Graduate Management News

August 2014

The Newsletter of the Graduate Management Admission Council

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Often, the GMAC Professional Education & Training team is asked about professional development opportunities other than GMAC conferences, webinars, or online resources.

This is an opportune time to reflect on this question, as the autumn brings with it some great learning opportunities for those of us in the graduate management education arena. I’d like to recommend two of my favorite events, as well as give you some insight into one of GMAC’s newest initiatives. 

For program directors, faculty, and those generally interested in the future of MBA Education. The MBA Roundtable is holding its annual symposium, MBA 2020, hosted by IE Business School, November 6- 8, 2014, in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. This event has a great track-record in providing robust, hands-on, learning opportunities; attendees will be able to network, exchange and capture ideas that inspire change and innovation in MBA education. 

MBA 2020 begins Thursday November 6 with an evening cocktail reception and IE Dean Martin Boehm’s keynote address. Friday November 7 morning sessions identify 2020 talent needs based on a Boston Consulting and McKinsey presentation of their latest research. Kai Peters speaks about the evolution of the MBA and Dr. Maria Eizaguirre from IE presents research findings on MBA market segmentation. In customary MBA Roundtable design, Friday afternoon engages business school faculty and leaders from North American, Europe, and Asia to share information and participate in facilitated small group discussions about how business schools respond to external trends, develop strategies, and implement new initiatives. On Saturday, November 8, the program transitions to IE’s Segovia campus for a facilitated workshop on navigating change in business schools. 

Visit the MBA Roundtable website for complete MBA 2020 Symposium agenda, logistics and registration information. Please direct inquiries to 

For student services and those interested in the student experience. The Graduate Business Student Services Association was established in 1997 as an organization dedicated to providing networking opportunities between colleagues at different graduate business education programs across North America. Each fall the network coordinates a two-day conference which allows participants to network and share information about their individual programs. 

The 2014 Annual Conference will be hosted by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill from October 15-17. Against the backdrop of a “Frugal Innovation” theme, the conference will provide attendees opportunities for discussion related to both administrative and student success from academic advising, cultural programming for students, specialized master’s and one year programs, maximizing orientation, crisis management, professional development and promoting the value of student services. For more information, please visit 

For Admissions and those interested in their admissions career development. On October 11-14, GMAC is holding its Admissions Institute for New Professionals (AINP) in London. Although this program is similar to the AINP, formerly PDP, which has been held in the US for the past 34 years, it also represents the next evolution of admissions training. Using case study methodology, participants will explore three areas crucial to understanding and succeeding in graduate management education (GME) admissions – context, outreach and evaluation. 

Graduates of the program will receive a Certificate in Admissions Practice, which is a preview of the certification program that GMAC is currently building for admissions professionals globally. Want to know more? Please visit the program website or send any inquiries to