GMAC Leadership Conference 2018

January 16-19 | Mountain Shadows Resort | Scottsdale, AZ | USA

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

Why Attend

The GMAC Leadership Conference, co-presented with MBA Roundtable, 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.

Networking Opportunities

Attendees have an opportunity to network with colleagues during receptions, lunches and networking breaks.

For general inquiries, please contact us at


[NEW] MBA Roundtable Workshop

The MBA Roundtable is pleased to launch a new workshop titled Best Practices in MBA Curriculum Review and Design, which will take place prior to the start of the Leadership Conference.  The workshop will take place on Tuesday, January 16th from 8:30 – 3:30 at the Mountain Shadows Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  For more information on the schedule, agenda and registration, please visit the MBA Roundtable registration page. Please note that registration and participation in the MBA Roundtable workshop is separate from registration and participation in the Leadership Conference. Click here to learn more. 


Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals for the 2018 Leadership Conference has closed. 

What Happens After You Submit Your Proposal?

  1. The Leadership Conference Advisory Group Selection Committee will read submissions on a rolling basis.
  2. After the September 25th, 2017 submission deadline, the committee will convene to evaluate all submissions received.
  3. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by October 13th, 2017.

If your proposal is selected, please be prepared to meet the following deadlines:

  • November 13th - two sentence description for the website.
  • December 3rd - full session description.
  • December 3rd - AV and room requirements. 

Any questions on the process or if you need more information regarding the GMAC Leadership Conference participant profile, session structure and duration, audiovisual capabilities, please do not hesitate to contact Camila de Wit at

Registration Information

Registration is Open!

Registration Fees

The conference registration fee includes all scheduled meals and program materials. 

Early registration discount through October 27, 2017: US$ 1,800
Registration fees after October 27, 2017: US$ 2,000

Conference Cancellations

Requests for refunds must be submitted via email at on the following schedule:

December 22, 2017 or before: Full refund.

December 23 to January 5: Full refund less $150 processing fee.

After January 5: Refunds will not be granted after this date.

Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for a refund.


Hotel & Travel Information

The 2018 Leadership Conference will be held at the Mountain Shadows Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. This iconic property is located at the foot of Camelback Mountain in the prestigious town of Paradise Valley, presenting breathtaking views, serene spaces and revitalizing amenities and guestrooms that blend comfort with luxury.

Conference Hotel Room Rate & Reservation Information

Mountain Shadows Resort 


Mountain Shadows Resort
5445 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253
+1 855.485.1417



The Conference hotel room rate is US$ 299 per night and will be available at that rate until Wednesday, December 27 or until sold out. Book your hotel room today to take advantage of the Conference rate.


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