2016 Presenters

2016 Annual Curricular Innovation Symposium
Re-Imagining MBA Education: Weaving Business Acumen and Leadership into the MBA Curriculum

Speaker and Panelist Bios:
Joseph P. Fox - President, MBA Roundtable
Joe Fox has been the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis since December of 1998.  In this capacity he has comprehensive management responsibility for the full-time MBA program, the evening Professional MBA (PMBA) program as well as specialized masters programs.  Previously, Fox had been at Marquette University in Milwaukee where he had served as Assistant Dean and MBA Program Director for nearly 18 years.   He has a long standing association with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where he served for 5 years on the board of trustees and was the chairman of that board.    He currently serves on the Professional Standards Committee for the GMAC Board.  Fox is also a long standing member and of the Board of Trustees and is the Corporate Vice-president and Treasurer for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (CGSM).  In 2010 he was elected to the board of the MBA Roundtable (MBAR) and in 2014 was elected President of that organization.  He is also a member of the Forté School Advisory Council.  Fox also sits on several other local and national education related not-for-profit boards.  Fox received his BSBA degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and his MBA from Marquette.
Jeff Bieganek  - Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
Prior to joining the MBA Roundtable, Jeff was the Director of the Omnium Global Executive MBA Program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.  As Director of Omnium, Jeff oversaw all operations of the program that delivered learning modules in Canada, India, China, Switzerland, Brazil, Turkey, Hungary, Italy, UAE and Argentina. Jeff joined the Omnium program after 10 years at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management where he served as Director of MBA Admissions and was responsible for recruiting and admitting students into the full-time, part-time and executive MBA programs which had grown to over 2,000 enrolled students.  Jeff was active in the management of Carlson’s Executive MBA International Residency program, which traveled to China, Hungary, Sweden, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Poland, Hungary and Austria.  Jeff has served on the Board of Directors of the Executive MBA Council, as well has been active with the Graduate Management Admission Council.  Previous career adventures have included managing a vocal academy, fundraising and marketing for an international dance festival and managing productions for a Broadway producer.  Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Management.
John C. Beck - Chief Innovation Officer at Arizona State University , President of the North Star Leadership Group, Senior Advisor to Cambodia's Minister of Commerce and Senior Research Fellow at the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future
John C. Beck is Chief Innovation Officer at Arizona State University, President of the North Star Leadership Group, Senior Advisor to Cambodia's Minister of Commerce and Senior Research Fellow at the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future. Previously, he founded Hult Labs where his research on business school curriculum redesign has won awards and press acclaim.  He also served as the Dean of Globis University—the first non-Japanese to lead a bilingual professional degree program in Japan—and as a Professor and Senior Advisor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore.  He was formerly Director of International Research at Accenture and a Senior Advisor at Monitor Group.  Dr. Beck has been a Professor of Global Management & Dean of Research at Thunderbird School of Global Management.  John earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies and Sociology summa cum laude from Harvard University, and was the first graduate of Harvard’s integrative Ph.D. program in Organizational Behavior.  He has been a Visiting Professor at IMD (Switzerland), IPADE (Mexico) and ESMT (Germany) and the International University of Japan. Dr. Beck has also taught at numerous other universities like: Harvard, UCLA, USC, and the Ivey School in Canada. He was the originator of The Economist’s Business Professor of the Year award. Dr. Beck has advised several presidents and prime ministers during his career.   He has hundreds of articles and ten books including the business best-sellers: The Attention Economy and The Kids are Alright.  His books have been translated into eleven languages.  He has appeared on CNN, CBS Evening News, BBC, Fox News and National Public Radio.  He is quoted and cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic and other leading papers and magazines. His latest book was Good vs Good, which was named one of the Best Books of Year, and was one of only five business/economics books to receive a starred review from Kirkus Reviews in 2013. Currently he is working on building video games to replace entire MBA programs and holds provisional patents in the field.
Joan F. Brett - Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Dr. Joan Brett, Associate Professor of Management and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs shepherds the 14 MBA and masters programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business.  Her research on motivation and performance issues has been published in leading academic journals and highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Brett’s recent research is on the advice seeking behavior of upper echelon leaders.  She serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Management, and Group and Organization Management.

Kay Keck, Director, Full-time MBA Program, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Kay Keck is the Director of the Full-time MBA Program at W. P. Carey School of Business.  She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and her MBA from the University of Kansas and then worked in the telecom industry in sales, sales training and sales management.  Kay returned to school and received her PhD in management science/marketing from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She began her academic career as an assistant professor of marketing at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in professional selling, sales management, marketing management and marketing research.  She subsequently served as the Director of the MBA program.  In 2000 Dr. Keck accepted a position at Thunderbird School of Global Management and held numerous administrative roles there with the final position being Vice President for Full-time Programs.  She also taught marketing research for Thunderbird.  Kay joined W. P. Carey in June of 2014.  She participated in the program review and planning that led to the Forward Focus MBA curriculum and is excited about implementing these changes for the entering class of 2016.  She also teaches the Leadership Communication course in the full-time program and oversees the Executive Connections program.

Amy J. Hillman - Dean, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University
Professor Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, is a world-renowned management expert, a popular teacher and a noted researcher. She heads up one of the largest and highest-ranked business schools in the nation. The W. P. Carey School has more than 13,000 students and both undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked in the top 7% by U.S. News & World Report. Hillman’s research focuses on corporate political strategies, boards of directors, and corporate strategy. She is former editor of Academy of Management Review, a Fellow of the Academy of Management and director at publicly traded CDK Global.
Daniel W. Baack - Assistant Dean and Program Director, The Denver MBA, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
Daniel Baack is the Assistant Dean and Program Director for The Denver MBA. He is responsible for academic oversight during the introduction of the new challenge-driven curriculum. This includes supporting The Denver MBA Team of staff and the faculty teaching in the program. As Program Director, Dan manages the entire curriculum, from orientation to graduation, ensuring the highest possible quality student learning experience. Dan also serves as a faculty role, and his academic research focuses on how differences in how consumers process information affect promotional activities. This includes investigations of creativity and advertising effectiveness, of advertising’s impact on brand image and of culture’s influence on marketing activity. Dr. Baack has over 30 peer-review journal publications, including a recent publication in the Journal of International Business Studies. He has been awarded almost 20 research grants, including the prestigious American Academy of Advertising Research Grant.

Ali Boyd - Senior Director of Leadership and Professional Development, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
Ali Boyd is Senior Director of Leadership and Performance at the Daniels College of Business. In her role, she is charged with developing the suite of leadership experiences at Daniels, most principally in the Denver MBA. She developed and co-leads the Leadership Fellows, an experiential leadership development curriculum for students from across the College. In her role she works with stakeholders, including corporate recruiters, faculty, staff and students, to create a market-driven professional skills and growth development program as part of the Daniels College of Business new revised Full Time Masters of Business Administration (FT MBA).   Ali formerly worked to develop a vision for Leadership Development at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and concurrent to her work now, leads a program in coaching and professional development there. Ali engages in leadership and organizational development across the country, and has a vibrant practice as an executive coach and consultant.  She has partnered with clients at Google, McKinsey, Dell, Intel, the U.S. Foreign Service, Amazon and many others.  Ali earned her MA from the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Suzanne M. Carter – Executive Director, Neeley EMBA/Professor of Practice in Strategy, Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University
Suzanne M. Carter, Ph. D., is the Executive Director of TCU’s Executive MBA program. Currently on faculty at TCU’s Neeley School of Business as Professor of Professional Practice in Strategy within the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Department, Dr. Carter teaches strategy courses at the EMBA, MBA and undergraduate levels. She has also been faculty on global study abroad courses in China, South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Panama, Morocco, Spain, and Greece. Her research focuses on strategic leadership, top management teams and corporate reputation. Dr. Carter received her M.B.A. and Ph. D. in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin and her B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor and as an assistant instructor at the University of Texas at Austin. Founding principal of Carter & Associates, (agilestrategicthinking.com) she has consulted with many organizations and boards of directors, including companies such as GameStop, Cook’s Children, and Lea+Elliott regarding vision and strategic direction. She also taught classes and conducted workshops on innovative social enterprise strategies to encourage sustainable business models in the non-profit sector. Dr. Carter has published numerous articles and book chapters in such business publications as the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Corporate Reputation Review. Currently on the editorial board of Corporate Reputation Review she continues to research within the reputation and strategic leadership areas.
Lisa Messaglia – Executive Director of Faculty Services, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Lisa Messaglia has served as the Executive Director of Faculty Services at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business since 2002.  In this role, Lisa oversees academic operations for seven degree programs at Booth and manages the course schedule for these programs.  Lisa has also served as Senior Associate Director of Admissions and as Associate Director of Employer Relations for the Full-Time MBA program at Booth.  Before joining Booth, Lisa worked in the real estate industry.  Lisa has an MA in Education from Loyola University Chicago and a BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks - Professor of Management & Organizations, Faculty Director, Office of Action Based Learning, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is a Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he is also Faculty Director of the Office of Action-Based Learning and has served as the Director of the Executive MBA Leadership Development Program at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business (2013-2016). In addition, he is the Faculty Director of custom designed executive education leadership programs for Fortune 100 companies. His experience in leadership development spans diverse organizations, from healthcare to global financial and service organizations, to culture and arts institutions to NGOs.  JSB’s research centers on topics that inform how to develop innovative solutions, bridge cultural divides and manage the emotional tenor and tempo of organizations. His publications have revealed the nature of culture’s imprint on organizational behavior and the implications for cross-cultural interactions. His articles on emotions advance theory into how attunement to affective cues influences professional evaluations and workplace coordination. Finally, his work on creativity, design and innovation has highlighted the central role of bricolage in the development viable approaches to address challenges and opportunities.
Brian Flanagan - Managing Director, Sanger Leadership Center, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Brian is managing director of the Sanger Leadership Center, which serves 3,000+ students across nine academic programs at the Michigan Ross School of Business. Sanger's mission is to build a more connected, creative, and prosperous world, one leader at a time. Through thought leadership and transformative experiences, Sanger develops leaders with the mindset, skill set, and personal vision to make a positive difference in the world. Immediately prior to joining Michigan Ross, Brian served at Grand Valley State University for 10 years as associate director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, program director of the Cook Leadership Academy, and adjunct professor of public, nonprofit, and health administration. He taught courses on leadership and was responsible for the co-curricular leadership development of fellows in the Cook Leadership Academy and full-time MBA students in Grand Valley's Seidman College of Business.

Laurie Weingart - Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory, Senior Associate Dean of Education, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Laurie R. Weingart is the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory. She has served as Senior Associate Dean, Education at the Tepper School since 2014. Prior to that, Laurie led the Tepper School’s Accelerate Leadership Center and designed and oversaw the Tepper MBA BaseCamp orientation program.  Laurie’s research and teaching is in the area of negotiation, conflict, and innovation in teams. Her research has been published in top-tier journals in the fields of management, social psychology, industrial psychology, and cognitive psychology, has been funded by both the NSF and industry grants, and has won awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association for Conflict Management.  She also has a strong record of service to the field, serving as Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, President of the International Association for Conflict Management, and Founding President of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup).  She currently serves as the co-editor of the Academy of Management Annals. Professor Weingart received her Ph.D. and MS degrees in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BS in Industrial Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Daniel Turner – Associate Dean of Masters Programs, Brix Endowed Fellow in Marketing, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
Daniel “Dan” Turner is Associate Dean of Masters Programs and the Brix Endowed Fellow in Marketing at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business in Seattle, Washington. The focus of Dan’s academic work pertains to management of the marketing function, the critical interface between an organization and its customers. For the past 9 years he has served as the Associate Dean for Masters Programs with full admissions, curriculum, operations, career management, and alumni relations oversight for Foster’s 6 MBA programs and 5 Specialized Masters degrees. He has designed and executed leadership development programs for Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, Esterline, the Gates Foundation, Hyundai Heavy Industries, SK Corporation, and a host of other world-class organizations across the globe.
Laura C. Maxwell – Executive Director and Leadership Coach, Accelerate Leadership Center, Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University
Laura Maxwell is the Executive Director at the Accelerate Leadership Center at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She has been a key player in the development and delivery of its offerings since its inception in 2012.  The Center’s mission is to offer a leadership development experience for MBA students that enhances cutting-edge analytical skills with leadership and communication skills.  Laura has over 25 years of experience in management and consulting, working extensively with clients on their talent management strategies including implementation of leadership development curricula, interviewing and selection, performance management, and leadership coaching.  Her varied work history has placed her in a unique position to bring the viewpoints of industry into the academic environment.

Tina Mabley - Assistant Dean and Director, Full-time MBA Program, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Tina Mabley is the Assistant Dean and Director of the Full-time Texas MBA Program at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She is responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations of the full-time Texas MBA program. She focuses on developing a dynamic, inclusive culture and a robust learning environment to foster the development of future leaders who will impact society. Tina has 15 years of experience leading the direction of the program, admissions and alumni relations. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Tina worked in marketing, developing educational content and online community for internet start-up Garden.com.  Tina's work has consistently been at the nexus of education and business.   Prior to attending the Texas MBA program, Tina worked in educational technology consulting in the k-12 education space and in admissions for a New England boarding school.  She holds an MBA from the McCombs School at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in Psychology with Education from Dartmouth College.

Michael Caplan - Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Services, Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University
Michael Caplan, JD, has been the Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Services at SMU’s Cox School of Business for the past thirteen years. He started his career as Associate Director for Student Affairs at UCLA/Anderson before moving to The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University where he worked as the Director of Student Affairs and International Programs. He holds a Juris Doctorate from The University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is currently restoring a lighthouse off the coast of Cape Cod.