2011 Leadership Conference

January 26-28, 2011 | The Palace Hotel | San Francisco, CA USA

Overview

Follow our Lead and where will it get you?

Many thanks to those who attended the 2011 Leadership Conference, co-sponsored by GMAC® and MBA Roundtable. 

We hope you will join us at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables in Coral Gables, FL, USA  February 1-3 for the 2012 Leadership Conference.

This year’s event attracted over 125 academic and administrative graduate school program-level deans and directors. Highlights from the 2011 program include:

  • Keynote speaker Mario Moussa explored the principles of influence and how the audience can apply these to be more effective leaders.
  • Concurrent sessions focused on wide-ranging topics including using leadership competency assessments effectively at your school, the challenges of cross-border employment for your graduates, and how the next generation GMAT® can help you better shape your incoming class profile.
  • Attendees also got to reconnect with old colleagues and met new ones through activities including Discussion Teams, the Asks/Offers Exercise, and Topic-Based Exchanges.

To access the 2011 Program book click here.

General Sessions

Creating a Business School for the World:  Lessons Learned

Dean Yash Gupta
The inaugural dean of the United States’ newest full-time business school, established at the US’ oldest research university, will speak about the leadership lessons learned and the challenges involved in creating a school from the ground up.  Over the past three years, Yash Gupta has created a unique model in the curriculum of the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, emphasizing intellectual flexibility and a global perspective. Fortune Magazine stated in December 2010 that the Carey approach to business education represents a “dramatic if not revolutionary” reworking of the way business is taught.

Principles of Objectivity

Elizabeth Thornton
Have you ever over-reacted to a situation? Have you ever taken something personally that really wasn’t personal? Have you ever read “tone” in an e-mail where there really was none?  We all do this.  It is simply human nature…

The Question: How can we see things clearly, make sound judgments, and be effective leaders?

The Answer: To be effective leaders today requires us to increase our objectivity—to develop mental models and meaning structures that help us handle the complex issues we face each day.

In this interactive presentation, Elizabeth Thornton will explore with conference attendees The Principles of Objectivity, which can provide leaders with the knowledge, tools, and techniques to increase objectivity and overall effectiveness in all aspects of life.

Persuasive Leadership: Getting Buy-In When It Counts

Mario Moussa
Do you want your colleagues to support your top priorities—or block your every move? Do you want the budgeting process to focus on your school’s financial strength—or set off a counter-productive power struggle among fiefdoms?  Do you want your staff to feel empowered and engaged—or grouse about workloads and salaries?  To achieve the positive outcomes you seek, you need more than formal authority.  You have to sell your ideas. 

By answering four questions, Mario Moussa will enhance your ability to sell ideas and strengthen your leadership:

  • What is your persuasion style?
  • What communication channel are key people and groups tuned into?
  • What is the culture of your organization?
  • What are the right influence tools for the challenges you face?

Using lively stories drawn from politics, business, and his own experience as a consultant to senior leaders, Mario Moussa will share practical insights from years of research into this essential topic.

Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, January 26

3:15-4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions I

The Challenges of Cross-Border Employment 
With MBA programs wanting to attract a more diverse and international student body, what challenges do business schools face in placing non-domestic students after graduation? In this session, you will learn how global recruitment really works from a leading organization that recruits hundreds of MBAs worldwide. You will also learn what corporate recruiters look for in MBAs, including current hiring trends and statistics. Finally, two panelists with large international student bodies will share their best practices and strategies for success in cross-border employment.

Kip Harrell, Associate Vice President, Career and Professional Development, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Diane Morgan, Associate Dean, Degree Programmes and Career Services, London Business School
Francisco Rodriguez, Director, University and Recruitment Marketing, Johnson & Johnson

Ethical Decision-Making for Leaders in Graduate Management Education
Business school leaders regularly face ethical dilemmas involving a complex set of stakeholders.  The most difficult of these decisions typically involve two or more justifiable alternatives—sometimes there are two right answers.  Richard Coughlan, an MBA program director and ethics professor, will guide you through several  common dilemmas and present a values-focused, decision-making process for resolving them.  This interactive session will make certain that the next  time you are faced with one of these ‘right versus right’ ethical dilemmas, you’ll have a framework in place for helping you work through it. 

Richard Coughlan, Senior Associate Dean, Robins School of Business, University of Richmond

The Juggling Act: Balancing the Demands of Multiple Program Offerings
With the proliferation of graduate business degree programs, , it has become essential for schools to effectively manage and maintain a varied portfolio. This session will explore the challenges and benefits of managing a portfolio with multiple graduate degree offerings, from specialized masters and dual degrees to blended delivery models and multiple MBA formats.  The panelists will discuss the synergies that exist across their programs as well as the associated delivery challenges.  Attendees can then share their experiences and ideas for best allocating resources, structuring staff and faculty, designing curricula, and marketing a portfolio of programs.

Dina Dommett, Associate Dean for Programs, London School of Economics and Political Science
Kay Keck, Vice President, Full-time Programs, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Joe LiPuma, Professor and Director, International MBA Program, EMLYON Business School

Millennials on Board: Understanding and Educating the Business School Millennial
Each generation has its own unique characteristics and the Millennial Generation is no different.  As these students arrive in our business school classrooms, it is important that we understand where they are coming from, what they are looking for, and how to leverage their talent.  Rachel Reiser, author of Millennials on Board: The Impact of the Rising Generation on the Workplace, will examine the characteristics of this generation.  Rachel will share with the audience some of the experiential factors that impact this generation’s outlook and assumptions for their educational and work environments, and the associated highlights and hurdles these present.  This session will conclude with a dialogue on  how to work with Millennials as business students and how to best prepare them for the workplace.

Rachel Reiser, Associate Dean, Academic Services, Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College

Thursday, January 27

11 am-12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions II

Integrated Reasoning and the Next Generation GMAT® Exam
Business schools are continuously re-evaluating their curricula to ensure that their students are best prepared to lead in the current and future global business economy.  Business school faculty have identified Integrated Reasoning as one of the key skill sets necessary for student success. The Next Generation GMAT exam, scheduled to launch on June 4, 2012, will include a new section designed to assess these skills.  Attend this interactive session to learn more about Integrated Reasoning, the list of question types that have been piloted and finalized, and the value of Integrated Reasoning to your school. 

Ashok Sarathy, Vice President, GMAT Program, Graduate Management Admission Council
Sabrina White, Client Services Specialist, Graduate Management Admission Council

Managing Part-Time MBA Student Behavior While Expectations are Changing
We’ve all noticed behavioral changes among our part-time students—poor or inappropriate communications, lack of follow-through, self-centered actions, and more—but what we do to manage these is critical to maintaining the integrity of our part-time MBA programs.  How can we stay ahead of these actions and anticipate how we can work efficiently and effectively with our part-time MBA students?  Join Monica Powell and Rachelle Katz as they discuss the results of an extensive survey on the changing expectations of part-time MBA students and how these expectations connect to their behavior as prospects through to alumni.  Join in the discussion to offer your tips for effectively managing student behavior.                     

Rachelle Katz, Associate Dean and MBA Director, College of Business Administration, Loyola Marymount University
Monica Powell, Associate Dean, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas

Models for Assessing and Developing Leadership Competencies
(repeated at 2:15 pm)
There are many ways to incorporate leadership development into your degree programs—from a curricular-based approach to the use of assessment centers.  The panelists in this session are each using a different model of assessing and developing leadership competencies at their school, and they will share how and why they work.  Each panelist will identify his/her leadership program objectives and design and then discuss the context in which the program was successfully created and implemented.  There will be ample time to discuss the pros and cons of the different models and get input from our panelists on how best to make them work for you. 

Lee Konczak, Senior Lecturer, Leadership Development, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Jeffrey Kudisch, Managing Director, Office of Career Services, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Neta Moye, Principal Research Scientist, PDRI and Former Faculty Director, Leadership Development Programs, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

Principles of Objectivity—A Closer Look
In this hands-on, detailed exploration of the morning keynote topic, Elizabeth Thornton will walk participants through The Principles of Objectivity.  She will allow time for session attendees to explore some of the ways in which their biases and perspectives might be impacting their effectiveness as leaders, as well as offer insight in to what unique tools and techniques may assist in helping to overcome them. 

Elizabeth Thornton, Chief Diversity Officer and Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Thursday, January 27

2:15-3:45 pm Conncurrent Sessions III

Educating Students for Intercultural Success within the MBA Program and Beyond
As we prepare our students for a globally interdependent workforce, we need to know 1) what interculturally successful individuals look like in terms of their abilities, knowledge, disposition, and development; and 2) how to educate students toward those outcomes. This session will review research on these matters and challenge you to design intentional educational contexts that will provide the outcomes necessary for your students’ intercultural success.

Kelly Carter Merrill, Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i, Manoa  

From Specialized to Self-Designed:  Programmatic Design and Organizational Structure
This session will take a closer look at MBA programmatic design in general and will explore two distinct models in greater detail—the “highly focused, career specialization” model and the “highly flexible, build-your-own” model.  Session presenters will compare and contrast the impact of these models on curricular development, admissions processes, the student experience, and administrative structures.  Attendees will then engage in small group discussion about their own programmatic models and discuss collectively options for aligning resources and maximizing programmatic delivery.

Dan Poston, Assistant Dean for Masters Programs, Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington, Seattle
Blair Sanford, Assistant Dean, MBA Programs and Director, MBA Career Management Center, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Models for Assessing and Developing Leadership Competencies
(repeat from 11 am)
There are many ways to incorporate leadership development into your degree programs—from a curricular-based approach to the use of assessment centers.  The panelists in this session are each using a different model of assessing and developing leadership competencies at their school, and they will share how and why they work.  Each panelist will identify his/her leadership program objectives and design and then discuss the context in which the program was successfully created and implemented.  There will be ample time to discuss the pros and cons of the different models and get input from our panelists on how best to make them work for you.

Lee Konczak, Senior Lecturer, Leadership Development, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Jeffrey Kudisch, Managing Director, Office of Career Services, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Neta Moye, Principal Research Scientist, PDRI and Former Faculty Director, Leadership Development Programs, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University

(Re)defining MBA Program Quality: Beyond Rankings and Reputation
(repeated on Friday at 9 am) 
Media rankings are extremely popular and have a substantial impact on business school stakeholders, influencing recruiter behavior, alumni donations, placement, and applicant quality. However, significant research now shows that rankings are primarily indicators of reputation, largely ignoring other meaningful factors associated with educational quality.  Given the high-stakes associated with graduate management education, many educators argue that it is time to create an improved rating system based on the essential criteria that constitute academic quality.  Join GMAC MERI grant recipients Robert Rubin and Erich Dierdorff as they review and discuss their comprehensive study conducted with the goal of establishing the foundational criteria for academic quality in graduate management education. 

Erich Dierdorff, Assistant Professor of Management, The Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University
b, Associate Professor of Management, The Charles H.  Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University

Friday, January 28

9-10:30 am Concurrent Sessions IV

Arts-Based Learning in Management Education
Arts-based learning describes how management educators are using the arts as a pedagogical means to shape the individual development of managers and leaders.  This session will explore why arts-based learning has emerged in management education, particularly as a means to enhance creative and innovative thinking.  Session leaders will share the strengths and limitations of arts-based learning and highlight leading practices within graduate management education.

Debbie Berechman, Executive Director, MBA Program, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ted Buswick, Executive-in-Residence for Leadership and the Arts, Graduate School of Management, Clark University
Nick Nissley, Dean of Business, Cincinnati State University and former Executive Director for Leadership Development Programs, Banff Centre

Emerging Technologies and Today’s Students
If electronic books, mobile technology, and cloud computing are irrelevant to you, they soon won’t be. According to the 2011 Horizon Report, these three technologies will have a significant impact on teaching and learning in higher education over the next five years.  In this session, Veronica Diaz, of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, will provide an overview of this report and provide insights into student technology preferences and the use of technologies in their academic lives.

Veronica Diaz, Associate Director, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, EDUCAUSE

bIn this era of globalization, have you ever wondered how to make your program or institution more international? How to attract more international students? How to offer a more global academic experience? Exchange programs were a good start, but with today’s increasing global competition, this may no longer be enough to stay ahead. In this session you will explore different globalization models and ideas, their benefits and threats, and what these may mean to your school.

Ivan Bofarull, Director of International Reputation, ESADE Business School
Peggy Bishop Lane, deputy Vice Dean, MBA Program Academic Affairs, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Stephanie Villemagne, Director, MBA Programme Management, INSEAD, Singapore
Beth Walker, Associate Dean, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

(Re)defining MBA Program Quality: Beyond Rankings and Reputation
(repeat from Thursday at 2:15 pm)
Media rankings are extremely popular and have a substantial impact on business school stakeholders, influencing recruiter behavior, alumni donations, placement, and applicant quality. However, significant research now shows that rankings are primarily indicators of reputation, largely ignoring other meaningful factors associated with educational quality.  Given the high-stakes associated with graduate management education, many educators argue that it is time to create an improved rating system based on the essential criteria that constitute academic quality.  Join GMAC MERI grant recipients Robert Rubin and Erich Dierdorff as they review and discuss their comprehensive study conducted with the goal of establishing the foundational criteria for academic quality in graduate management education. 

Erich Dierdorff, Assistant Professor of Management, The Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University
Robert Rubin, Associate Professor of Management, The Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University 

Advisory Group

We thank the following individuals who have contributed their time and talents as members of the 2011 Leadership Conference Advisory Group:

Joe Fox
Associate Dean and Director of MBA ProgramsOlin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis
 
Joe LiPuma
Director, IMBA and LMM Programs and Affiliate Professor
EMLYON Business School

Lisa Messaglia
Executive Director, Faculty Services
Chicago Booth
University of Chicago

Monica Powell
Associate Dean
School of Management
University of Texas, Dallas

Eric Richards
Chair, Kelley Direct Public Programs and Professor of Business Law
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University
 
Joe Stephens
Director                                                                               
Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
University of Missouri, Columbia
 
Sandy Lundeen Wellinghoff
Program Director, Fast Track MBA
Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business
Babson College