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GMAC™ Conference Challenges Attendees to "Reach Beyond the Horizon"

Among many important topics, access and globalization were frequently cited. Discussions of access, for example, were the thematic thread that linked a series of break-out sessions on diversity; the debut of a video about the successful GMAT mobile test center; a session on how to build a diverse class; and many others. Similarly, discussions about the globalization of the MBA—from a session on Chinese graduate management programs to one about recruiting in Europe—permeated the meeting. Other popular topics included curriculum, student life, financing graduate business education, Millennials, and the business school business model.

A few highlights of this year’s conference:

  • In the opening keynote address, strategy guru Gary Hamel challenged graduate management educators to have a vision for the future of management itself—to prepare students to be passionate innovators capable of shaping management so that it aligns with 21st century realities.
  • GMAC announced six new member institutions: Auburn University, College of Business; Colorado State University, College of Business; Oklahoma State University, William S. Spears School of Business; University College, Dublin, The Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business; University of Manchester, Manchester Business School; and Villanova University, Villanova School of Business.
  • The Georgetown University McDonough School of Business was honored with the first TeamMBA Award. (See separate story.)
  • Capping the meeting, keynote speaker Alison Levine, leader of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, showed how lessons learned scaling Mount Everest have parallels in life closer to sea level—including “don’t let fear stop you from doing the things you want to do.” Fear is okay, Levine said, adding, “it’s complacency that will kill you.”

More information about the meeting, including synopses of select sessions, is available at


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