2019 Agenda

Deconstructing and Rebuilding
the MBA for Lifelong Learning


2019 MBA Roundtable Annual
Curricular Innovation Symposium*


 Thursday, November 7

8:00 – 12:00 Best Practices in MBA Curriculum
Review and Design Workshop

Optional Workshop - Additional registration/fee required

12:00 – 1:30 Preparing MBA Students for the
App Economy - Apple

Optional Session  - No fee, but registration required - (Box lunch Included**)

Thursday, November 7

10:00 – 3:00 Symposium Registration Desk Open
11:00 – 6:00 Affiliate Sponsor - Exhibitor Area Open
1:45 – 2:00 Welcome
MBA Roundtable
Michigan State University

Jeff Bieganek,
Executive Director, MBA Roundtable

Cheri DeClercq, Assistant Dean, MBA/Graduate Programs, Broad College of Business, Michigan State University
2:00 – 2:45 Keynote Speakers

Matthew Alex,
Principal - Higher Education, Deloitte
Nicole Overley, Manager, Human Capital - Workforce Transformation, Deloitte
2:45 – 3:15 Break
Affiliate Sponsor - Exhibitor Area Open
3:15 – 3:30 Affiliate Sponsor Intros
3:30 – 4:30 Panel Session - New Models for MBA Education – Taking a Lifelong Learning Approach
Patrick Cullen, Vice President for Strategy and Innovation at AACSB International
Vikas Anand, Executive Director for MBA Programs and Graduate Innovation, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
Erin K. O’Brien, Assistant Dean, Chief Enrollment and Marketing Officer, University at Buffalo School of Management
Cara Richards, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
School of Business, The George Washington University
4:30 – 4:45 Affiliate Sponsor Intros
4:45 – 5:30 Discussion Breakouts

What is the future of the full-time MBA in this new modular/lifelong learning world?

Moderator: David W. Frasier, Associate Dean for Graduate Management Programs, University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business
Breaking down silos in the business school and university to better serve the MBA student life cycle/A true business school portfolio approach to lifelong learning

Moderator: D. Jill Green, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Experience, Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University
The growing role of credentials/badges/certificates in MBA programs and lifelong learning

Moderator: Michael Maier, Associate Dean for Master’s Programs, Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta  
5:30 – 5:45 Break
Affiliate Sponsor - Exhibitor Area Open
5:45 - 6:00 Transfer
6:00 – 7:00  Broad College of Business
Michigan State University

The Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion
7:00 – 8:30 Opening Reception

Friday, November 8

7:30 – 10:00 Registration Desk Open
8:00 – 8:45 Breakfast w/ Discussion Table Topics
Affiliate Sponsor - Exhibitor Area Open
8:45 - 9:00 Affiliate Sponsor Intros
9:00 – 10:15 Panel Session:
The Role of Experiential Learning in Developing Lifelong Learners


C. Michael Stepanek, Executive Director, Academics and Operations, MBA Programs, Kenan-Flagler Business School The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Santanu Chatterjee, Director, Full-Time MBA & MS Business Analytics Programs, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia

Bryan Ramos, Executive Director, Student Engagement, Stern School of Business, New York University

Kelli Kilpatrick, Senior Director, Graduate Business Programs, University of Notre Dame
10:15 – 11:00 Discussion Group Sessions

Virtual approaches to lifelong learning/technology’s role in delivering/developing lifelong learners?

Moderator: Tawnya Means
, Assistant Dean and Director of the Teaching and Learning Center, College of Business, University of Nebraska
Engaging external stakeholders in developing a new lifelong learning curriculum
Moderator: Vikas Anand, Executive Director for MBA Programs and Graduate Innovation, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas
Employer demand is strong but the media says the MBA is dying….how can we defend the MBA brand?

Moderator: Deirdre Kane, Director of Admissions for FTMBA & Dual Degree Programs, Terry College of Business, The University of Georgia

11:00 – 11:30
Affiliate Sponsor - Exhibitor Area Open
11:30 - 11:45 Innovator Award Winner Announcement

Michael Koenig,
Chair, MBA Roundtable, Associate Dean for Innovation Initiatives & Executive Director of Executive Education, Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University
11:45 - 1:00 Panel Session:
Engaging and leveraging your faculty in adapting the curriculum to a more lifelong learning approach


Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Michigan State University
Irene Scruton, Assistant Dean and Director of MBA Programs, State University of New York Oswego

Valerie Y. Suslow, Vice Dean for Faculty & Research, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
1:00 – 3:00 Interactive Closing Session:
Reimagining the MBA - What if we deconstruct and rebuild the MBA?

Cheri DeClercq
, Assistant Dean – MBA/Graduate Programs, Broad College of Business, Michigan State University

Boxed Lunch/Discussion Group Breakouts
3:00 – 3:15 Wrap Up and Closing Remarks

Jeff Bieganek
, Executive Director, MBA Roundtable
3:15 – 5:00 Optional

Transfer to
Michigan State University’s
iOS Design Lab
*Schedule, speakers and topics subject to change

**Apple would be happy to host you for lunch as part of this session. If you are a public official, please ensure before accepting this lunch that you are permitted to accept this meal from Apple under applicable laws and your employer's policies. If you have any questions related to the value of this meal, please contact Apple Political Compliance at govethics@apple.com. In addition, please note that in some states this meal may constitute a reportable gift and Apple will report the value of such gifts where required.


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Registration Rates:
  • MBAR Member Symposium Rate - $600 USD
  • MBAR Non-Member Symposium Rate - $800 USD
  • MBAR Member Workshop Rate - $250 USD
  • MBAR Non-Member Workshop Rate - $350 USD
  • MBAR Member Workshop & Symposium Rate - $850 USD
  • MBAR Non-Member Workshop & Symposium Rate - $1150 USD

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Symposium Cancellations
Requests for refunds must be submitted via email at info@mbaroundtable.org on the following schedule:
  • October 23, 2019 or before: Full refund.
  • After October 23, 2019: Refunds will not be granted after this date.
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