2016 GMAC Leadership Conference

January 19-22 | Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel | Miami, Florida | USA

Leadership Thank You


Thank you for making the 2016 Leadership Conference a success!

Over 150 attendees, representing 8 countries and 112 institutions, joined together to learn, share insights and discuss core industry issues. For those who attended the conference, session presentations can be found under the agenda tab by each session.

We hope to see you next year at the 2017 Leadership Conference, January 17-20, in San Francisco, CA.

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Keynote Speakers

Thomas H. Davenport | Opening Keynote Speaker | Wednesday, January 20 | 9:15 - 10:30 am

President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management at Babson College, co-founder of the International Institute for Analytics, Fellow of the MIT Center for Digital Business, Senior Advisor to Deloitte Analytics

Tom Davenport teaches analytics and big data in executive programs at Babson, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School, and Boston University. He pioneered the concept of Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning with his best-selling 2006 Harvard Business Review article (and his 2007 book by the same name). His most recent book is Big Data@Work, from Harvard Business Review Press. He has written or edited sixteen other books and over 100 articles for Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, and many other publications. He also writes a weekly column for the Wall Street Journal’s Corporate Technology section. In 2003 he was named one of the world’s “Top 25 Consultants” by Consulting magazine. In 2005 Optimize magazine’s readers named him among the top 3 business/technology analysts in the world. In 2007 and 2008 he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the IT industry by Ziff-Davis magazines. In 2012 he was named one of the world’s top fifty business school professors by Fortune magazine.

Joseph Liu

 Joseph Liu | Closing Keynote Speaker | Friday | January 22 | 10:30 - 11:45 am

Career Personal Branding Consultant, Speaker, Founder of josephpliu.com

Joseph Liu is a personal branding strategist with a passion for helping professionals gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to pursue work they find truly meaningful. He applies strategies used to build & relaunch consumer brands to help people build & relaunch their personal brands. Based outside London, his work is informed by 10 years of global marketing experience in the US and UK managing and relaunching brands including Glad, Liquid-Plumr, Gü Desserts, and Häagen-Dazs, along with 500+ hours of professional career coaching. Joseph has served as a TEDx Speaker and earned his Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation, MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University.

Hotel & Travel Information

Hotel & Travel Information

Conference Hotel & Phone Number

Miami Biscayne Hotel

Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel
1622 North Bayshore Drive
Miami, Florida, USA
+1 (305) 374-3900

Travel & Transportation Information

The hotel is located 7.5 miles from the Miami International (MIA) and 25 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Estimated taxi fares to the conference hotel range from US$26  to US$90.

Area Highlights

Advisory Group

Advisory Group

GMAC wishes to thank the following professionals who are contributing their time and talents as members of the 2016 Leadership Conference Advisory Group:


Martin Boehm

Dean of Programs
IE Business School 


Michael Busing

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
College of Business
James Madison University


Maura Herson

Director of the MBA & MSMS Programs
MIT Sloan School of Management
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 


Eric Hirst

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
McCombs School of Business
University of Texas at Austin 


Yvonne Li

MBA Director, Admissions & Career Services 
China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) 


Carrie Marcinkevage

MBA Managing Director
Smeal College of Business
Pennsylvania State University


Erin O’Brien

Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate Programs

University at Buffalo (SUNY)


Joyce Russell

Senior Associate Dean for Learning
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland


Munish Sapra

Assistant Dean
Indian School of Business, Hyderabad


Karen Siegfried

MBA Executive Director 
Judge Business School
University of Cambridge

Future Events

Future GMAC Conferences

2016 GMAC Annual Conference

Marriott Marquis Hotel | Washington, DC | USA | June 22-24, 2016

2017 GMAC Leadership Conference

Hyatt Regency Hotel | San Francisco, California | USA | January 17-20, 2017

If you are interested in contributing to the conference agenda and developing sessions as part of a Conference Advisory Group, email us at programs@gmac.com.