GMAC Leadership Conference

January 20-23 | Renaissance Long Beach Hotel | Long Beach, CA USA


At the Leadership Conference, professionals from around the world gather in an intimate setting to learn, share insights, and discuss core industry issues.

GMAC Leadership Conference


 MBA Roundtable

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The 2015 Leadership Conference was a great success! Thank you to all who attended, speakers and experts who shared their knowledge and best practices, the 2015 Leadership 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.

Why Attend

The Leadership Conference offers professionals from around the world the opportunity to gather in an intimate setting to learn, share insights, and discuss the issues that matter most to you and the global management education community. At this conference, attendees will:

  • Join strategic conversations and explore new ideas in leadership practice and instruction
  • Solve current challenges through formal and informal networking opportunities
  • Learn from the world's preeminent thought leaders in education and management

Who Should Attend

Academic and administrative program-level deans and directors from GMAT accepting programs, and/or members of MBA Roundtable.

Conference Format

The Leadership Conference occurs over a four-day period and includes a wide variety of concurrent sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and keynote speakers. Attendees can create their own schedule by choosing from a number of concurrent sessions, workshops, and networking events.

Concurrent Sessions and Workshops

Select from four to five sessions and workshop offerings during the morning and afternoon. Topics have included:

  • (Re)defining MBA program quality: Beyond rankings and reputation
  • Emerging technologies and today’s students
  • How to create sustainable business leaders
  • Engaging your alumni community

Networking Opportunities

Attendees have an opportunity network with colleagues during the welcome reception, lunches, visits to the Opportunity Zone, and small group dinners.

View additional information and agendas from our previous Leadership Conferences.

Conference Registration

The registration for this event has now closed. If you are still interested in attending, please email Macey Bos at on or before Thursday, January 15. The conference fee is $1,950. Sign up now and save! Additional information can be found under the hotel & travel information tab on how to book at the conference rate.

Conference Cancellations
Refunds will be granted if written cancellation notice is received by email to on or before January 2, 2015. Refunds will not be granted after this date. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for a refund.



Dean JamesErika James
Dean, Goizueta Business School
Professor of Organization & Management

Erika James was appointed Dean of Goizueta Business School in 2014. Prior to this prestigious appointment, James served as Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education and Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business (VA). She introduced the Women's Leadership Program at Darden, which has the top-ranked faculty for open enrollment programs. Open enrollment programs at Darden are currently ranked No. 3 in the world.

James is a published researcher, award-winning educator, admired administrator, regarded speaker and proven consultant. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media. In more than a decade of service at Virginia, James worked in various roles including Associate Dean of Diversity—the first to hold the position.

Born in Bermuda, James grew up in Texas and completed her undergraduate work at Pomona College (CA). While fulfilling coursework James started in the field of organizational psychology and pursued an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. She served as an assistant professor at Tulane University's Freeman School of Business and Emory before joining the faculty at Darden. James also spent one year as a visiting professor at Harvard Business School.

Paul Danos
Dean, Tuck School of Business
Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration

Paul Danos is the Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and the Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration. Before joining Tuck, he was Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Accounting, and Chairman of the Accounting Department at the University of Michigan. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and BS and MBA from the University of New Orleans.

Dean Danos has led comprehensive curricular innovations including his major themes of faculty growth and excellence, and giving students increasing access to faculty expertise. During his tenure, Tuck has grown the ethnic, gender and international diversity of its student body, while steadily improving student qualifications and with world leading placement rates for its graduates. The MBA Program is consistently ranked among the very top worldwide (including #1 rankings in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and Forbes) and the faculty’s research output is among the highest in the world in quality and quantity. Tuck has innovated in its programs with unique offerings such as the Bridge Program, Research-to-Practice Seminars, Ethics in Action, Tuck Global Consultancy, and Masters of Health Care Delivery Science.

Danos’ current and past professional associations include: General Mills Board of Directors, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Board of Trustees, Secretary-Treasurer of the AACSB International, Chairman of the LEAD Council of Deans, Advisory Council for the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, and GMAC Board of Directors.

Hotel & Travel Information

Hotel & Travel Information

The 2015 GMAC Leadership Conference hotel is the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel. Beautifully located in Southern California, this hotel is newly renovated and is centrally located to many attractions, restaurants and the beach.

Conference Hotel Room Rate & Reservation Information

The conference hotel room rate is USD 179 per night and will be available at that rate until Monday, December 22, 2014 or until sold out. Hotel reservations must be made through the Renaissance Registration website. Attendees are responsible for making and paying for their own hotel accommodations.

Renaissance Hotel Long Beach, California

Conference Hotel & Phone Number

Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
+1 (562) 437-5900

Travel & Transportation Information

The hotel is located 11 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB), 24 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and 24 miles from John Wayne Airport-Orange County (SNA).  Estimated taxi fares to hotel range from USD 23  to USD 75.

Area Highlights

Advisory Group

Advisory Group

Thank you to the following professionals who contributed their time and talents as members of the 2015 Leadership Conference Advisory Group:

Geoff Bick

Academic Director, Professor of Marketing
University of Cape Town 
Leadership Advisory Group 
Erin O’Brien
Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate Programs
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
 2015 Leadership Advisory  Group
Zelon Crawford
Director, Graduate Business Programs
Villanova School of Business
Villanova University
 2015 Leadership Advisory  Group
Orla Nugent
MBA Programme Director
Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
University College Dublin Ireland
 2015 Leadership Advisory  Group
Anne Dries
Director, MBA Programme
Singapore Management University
 2015 Leadership Advisory  Group
Dan Poston
Assistant Dean, MBA Programs
Michael G. Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Kevin Frey
Managing Director, Full Time MBA
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
Karen Siegfried

MBA Executive Director
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
 2015 Leadership Advisory  Group
Savita Mahajan
Deputy Dean,
Indian School of Business
 2015 Leadership Advisory  Group
Dee Steinle
Administrative Director of MBA Programs
Graduate School of Business
University of Kansas
Brian Mitchell
Associate Dean
Goizueta Business School
Emory University
Michael Stepanek
MBA Program Director
Kenan-Flagler Business School
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill