2012 Leadership Conference

February 1-3, 2012 | The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables | Coral Gables, FL USA


2012 GMAC Leadership Conference

Thank you! 
The 2012 Leadership Conference was a great success! With more than 140 graduate business school program directors and program-level dean attendees from 100+ universities located in 11 countries, the conference provided attendees with a unique opportunity for attendees to rethink the management of business schools. A variety of keynote and concurrent sessions allowed attendeees the opportunity to focus on trends and issues affecting them now—from Teaching Sustainability, to Managing Change, to Learning Technologies. Sessions such as People Management, Presentation Skills, and Social Perceptions encouraged attendees to rethink traditional approaches. 

Thank you to all who attended, speakers and experts who shared their knowledge and best practices, the 2012 Leadership Conference Advisory Group, and everyone who helped make this program a success.  

Download Conference Materials
Attendees of the conference are welcome to download session presentations and other materials from the conference using the links below (login required).

Attendee List (Universities and Organizations)

2012 Registration Fee
The registration fees for the 2012 program were US$1,750 for member schools of GMAC and US$2,275 for non-member schools.

Further Information
For further information, please contact programs@gmac.com.


Keynote Sessions

"Great People Decisions"
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz

Session: After 25 years of executive search practice, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz is convinced that nothing is more important for our career success than making great people decisions, because everything we achieve as managers will depend on the people we've chosen. In addition, circling the world at least ten times a year as a consultant and a speaker, meeting thousands of CEOs, senior executives, middle managers, and young professionals, he realized two things: First, the most successful leaders are incredibly focused on people decisions. Second, most leaders find these decisions brutally hard, among other reasons because they didn't study how to master them.
In this Opening Keynote session, Fernández-Aráoz will explain:

  • Why Great People Decisions matter so much,
  • Why they are so hard, and
  • How we can master them.

He will also discuss how important it is for business schools to properly educate their students on these crucial leadership skills.

Bio: Claudio Fernández-Aráoz is a top global expert on hiring and promotion decisions, repeatedly chosen by Business Week as one of the most influential search consultants in the world. A senior adviser of the leading executive search firm Egon Zehnder International, he has been a member of its global executive committee for over ten years, having also led globally the firm's management appraisal practice, its professional development, and the development of its intellectual capital. A frequent author at Harvard Business Review, his highly acclaimed book Great People Decisions has been rapidly adopted by many major organizations and incorporated into the curriculum of some of the world's leading business schools. With a unique global exposure, his advice has been sought by the CEOs of several of the largest companies on earth in the Americas, Asia and Europe, as well as by some of the most progressive civil services and governments in the world.

Workshops/Concurrent Sessions

Workshops and Concurrent Sessions Include:

Leading Change in Complex Environments
This interactive workshop will provide you with practical management tools to lead change in complex environments, introducing you to change frameworks, strategies to shift the discussion from focusing on problems to evaluating possibilities, and tools to create purposeful dialog within your Business School. Problems, challenges and opportunities will always spring up: shifting your own expectations and internal dialog to build effective dynamic processes that you can use again and again is the key to today’s leadership survival.

Social Perceptions: Diversity, Inclusion and the Unconscious Mind
Graduate management education is becoming more global, and as leaders in this industry, you have the important role of creating and sustaining an inclusive, culturally competent workplace. This hands-on workshop will help you do that. It will explore globalism, cultural intelligence, inherent human tendency toward bias, and the unconscious organizational patterns that exist which impact the way individuals from different cultures, ages, and backgrounds all relate to each other

Concurrent Sessions:
Countdown to the Next Generation GMAT

With only months until the June launch of the Next Generation GMAT, take advantage of this opportunity to learn all about the new, 30 minute, Integrated Reasoning section. If you haven’t been a part of previous GMAC presentations on the Next Generation GMAT, or if you have questions about the test, what it will measure, and how you might use it for your program, attend this session.
We want to make sure this session addresses your unique needs as program directors. Help us frame the discussion by sending your questions in advance to programs@gmac.com. Please do so by January 3 and add “NextGen- Leadership” in the subject line.

The Business of Branding: How to Differentiate from the Competition
Learn how to create compelling stories about your institution, using research to support and direct your communications. Our experts will help you understand how to tailor your messages to specific audiences and determine what differentiates your school from other institutions.   
Be Prepared: Risk Management for Student Travel Programs
Student travel programs have become an important and popular part of graduate management education, but sending students all over the globe can put your school at risk. Join this panel discussion to learn more about what you need to do to be prepared when the unexpected happens. 

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset
To succeed in today’s fast-paced, rapidly changing global business environment, MBAs need to employ the same thought processes that are second nature to successful entrepreneurs—those with a high propensity for risk, innovation, and achievement. What are business schools doing to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of their students? Join a panel of schools with a strong focus in this area to learn about innovative curricular initiatives and techniques for cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Elusiveness of Applied Management Knowledge
Applied Management Knowledge is the awareness and understanding of principles which enable an individual to analyze a management situation, identify the important issues involved, and choose appropriate managerial action. Most people have a conceptual understanding of these competencies, but the challenge for business schools is to give students the opportunity to develop, apply, and practice these skills in an authentic context so that they can go on to become effective managers.

Engaging your Alumni Community
This session seeks to provide a fresh perspective into Alumni engagement, from a vision of mere fundraising to “friendraising.” Applying the concepts of affinity group management and community involvement, a well-known brand company will kick-start the session, introducing key concepts and examples, followed by a panel of schools that will describe their efforts to break down their larger Alumni group into smaller, more manageable and engaged communities.

Great People Decisions
Building on his keynote speech, Fernández-Aráoz will further elaborate on the topic Great People Decisions.

How to Create Sustainable Business Leaders
Graduate management education has a shared responsibility in preparing the next generation of managers and leaders to implement decisions that make both business and planet sense. This session will introduce you to what sustainability really means and will provide an in depth benchmark of best practices, concepts and processes from business schools worldwide.

Learning and Education Technologies
In this thought-provoking panel discussion, you will learn ways that schools are leveraging technology to make teaching and learning better. You can also join in the discussion about what's on the horizon for advances in educational technologies. 

Outcomes Measurement in Experiential Learning Initiatives
How do we articulate learning outcomes and measure the success of these initiatives? Is it possible to create a systematic feedback loop to identify and remedy gaps in the overall curriculum? This session will host a panel of schools that will share their advances in measuring experiential learning results, setting the stage for an open discussion about what we should monitor, when, and in what ways.
A Study of the IMBA Value Proposition
Based on primary research triangulating insights from alumni, corporate partners and recruiters, and from current and prospective students, this session will review the process USC's Darla Moore School of Business went through to understand their IMBA's unique value proposition, and as a result, the process they are currently undergoing to redesign and implement changes in their curriculum.”

Advisory Group

We thank the following individuals who have contributed their time and talents as members of the 2012 Leadership Conference Advisory Group:

Diane Badame
Assistant Dean and Academic Director
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
Dan Gropper
Associate Dean and Professor
College of Business
Auburn University

Gareth Howells
Deputy Associate Dean
London Business School

Gary Mangiofico
Associate Dean
George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management
Pepperdine University
Lydia Price
Associate Dean and MBA Director                                                                               
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
Sherilyn Scully
Director, Student & Academic Services
School of Management
Yale University

Bill Woodson
Assistant Dean
Opus College of Business
University of St. Thomas (UST), Minnesota

Travel Accomodations

The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables
50 Alhambra Plaza,
Coral Gables, Florida, USA 33134
Tel: +1 305 441 1234    Fax: +1 305 441 0520

Hotel Reservations
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