterly, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Information Systems Research, Big Data, ACM Transactions on MIS and the Journal of Business Analytics. 

Dave_SobushDave Sobush, Tampa Bay Partnership

Dave Sobush joined the Tampa Bay Partnership as Director of Policy and Research in December 2015, after previously leading our regional business planning and research efforts from 2010 to 2013. In his current role, he is responsible for developing public policy research and providing strategic analysis of the organization’s key priorities.  He also supports the organization, its investors and stakeholders with meaningful and actionable data and insightful interpretation of information relevant to advancing our policy agenda.  Sobush brings to the Partnership more than a decade of economic development research and project management experience, most recently serving as Hillsborough County’s first business intelligence manager. As a business development manager for Pinellas County Economic Development, he was responsible for promoting business attraction, retention and expansion programs for the Aviation/Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, Optics/Photonics, and Information Technology industry clusters. He managed projects that resulted in more than 4,500 new and retained high-wage jobs, including the high-profile retention of a Fortune 250 headquarters. Sobush also held positions at the City of St. Petersburg and as a faculty member of the University of South Florida’s Center for Economic Development Research (CEDR). He is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with an MBA from USF, and a M.Ed. and a BA from University of Florida, and has been active with the International Economic Development Council, Florida Economic Development Council and the National Association for Business Economics. He is a graduate of Clearwater’s Countryside High School and currently serves on their School Advisory Council.