2021 Symposium Presenters
George Andrews, Associate Dean of Degree Programs, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University
George Andrews is associate dean of degree programs at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. In this role, he is responsible for recruiting and admissions, student programs, career development, operations, financial aid, and the registrar. Before joining Jones, George served nine years as associate dean for evening and weekend MBA programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Before transitioning to higher education administration, George began his career at Procter & Gamble as a section manager. He spent the next sixteen years in ever-increasing roles at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Bausch & Lomb. George earned his MBA from the William E. Simon School of Business and his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M. When not working with MBA students, George enjoys his favorite job as a dad to four children. His oldest, Grace, studies architecture at Rice University. His son George studies French Horn performance at the Shepard School of Music. His twins, Addison and Theresa, are experiencing the joys and sorrows of middle school.
Chris Collins, Associate Dean for Leadership Development, University of Chicago's Booth School of Business
Chris Collins is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Responsible for the leadership development activities for MBA students across full-time and part-time programs, he oversees the Leadership Effectiveness and Development (LEAD) class required of all MBA students. Dr. Collins also heads leadership development initiatives at the University of Chicago Law School and the College.
Sergio Correa, Director, Clean Products Supply and Trading, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Sergio Correa is currently Director, Clean Products Supply and Trading at Delta Air Lines. He is responsible for all the strategic exchanging of Monroe’s gasoline and diesel production for jet fuel, as well as the continued development of Delta’s jet self-supply business model. Sergio joined Delta in 2011 as part of Delta’s Finance MBA program and held position in ACS and Fuel finance. He joined the Fuel Management team in 2012 and was instrumental in the initial self-supply business strategy buildout. He has had several roles of increasing responsibility including fuel analyst, operations, marketing and trading. Sergio has been a key leader in lowering Delta’s fuel costs versus other airlines and currently oversees +$8B in fuel supply. Sergio graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds an MBA from the University of Georgia.
José Esteves, Associate Professor, Information Systems/Associate Dean, full-time MBA program & TECH MBA program, IE Business School
José Esteves is associate Professor of the information systems Department at IE Business School. He is also the associate Dean for full-time MBA program and TECH MBA program. He holds a PhD in Software – Information Systems, Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. In addition to his research and teaching, Prof Esteves is an youtuber and continues to act as a consultant to a number of companies.
Amy has over 15 years of brand / product marketing experience at large CPG and Retail organizations: P&G, Newell Brands, Kimberly-Clark, Mizuno and The Home Depot. Her experience goes across all aspects of marketing from Brand Strategy to Product Development to Channel and Retail Media. She has led brand strategy and positioning across both B2B and B2C brands bringing a consistent message across all regions. She has been a member of the Board of Advisors to the UGA MBA program since its inception in 2016 and is excited to help drive the work to ensure MBA students are prepared for the new reality of work.
Wendy Guild, Assistant Dean of MBA Programs, Foster School of Business, University of Washington
As the Assistant Dean of MBA Programs at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Wendy’s administrative work reflects her longstanding commitment to student development through her collaborative strategic leadership of advertising, marketing, recruitment, admissions, curriculum, and student services. Her teaching focuses on leadership, strategic field studies, study tours, and sports and entertainment management. Her research focuses on creating engaging experiential learning content. Previously, Wendy worked at UCLA Anderson as Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives, briefly taught Leadership in Executive Education at Yale School of Management, and served as a Program Director & Faculty at University of Colorado Denver’s Business School. She earned her Ph.D. in Organization Studies at MIT, Sloan School of Management.
Brian MitchellAssociate Dean, Full-Time MBA Programs and Goizueta Global Strategy and Initiatives, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Brian Mitchell is as an Associate Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School where he leads the Full-Time MBA Programs and Goizueta Global Strategy & Initiatives. Prior to joining Goizueta, Brian developed a remarkable career in the pharmaceutical industry where he held several leadership positions including all levels of brand management, Global Head of Strategic and Business Analysis and Managing Director for the Specialized Products business of Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. As the leader of the Specialized Products business, Brian was responsible for delivering a P&L that grew to over $600 million. In 2010 Brian was among the members of the Solvay senior executive team who successfully exited when the company was sold for $6.2 billion, and subsequently was honored with Emory’s Alumni Achievement Award that same year. Brian holds a BA in Business Administration with honors from Morehouse College; MBA and MPH from Emory University where he was honored with the Michael Lee Outstanding Student Award; and an Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard University where he attended as a Zuckerman Fellow in Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and earned the Intellectual Contribution and Faculty Tribute Award. His commitment to education and global citizenship is reflected in his board service, as Brian serves as the treasurer of the Board of Directors for Wesley International Academy, a K-8 International Baccalaureate (IB) World Program School, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Black MBA Association.
Carly Papenberg, Director, Instructional Design, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Carly Papenberg is the Director of Instructional Design for Fox's Online and Digital department. In her role, Carly oversees the team of Instructional Designer, Instructional Technologists, Videographers, and Technical Support Specialists who design, build and implement the online and hybrid courses at the Fox School. With her team, Carly runs and oversees the development of workshops, training, and modules to support the professional development of faculty and staff in tools and techniques for teaching online as well as with and educational technology. In addition, she works as an adjunct instructor for online courses in Fox's Human Resource Management and Marketing and Supply Chain Management departments. Carly attended Ursinus College and received her Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication Studies. A Temple Alumni, she earned her Master of Art in the School of Media and Communication in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media department. She is currently working towards her doctorate in Educational Administration with a focus in curriculum development and online learning.
DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D, Executive Vice President & Chief People Capital Officer, Atlanta Braves
DeRetta Rhodes, Ph.D. is the Executive Vice President & Chief People Capital Officer of the Atlanta Braves, overseeing people capital initiatives for the organization’s Major League, Minor League and The Battery Atlanta operations. Prior to joining the Braves, Dr. Rhodes was the Executive Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, Vice President of Human Resources at First Data, Vice President of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting and held leadership positions at Ernst & Young, ADP, HomeGrocer.com and YUM Brand. Dr. Rhodes received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her Master’s in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University and her Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Georgia. She is a certified facilitator for the Benchmark 360 assessment by the Center for Creative Leadership, DISC coach and facilitator, qualified facilitator for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and qualified coach for the HOGAN Assessment and HOGAN 360. Dr. Rhodes completed her Ted Talk (TEDxUGA) in 2018. She has also been recognized as a Women of Excellence (2018), 100 Women of Influence (2020) by Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Distinguished Alumni (2020) in the Family and Consumer Science College of the University of Georgia, Oncon Icon Award Top 100 Human Resources Professionals (2021) and Sports Inclusion Conference Top 100 Women in Sports (2021). She is currently a Board Director member of Human Resource Leadership Forum (HRLF), Board Director member of Goodwill of North Georgia, Board Member and Board Chair of Board Effectiveness of 21st Century Leaders, Trustee Member and Governing Board Member of the Woodruff Arts Center, Strategic Advisor of The Goodwin Group, Board Member of the American Heart Association, Advisory Member of HR Exchange Network, Board Member of University of Georgia Alumni Board and past President of the Alumni Board of Family Consumer Science College at the University of Georgia. Dr. Rhodes lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Leon and has three sons: Cole, Austin and Jordan.
Judy Samuelson, Founder & Executive Director, Business and Society Program, Aspen Institute
Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program and author of Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World (Berrett-Koehler, 2021). Signature programs under Judy’s leadership include a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman’s narrative about corporate purpose, the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation, and a partnership with Korn Ferry to rethink executive pay. She previously worked in legislative affairs in California and banking in New York’s garment center and ran the Ford Foundation’s office of program-related investments. Samuelson blogs for Quartz at Work and is a Bellagio Fellow and a director of the Financial Health Network.
Donna Smith, Director, Ted Rogers MBA program, Ryerson University
Dr. Donna Smith is the Director of the Ted Rogers MBA program at Ryerson University. She is a 2021 recipient of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies Outstanding Contribution to Graduate Education Award, for bringing the new MBA curriculum to life by advocating incorporation of mental health and well-being into course design and content, and MBA school culture. An experienced academic administrator, Dr. Smith launched Canada’s first School of Retail Management and raised over $10 million dollars to support innovative programming initiatives and student scholarships. As Associate Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design, she worked on the launch of 3 new professional graduate programs. Professor Smith teaches Managing Customer Value and the International Experience Capstone in the Ted Rogers MBA program. She has included leaders of forward-thinking organizations into her classroom to share elements of discovery and to challenge her students. Her research focuses on social media. A recent publication with colleagues, Employees as influencers: measuring employee brand equity in a social media age, examines employee behavior on Instagram in the fitness and health industry. Her newest project will study toxicity in the workplace through employee voice on social media. She is a dual Canadian/US citizen, having been born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
Joe Stephens, Senior Assistant Dean & Director, Working Professional & Executive MBA Programs
Joe directs all aspects of student affairs and program operations, and facilitates academic progress for Texas McCombs’ Working Professional & Executive MBA Programs (Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Houston). Previous to his arrival to Austin in 2014, he served as Assistant Dean of MBA Programs at the Trulaske College of Business, University of Missouri-Columbia where he directed the school’s Full-time MBA program and co-developed and launched the school's first executive MBA program, featuring a blended-delivery format. Prior to his time at MU, Joe worked in brand management with Nestlé Purina and in admissions and student affairs at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis. Joe began his career at The University of Texas at Austin as a Greek Affairs Advisor in the Dean of Students Office. He earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education - Business/Industry at the University of Missouri, an M.A. in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University, and an M.B.A. from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis.
Marcus M. Stewart, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Associate Professor of Management, Bentley University
Marcus M. Stewart is the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion at Bentley University and an associate professor of management with 18 years on the faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on leadership, workplace diversity, organizational change, human resource management, and organizational behavior. Dr. Stewart is a member of the editorial board of the Academy of Management Learning and his current research focuses on leadership, teams, cross-cultural skill development, diversity and social justice. His research has been published in the Journal of Management and Journal of Applied Psychology, among other journals. Dr. Stewart currently serves on the board of directors of NAD Partners, Inc. (https://nadpartners.org/), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote effective regional development in Labé, Guinea by coordinating and enhancing education, healthcare, and community engagement. He previously served as co-chair of the board of directors at mytown (www.mytowninc.org), a not-for-profit organization providing employment and leadership, teams, communication and research training to Boston city teenagers. Dr. Stewart earned his doctoral degree in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he is double Falcon, having earned an M.B.A. (’95) and B.S. (’92) at Bentley.
Nathan A. Stuck, Director of Corporate Culture & Strategic Impact, Ad Victoriam Solutions
Nathan A. Stuck is a champion of all things B Corp and corporate social responsibility. He currently serves as the Director of Corporate Culture & Strategic Impact at Ad Victoriam Solutions, a certified B Corp Salesforce consultancy in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his work in the private sector, Nathan founded and chairs B Local Georgia, a nonprofit focused on raising awareness of, and strengthening, the B Corp community in Georgia. He is also the founder and principal of Profitable Purpose Consulting, a B Corp consultancy, and a part-time lecturer in the University of Georgia’s Full-Time MBA program, where he teaches a B Corp class that pairs students with companies looking to certify their businesses. Mr. Stuck was awarded the 2020 Community Builder Award by B Lab North America and is a frequent guest on podcasts and at conferences, where he makes the business case for B Corps, explains the nuances of growing this movement in the southeast, and the importance for including it in both undergraduate and graduate program curriculum. After working on a project as an MBA candidate (and now working for that certified B Corp), he has been a pivotal force in creating the B Collaborative at UGA and has also helped with projects at Agnes Scott College, Georgia Tech, and Emory University as well. In his local community, Nathan serves as the board chair for Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful and as the alumni advisor to Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at UGA. He received an undergraduate degree in international business from the Terry College of Business (UGA) in 2004 and graduated from Terry again in 2017 with his MBA.
Jessica Yinka Thomas, Co-founder, President and Board Chair of B Academics and Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Poole College of Management at NC State University
Jessica Yinka Thomas is an academic and an author with over 15 years of experience studying social innovation, sustainability and business ethics. Professor Thomas is the director of the Business Sustainability Collaborative, an academic initiative in the Poole College of Management at NC State University focused on preparing the next generation of leaders to use business as a force for good. She is also an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where she teaches social innovation and environmental sustainability in the undergraduate and MBA program. Her work focuses on studying innovative sustainable business models including B Corporations. She leads the nationally-recognized, B Corp Clinic, an experiential learning consulting program where multidisciplinary students work with aspiring and certified B Corps to drive social and environmental impact. Professor Thomas is president and chair of the board of B Academics, a global network of over 2,000 educators and researchers studying B Corps and benefit corporations. She has published numerous award-winning case studies and is the author of two social justice novels, How Not to Save the World and How Not to Make Friends. She has led globally recognized academic programs at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering, UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School and now at NC State’s Poole College of Management. Before her career in academia, Professor Thomas spent over a decade in industry in roles ranging from designing mobile satellite communications systems at a multinational corporation, managing product development for an educational toy company startup and consulting for global non-profits. She is a recipient of the Bill Clark B the Change award, the B Lab Collective Action award (on behalf of B Academics), the Fuqua Leader of Consequence Award, and the NC Business Council Visionary Leadership Award. Professor Thomas received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Patrick J. Waite, Vice President Audit Services / CAE, Cox Enterprises
Patrick is currently the Vice President of Audit Services for Cox Enterprises where he is focused on assessing and mitigating risk across the Cox Family of business and driving business changes to support the overall organization. Prior to his current role he served as Cox Communications Vice President of Supply Chain Operations, Planning, and Logistics. Before joining COX, Patrick held numerous business transformation roles within the Fortune 1000 – AGCO, Brambles, Linde and EY. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations & Statistics from Miami University, Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida, and a 6-Sigma Master Black Belt. In his spare time, he enjoys time with his wife and 2 daughters along with teaching part-time at the University of Georgia.