Regional Meetings - Past Meeting Summaries
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Summaries of past regional meetings follow.
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The College of William and Mary
The College of William and Mary hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, March 3-5 in Williamsburg, Virginia. The meeting included the sessions Using Data for Effective Messaging and Work Life Balance Case Study, as well as an opening reception and building tour.
The Wharton School San Francisco
The Wharton School San Francisco hosted the USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, March 18-19, in San Francisco. The meeting featured presentations on innovations in higher education, the future of digital content and delivery, EMBA industry trends, and marketing and media strategies, as well as a panel on career services, a professional development session on becoming a more effective speaker, and breakout sessions on a number of different topics.
The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting, April 22-23, in Toronto, Canada. The meeting featured presentations on data collection, LinkedIn recruitment, rankings, and industry innovations, as well as breakout discussions on numerous topics. Information on several of these presentations follows.
MIT hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting, April 2-3, 2012, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Auburn University and the University of Alabama
Auburn University and the University of Alabama hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, February 5-7, 2012, at the Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Spa and Resort in Birmingham, Alabama. The event featured presentations on impacts and opportunities for EMBA Programs three years post-recession, the future of textbooks, social media efforts, the myth of work-life balance, and leadership lessons from the Katrina crisis. Information on several of the presentations follows.
- EMBA Council (PDF)
Michael Desiderio, Executive MBA Council
- Life Work Balance (PDF)
Michael McIntyre, University of Tennessee
- Take Control of Your Social Media Efforts (PDF)
Cheryl Mall, Rollins College, and Jonathan Lee, Archipelago
- Impacts and Opportunities for Executive Programs Three Years Post-Recession (PDF)
Tami Fassinger, Vanderbilt University, Barbara Millar, University of Virginia, and Christine Ferrell, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill
INSEAD hosted the Asia Regional Meeting, April 23-24, in Singapore. The meeting featured the following presentations:
Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
The Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University hosted the European Regional Meeting, May 29, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event featured presentations on management of complex situations, blended learning, the sustainability of business schools, and alumni engagement. Information on several of the presentations follows.
Northern Illinois University
Northern Illinois University hosted the Midwest Regional Meeting, June 5-6 in Naperville, Illinois. The event featured sessions on network and social capital, programs and curriculum, open forum topics, and more.
University of Texas at Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas hosted the USA/Southwest Regional Meeting, June 11-12, at the University of Texas at Dallas. The even featured presentations on regional marketing data, corporate issues, curriculum format, coaching, and career services, as well as an alumni panel, faculty panel, and student panel.
University of California, Irvine
The University of California, Irvine hosted the USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, June 24-26, in Irvine, California. The event featured Andy Policano, dean, The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, as the keynote speaker. For a recap of the event, visit www.merage.uci.edu/events/merage/EMBACouncilRegionalMeeting/EventRecap The meeting featured the following presentations:
- Your Textbook is a Vinyl Record (PDF)
Amelia Salyers, Inking
- Partners in Growth: How to Serve and Nurture a Vibrant Alumni Community (PDF)
Lynn Callantine, Seattle University, and a panel of EMBA Alumni
- Approaches to Teaching Business Ethics With a Special Reference to the Intercollegiate Business Ethics Case Competition (PDF)
Tom White, Loyola Marymount University
- EMBA Marketing & Admissions Strategies (PDF)
Jon Masciana, University of California, Irvine
- Outreach Activities 2012 Update: Are Traditional Info Sessions Effective? (PDF)
Sylvia Haas, University of California, Los Angeles
- Social Media: Next Generation Strategies for Filling Cohorts (PDF)
Anthony Campisi, Annodyne, Inc.
- EMBA Council Update (PDF)
Michael Desiderio, Executive MBA Council
- Global EMBA Partnerships (PDF)
Colleen Collins, Simon Fraser University
- Managing and Implementing Innovation in EMBA Programs (PDF)
Bill Lindsey, Loyola Marymount University
Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, April 10-12, 2011. Participants shared best practices and explored trends and innovations in executive education. Presentations included the following:
• Executive MBA Council/Industry Overview (PDF)
Michael Desiderio, Executive Director, EMBA Council
Villanova University hosted the USA/Northeast Regional Meeting, April 17-19, 2011, at the Villanova Conference Center, Radnor, Pennsylvania. Through panel discussions, interactive workshops, and networking, participants explored how innovation, creativity, and leadership impact all aspects of the Executive MBA Program.
Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted the USA/Southwest Regional Meeting, June 13-14, 2011. The meeting featured presentations by multiple universities and small group discussions on topics such as growing the EMBA market, using technology in the classroom, dealing with generational differences among students, strengthening alumni networks, and addressing EMBA challenges and opportunities.
University of Denver
The University of Denver hosted the USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, June 26-28, 2011, at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. Sessions featured a sharing of best practices and presentations on diverse topics.
Politecnico di Milano School of Management
The Politecnico di Milano School of Management hosted the European Regional Meeting, June 27-28, in Milan, Italy. Sessions covered topics such as global partnerships, faculty management, rankings and accreditation, and corporate sponsorships.
University of Nebraska
The University of Nebraska hosted the USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting, July 12-13, 2011, at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, Nebraska. Presentations include the following:
CENTRUM Católica, Pontificia Universidad Católica Del Peru
CENTRUM Católica hosted the Latin American Regional Meeting, Aug. 31, 2011, at CENTRUM Católica in Lima, Peru. The meeting featured presentations on leadership, international competitiveness of Latin American MBA Programs, curriculum that address social responsibility principles, new trends in management education, the role of business schools in fostering innovation, and an open forum on competitiveness and entrepreneurship in the new era.
INSPER in Sao Paulo, Brazil, hosted the Latin America Regional Meeting, March 8-10, 2010.
Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, March 14-16, 2010.
Seattle University in Seattle, Washington, hosted the USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, March 21-23.
Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting, April 19-20. The event attracted representatives from about 20 schools. The program included updates from the council and Percept Research, peer sharing of best practices and lessons, and and panel discussion on social media as well as time for networking and social activities.
The Copenhagen Business School in Denmark hosted the European Regional Meeting, May 3-4, 2010.
More than 20 participants from throughout Europe attended. Sessions and discussion took place on the following topics: alumni relations and services, the impact of the economic crisis and recruiting for Executive MBA Programs, online delivery of programs, and global partnerships at the Executive MBA level.
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, hosted the USA/Southwest Regional Meeting, June 14-15.
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, hosted the USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting, July 13-14.
IE Business School
The IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, hosted the European Regional Meeting, March 16, 2009.
For a video summary of the meeting and presentations, visit:
European Regional Meeting Videos
Chapman University in Orange, California, hosted the USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, April 5-7, 2009.
» Western Meeting Summary (PDF)
University of Virginia
The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, April 5-7, 2009. Discussion topics covered marketing, recruiting, admissions, best practices in career services, millennial education, and professional leadership development.
The Johnson School at Cornell University in New York hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting, April 20 - 21, 2009
University of Texas at Austin
The University of Texas at Austin hosted the USA/Southwest Regional Meeting, June 14-15, 2009. Discussion topics included the economy, the millennials, social media, and career services.
The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted the USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting, July 14-15, 2009.
University of Michigan
University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley hosted the USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, Feb. 24-26, 2008.
USA/Southeast Regional Meeting
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, April 6-8, 2008
USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting
Columbia University, New York
Columbia University hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting, April 14-15, 2008
USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
The Ohio State University (OSU), Fisher College of Business hosted the 2008 USA/Canada Midwestern Regional Meeting in Columbus, Ohio, June 17-18, 2008. A total of 28 participants, including three corporate members and Executive MBA Council representatives, attended the meeting.
They enjoyed a welcome reception and practicum dinner at the Blackwell Inn and had the opportunity to actively participate in a strategic horizon survey. After tabulating the results, Tony Rucci delivered the data at a follow-up session. Other presentations topics included Executive MBA regional trends, an update from Executive MBA Council Executive Director Michael Desiderio, new directions in Executive MBA recruiting by Jonathan York, and a Q&A with OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Joe Alutto. Participants also had the option to attend a Second Life demonstration.
Thunderbird School of Global Management
Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management, and the University of Arizona hosted the 2007 USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting, Feb. 11-13, at Thunderbird. The meeting attracted 29 participants, including staff from 21 schools, two corporate members, and the Executive MBA Council.
The program featured a welcome reception and presentations on curriculum innovations, alumni engagement, public policy and ethics in the business curriculum, and the corporate viewpoint on the return on investment of Executive MBA education.
- Alan Fisher from Intel offered corporate perspective on how a company views its investment in education and aligns that investment with strategic goals. He spoke candidly about value of an MBA to an engineering and sciences company and about corporate limitations on access to full tuition reimbursement.
» Fisher presentation (PDF)
- Marianne Jennings, Arizona State University professor, captivated the group with her presentation about ethics. She explained how quickly situations can go wrong in a company, the impacts of those situations, and the importance of ethics training within an MBA curriculum.
» Jennings presentation (PDF)
- Martial arts teacher Master Del Pe guided participants through exercises to relieve stress. He linked the exercises to leadership qualities and also to ways that Executive MBA Program staff could help students be more successful in juggling school, work, and home.
» Master Del Pe presentation (PDF)
Other presentations included the following:
At dinner, participants completed their own team-building exercise, “Chefs in the Making.” They broke into teams to compete in a fajita-making competition that included presentations to the group about their displayed creations and awards by the judges.
Participants also suggested topics for future meetings:
- Curriculum development, innovation, faculty buy-in
- Branding of the Executive MBA experience
- Better understanding of corporate support issues
- International trip round table – dos, don’ts, tips, etc.
- Marketing and competition issues
- Management of expectations
- Handling of problem cases
- Alumni programming
The program received an evaluation of 5.5 out of 6 from participants. The agenda follows:
» Agenda (PDF)
Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club, Rollins College
Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida hosted the USA/Southeast Regional Meeting, March 18-20. The meeting featured guest speaker Jim Lewis, president of the Disney Vacation Club, and sessions on diverse topics, as well as opportunities to visit EPCOT and tour Rollins College.
» Agenda (PDF)
Rice University and the University of Houston
The USA/Southwest Regional Meeting included a full slate of scheduled events at the campuses of both the University of Houston and Rice University, offering participants opportunities to uniquely experience the Bayou City.
The conference began on Sunday, April 22, with an afternoon cocktail reception at Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management. Participants then proceeded downtown for dinner via Houston’s MetroRail. The new light rail train also brought conference participants back to their hotel rooms at the Hilton-Houston Plaza/Medical Center.
Monday featured breakfast at Rice University, with the Rice University shuttle transporting participants to the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business for the following presentations:
- Current and Projected Economic Conditions
David Rubenstein, University of Houston
- Executive Coaching and Leadership
Beverly Stewart, University of Missouri
- Trends in Career Services
Jamie Belinne, University of Houston
Marie Bergeron, Rice University
The regional meeting attracted participants from the University of Iowa, Southern Methodist University, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of New Mexico, Texas A & M, and the University of Texas at Austin.
» Agenda (PDF)
University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting, May 7-8.
IAE hosted the Latin America Regional Meeting, June 7-8, 2007.
University of Iowa
The University of Iowa hosted the USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting, June 12-13, 2007.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Outstanding presentations on branding, marketing, and advertising marked the USA Southeast Regional Meeting, which took place Feb. 26-28 at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill).
The first Executive MBA Council regional meeting of the year, the USA Southeast Regional Meeting attracted 69 participants from 33 schools and organizations and 11 states. Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, Wake Forest University, and West Virginia University hosted the regional meeting.
Steve Jones, dean of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, welcomed participants on Sunday.
The first presentation featured Paul Speaker and Elizabeth Vitullo from the University of West Virginia, who shared the results of a survey on the organizational structure of Executive MBA Programs. Thirty programs from the Southeast region responded to the survey, which looked at program responsibilities and staff, organizational structures, alumni relations, and salaries.
In the next presentation, Susan Brooks, senior financial aid counselor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, provided information about the Higher Educational Reconciliation Act of 2005 and changes to financial aid.
Maury Kalnitz, managing director of the Executive MBA Council, and Barry Van Dyck, council board member and director of degree programs, executive education, at the University of Notre Dame, also updated participants on council initiatives.
Monday’s activities began with the following presentations:
• Professor Marian Moore from the University of Virginia spoke to many aspects of branding, including a brief history of brands, brand equity, and the emotional and experiential dimensions of branding.
• Dan Stotz, director of executive programs at Georgia Institute of Technology, discussed the advantages of customer relationship management, covering successful marketing techniques, keys to increasing open house attendance, and the best ways to convert the applicant into an Executive MBA student.
• Concette Grillo of Wake Forest explored the use of advertising for Executive MBA Programs and outlined best practices.
Before Monday’s dinner at the Fuqua School, Associate Dean John Gallagher presented the results of the school’s return-on-investment research and compared it to Executive MBA Council studies. Brian Mahoney of Percept Research also talked about five-year trends in the Executive MBA market.
On Tuesday, participants reconvened at UNC-Chapel Hill. Professor Jeff Edwards of Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill led a three-hour session on work/life balance issues for Executive MBA staff members.
Special thanks to the USA Southeast Regional Meeting planning committee for their hard work in organizing such a successful meeting:
- Jamie Barnes, director, Wake Forest University
- Barbara Millar, director, MBA for Executives Program, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
- Penny Oslund, executive director, Executive MBA Programs, Kenan-Flagler School of Business, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Rob Sandruck, director of operations, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
- Paul Speaker, director, MBA Programs, West Virginia University
- Elizabeth Vitullo, associate director, Executive MBA Programs, West Virginia University
Information from presentations at the USA Southeast Regional Meeting are included below:
Organizational Structure Survey 2006 (PDF)
Paul Speaker and Elizabeth Vitullo,
West Virginia University
Branding and the EMBA: A Primer (PDF)
Marian Chapman Moore,
University of Virginia
Managing Stress: Seeking Balance and Fulfillment (PDF)
University of North Carolina
Georgia Institute of Technology
European Institute of Purchasing Management
The Europe/Middle East/Africa Regional Meeting featured diverse presentations and interesting discussions on regional issues.
Held March 22-23 at the European Institute of Purchasing Management in Archamps, France, the meeting attracted 23 participants from Europe, the United States, Singapore, India, and Central America.
Maury Kalnitz, Executive MBA Council managing director; Jana Allen, chair of the Executive MBA Council Board of Trustees; and representatives from the Graduate Management Admission Council and the EFMD, both strategic partners of the council, attended.
Institute Director Bernard Gracia offered a gracious welcome and a memorable dinner that featured a blind tasting test to see who could tell the difference between red and white wine.
Wednesday afternoon discussion focused on regional issues. Executive MBA Council board member Anne Herbert from Helsinki School of Economics shared findings from the Executive MBA Program Survey on the region and its distinctive characteristics. In the discussion that followed, participants identified the following common strategic challenges:
- Distinction from other programs (branding)
- Shortage of good faculty
- Leveraging of employer contacts
- Provision of career services
- Linking of Executive MBA curriculum to real life global issues
Thursday morning featured a challenging and thought-provoking presentation from Mario Denton, head of international affairs, University of Stellenbosch Business School. Denton suggested that all MBA programs should teach emotional and spiritual intelligence. His ideas generated a range of reactions and much discussion.
The regional meeting ended with lunch. Many participants remained to take part in the EFMD MBA Directors Meeting, which immediately followed the Executive MBA Council regional meeting.
USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting
University of California at Irvine
The University of California at Irvine hosted the 2006 USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting April 9-11.
The meeting opened with a Sunday reception at the MacDonald Gallery in Laguna Beach. On Monday, Dean Andy Policano welcomed the group to campus. Presentations on Monday and Tuesday included the following:
- Louise Kapustka from the University of Washington shared information about a marketing guide, “Is an Executive MBA Right for You?”
- A panel discussion on career services featured Susan Dearing from the University of California at Los Angeles, Sylvia Haas from Irvine, and John Morel from the University of Southern California.
- Bill Lindsey and Larry Pate from Loyola Marymount University presented a session on designing an Executive MBA to change core attitudes and values.
- Representatives from the Forum for Corporate Directors, an association focused on developing leadership in the boardroom, discussed the joint program between the Forum and Irvine. The joint program offers an eight-session series on board governance to Executive MBA students.
- Barbara Kreisman from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver discussed a University of Denver program to develop leadership and increase organizational performance.
- Mary Gilly of Irvine led the last session on branding and brand management of the Executive MBA.
Thanks to Erik Charles, director of the Executive MBA Program at Irvine, and his team for organizing the meeting.
USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting
West Lafayette, Indiana
Purdue University hosted the USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting April 25-26, which attracted 34 participants from 16 universities, as well as three corporate members.
The meeting included an evening aboard the Boiler Maker Special, Purdue's official mascot that resembles a train locomotive, as well as a quick campus tour that started at the Union Club and finished at the Buchanan Suites at Ross-Ade Stadium. A small but talented singing group from the Purdue Glee Club serenaded the guests with music from the 50s.
Diane Dennis, associate dean of programs and student services and finance professor at the Krannert School of Management, welcomed participants before Wednesday’s presentations at the new Rawls Hall, home to the Krannert School of Management.
Logan Jordon, associate dean for administration at Krannert, provided a strategic snapshot of the Executive MBA industry today in the first presentation, Initiatives in Executive Education: New Technologies, New Format, New Competitors.
Mara McKee from Ohio State University and David Ardis from the University of Michigan looked at the factors that influence the rankings of Business Week, Financial Times, and U.S. News and World Report in their presentation, Getting Ranked – Two Perspectives.
Participants also received an update on the latest initiatives of the Executive MBA Council from Maury Kalnitz, managing director of the Executive MBA Council, and Barry Van Dyck, board member and director of degree programs, executive education, at Notre Dame. They also shared ideas about ways that the council could better serve its members.
Patty Keegan, director, Executive MBA Program North America, University of Chicago, and Julie Ferguson from the University of Chicago shared preliminary insights from information that was gathered for a series of stories on women and the Executive MBA, which appears in the May 2006 issue of Exchange.
Chuck Johnson, director, Full-Time and Executive Masters Program, Purdue University, ended the meeting with closing comments.
Many thanks to the planning team at Purdue University who organized a great conference:
Erika Steuterman, director, Executive MBA Programs
Cathy Garrison, program manager
Yvonne Ray, administrative assistant
Peggy Blessing, administrative assistant
Information from presentations at the USA Southeast Regional Meeting are included below:
» Women and the Executive MBA (Select: PowerPoint or PDF)
» 2006 Midwest (Select: PowerPoint or PDF)
USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting
On Feb. 28-March 1, Fordham University in New York City hosted the USA/Canada Northeast Regional Meeting. Francis Petit, assistant dean, and staff members organized the meeting, which attracted 48 participants from 29 universities and companies and 13 states and provinces.
Sessions included the following highlights:
- Jim O’Hara, president of Maximum Performance Advisors, adjunct marketing professor at Fordham, and author of Managing Your Business to its Maximum Sales Potential, tailored his presentation to the Executive MBA market. He offered ways to approach the 20 percent of market potential that is often “left on the table.”
- Ralph Trombetta, managing partner, Value Innovation Associates, presented “Creating Blue Ocean Strategies.” Participants learned more about creating new market space within and beyond the existing industry boundaries.
- Four breakout sessions explored recruiting and admissions strategies, career service offerings, international residencies, and alumni partnerships and programs.
- Darlene Smith, Executive MBA Council board member and academic director of Executive and Graduate Programs at Loyola College in Maryland, facilitated an open discussion session to identify issues and trends in the Executive MBA marketplace.
- Executive MBA Council board members who attended the meeting also hosted a town hall session to gather member ideas about new or improved services. Participants provided a number of good suggestions for consideration by the appropriate board committees.
USA Southern Regional Meeting
George Mason University
On March 3-6, George Mason University hosted the USA Southern Regional Meeting in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, Virginia Tech, and The College of William and Mary. Karen Hallows, director of the Executive MBA Program at George Mason University, and staff members organized the meeting, which attracted 45 participants from 29 universities and companies and nine states.
Sessions on the first day focused on alumni issues:
- In the first workshop, Dan Fogel, dean of Wake Forest’s Charlotte Programs, moderated a panel of Executive MBA alumni from several area schools. The alumni shared their experiences and the impact of the Executive MBA Program on them, their careers, and their organizations.
- The second workshop featured Penny Oslund, executive director, Executive MBA Programs at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Hallows, who discussed the power of alumni, business alliances, and Executive MBA advisory councils.
- Evening speaker Keith Hall, chief economist for the Department of Commerce, offered perspectives on current economic issues and long-term trends.
Sessions on the second day explored career services and marketing issues:
- John Worth, director of alumni and Executive MBA career development at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Kerry Willigan, career consultant at George Mason, talked about the development of an Executive MBA career management program. They tailored their remarks to the results of a pre-meeting survey and ended the presentation with an exercise that used the case method to teach career management.
- David Moyed, president of Orion Travel, presented “Jump Starting Alumni Travel Programs” during lunch.
- Participants traveled to the Washington Board of Trade offices after lunch for a session with President Bob Peck on “The Executive MBA in the Heart of the Federal Government.”
- The director of technology transfer for Mitre Corporation spoke at dinner about Executive MBA programs and technology transfer.
The third day featured a workshop on “The Innovative Leader.” Gary Selden and Harry Vardis of Kennesaw State University led the workshop, which focused on using innovative techniques to improve leadership and creativity.
USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting
The USA/Canada Western Regional Meeting focused on the topic of positioning your school in a competitive environment and featured speakers from the Southern California services sector. Pepperdine University and the University of California at Irvine hosted the meeting.
USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting
The April 13-14 USA/Canada Midwest Regional Meeting featured outstanding presentations by faculty members from host school Bradley University on curriculum innovations.
Dean Robert Baer welcomed the 30 participants from 16 schools and organizations and 11 states to Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., at an evening reception and dinner at the Radisson Hotel.
Sessions began the next morning. Faculty members Mitch Griffin and Larry Weinzimmer shared the development and delivery of their innovative team-taught curriculum. Faculty developed the curriculum specifically for Bradley’s Executive MBA Program. They also explained their “integrated final exam.”
The Bradley Executive MBA Program initial residence week was the focus of the second presentation. During the five-day residency, students take six self-assessment tests, work on practical leadership skills, such as building or rebuilding trust, and begin individual coaching sessions with faculty that continue throughout the duration of their program.
Following the presentations, Jack Russell, director of the Executive MBA Program at Bradley University, led a discussion of regional topics that participants submitted, which included enrollment numbers and conference attendance. Maury Kalnitz, managing director of the Executive MBA Council, also presented information on current council projects.
“Participants shared great ideas,” says Kalnitz. “Our thanks to Jack Russell and Lisa Stufflebeam for all their hard work in organizing this outstanding meeting, as well as to the faculty presenters for their excellent and informative presentations and to Dean Rob Baer for graciously hosting the Midwest Regional Meeting at Bradley University.”
29-March 2, the first 2004 regional meeting at
the University of Tampa attracted 50 participants
from 25 schools, as well corporate member ACDI–Advanced
Career Development Inc. and one strategic partner
The meeting featured:
- A panel of four corporate human resources
executives, who discussed the ways that Executive
MBA Programs can best satisfy their needs
- A presentation by Bill Judge from
the University of Tennessee-Knoxville on admission
trends in the Southeast and the response of
- A panel discussion by four alumni
from programs in Florida
- Two additional panels, one on branding
and the other on the effective use of web sites
Host schools included the:
- University of Tampa
- University of Central Florida
- University of South Florida
- University of Florida
- Florida International University
- Rollins College
Thanks to Fernando Nolasco from the University
of Tampa for organizing the meeting and to all
the participants, speakers, and host schools.
More than 90 participants from 61 institutions
attended the Asia Regional Meeting, which Tsinghua
University hosted in Beijing April 17.
Highlights included keynote presentations by the
director of the China State Council Academic Degree
Office, the dean of Nanyang Business School, and
the dean of Shanghai Jiaotong University Antai
School of Management.
The associate dean and director of the Executive
MBA Program at Fudan University and the dean of
the Asia Campus of INSEAD led two roundtable discussions
that followed the keynote presentations. Many representatives
from non-Asian schools also joined the School of
Economics and Management 20th anniversary celebration,
which immediately preceded the regional meeting.
The meeting was organized by Liao Li, associate
dean, SEM, Tsinghua and Ei Ruipeng, Fan Xing, Liu
Shenghua, Jia Li, and Xiong Juan.
East/Africa Regional Meeting
The European Regional Meeting on April 21-22,
held in conjunction with efmd’s MBA Directors
Meeting, attracted 31 participants from 28 different
programs and 13 countries. RSM Erasmus University
in Rotterdam, The Netherlands hosted both meetings.
Highlights of presentations included:
- Journalist Joshua Jampol and Jeroen van
den Hoven, RSM faculty member, discussed ways to
manage the communications process when the media
reports negative news about your school. Participants
also took part in a role playing exercise to understand
the perspectives of the media and the school.
- Albert Jolind of RSM offered perspectives
on the expansion of the European Union from 15
countries to 25 on May 1 with the inclusion of
the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia,
Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
- Bill Collins of RSM led a session
on multi-cultural interaction and communications
that involved a multicultural interaction
Mike Page, RSM dean, and Dianne Cleton Bevelander,
director of Degree Programs, organized the meeting.
Texas and USA/Canada Western joint Regional
University of New Mexico
For the first time, the Texas and Western regions
sponsored a joint meeting April 25-27 at the University
of New Mexico. The meeting attracted 29 participants
from 16 programs, nine different states, and Mexico.
Highlights of the presentations included:
- A University of New Mexico alumni, who
is now the chairman of an advertising
firm in Albuquerque, Steve McKee spoke on
lessons that Executive MBA Programs can learn
from America’s growth
- Jackie Hood, University of New
Mexico faculty member, explored the formation
of MBA study teams, including the pros and
cons of self-forming teams and assigned teams.
- Participants also visited Intel Corporation.
The visit included opening remarks, a presentation
on workforce development at Intel, a panel discussion
of Intel employees who are alumni of the University
of New Mexico Executive MBA Program or are current
students, and a tour of the facility, the world’s
largest chip manufacturing plant.
Kate Livingston, Jenny Black, Ellen Lee, and Clint
Pyeatt organized and hosted the meeting.
Northeast Regional Meeting
One June 21 and 22, the Northeast Regional Meeting
attracted 15 participants from 13 universities
and organizations in six states and Canada. Kathryn
Grabowski from the Katz Graduate School of Business
at the University of Pittsburgh organized and hosted
the meeting. Speakers included:
- Bryan Gibb, executive director of Washington
Campus and a corporate member of the council, addressed
the issues of critical importance to managers from
the Washington perspective.
- Grabowski facilitated a discussion
on Corporate Relations: Lessons Learned from
a Survey of Regional Corporations.
- Robert Nachtmann, professor and executive
associate dean at Katz, explained the school’s
experiences and future plans in expanding its involvement
in the global environment and also talked about
managing corporate expectations.
Midwest Regional Meeting
Western Reserve University
On July 6 and 7, the Midwest Regional Meeting
attracted 33 members from 19 schools and organizations
in nine states and Germany, including two corporate
members. Jeannie Lehman from the Weatherhead School
of Management at Case Western Reserve University
organized and hosted the meeting. Presentations
- Betty Vandenbosch, associate dean of
executive education, explained the use of a structured
process to design solutions to program problems.
- Ron Fry, associate professor and Executive
MBA director, discussed the approach of "appreciative
America Regional Meeting
University of São
(FIA) and the University of São Paulo
hosted the first entirely South American regional
meeting of Executive MBA schools in São
Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 26-27.
The meeting attracted
representatives from local schools and
from accreditation agencies, including
the following participants:
- BSP - Business School São
Professor Wolfgang Schoeps
- IBMEC Business School
Irineu N. Gianesi
- FIA – Fundação
Instituto de Administração
James Wright, Claudio Felisoni, and Joel Dutra
and Ms. Ana Paula Oliveira
- University of Pittsburgh
- FDC - Fundação
Professor Carlos Arruda
- ANAMBA – National Association
Professor Luca Borroni
- AMBA – The Association
of MBAs, United Kingdom
The meeting featured the following presentations:
- Perspectives on the Brazilian Economy
by Professor Roberto Macedo, FIA
- The Profile of the Executive MBA in
Brazil by Professor James Wright, USP
- MBA Accreditation in Brazil: The Creation
of ANAMBA - the National Association of MBAs,
by Professor Irineu Gianesi, IBMEC
- Critical Issues in Executive Career
Development by Professor Joel Dutra, USP
After presentations and discussions, participants
agreed on the following key points:
- The importance of developing a rigorous
accreditation process based on international
standards suited to the local MBA market
by means of an association such as ANAMBA
- Development of joint efforts between
local schools and the Executive MBA Council
to inform the market on the distinct value
of the Executive MBA as a senior management
- The expansion of sharing experiences
between local Executive MBA Programs and
those in other South American countries,
as well as more international exchanges
- The need to support opportunities
for development and dissemination of knowledge
and research generated in Executive MBA Programs
As a result, talks already have begun between
the ANAMBA and the Executive MBA Council, with
the ANAMBA joining the council as a strategic
partner. In addition, plans are under way for
the next regional meeting in South America.
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