Concurrent Sessions IV

Friday | January 24 | 2014 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 PM

Career Placement Strategies to Support Master’s Students  
Las Olas VI
By expanding beyond traditional MBA program offerings, many schools have created diverse sets of students who possess different skills and levels of career readiness but all seek placement through the career services office. To keep up, this session’s panelists have adopted unique approaches ranging from restructuring to making curricular changes to creating a branding campaign of sorts. Join us as they share details and challenge you to think creatively about positive changes you can make to support all students’ career searches.

Marci Armstrong, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
Zelon Crawford, Director, Graduate Business Programs and Recruitment, Villanova School of Business, Villanova University
Gareth Howells, Executive Director, MBA and Masters in Finance Programmes, London Business School 


Managing a Portfolio of Programs for Strategic and Financial Success
Las Olas IV
In an attempt to improve their bottom line, schools continue to add programs to an already-strained system. Is this strategy effective? How can you evaluate whether you truly have a balanced number of programs considering available resources, market demand, and your school’s image and reputation? This session will weigh the strategic and financial considerations involved in managing a portfolio of programs and consider the approaches different schools take to allocate resources, achieve synergies, and maximize their bottom line.

Deborah Cours, Director, MBA Program, College of Business Administration and Economics, California State University, Northridge
Marion Dunagan, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and Executive Education, Walton College Graduate School of Business, University of Arkansas
Joyce Russell, Vice Dean, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Moderator: Hassell H. McClellan, Managing Director, Setzer Group Boston and former Associate Dean, Carroll School of Management, Boston College   


From Data to Dashboards: Data-Driven Decision-Making
Las Olas V
Although business schools capture myriad data, leveraging it to help support your decisions is no easy task. In this interactive session, you will work with your peers to explore the types of decisions you make and the data that informs them. You will share examples of both the day-to-day operational decisions you make as well as the big strategic decisions you face, and identify the data which support them. The facilitators will provide dashboard examples and give you the opportunity to explore how you might create and use a dashboard to help make sense of the data at your institution.

Orla Nugent, MBA Programme Director, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin
Humberto Panneflek, Enterprise Sales Consultant, Tableau Software
Cathy Shenoy, Director of MBA Programs, KU School of Business, University of Kansas