2018 Conference Schedule – Northwestern University

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  • Wednesday, June 13 – All Schools Day, hosted at Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
    • Participating Schools Confirmed as of February 1, 2018
      • Columbia Business School
      • Darden School of Business
      • ESADE Business School
      • The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
      • Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
      • Harvard Business School
      • Haas School of Business
      • IESE Business School
      • London Business School
      • MIT Sloan School of Management
      • New York University Stern School of Business
      • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
      • University of Chicago, Booth Business School
      • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
      • SDA Bocconi School of Management
      • Stanford Graduate School of Business
      • University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
      • University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management
      • Vanderbilt University
      • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
      • Yale School of Management
    •  8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – Registration & Breakfast
      • White Auditorium
    •  8:45 am  – 9:00 am – Welcome
    • 9:00 am – 9:45 am –  Applicant Survey Results & Insights
      • Scott Edinburgh & Survey Committee
    • 9:45 am – 11:00 am – Breakout Groups: Applicant Case Study
      • Moderated by Faye Mackenzie
        • Due to this session’s overwhelming popularity last year, it returns this year. We will analyze five hypothetical candidates’ applications to a fictional MBA program. The exercise is designed to encourage a discussion of fit, both for candidates and schools, and the nuances important in application evaluation. The materials will be provided at the conference registration that morning. This session is free-flowing, conversational, and social-media free (no tweeting, recording, etc.).
    •  11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Panel: Ask Anything (Mixed Panel with Adcom and Consultants)
      • Shari Hubert (Duke), panelist
      • TBD
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      • Vince Ricci (AIGAC Immediate Past President), panelist
      • Andrea Sparrey (AIGAC Past President), panelist
        •  Due to this session’s overwhelming popularity last year, it returns this year. We will analyze five hypothetical candidates’ applications to a fictional MBA program. The exercise is designed to encourage a discussion of fit, both for candidates and schools, and the nuances important in application evaluation. The materials will be provided at the conference registration that morning. This session is free-flowing, conversational, and social-media free (no tweeting, recording, etc.).
    • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
    • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Panel: Beyond the Basics
      • Moderated by Brett Haber (AIGAC President)
      • Soojin Kwon (Ross), panelist
      • Rodrigo Malta (McCombs), panelist
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        • It’s all too easy to familiarize oneself with the broad and stereotypical images each school represents publicly. But together, we’d like to uncover the nuanced elements each program offers students. We’ll cover topics ranging from what details make a program unique in its strongest academic areas to what personal leadership challenges admissions directors have faced. Our hope is that panelists will share anecdotally oriented responses and reflect on their own personal interactions with, and experiences in, the program.
    • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm  – Round Tables with Admissions Officers
      • Moderated by Nupur Gupta
        • Here is your chance to get to know our members better and to share specific areas of your program. You will be placed at a table with 1-2 of your peers from other schools. Each table will have a theme such as International Students, Careers, Student Life, Academics, Admissions, Scholarships & Financing. In groups, AIGAC members will rotate through the different tables, giving you a chance to meet all our members up-close as you discuss these themes in a free-flowing, conversational and social-media free atmosphere.
    • 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm – Break
    • 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm – Panel: Beyond the Application
      • Moderated by Maria Wich-Vila
      • Yoselin Bugallo (NYU Stern), panelist
      • Christing St-John (Vanderbilt), panelist
      • TBD
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        • It’s all too easy to familiarize oneself with the broad and stereotypical images each school represents publicly. But together, we’d like to uncover the nuanced elements each program offers students. We’ll cover topics ranging from what details make a program unique in its strongest academic areas to what personal leadership challenges admissions directors have faced. Our hope is that panelists will share anecdotally oriented responses and reflect on their own personal interactions with, and experiences in, the program.
    • 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Closing Remarks & Updates
    • 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Reception with School Representatives at Kellogg
    • 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm – Member Dinner
      • Rivas – Navy Pier Restaurant
        700 E Grand Ave
        Chicago, IL 60611
    • 9:30 pm – Optional – Stay after dinner and watch fireworks from the Navy Pier

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  • Thursday, June 14 – Morning with Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Afternoon with AIGAC Professional Development.
    • 8:30 am – 9:00 am – Breakfast
      • White Auditorium
    • 9:00 am – 9:15 am – Welcoming remaks from Kat Smith (’98), Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial aid
      • This is a social media and photo free session
    • 9:15 am – 9:45 am – Specialty Program Panel featuring 1Y, MMM, JD-MBA, and Professional Programs (Evening/Weekend and EMBA)
      • This is a social media and photo free session
    • 9:45 am – 10:00 am – Break
    • 10:00 am – 11:15 am – Round Table Discussions
      • Topics TBD
      • This is a social media and photo free event
    • 11:15 am – 11:45 am  – What’s New at Kellogg with Mike Mazzeo, Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Curriculum and Teaching
      • This is a social media and photo free event
    • 11:45 am – 12:15 pm – Building tour
    • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
    • 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – AIGAC Speed Dating
      • Hosted by Candy Lee Labelle
      • Get to know as many AIGAC attendees as you can, hopefully having some fun in the process and breaking the ice for the afternoon’s discussions.
    • 2:10 pm – 3:20 pm AIGAC State of the Organization
      • Presented by Brett Haber (AIGAC President)
      • The AIGAC board will share details of what their roles involve, their experience volunteering with AIGAC, and their vision for the future. This session will include time to talk with individual board members about how you can get involved.
    • 3:20 pm – 4:05 pm – The Business of Admissions Counseling
      • One of AIGAC’s biggest resources is its members. In this session, we’ll be facilitating discussions on Technology, Marketing your Business, Reputation Management, and Professional Development. Attendees can share their experience (without breaking client confidentiality) and discuss best practices, whilst also identifying thought leaders and resources within the organization. Conversations can continue via the private LinkedIn group throughout the year.
    • 4:05 pm – 4:50 pm – Client Management Panel
      • AIGAC members will share their tips and best practices on various issues relating to client management.

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