2013 GMAC Annual Conference

June 19-June 21, 2013 | Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre | Vancouver, BC, Canada


2013 AC

Program Overview

Thank you!

The GMAC 2013 Annual Conference was a great success! With more than 570 graduate business school professionals from 220+ universities located in 20 countries, the conference provided a unique opportunity for attendees to Reflect a Broader View. A variety of keynote and concurrent sessions allowed attendees the opportunity to focus on trends and issues affecting them now—from The Future of Interviewing, to Perspectives on Massive Open Online Courses, to The Art and Science of Persuasion. The keynote sessions, Being Decisive and The Return of the Renaissance (Wo)man—and What It Means for Business Schools, also encouraged attendees to Reflect a Broader View

Thank you to all who attended, speakers and experts who shared their knowledge and best practices, the GMAC 2013 Annual Conference Advisory Group, and everyone who helped make this program a success. 

To access the presentations from the conference, please visit the agenda; here you will find handouts and slides listed under the appropriate session title. Please note: not all slides are posted as some presenters have not given us permission to post.

Watch the Slideshow

View photos of colleagues and events from the 2013 GMAC Annual Conference.

 2013 GMAC Annual Conference Slideshow


Attendee Resources

Amy Orlov2013 GMAC Annual Conference Attendee Resources

by Amy Orlov, Director, GMAC Professional Education and Training 

Whether this is your first GMAC conference or your 15th (and yes – there are some of you out there!), GMAC wants you to have the best conference experience ever.

Here are some tried-and-true attendee tips and resources to help you make the most of your GMAC Annual Conference experience and to hit the ground running in Vancouver!


  • Review the Agenda and the Agenda-at-a-Glance to figure out what sessions you want to attend. What are you struggling with at work? Where do you think your next focus will be? CRMs? Diversity Recruiting? Curriculum and Learning? Marketing and Communications? Make sure that you attend sessions in at least one or two of the time frames on a topic near and dear to your heart.
  • Divide and conquer. Are you traveling with colleagues? Review the Agenda together to determine which of you is going to attend what session, so your team can then maximize its conference learning.
  • If you don’t have time to review materials while in the office, do it at the airport. Download and install the mobile conference app to get the latest conference updates, tweet about the conference, upload your conference photos and more. 
  • Review the maps included in the Agenda-at-a-Glance to become familiar with the layout of the hotel and meeting rooms. 
  • Be prepared: Bring a lot of business cards. Stick them behind the name badge GMAC provides in your registration packet. This conference is all about networking! 
  • Bring a notepad or journal so that you record notes, contacts and ideas all in one place. This is a paper-light conference; handouts will not be distributed on site, but will be available following the conference at www.gmac.com/2013annualconferencepresentations.
  • Dress is business casual but think "layers." Vancouver is beautiful in June, but the hotel climate is anyone’s guess. Trust me – GMAC staff works with the hotel staff to cool the “hot” rooms and warm the “cold” rooms, but the best bet is to dress in layers during the conference and pack accordingly.

During the Conference:

  • If you are new, definitely attend the First Time Conference Attendee Session (view description | view video) on Wednesday, June 19 from 3:30-4:30 in the Junior CD room on Level 3. This is your chance to get to know a few other friendly faces who are also attending this conference for the first time.
  • Keep the agenda-at-a-glance and map with you at all times. Make note of the concurrent session rooms, as well as the Opportunity Zone (view description | view video) and Research Lounge (view description | view video) locations.   
  • Get the latest conference updates, including announcements, reminders, and room changes (as necessary) by using the GMAC mobile conference mobile app while attending the conference.
  • Arrive early for breakout sessions (5-10 minutes before start time). Generally-speaking, they are well-attended and if you are excited about attending the session, the chances are that others are too. Get there early, get a seat, and enjoy! 
  • Attend the Welcome Reception – it is a great place to reconnect with old colleagues, perhaps meet some new ones, and get yourself ready for the next two whirlwind days.   
  • Look for the blue vests. GMAC staff will be wearing blue vests with the GMAC logo. If you are lost, have a question, or just want to say hello, look for the blue vests. 
  • Participate, get involved and, most importantly, ask lots of questions. This conference is the ideal opportunity to learn from the sessions and the presenters, but also from each other! 
  • Get to know GMAC. Take advantage of the Opportunity Zone (view description | view video) to learn about the opportunities GMAC provides that can enable you to do your jobs even better.  
  • Dive into the Research Lounge (view description | view video) where you can get to know how you can customize GMAC data to get answers to your specific questions.  
  • Tweet and follow us at twitter.com/gmacupdates! Give us immediate feedback on the sessions or send us your comments using the conference hashtag, #GMAC2013AC. You might even win one of our "tweet of the day" or "picture of the day" prizes.
  • Keep track of your thoughts and feedback throughout the conference. We will distribute an on-line evaluation the week after the conference, but make sure to write down your on-site ideas so that you can refer back when completing the evaluation. 
  • Charge your mobile phone as soon as you get back to your hotel room. It's easy to forget given how busy you'll be and you don't want to waste time looking for an outlet during this conference.

After the Conference:

  • Take time to complete the on-line evaluation. We take your feedback seriously at GMAC and use the evaluation to guide and inform future events. Plus – completing the survey will allow you to be entered into a drawing for a $100 American Express gift card and who couldn’t use that? 
  • Review and/or download the conference presentations, which can be found at www.gmac.com/2013annualconferencepresentations after the conclusion of the conference. Check out not only the slides from the sessions you attended, but those from some that you didn’t attend. 
  • Share what you learned with colleagues in person and on the GMAC School Professionals Linked In Group
  • Send an email to me at programs@gmac.com to let me know what you thought about the conference!
That’s all I can think of for now. Most importantly – make sure to have fun at the conference. And if you see me at a session or in the hallway, please say hello!

Registration and Travel

Registration & Travel Information

Registration Fees

The 2013 registration fee includes all scheduled meals and program materials. The registration fees for the 2013 program are USD$775 for GMAC member schools and USD$950 for non-member schools.

Venue & Travel Information

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre has beautiful views of Vancouver and is within walking distance of shopping on Robson Street and Yaletown streets (map).

Canadian Entrance Information

Hotel Reservations

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre has now sold out. Below are local hotels in the area of the hotel.

Travel Information for Primary & Alternate Representatives

For information on GMAC member school representatives attending the Annual Meeting of GMAC Member Schools, please refer to the Travel Guidelines.

To make travel arrangements through Key Travel Blue, please fill-out and submit the Travel Reservation Form.

Key Travel Blue Contact Information

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Phone: +1 (646) 289-6800 
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Ground Transportation

For more information on travelling to the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, click here for a map and here for driving directions.

Vancouver Travel Information & Attractions

The following links will provide you with travel information and attractions in Vancouver, BC:


Invitation Only Sessions

Invitation Only Sessions

GMAC Annual Meeting of Member Schools | Wednesday, June 19 | 5 – 6:30 pm

Deans and both primary and alternate representatives from member schools will convene to discuss the overall direction of GMAC with the Council's board of directors and management. Note: Per the adjusted membership guidelines, all representative changes must be completed by March 31, 2013; questions should be sent to governance@gmac.com

  • Sign-in for the Annual Meeting will be on Wednesday from 4:30–5 pm, the Annual Meeting will be held from 5–6:30 pm.
  • Primary and alternate representatives are required to attend this meeting.
  • Travel information for primary and alternate representatives will be posted soon.

GMAC Admission Directors Symposium | Tuesday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 19

Don’t miss this year’s Admission Directors Symposium Exclusively for Decision Makers in the Admissions Process!
Scheduled just before the GMAC Annual Conference, the symposium lets you learn from your global colleagues. You’ll also get to network with peers who do what you do. New this year: The pre-conference symposium will be only for Admission Directors from GMAC member schools. 
The Admission Directors Symposium registration fee is $150.

Asia Pacific Breakfast | Thursday, June 20 | 7:30 – 8:30 am

If you have come from India, Asia or the Pacific, you’re invited to join the staff from the GMAC offices in Hong Kong and Gurgaon at an informal breakfast specifically for business schools based in the APAC region. Don’t miss this chance to learn about GMAC activities in APAC as you connect with area colleagues.

Europe, Middle East, and Africa Breakfast | Thursday, June 20 | 7:30 – 8:30 am

If you are attending the conference from Europe, Middle East, or Africa regions, the GMAC EMEA team would like to invite you to a special breakfast hosted for business schools based in these regions. The breakfast will be an informal opportunity for you to network with your regional colleagues while learning more about GMAC activities in EMEA.

Keynote Bios

Conference Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker

Chip Heath | Thrive Foundation of Youth Professor of Organizational Behavior and Author | Stanford Graduate School of Business

Chip HeathChip Heath is the Thrive Foundation of Youth Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He is the co-author of Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, as well as two previous New York Times bestsellers, Switch and Made to Stick. Made to Stick was named the Best Business Book of the Year and spent 24 months on the BusinessWeek bestseller list. Both books have been translated into over 25 languages.

Chip’s research has appeared in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Cognitive Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Consumer Behavior, Strategic Management Journal, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Popular accounts of his research have appeared in Scientific American, the Financial Times, The Washington Post, Business Week, Psychology Today, and Vanity Fair. He has appeared on NPR and National Geographic specials.

Chip has taught courses on Organizational Behavior, Negotiation, Strategy, and International Strategy. Prior to joining Stanford, Professor Heath taught at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Texas A&M University and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford.

Closing Keynote Speaker

David Bach | Senior Associate Dean for Executive MBA and Global Programs | Yale School of Business

David BachDavid Bach is senior lecturer in global business and politics. His research and teaching focuses on business-government relations, nonmarket strategy, and market regulation in a globalizing world economy, with particular emphasis on the regulation of financial markets.

David has published widely in leading academic journals and in practitioner publications including the Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, HBR blog, BizEd, Forbes India, Business Strategy Review, and the Conference Board Review. His work on the nexus of business and politics has twice earned him a spot as "one to watch" for the Thinkers 50 ranking of leading global business thinkers. In 2011, he was named one of the top 40 business school professors under 40 and was selected as one of the top 50 business school professors to follow on Twitter.

As senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs, David leads Yale SOM's executive MBA programs, the new Master of Advanced Management degree program, and global opportunities, including spearheading Yale SOM's involvement with the Global Network for Advanced Management.

Prior to joining Yale SOM, David was professor of strategic management and dean of programs at IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. As dean of programs he was responsible for the school’s portfolio of approximately 20 master’s degree programs and an internal staff of 70 team members, driving program innovation, and ensuring academic rigor and operational excellence. He also served as the academic director of the IE Brown Executive MBA. He oversaw the school’s Learning Innovation division, which develops IE’s acclaimed suite of online learning tools and produces pioneering multimedia materials.

A native of Germany, Bach received his PhD and MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a BA from Yale University.

Advisory Group

2013 Annual Conference Advisory Group Members

GMAC would like to thank the members of the 2013 GMAC Annual Conference Advisory Group who continue to share their time and contribute their insights and ideas throughout the planning of this conference:

Stephanie Villemagne
Stephanie Villemagne (Chair)
Director, MBA Programme Management

Beth Flye
Beth Flye
Director of Admissions for the MBA@UNC
Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina
Abbasali Gabula
Abbasali Gabula
Deputy Director
(External Relations and Administration)
S P Jain Institute of Management and Research     
Jennifer Wilson Goodwin
Jennifer Goodwin
Executive MBA Admissions Manager
Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Ning Ma
Ning Ma

Deputy Director, MBA Program
and Academic Administration
Rodrigo Malta
Rodrigo Malta
Director of MBA Admissions
The McCombs School of Business
University of Texas at Austin
Jeffery Nehajowich
Jeffery Nehajowich
Manager, Graduate Programs
Beedie School of Business
Simon Fraser University
Cheryl Oliver
Cheryl Oliver
Director of Graduate Programs in Business
College of Business
Washington State University
Michael Robinson
Michael Robinson
Associate Director MBA Admissions
Columbia Business School
Columbia University