Concurrent Sessions IV

Friday | February 3 | 2012 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 PM

The Curious Elusiveness of People-Management Skills: A Critical Challenge for MBA Educators
Most corporate recruiters of MBA talent concede that students come to them with sufficient, if not terrific, analytic and functional expertise. However, the verdict is still out on managerial competence (sometimes referred to as “people skills” or “emotional intelligence”). Indeed, the business press is full of accounts of MBA graduates who lack the people management acumen that firms most seek. In this session, Professor Timothy Baldwin will highlight the results of a recent large-scale study that revealed an arrestingly low level of people-management acumen in MBA students and practicing managers alike. He will then use those results—and illustrations from the assessment measure itself—as grist for a discussion of how MBA education might best respond.
Timothy Baldwin, Eveleigh Professor of Business, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

Engaging Your Alumni Community
Alumni engagement should be about more than just fundraising; it should also be about “friend-raising.” This session will help you reposition your conversations with alumni to better leverage their involvement and ensure that you engage them in every aspect of your school, from admissions to program to career services. Applying
concepts from the worlds of affinity group management and community involvement, a panel of school professionals will describe their efforts to break down their alumni body into smaller, more
manageable, and better-engaged communities.
Nicole Hall, Executive Director, Alumni and Career Services, George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University
Tetsuya O’Hara, Director of Advanced Research and Development, Patagonia
Michael Woodfolk, Vice President, Alumni Relations, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Bill Woodson, Assistant Dean, Opus College of Business, University of St. Thomas (UST ), Minnesota

Learning and Education Technologies
Because technology is constantly evolving, it’s hard to stay ahead of the trends. Too often, by the time you get your staff, faculty, and students to use a particular technology, a new one has come along. In this highly interactive session, the panelists will help you gauge what you should know about now. They’ll discuss the educational technologies their schools use and how these technologies help them to address new challenges, make faculty more efficient, and meet student expectations. Panelists will also identify trends on the horizon
and engage with you about technologies that may emerge in the next two to five years.
Don Huesman, Managing Director, Wharton Innovation Group, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Scheuermann, Associate Vice President, Instructional Technology Support, Office of Information Resources & Technology, Drexel University
Jean Talbot, Director, Learning and Teaching Innovation Center, HEC Montréal

A Sneak Preview of the GMAC Soft Skills Assessment
Now more than ever, employers are expecting business programs to deliver graduates who have not only mastered management concepts but also possess key interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. To help you help students develop these soft skills, GMAC has been using conversations with schools as critical guideposts for exploring possible assessments. Based on the collective information provided by schools, corporations, and experts in the field, GMAC has started to develop a soft skills solution in concert with Hogan
Assessments. By attending this interactive session, you can learn more about the assessment and the competencies it measures as you help GMAC finalize the essential features for this platform.
Eric Chambers, Director, Key Initiatives, Graduate Management Admission Council
Andrew Martelli, Vice President, Product Development, Graduate Management Admission Council