President’s Message

By Vince Ricci,
AIGAC President 2016-2017

January 2017: State of the organization

AIGAC President Vince Ricci would like to share video updates on the progress our volunteers have made towards meeting our 2016-17 strategic objectives.  Thank you for watching the videos below touching on our current five committees.

❶ Thank you, AIGAC Members! President’s message: the state of the organization in Jan 2017

❷ Thank you, AIGAC Sponsors! President’s message: the state of the organization in Jan 2017

❸ What is the AIGAC MBA Applicant Survey and why does it matter? #AIGAC17survey #AIGAC17

❹ Membership Update ▸ #AIGAC president’s message Jan 2017

❺ Communication Update ▸ #AIGAC president’s message Jan 2017

❻ AIGAC 2017 California Conference Update ▸ #AIGAC17

October 2016: Communications Commitee Update

Our Communications Committee continues to drive improvements to our website and member directory. As identified in our strategic vision, we are expanding our website to appeal to prospective applicants. As our kick-off project, we are producing a short video that introduces prospective applicants to our member directory. Several board members have reviewed the script and made suggested edits. Now, we would like your input before we start production. Please read it and share your thoughts by adding a comment and/or emailing

Yours in partnership,

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August 2016: Please join us in thanking outgoing AIGAC President, Andrea Sparrey.

Since attending my first AIGAC Conference in 2011 and joining the AIGAC Board in 2013, I have had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with Andrea Sparrey. Andrea is, without a doubt, the most effective leader I have ever known. She is the kind of person who would add value to any organization. Thankfully, we still have Andrea on the Board, where she serves as Immediate Past-President. Still, we want to take this opportunity to share a few highlights of Andrea’s tenure – in the form of a top 10 list.

Top 10 things we love about Andrea:

  1. Her infectious laughter and whip-smart sense of humor

  2. Andrea’s uncanny ability to instantly identify at least three ways to improve everything she touches. I recall one weekly executive committee call where she led the group to make ten quick fixes that immensely enhanced the usability of  

  3. Andrea simultaneously pushes and supports colleagues, for instance, by steadily enhancing the quality of programming at our Annual Conference

  4. Andrea’s killer social media instincts – under her leadership, AIGAC created two LinkedIn groups, one general group, that includes affiliate members and schools, and another for consultant-members-only. We have also doubled our Twitter followers and launched a Facebook page and YouTube channel

  5. The way she makes everyone around her a better leader. Because I am known to deliberate far too long, Andrea helped me find new ways to take action without over-thinking the small stuff

  6. Her dual focus on short-term needs and long-term objectives, such as they way she transformed our Applicant Survey into a sought after source of industry insights that attracts sustained exposure for volunteers and the organization as a whole

  7. Andrea’s innate sense of fairness, integrity, and fiscal discipline. Under her leadership, AIGAC emerged out of debt and built an operating reserve that allows us to begin investing in resources like our website and member directory

  8. She serves as a role model for members by not only maintaining a highly successful admissions and career consultancy but also finding time to create useful and innovative products, like the 100 Week Sprint

  9. The way Andrea has infused AIGAC with a culture of gratitude, for example, by presenting schools, volunteers, and sponsors with handwritten thank-you notes at our Conference

  10. On balance, Andrea is, without a doubt, the most effective leader I have ever had the privilege of supporting. She simply gets stuff done. Her tireless efforts have brought AIGAC to a new level of strategic and operational excellence. Thank you, Andrea!

July 2016: Introducing your 2016 – 2017 Board

As this cycle’s AIGAC President, Vince is focused on Communications that deliver value for Members. As a first step, Vince started a new series of Presidents Message videos on our AIGAC YouTube site. Please subscribe for the latest updates

As Communications co-chair with Mateo Chang, Nupur Gupta, and Maria Wich-Vila, Vince is exploring ways to drive traffic to member sites. In addition to emphasizing Communications, Vince will continue to advise the 2017 and 2018 Conferences. He also plans to join Michael Cohen in sustaining our year-round Sponsorships. Please let Shiela know if you have a passion for corporate sponsorship, investor relations, and donor stewardship. AIGAC opens up a world of resources. Join us!

Scott continues as Secretary, where he uses his storytelling skills to drive our ever-growing Survey. This year’s survey initiative was our best ever, thanks to the efforts of Barbara Coward and Stephen Round. Scott also chairs our Membership committee with increased involvement from Sarah McGinty.

We welcome Rachel Korn to the board. Rachel brings international effervescence and deep experience in admissions offices. Along with Adam Markus, Rachel co-chaired our 2016 Conference. Rachel will represent the board in planning our 2017 Conference, which is hosted by Berkeley-Haas. Rachel will also serve as Treasurer-in-Training, mentored by outgoing Treasurer, Brett Haber.

Brett moves into AIGAC’s President Elect position. She brings admissions office experience as well as a deep commitment and passion to making the admissions process transparent, trans-formative, and transcendent. While on deck to lead AIGAC, Brett is looking into AIGAC’s Relationship Manager role in the industry. In addition to being a national champion dancer, Brett thrives when engaging fellow admissions professionals in dialogues that drive positive change. Stay tuned!

As Vince and Brett practice their tango, Andrea moves into the Immediate Past-President role, which covers Governance. In her emeritus role, Andrea may also continue to advise on Conference, Survey, School Relations, Communications and Sponsorship, on an as-needed basis.

Most of all, the AIGAC Founders and Board wish to extend a bouquet of gratitude to Andrea for raising organizational performance levels and creating an ocean of goodwill with schools and other strategic partners. Brava, Andrea!

To keep the spirit of Andrea’s contributions alive, please consider signing up for an AIGAC Committee. Committees activities can help you get noticed in the industry. Ad for those with an interest in sustained service, committee positions sometimes lead to board positions and officer roles. AIGAC is member-based and volunteer-driven.

  • Do you want to help change the conversation about graduate school admissions?
  • Do you want to develop your analytics skills working with proprietary research that sparks dialogue with key influencers in the graduate admissions space?
  • Do you want to plan conferences where thought leaders gather to share perspectives and a common passion for the applicant’s true voice?

Come and grow with AIGAC!
Vince Ricci, AIGAC President

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